Nancy Farmer is the executive director of Private College 529 Plan, a prepaid program that allows parents to save for private universities in the future at today’s rates. The rate rises each July 1.What is the Private College 529 Plan? It’s a program where private colleges across the country have come together with the purpose of helping keep tuition affordable. Read More
Wellness consultant and yoga teacher Suzanne Bryant’s documentary, “Yoga Is,” will screen at the Roxie Theatre on Thursday.How long have you been practicing yoga and what brought you to it? I took up a daily yoga practice in 1998 to combat anxiety while living a fast-paced life in New York, and it opened a doorway to the most incredible path of a true connection to myself, my truth and my path in life. Read More
Local comedian Dan St. Paul and three compatriots are swinging through the Bay Area performing “So Not the Cleavers.” Tonight’s show at Cobb’s Comedy Club was canceled, but there are others this week at different venues. Half of the ticket proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights to repeal Proposition 8. For more information, visit www.sonotthecleavers.com. Read More
It’s Father’s Day! Haven’t made plans? Here are a few suggestions for last-minute events in The City that dad and the family may enjoy together. Listen to the music Read More
Chart-topping pop stars past and present will shimmy across Bay Area stages this season, with something for everyone — both in and out of doors — slated in upcoming weeks. Even fans of bands with a doomsday outlook and Cookie Monster vocals have something to smile about.
Click the picture at the right to see a photo gallery of the artists. Read More
Greg Archer, co-author of “Shut Up, Skinny B-----! The Common Sense Guide To Following Your Hunger and Your Heart,” will appear at Books Inc., 2275 Market St., on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Archer is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Examiner. Read More
Sex sells for a reason. Everyone has it, or wants it. It relates to the ever-unifying theme of love, and all art forms have capitalized on it. Ballet is no exception. American Ballet Theatre’s “Lady of the Camellias,” a tragic love story based on the same novel that gave birth to “La Traviata,” is full of the heavy-breathing, necking, nuzzling and bodice-ripping passion that great romance is made of, and choreographer John Neumeier doesn’t shy away from the specifics. The lovers’ choreography is rough yet elegant, swift and sweaty, never crude, yet startlingly sensual. Read More
If ever a ballerina was born to perform the role of Giselle, it is Diana Vishneva of American Ballet Theatre. Making her first act entrance with feather-light jumps and the buoyant optimism of a naive peasant girl, Vishneva’s Giselle goes beyond many of the trite tropes of the role. Giselle is supposed to be girlish and flirtatious, and while Vishneva was both Friday at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, she took the character development to another level. Read More
Pulling together an international arts festival is no small feat. Artists need venues, accommodations and rehearsal spaces, and organizers face struggles with visa requirements for incoming performers.
Despite kinks in the system, the San Francisco International Arts Festival is in its eighth year of presenting unique, world-class performances that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in the United States. Read More
The concept of “the artist as art” is the driving force for Yannis Adoniou, founder of KUNST-STOFF arts, a performance space hosting its second annual festival, which starts today at its new home at 1 Grove St. in The City.
“Our space is intimate. It’s not a theater, but it provides a good setting for someone to have direct communication with the viewer,” says Adoniou, who also directs KUNST-STOFF dance company, a San Francisco-based contemporary troupe. Read More
Corey Tazzara is one of the editors of Literary Laundry, a local literary journal that will be available soon in print. The current, second issue is now available online at literarylaundry.com.When was it founded and for what purpose? It was founded about a year ago. We didn’t like the extent to which the MFA establishment has created a certain kind of regularizing effect on what gets published, and we wanted a journal that would be both professional and open to everybody of different backgrounds who like to write. Read More
The Black Angels should issue warning labels on their albums: “Do not listen to while operating heavy machinery.”While the Austin, Texas band’s music is hardly a snooze-fest, its hypnotic qualities can induce a trance-like state, which listeners are invited to experience first hand at Slim’s on Friday.“Phosphene Dream,” the band’s third album, boasts its trademark heavy, layered, psychedelic sound, but is more complex and sophisticated. Read More
Perched on one of San Francisco’s most beatific hills is an Italian villa-style mansion with classical proportions, terrazzo columns and Roman arches. The traditional exterior belies its transformation into a dizzying display of contemporary design in its current incarnation as the 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.Sitting pretty with a northern view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts, the four-story, 6,244-square-foot home is a jewel in the crown of the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Read More
Not all story ballets are created equal. In most cases, a flimsy tale is an excuse for the dancing. But San Francisco Ballet’s production of John Neumeier’s “The Little Mermaid” is the opposite, clinging tightly to the tragic Hans Christian Andersen story on which it is based.Ballet as an art form has always had close ties to pantomime, and Neumeier utilizes gesture to its full extent in this piece. With Part 1 boasting 11 scenes, the evolution of the tale makes use of a literalism not often associated with contemporary work. Read More
On Friday morning, British history will evolve once more with the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The ceremony, which will take place in Westminster Abbey, is slated to be as grand an affair as the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, with more than 1 billion people expected to watch around the world. Read More