Arts + Culture
The Rockettes bring their leggy precision to the West Coast for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, now in its 78th year. Lindsay Howe, a Sacramento native and seven-year Rockette, gives us the inside scoop. The Rockettes perform Dec. 16–17 at the Oracle Arena.
Is the famous chorus line kick part of the audition process?
Yes. The Christmas Spectacular was my first professional audition—2 days, 13 hours, more than 500 entrants, and countless high kicks. It helps if you’re 5 feet 6 inches or taller and can get the tip of your toe to the top of your eye.
You must have to listen to a lot of holiday music. Do you ever get sick of it?
When Rudy Adler’s friend died last year, he was suddenly and painfully reminded of the shortcomings of social networks—Facebook and Twitter focus on connections between living people, but the deceased are stuck in what Adler describes as a “viral loop.” Users have complained of receiving invitations to “reconnect” with dead friends, or of getting a pre-arranged virtual birthday greeting from beyond the grave. “After our friend died, we all went to his Facebook page to share pictures and stories. But after a few weeks, the page was memorialized and his wall was shut down. All of those stories disappeared.” To memorialize a page, a friend or family member must fill out a form and submit the request to Facebook. Upon verification, the deceased user disappears from news feeds and will cease showing up in Facebook’s suggestions, and the memorialized page becomes accessible only to confirmed friends.
Adler, 29, together with friends Brett Huneycutt and Jonathan Good, recognized an opportunity. They quit their jobs—Adler at ad agency Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, working on campaigns for Levi’s and Nike; Huneycutt and Good at consulting giant McKinsey & Company—and convened in San Francisco in February 2009, moving into a house in the Mission.
On December 2nd, Union Square's beautiful, 1920's salon inspired Hotel Rex hosted a modern-day salon for an evening celebrating local, hand-crafted art, workmanship, and cocktails! The jovial guests enjoyed live music, short films from the Disposable Film Festival, artisan cocktails by Hendrick's Gin, and vendor tables from local artists. A portion of the evening's proceeds benefitted 826 Valencia, the acclaimed community non-profit program supporting the education of thousands of students in the literary arts.
The weather outside is frightful, the fiery resurgence of Mike Singletary's 49ers so delightful, but if you've no place to go, check out one of these fine films at the city's venerable collection of indie theaters.
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Dec. 9
Congrats are in order for first lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose documentary, Miss Representation, has been selected as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's U.S Documentary competition. Miss Representation, which officially launches this January, closely examines the media's representation of women. We chatted with Jen a few months ago about the film, and she shared with us her inspirations, goals and advice for young women today. Check out that interview here and the Miss Representation trailer below.
Earlier today, our parking guru David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked which happens more in our fair city: getting your car towed, or stolen? The answers are revealed below, and Mr. La Bua's got some good and bad news for you car drivers. What did you guess?
1) How many cars are towed per year in San Francisco?
2) How many cars are stolen per year in San Francisco?
It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
"Where is my car?", you ask yourself when you can't seem to find it in the spot you last left it. If it's really not there and your memory isn't failing you after all, it's either been stolen or towed. But which occurs more often in San Francisco? David La Bua calls this quiz "SF Cars Stolen vs. Towed: The Good, the Bad, and the City". Take this double quiz and write your answers in the comments...we'll post the answers in a few hours!
1) How many cars are towed per year in San Francisco?
San Francisco has a Christmas tradition that you may not know about, but if you love The Golden Girls, drag shows, or both, you've been missing out. What apparently started as a parlor performance has earned itself a legitimate performance space at the Mission's CounterPULSE. Of note, the lovely Pollo del Mar fills Betty White's shoes as Rose Nylund, as the 4-person drag queen cast takes on two Christmas episodes of the 80s sitcom—dare I call it a cult classic—at each performance: “Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Marinara.” The show runs Thursday through Saturday, tomorrow through December 23rd. Tickets are $25 a piece, available through Ticketfly.
Steven Russell is living a lie – several of them, in fact. Given up for adoption in his infancy by an indifferent mother, he is living a Norman Rockwell version of the American dream, with a worshipful, Jesus-loving wife, an adoring daughter and a quaint home in the Georgia suburbs. He even plays piano for the church choir.
But Steven is no angel, nor does he aspire to be. The family, the job, the evangelical zeal – it’s all a front for a shifty, rudderless man searching for an identity, bored by the simple life and hiding his homosexuality behind a studied veneer of old-fashioned American values.