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Russian Jewish Theater with a Side of Chagall

Last week we attended the much-anticipated opening reception for the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s latest exhibit, “Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater (1919-1949).” The first exhibition devoted to the artwork created for Russian Jewish Theater productions in the 1920s and 1930s, the show presents a discourse about the interplay between innovative visual artists and playwrights of the times. But the title is misleading.

SenSpa Raises Mind, Body and Spirit with Project Uplift

Times are tough. You recently got laid off. You're feeling pretty "down and out" but know that you can't play the "woe is me" card forever. What you need right now is a little TLC to pick yourself up and start fresh. Enter SenSpa. For its third anniversary, SF's largest day spa and wellness center is offering a free one-day special event to local unemployed workers. You got it—a dose of pampering and inspiration, gratis. Appropriately titled "Project Uplift," you'll be able to take advantage of life coaching advice, bodywork and a giveaway that could land you a Stress Release package or Wellness package, valued at $260 and $2,000 respectively. Dig up that unemployment check stub and make your reservation today.

Anything But Straight: Alonzo King's LINES Ballet

Ethereal hardly begins to describe the performances by Alonzo King’s eight classically trained LINES dancers (the ninth dancer, Laurel Keen, was absent due to injury) in last night’s three-piece set at YBCA’s Novellus Theater.

The San Francisco-based contemporary dance company presented a revival of Signs and Wonders, first choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1995 and recently named an American Masterpiece. Set to indigenous African music, dancers dipped and swirled to tribal rhythms and chanting children, evoking animal spirits in tango-like entwinement and seductive carnal arguments. Lithe bodies rolled flawlessly in slow motion across the stage, showing nature’s grace through delicately flowing movements.

Get a Tan This Weekend

Say goodbye to the winter blues by adding a little bronze to your look. This weekend, Tan Bella is offering a free tanning session for any first-time client. Choose from 6-12 minutes of UV bed/stand time or a 30-second spray session. Current clients can take advantage of this year's biggest promotion—purchase any tanning membership and tan free up to 7 weeks or purchase any type of tanning credits and receive free tans with purchase.

Tan Bella Tanning Special

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26

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Matthew Williamson for H&M: The Quiet Storm

As promised, we arrived on the scene early to witness the doors open to the long-awaited Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection. Though the first people in line arrived at 4:50 a.m. as an alliance to ensure they got what they came for, at 9:55 a.m. the crowd was still modest in comparison to the Comme Des Garcons queue in November. Once inside, the retail mob was quick to snatch up our favorite pieces, leaving only peacock cardigans, clutches, and necklaces behind. We scored a cute navy high-waisted skirt and marveled at the fact that this seemingly harmless crowd managed to clear the place out in ten minutes flat. Bravo.

 

Radar Live: This Week's Hot List Includes Morrissey, Mos Def and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet

 

 

 

Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.

 

Radar Live: Our Picks for What's Hot This Week

 

 

 

Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.

 

Noise Pop: Thee Oh Sees

This week’s Noise Pop festival has proven that San Francisco is burgeoning with emerging musical talent and we feel pretty safe calling the locally based Thee Oh Sees one of the best underground indie pop bands in the Bay Area. Active on the scene since the late ‘90s, front man John Dwyer’s experimental home recordings morphed into a full-blown band over the course of seven albums and the group has found their calling in catchy garage band tunes for avid alt music followers.

Thao Nguyen Charms the Swedish American Hall

Thao Nguyen’s Noise Pop show last night was like sitting amongst close friends in a cozy living room.  Only it wasn't a living room, it was the Swedish American Music Hall, and it wasn't just close friends, it was 300 devoted fans.  But you get the idea.  The Virginia-bred, San Francisco-based folk rock singer/songwriter and guitarist charmed the audience with her bouncy acoustic style and soothing vocals, pausing in between each song to chat and crack jokes with the crowd, as if we were all one big, happy family of best friends. 

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