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Dance for the Thinkers

InkBoat’s Line Between

InkBoat tends to shift between the stages and streets of New York, Berlin, and Tokyo, but San Francisco gets this world premiere. Line Between is a physical exploration of the space between waking and sleeping from this inventive dance theater cadre. Influences include Korean shamanism, conversations with neuroscientists, and detailed pondering about why celebrities get so much air time in our dream worlds.

December 2-4. ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street. Tickets are $17-30 at

Hover Space by Stacey Printz Dance

‘Tis The Season Traditions at the Theater

American Conservatory Theater’s A Christmas Carol

Ghosts in chains, portly men dancing jigs, a cooked goose, and profound character rehabilitiation - there’s a reason A Christmas Carol is the world’s favorite tale of holiday haunting. This week, the spooks of Christmas past, present, and future take the stage at ACT, as they’ve done every December for the past 35 years. Charming and beautifully-produced, this holiday show is well worth checking out. 

December 1-24. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary Street. Tickets are $15-150 at 415-749-2228 or 

African-American Shakespeare Company’s Cinderella 

The “How the Holly is it Christmas Already?” Dance Edition

That’s right. It’s not even Thanksgiving and we’re already pulling out the Christmas. You’re welcome. 

The Velveteen Rabbit

Told from the perspective of a stuffed bunny that wants to become real, the Velveteen Rabbit is about the love of a boy and toy. A 25-year San Francisco tradition, ODC’s performance of The Velveteen Rabbit includes ODC’s powerful dancing, recorded narration by local legend Geoff Hoyle, score by Benjamin Britten, and vocals by Rinde Eckert. This lovely interpretation of Margery Williams’ beloved 1922 children’s tale has played to more than 350,000 people nationwide. 

This Week's Theatrical Identity: Political, Sexual, and Stereotypical

Language Rooms

Americans enjoy constantly reinventing themselves - switching jobs, changing names, altering history. But what becomes of our anchor after we’ve left so much behind? Award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi explores the fragmented American dream in a wry juxtaposition of comic political thriller and immigrant family story. Set in a Homeland Security detainment facility, Language Rooms is fueled by office gossip, the national politics of paranoia and patriotism, and El Guindi's own brand of absurdist humor. 

Through December 4 at Thick House, 1695 18th Street. Tickets are $28 at 415- 913-7366 or

SexRev: The José Sarria Experience 

What’s Hot in the Dance World This Week

Romp With LEVY Dance

Dance Magazine labels them “a judicious blend of athletic and lyrical, brainy and sexy.” Thus we extrapolate that LEVY Dance is the hot librarian of the local dance world, an assessment that could be rather one-dimensional. For the 3D experience, check out Romp at Theater Artaud where dancers are seated with the audience at a banquet table, lending a hyper-intimacy to the performance.

Romp plays November 17-20. Theater Artaud, 450 Florida Street. Tickets are $18-23 at

Dance Brigade Hits 35 Years of Dance

Trailer Parks, Dancing Soldiers, and Mouse Heads: What’s Happening at the Theater

Working for the Mouse

Wearing a fabricated head in the Magic Kingdom is less pixie dust and more sex, drugs, and ornery coworkers. Award-winning local playwright Trevor Allen exposes the dark underbelly of the mouse in a one-man show about his days as a costumed character in the world’s most famous theme park.

From Ancient Chants to Modern Keys: Best Classical Music This Month

New Century Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Its Tour 

Most twenty-year olds pick up a bottle of tequila on their birthday. New Century Chamber Orchestra picks up bows and suitcases before hopping on a plane to the East Coast to play Rossini and Mendelssohn.

Interview with an Opera Diva and Teatro Zinzanni’s Final Show at Pier 39

Teatro Zinzanni’s German circus tent has been an integral part of Pier 39 for the last eleven years. In honor of On the Air - after which the show’s fate is still unknown - we spoke with Kristin Clayton, the opera diva who’s been with Teatro Zinzanni since the beginning. 

David Mamet’s Controversial "Race" Makes Its West Coast Debut at ACT

When a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who enjoys pushing buttons tackles race, there are going to be some theatrical fireworks. That's just math. David Mamet's latest Broadway hit, Race is a scathing courtroom comedy making its west coast debut at ACT this month. 

Multimedia Theater Evolves in Sticky Time

One woman’s desperate need to escape threatens her family and the world in the bending, twisting landscape of Sticky Time. With 360 degree projections, surround sound and choreography, this is Crowded Fire’s most technically ambitious production yet. 

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