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Local Celebrities End Up in the Pool for TNDC

We all have a few celebrities we’d like to toss in a pool. Like Ryan Gosling, mainly because we want to see him wet. (Oh, come on. Tell me you don’t want to see that.) Ryan Gosling won’t be there, but Team Twitter will. 

Celebrity hurling has been a proud tradition for Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) since 1992, tossing celebrities like Robin Williams, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Mayor Willie Brown into a pool to support TNDC’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing in the Tenderloin for low-income seniors, families, and people with disabilities. 

Theater of Yugen’s Minor Miracle

Oh, childhood. That magical time when people fetch you milk and carry you places. When getting dessert is the epitome of success and every road leads somewhere good. In Sorya! A Minor Miracle, Theater of Yugen distills childhood stories of Western literature through ancient Japanese performance traditions, emerging with new Kyogen comedies of dwarfs in dismay, charlatan prophets, and sake. 

Last Weekend to Catch Killing My Lobster Conquers the Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killing My Lobster straps on rocket boots to stamp their crustacean brand of funny on the final frontier. These intrepid comedic souls brave worm holes and time portals to defeat wizards, Italians, and other impingers on space justice, with phasers that may or may not be made of cardboard.

Dancing In The Streets: Katie Faulkner and Little Seismic Dance Company

Intrinsic internal questions tend to stay internal. But no more. Choreographer Katie Faulkner and multimedia artist Michael Trigilio lead little seismic dance company in We Don't Belong Here, a new public performance project that plays very physically with ideas of belonging and finding your place in the world.

October Classical Roundup: Pioneers, Catholicism, and Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

Former child prodigy and current violin supernova, Joshua Bell has performed at stately symphony halls and busked a DC Metro station. He’s won awards, recorded almost 40 albums, and played so skillfully that audience members valiantly battle to squelch their coughing as he wields his famous 18th-Century bow. Playing Glazunov’s Violin Concerto and one of only two symphonies completed by the overlooked genius Elgar, Bell’s emotion and profound abilities infuse life into whatever venue he's chosen. 

October 5-9. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue. Tickets are $15-140 at 415-864-6000.

 

Verdi’s Requiem

Cal Shakes Takes on Shakespeare's Shrew

As sisters go, having one nicknamed Katherine the Cursed isn’t the ideal family tree situation, especially when you aren’t allowed to marry until your sister does and your cursed sister has no interest in the blessed state of matrimony.

Bianca and Katherina navigate the tricky rapids of Elizabethan dating in Shakespeare’s sharpest romance, Taming of the Shrew.  Director Shana Cooper, straight from her Oregon Shakespeare Festival debut, gives Cal Shakes’ version a gorgeously physical realignment. Projected onto a high-fashion, pop-art society, Bianca’s tender romance is tinder to the flying sparks of Katherina and Petruchio’s battle of the sexes. 

Honey Brown Eyes at SF Playhouse

Two soldiers sit in their kitchens, where apparent domestic normalcy is constantly dogged by the threat of horror. Set during the Bosnian War, two former friends and bandmates end up on opposite sides of a bloody conflict. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning play shows how bonds formed through music flex and strain in an unrecognizable world. And how unlikely partnerships can emerge as one soldier faces his own brutality and the other his cowardice - all while they toast bread and eat sandwiches and perform the daily functions of staying alive. 

B.B. King at the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

When a music festival scores the legendary King of the Blues for its lineup, it’s a good day. It’s a good day for the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival in Guerneville: B.B. King headlines, joined by Buddy Guy and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. 

B.B. King has ruled the blues for the last half century, creating the definition of the genre around the world. Rolling Stone magazine gave him the number three slot on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His mantel is lined with 15 Grammys and his reputation remains unrivaled by anyone, living or dead. 

Smuin Ballet: From Tango to Patsy Cline

Amy Seiwert's world premiere for Smuin Ballet's season opener takes classical movement and Grand Ole Opry and dips them in her innovative and compelling style. Set to music by Patsy Cline, an iconic ‘60s vocalist many fans put in the same category as Johnny Cash and Elvis, Seiwert's latest is her most accessible ballet yet. 

Once in a Lifetime Revived at ACT

A trio of unemployed vaudevillians head to Tinseltown to con Hollywood stars into hiring them as vocal coaches, planning to profit on a dreadful truth - the world is changing and actors have to change with it. Films have sound now and it’s not enough just to be a pretty face. In the new era of 'talkies, stars have to start opening their mouths if they want to keep their jobs. 

American Conservatory Theater starts off the season with a shiny new version of the 1930 Kaufman and Hart satire Once in a Lifetime. A cast of 15 take on 70 roles in this biting comedy about the early days of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Using period film clips and cinematic backdrops, ACT blends the worlds of theater and film to redefine the audience’s vision of “moving pictures.” 

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