Kafka’s harrowing tale of alienation-via-accidental-and-inexplicable-insectification gets a remake by British director David Farr and Icelandic actor-director Gísli Örn Gardarsson. Acclaimed local director Mark Jackson heads up this chilling-yet-funny adaptation of the 1915 novella about a family thrown for a loop when one of them wakes up to find he's turned into a really big bug.
San Francisco is stuffed with innovative choreographers who need a place to show off their mad talent. Luckily, West Wave Dance Festival is fond of displaying mad talent, so offers local choreographers an opportunity to create work without the drain of paying for it. Celebrating their 20th anniversary with a silent auction and tons of wine, West Wave’s gala at Z Space features dance by choreographers like Amy Seiwert, Robert Moses, and Maurya Kerr.
Walking into a room where everyone else is looking for a date (and probably a relationship) is absurdly comforting. A profound moment of "So this is where all the single people my age are — in Dogpatch eating cheese." So it was with the Try Me event last Saturday. Here are some tips I picked up at the event, which also hold true for bars, parties, the grocery store, or anywhere you're feeling brave.
If wandering through the forest toward champagne, strawberries, and Shakespeare is your thing, good news: Twelfth Night at Theatre in the Woods opens this weekend. A guided summer trek through the redwoods, actors burst out of the brush at key spots to perform scenes of shipwreck and heartbreak. You end up at the main stage on seats carved out of the adjacent hillside watching Shakespearean poetry and snacking on the remains of your picnic lunch. (Note: bring a picnic lunch. Go on Sunday for the promised champagne and strawberries.)
When speakers aren’t actually experts on the subjects they're discussing, talks tend to get a lot more interesting. So it is with Trampoline Hall, the popular Toronto-based lecture series that asks the compelling questions of our time, like: How often should you call your mother? Why does your Macbook inexplicably perish on its third birthday? What is experimental music? Questions we all ponder and questions Trampoline Hall will answer, probably inaccurately.
How a young girl raised by Iranian parents in the suburbs of the south moves to San Francisco to become a drag queen is the driving arc of Persepolis, Texas, Maryam Farnaz Rostami’s new one-woman show at Counterpulse.
Rostami explores the universal question of what makes us who we are through the lens of her own life, using the archetypes of the auntie, the kid, the cowboy, the pop star. Shifting through each character, she re-creates a self-flagellating mourning ritual (complete with cowboy hat) and the traditional Persian dances her family would’ve killed to see her perform. (The family’s ideal probably doesn’t include full drag.)
Poseidon and the bungling crustaceans on his payroll are the lead players in Thunderbird Theatre's latest original comedy, playing at the Exit this month. Somewhat less god-like than all those other Greek gods (the ones with thunderbolts and spears and wine), Poseidon makes a desperate bid for respect by jockeying to host the first-ever Olympic Games at his two-star hotel at the bottom of the ocean.
Believe it or not, Shakespeare was writing about real people - and people haven’t changed that much in the last five-hundred years. We still love, we still lose, we still act like unrelenting jerks, we still wonder who we are, we still get back up after falling and do it all over again.
Curmudgeon, loving husband, cynic, profound admirer of boobs - you could call comedian-musician Tim Minchin many things. But whatever your vocabulary leanings, you'll probably just end up calling him funny. Because he is.
(Warning: It’s entirely possible to lose forty minutes to his Youtube page in the name of “research.”)
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