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Disassembly: Dark Comedy in Berkeley

Impact knows black comedy. So does local playwright Steve Yockey. Thus, a marriage is made in dark humor heaven.

Yockey is gaining some serious traction in the Bay Area and his fourth world premiere is currently playing at Impact. Disassembly tells the tale of Evan, an accident-prone man who beats his previous record of disturbing injuries by getting himself stabbed in the shoulder. As he heals, his apartment is invaded by his sister, his fiancee, a bitter neighbor with a troubling assortment of stuffed cats, and an influx of random visitors. Desdemona Chiang directs the convergence of treacherous secrets as Evan’s apartment becomes a hotbed of lies and disaster and, apparently, a whole mess of plush felines. 

Blue Man Group Returns

Who doesn't love the crazy blue dudes who jump around onstage and spray paint everywhere? The Smurf-hued bald men return to San Francisco this month to beat drums and walls and anything else that might conceivably produce a rhythm as they barrel through a high-energy show with no speech but plenty of music and physical comedy. 

Art at the Dump Exhibit Turns Trash Into Treasure

In an inventive gambit to promote recycling and re-purposing of all the random stuff that ends up in our collective trash bin, Art at the Dump is the culmination of this year’s unique artists-in-residence program at Recology San Francisco. Featuring work by Scott Kildall, Niki Ulehla, and Alex Nichols, everything in the exhibit was created with materials scavenged from - you guessed it - the dump.

Oakland Ballet’s Spring Program Boasts Two World Premieres

Artistic director Graham Lustig is making huge strides toward restoring Oakland Ballet Company to its former glory. A key component in this cunning plot is the lineup for the spring program, including works from two awesome local choreographers, Amy Seiwert and Sonya Delwaide, and two of Lustig’s own pieces.  

Winner of the 2011 Isadora Duncan award, Sonya Delwaide’s world premiere is an irreverent ballet set to Mozart’s music for the glass harmonica.

Try Me SF: A New Service that Aims to Completely Change SF's Dating Scene

Beth Cook and Jen Corbett have a lofty goal: to completely change San Franciso’s dating scene. After gazing in disbelief at the roster of amazing people who want relationships and just aren’t finding them, the long time friends decided to take control. With backgrounds in PR and marketing - and an infallible sense of how to excise the bullshit that so often accompanies romance - Beth and Jen have hefty doses of tough love to dispense and an honest desire to help people find their match.

“What men don’t realize is that this city could be your oyster if you ask a woman out,” says Beth. “Because no one does that.”

New York’s Doug Varone and Dancers Hit the San Francisco Stage

Athletic, expressive, and quite capable of participating in the miracle of human flight without the help of wires or a small airplane, Doug Varone and Dancers makes its third appearance in San Francisco this weekend. Chapters from a Broken Novel (a co-commission from San Francisco Performances) recently debuted in New York, drawing on the company’s vision and energy for what the Village Voice calls “a rich, ragged piece seething with the kinds of forces that confound us.”

Wavy Gravy Celebrates his 75th Birthday with a Benefit Concert Full of Grateful Dead and Black Crowes

Wavy Gravy - activist, official clown for the Grateful Dead, inimitable local icon - is turning 75. So he’s throwing a party stuffed with legendary musicians, local icons, and good karma. 

Called the “perfect entertainer” by Lenny Bruce and “one of the better people on earth” by The Village Voice, his clown persona stemmed from his protesting days and the infallible logic that police are less likely to arrest someone in enormous floppy red shoes. If you’re wondering about the name, he was dubbed Wavy Gravy in 1969 by B.B. King and has introduced himself that way ever since. 

'Tales of the City,' With Music by Scissor Sisters, Is Most Expensive Show Ever Produced by ACT

Famed chronicler of 1970s San Francisco, Armistead Maupin created some of the most iconic residents of North Beach -  fictional, but as integral to the city as fog and gay men and Ghiradelli chocolate. Fresh-faced Cleveland transplant Mary Ann moves to 26 Barbary Lane in the summer of 1976, where she finds neighborhoods bustling with hippies and socialites and a readymade family of oddballs.

'Requiem:' A World Premiere at Smuin Ballet

If the ‘80s are back via hipsters in hot pink Ray Bans, then Smuin Ballet is as hip as ever. This spring, the company performs Momentum, an iconic blend of classical and modern ballet that defined the ‘80s dance scene and propelled the late choreographer Choo-San Goh into the international spotlight. In addition, Michael Smuin’s tribute to the Beatles (originally created in 1984) remains a fun blend of acrobatics and color, set to music you may recognize. 

The San Francisco Opera Takes Up Blogging

How many other blogs discuss the challenges of being a singing Nordic god in 15-inch platform boots? Yes, fine, the internet’s a big place. But how many of these bloggers sporting 15-inch platforms are also opera singers? Much less Nordic gods? Exactly. 

Wagner’s greatest work and the biggest opera event of the year Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) now has its own blog. Called Notes from Valhalla, you can’t help but picture a horde of Vikings pecking away at laptops while wearing giant horned helmets and sipping cappuccinos.

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