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The New York Times’ Chloe Veltman vs. After-Hours Programs at San Francisco Museums

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The New York Timeseses‘ Chloe Veltman is thinking that maybe “Fun is Trumping Art” at the bay area’s cultural institutions. Check it out, if you’d like.

Leave us begin:

“It’s hard to talk about museums’ after-hours programs without getting confused.”

I don’t know, maybe. I mean, our Asian Art Museum has Matcha and our CalAcademy has Penguins and Pajamas. But, it’s not a bad idea to have the word “night” (or “nite”) in there somewhere, just to get the point across. Is that a bad thing?

“To stand out, the programming should make the art on display come to life in ways that are not necessarily possible when visitors are walking through exhibition halls during normal hours.”

All right, I’ll bite. Museums should try “to stand out” for the benefit of big newspaper art critics, to satisfy them, because, because why? And what, for example, should the CalAcademy do – take the Morrison Plane’arium audience outside for a look at real stars?

That’s one big fish, but is it Art?

Leave us continue:

“Generally, the evening events that provide the instant gratification of a lively social atmosphere are not ultimately the most memorable.”

I don’t know, if you meet your life partner at one of these events, that could be considered memorable…

“The events might bring in more young people, but…”

I’ll have to interupt to say, “Sold!” This is all you need to say to sell the idea of having a night program at a cultural institution. I mean, our museums shouldn’t have night programs because that kind of thing’s has been done already? How does it benefit San Francisco to concern ourselves with what they think in New Yawk? Maybe they do things differently on the floors of Tokyo or down in London town’s a go-go, but that’s O.K., right?

“D.J.’s, henna tattoo artists and artisanal cheese makers add atmosphere, but…”

This is pure gold – let’s get Arizmendi on the horn, stat!

“…unless more is done to distinguish these programs from one another, visitors may soon opt to spend their free evenings not at the museums, but at actual parties.”

Read the whole thing, there’s no support cited for this conclusion. I don’t know, maybe, as another possiblility, visitors will soon opt to spend all their free evenings at the museums? There’s a chance of that too, right?

And the CalAcademy’s perennially crowded nightLife program is not on a sustainable journey? Actually, it looks to be able to go on forever. And it’s too much like a party so people would rather go to a party? Does that make sense? Perhaps the throngs of young people will soon start cocking their Glocks to go to Club Suede instead?

If there ever comes a point when bay area youth get confused due to their attendence at a bunch of similar night-time programs, well, that would be like a dream come true to workers at our museums, particularly the smaller ones having trouble during this Great Recession.

Just saying.

Spectacular Little Mermaid Ends, New Shows at San Francisco Ballet Start April 8th

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Check out the San Francisco Ballet‘s Facebook Wall to see how much people liked Program 5, the Little Mermaid, the past week.

Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.

O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:

Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell

Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths

Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’

Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.

Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea

Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”

Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale

Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid

Katie Gaydos: San Francisco Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives into Dark Waters

And here’s what’s coming up:

Program 6

“Haffner” Symphony
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.

Read the program notes.

Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Set to a complex, passionate composition by Arnold Shoenberg, Renato Zanella’s world premiere, Underskin, is an emotional voyage through mysterious and deep emotions.
Read the program notes.

Russian Seasons
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Following its SF Ballet premiere last season, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons is a work of both reflection and evolution as classical poses unravel into contemporary gestures.

the program notes.
Thu Apr 8, 8pm* | Sat Apr 10, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 13, 8pm | Fri Apr 16, 8pm* | Sun, Apr 18, 2pm* | Wed Apr 21, 7:30pm
Total running time: 2:16
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM


Program 7

Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.

Read the program notes.

Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

For his ninth work for SF Ballet, Yuri Possokhov turns to his roots with Classical Symphony, a neoclassical flow of patterns, dancers, and space.

the program notes.

The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins

Returning this year, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a truly fun-filled parody and stroke of choreographic genius.

the program notes.
Fri Apr 9, 8pm* | Sun Apr 11, 2pm* | Wed Apr 14, 7:30pm• | Thu Apr 15, 8pm | Sat Apr 17, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 20, 8pm
Total time: 1:56
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 8:00 PM