Posts Tagged ‘debut’

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

Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Kick Off – Cafe Mojo Parklet Officially Christened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here’s the scene this morning at the official ceremony kicking off all the Divisadero Streetscape Improvements and the Cafe Mojo Parklet at 639 Divisidero betwixt Hayes and Grove.

BIKE NOPA has all the deets for the new parklet in front of popular Mojo Bicycle Cafe, where you are beseeched to “ride in – hang out – get your fix – ride on.”

Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:

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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:

I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.

SocketSite has more info about Divis and Curbed SF has all the history, as you’d expect.

Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:

These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:


Welcome to the New Divisidero.

*Wearing the same drip-dry suit he was wearing at the recent opening of the Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool.

All the deets, after the jump


Tickets are Going Fast for the San Francisco Ballet’s Little Mermaid, Debuting March 20th

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Your San Francisco Ballet‘s varied* Program 4 just wrapped (and after all those takes, get Becca Hirschman’s here), so that means Program 5, the U.S. premiere of the Little Mermaid, is coming up soon.

They’re putting it on for just one week – many sections are selling out already. This promises to be a mega show, so get your tickets now if you want a chance to see LM this go around.  

Famous Yuan Yuan Tan as den Lille Havfrue:

See you there!

*Very varied. It was a balletic Rorschach Test, read the reviews.

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls'” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar’s ‘I love Rock and Roll’] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!

Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

Duboce Park as seen by Troy McClure SF. Click to expand:

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?


There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch – maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Trauma is as Good as Cancelled – NBC Picks Up All Its Other New Series for Full Seasons

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Leave us travel back in time to October 21st, 2009, when we last heard from NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin and NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad:

Gaspin and Bromstad are expected to make their next key moves to boost NBC’s fortunes within the next few days, when the network will decide the short-term fates of newcomers such as ‘Mercy,’ ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Trauma.'”

Trauma? Don’t they film that in our little town, (the fourth-largest in the whole state, I’m proud to say)? Yes they do! Maybe NBC could commit to nine more episodes (the “back nine”) so we could have a full season of on-location shoots?

Well, here’s the news from last Saturday (the Day Without Wind, incidentally):

“NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “‘Mercy.'”

Well, what about Trauma? Hello-oooo, NBC? Hello-ooooooooo?

Uh oh.

No matter, twirlypopper pilot Aimee Garcia will still maintain her official website regardless of when Trauma gets cancelled. (You all seem to just love her.)

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In light of recent developments, the unofficial NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ over-under date has been officially moved up to: November 30, 2009.

Adjust your wagers accordingly.

Enjoy it while it lasts – a new show (the Halloween one?) is on tonight at 9:00 PM.

[UPDATE: News tonight from the Hollywood Reporter is that Trauma is history as of today, October 28th, 2009. Oh well.]

Will the Makers of NBC’s Trauma Accept Nurses’ Invite to Conference in San Jose?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Get up to speed on the slow-motion car crash that is Trauma here. Finished? Bon, je vous laisse continuer.

Here’s the latest – turns out that the flight nurses are even more pissed off about this show than pilots, paramedics, EMTs and doctors. So, the nurses have invited the Trauma crew down to San Hoser for the 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference to learn a few things about portraying emergency response.

Read all about it, after the jump.

Now let’s hear from an extra on the set. A sample from what Allie Pape of 7×7 magazine had to say about her recent experience making cold hard off of the production of the show – her opinion of Trauma?

“…on life support in the ratings, vapid, seems doomed to a quick and painful death, truly terrible show, headache-inducing, the dialogue painfully bad, the characters pre-packaged, it makes me want to claw out my own eyeballs…”

Ooh, harsh. Harsh but fair.

All right, let’s see here, we got to have a photo – how about pilot Aimee Garcia’s preflight checklist:

Giant chopper? Check

Giant Rabbit? Check

Giant helmet that’s way too big for her melon? Check

Let’s roll:

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As promised, another spanking for NBC, after the jump.


Filming for NBC’s Trauma Comes to Pacific Heights Thursday and Friday – Cars Will Be Towed

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I can tell you that one thing that the specific whites of Pacific Heights don’t like is commotion. But that’s what they’re going to get come tomorrow based upon this photo taken by San Franciscan Jeffrey Baker of the tow-away signs that are up there right now.

OMG, Trauma is coming! Will the circling choppers play Wagner ala Apocalypse Now? We Can Only Hope. (Does the digital trickery used by the makers of Trauma look better than Francis Ford Coppola’s analog efforts from three+ decades ago? Discuss.)

The horror, the horror of inconvenience for the sake of Art:

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Local punter Professor Z offers some advice today to the Traumatics:

“The only thing this show has going for it is the San Francisco scenery. Why the decision to exclude compelling characters, story arcs, or central conflicts? This show didn’t have to follow the ER model or the House model, but it should try to adhere to some basic storytelling model.

“I vote for bringing back the Zodiac killer in a three-story arc that offs every character not called Rabbit, then rebooting the show with at least a few C-list actors.”

How wude! Oh well. The good professor is tough, tough but fair.

And oh, check out San Francisco’s Newest Blogger – ebullient, radiant Aimee Garcia:


(She knows her choppers, anyway.)

Lastly, a message for Pac Heights: Brace, Brace, Heads Down, Stay Down!”

You don’t want to have your car towed. But if that happens, just call DPT at (415) 701-5400 to get your ride back. Ask for the Trauma discount! Obviously, you don’t want to end up like this Craigslister. Oh well

Unfairly towed for Nike Womens Marathon on Sunday? (marina / cow hollow)

Me too! $417 out of the tow yard + another $53 ticket is WAY TOO MUCH. Not to mention I saw no sign of the event on Polk street near Aquatic Park besides the metal fences on the sidewalk ready for deployment at 3am. In addition, the street was completely full of cars at 1:30am, and towing began at 3am….if there were signs, were all these people idiots like me to ignore them? I doubt it. If your car was towed anywhere along the route, and you want to team up to appeal the tow and ticket fines, let me know – dammit. Thanks!

NBC’s Horrible Trauma Still Has Horrible Ratings – Now Stable Enough for Transport to Oblivion

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Week 4’s overall ratings for NBC’s horrible Trauma TV show are a way down at the 1.8 level, so that makes it three week in a row. That’s called flatlining in the biz – the show biz or the EMS biz, your pick.

Basically, the debut show last month got Trauma off the ground but since then she’s been a-hovering low over the landing threshold.

Blue and white bird must fly or she will die:


Making new friends low and slow over Haight Ashbury

Does NBC currently get beat in keys demos by the CW “Network” when Trauma is on? Oui. Will NBC broadcast Trauma during the all-important upcoming sweeps? Signs point to non. Will the San Francisco Chronicle let its readers in on the secret that all is not well for the dramatic Traumatics? Maybe just a hint? Encore non - not anytime soon anyway. Oh well.

Check it. I mean, has any impalee ever cross-examined his or her EMT like this in the history of the world? Non.

But at least the EMS professionals are all fans, right Trauma?

“I love watching the rhythms go by on their Lifepak 15 that’s not hooked up to anything and always shows Lead II, SpO2, and EtCO2… I’ve mostly been watching out of morbid curiosity. Terrible, terrible show.”

Well let’s hear from what people are posting at the NBC boards:

“Where to start? The show was a piece of crap – I was trying to figure out what part of it was realistic and the only part I can think of is when they got the call over the radio and after that it was down hill – Being a medic for 15 years I was hoping that it would be accurate, but it was just embarrassing. They didn’t even have proper placement of hands for CPR”

“Shame on you, NBC! I have been a paramedic for nearly 30 years and have never been so insulted as I was when you aired Trauma.”

“Umm OK I can so tell this had male writers! In the first 15 minutes you can tell that it is not real EMS work,,and If we (women) in EMS wore uniforms with our “girls” showing and tight pantswe sure wouldn’t be able to do our jobs. This show does not show what we do on a daily basis nor does it show what real role women play in EMS!! We save lives everyday…we cover the cops as they cover us, we back our own.. and we jepordize our family lives to save the lives of strangers..we dont have sex in the rig, we don’t walk around station acting like bimbos and where I work you better prove you can do anything your male counterparts can do..we get respect because we have earned it.. I will not watch again.”

Watching the pilot of “Trauma” was awkward, almost painful. There was a complete lack of professionalism and reality. I have twenty years of public safety experience in fire & law enforcement. Mark my words: Trauma will not last long. Whomever does the show is quite obviously interested in attracting the junior high school crowd. No adult with even basic intelligence would watch this show more than twice. I was generally pleased with Southland… what the heck happened with Trauma? Geez, what a sad disappointment!”

Well, you get the idea.

Strike a pose:


Call your agent, Aimee!