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This is it: 2012 is the year to impress your Valentine’s Day date by attending a showing of the vaunted, world-class San Francisco Ballet for less than what it cost you to see Transformers III: Dark of the Moon at the AMC.
“Our gift to you: we’re offering 2-for-1 ballet tickets for Valentine’s Day! Be quick as these WILL sell out!”
So there you go. Type in the secret code and then all the available seats you can see will be marked down – for example Balcony
Center tickets will cost you just $30 a pair.
Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin in Wheeldon’s Number Nine. © Erik Tomasson
“Join San Francisco Ballet for the return of Wayne McGregor’s stunning Chroma, an award-winning contemporary work proclaimed “ravishing on all fronts” by theSunday Times (UK), set to music compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White III. The evening also features Beaux, a world premiere work by acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and an encore presentation of Christopher Wheeldon’s breathtaking Number Nine, featuring a large ensemble of 24 dancers and set to an exhilarating score by Michael Torke.
The 2011 world premiere of Number Nine was made possible by Lead Sponsors Shelby and Frederick Gans, David and Kelsey Lamond, and Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan, and by Major Sponsors Rosemary B. Baker, and Jennifer Caldwell and John H. N. Fisher, and by Sponsors Courtney Benoist and Jason M. Fish. The 2012 world premiere of Beaux is made possible by Lead Sponsors Mrs. Suzy Kellems Dominik and The Bernard Osher Foundation.”
See you there!
PROGRAM 2: OPENING NIGHT – Tuesday, February 14 – 8:00PM
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Composer: Joby Talbot, Jack White III
Conductor: Martin West
Maria Kochetkova, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Yuan Yuan Tan, Taras Domitro
Dana Genshaft, Anthony Spaulding
Isaac Hernandez, Garen Scribner
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
Conductor: Martin West
Harpsichord: Bradley Moore
Jeremy Rucker*, Pascal Molat*, Benjamin Stewart*
Vito Mazzeo*, Ruben Martin Cintas*, Gennadi Nedvigin*
Sean Bennett*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Diego Cruz*
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Michael Torke
Conductor: Charles Barker
Dores Andre, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Vanessa Zahorian, Garen Scribner
Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin Cintas,
Sofiane Sylve*, Vito Mazzeo*
*Denotes premiere in role
In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change
Per pirate-nurse Pat Mulkey:
“Kevin Spacey as Richard III was Incredible! Whole production blew me a-w-a-y.”
A standing ovation for cast and crew – the view from above the Grand Chandelier:
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Spacey was sweating through his shirt from the end of the first act – he brought it.
And that thing at the very end, like what happens after his character dies, you know, with the thing? He’s still dominating the dojo.
And oh, Alan Scherstuhl offers his thoughts here - don’t miss that.
Wow, this one has it all – MUNI’s aqua blue DC Transit #1076, these green Market Street bike lanes, and the Furniture Mart Building, whose former owner created the Twitterloin with a little help from King Willie II, Gavin Newsom.
Of course, King Willie I, the original, is taking credit for the corrupt Twitterloin as well, as is King Willie III, Ed Lee.
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The stage as it looks today:
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Remaining tickets are expensive, or for less-than-ideal seats, or both. (And, of course, you can always take your chances on the craigslist.)
But, you know, it’s Kevin Spacey after all. (Digging up my binoculars now, I’m srsly.)
See you there!
Here’s here “Dear San Francisco” letter, below.
“Dear San Francisco,
I am one of your local physicians and have taken care of many different kinds of people during the past 9 years of my appointment as an internist at UCSF, where I have worked at SF General Hospital as well as at the VA and the UCSF campuses. San Francisco is a surprisingly small town, and when you spend enough time in the health care industry, you come to recognize many of the city’s residents. You hold their stories and watch over them, in the hospital when they are ill and in the chance occurrences of running into them on the streets, in the market or painting the town red. It is an honor and great privilege to take care of the people of this city that I love so dearly.
Last month, I learned that one of my former patients Charles Hill was shot and killed by BART police. Per the police, he was armed with a bottle and a knife and had menacing behavior. Per eye witnesses, he was altered and appeared to be intoxicated but did not represent a lethal danger. I remember Charles vividly, having taken care of him several times in the revolving door which is the health care system for the people who do not fit neatly into society. Charles was a member of the invisible class of people in SF–mentally ill, homeless and not reliably connected to the help he needed. While I had seen him agitated before and while I can’t speak to all of his behavior, I never would have described him as threatening in such a way as to warrant the use of deadly force. We often have to deal with agitated sometimes even violent patients in the hospital. Through teamwork, tools and training, we have not had to fatally wound our patients in order to subdue them. I understand the police are there to protect us and react to the situation around them, but I wonder why the officer who shot Charles did not aim for the leg if he felt the need to use a gun, instead of his vital organs. I wonder if he possessed other training methods to subdue an agitated man with a knife or bottle.
I feel this situation quite deeply. It is hard to watch our civil servants (police) brutally handle a person and their body when i spend my time and energy as a civil servant (physician) honoring the dignity of that person, regardless of their race or social class, their beliefs or their affiliations. I know it is not my job–nor the police’s job—to mete out justice or judgment of a person’s worthiness. It is also hard because Charles has no voice, no one to speak for him now that he is gone. It would be easy to let this slide and move on with our busy lives, as we all struggle to make ends meet in this expensive city during a recession. I believe this situation shows us how powerless we all feel to some degree.
I feel outraged and am trying to find the best ways to express it–through creative outpouring, through conversations. I would like to lend my voice to the growing protest of the BART police’s excessive use of violent force and know that weekly protests are being organized on Mondays until demands are met for BART to fully investigate the shooting of Charles Hill, disarm its police force and train them properly, as well as bringing the officer who shot him to justice. The media is portraying the annoyance of the protests to commuters more than the unbelievable horror that an innocent man was shot dead by the force that is meant to protect us. I don’t want to upset commuters or be a nuisance. I would like to be part of educating and not letting this slip under the proverbial rug, in honor of Charles Hill and in order to help prevent something like this from ever happening again.
I will be present at the peaceful demonstrations on Mondays in front of the BART Civic Center station, not to prevent commuters from getting home, but to educate a population that may need to pause and think about the value a human life has and the kind of San Francisco we want to live and work in.
Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.
Rupa Marya, MD”
Well, this is going to be huge, that’s all I’m going to say…
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The San Francisco Engagement of
Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES
FEATURING ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER
IN THE TITLE ROLE
Co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, Kay & McLean Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre and SHN – Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander.
Curran Theatre – October 19 – 29
SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2011)…. SHN is delighted to announce the arrival of RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, featuring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes, coming to San Francisco this Fall. The Curran Theatre is the only U.S venue, other than BAM in New York, to host this landmark event. Tickets for RICHARD III go on public sale Friday, August 19.
Known for carefully curated Bay Area-only theater experiences, SHN is expecting the show to be a highlight of the 2011 season.
“This is a really big deal for us, and for San Francisco,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “People will recognize the combination of Spacey and Mendes from American Beauty; now they’re interpreting one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays for a modern audience. It should be an amazing experience.”
RICHARD III places San Francisco on a roster of 11 locations around the world that have been chosen to host the production, including: London, Epidaurus, Hong Kong, Aviles, Spain, Istanbul, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and New York. The Bridge Project’s production of RICHARD III is currently playing to sold out crowds at London’s Old Vic Theatre.
See interviews and sneak peek of RICHARD III in London at http://www.youtube.com/user/
Ever more deets after the jump
This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.
It’s on - Friday, Friday, Friday!
UPDATE: On It Goes…