Posts Tagged ‘Jan Wahl’

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:



SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3’s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7’s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

OMG, Win Tickets to See the Big Impressionists Show at the de Young Museum!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Looks like Darren K is the big winner today. Thanks for playing!]

I’ll tell you, the big Impressionists show over at our de Young Museum is the real deal. It’s a must-see, baby. But it’s leaving us on September 6th, 2010.

So, you need to get over there while you have the chance. Now, if you want to win a free pair of V.I.P. tickets (the kind without a time stamp so you can just show up and walk right in, generally), make a comment to this post telling everyone the name of the de Young’s affinity card that gets you discounts and special offers all over Northern California sometime after noon on Monday, July 26th, 2010. That’s it. I’m thinking that you’ll want to try posting right at noon on Monday. You got one shot at it. I’ll check the timestamp – 11:59 AM won’t cut it, but 12:00 PM or later will. First one wins. Use your real email, it won’t get published.

And, bonus, you’ll also get the hefty show catalog, which you could use to defend yourself in a streetfight, should the need arise.

And just look at what you might see there:

You can’t win if you don’t play.

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay fever. Catch it.

Now’s the Time to See Young Frankenstein at the Golden Gate Theatre, If You Want

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Most of the people I saw Young Frankenstein with down at the Golden Gate Theatre appeared to be highly familiar with the highly-rated movie from 1974. The show I saw was a sell-out, but you should be able to get tickets now before this joint leaves us on July 25th.  

If this kind of humor isn’t your kind of humor, I can accept that. I’ll just note that, AFAIAC, there’s nothing to disagree with here at the SF Theatre Blog.

And KGO-7’s Don Sanchez seemed to have a blast when he recently visited backstage – check it.

Roger Bart and lovely Anne Horak are standouts:

Camp, as you would expect:

It’s a well-done production. See you there!

And, don’t miss the Hat Lady:


“Immediately following the performances on Friday July 9 and Friday July 16, Jan Wahl, entertainment reporter for KCBS radio and KRON TV, will host a free talk-back and Q&A with the cast of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

Reviews are IN for “Birth of Impressionism” at the de Young Museum – A Must See

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I don’t know, once you get a Great European Museum to agree to send over its stuff while they do a little Spring Cleaning, well that’s pretty much all the heavy lifting you need right there – everything else takes care of itself. So of course you get your scholars working and you need to get cogitating about what goes where and why, but it’s all downhill after that. For whatever reason, we San Franciscans get more than our fair share of these kinds of museum loans.

As here, and now, at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Their awesome new exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, is a smash success already.

Check out the pre-game report and The Review from Kenneth Baker, for starters:

“In view of the present exhibition, expectations for the second installment* could not be higher.”

O.K. then. It’s breathtaking, in’nt?

Be sure to listen to Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and John Buchanan, Director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco talk with Michael Krasny on 50 minutes worth of KQED Forum. And take a look at KGO-TV Channel 7’s special video report right here.

Check out Bill Wilson’s photos of the recent press preview last week.

Here are a few shots from the press preview. Hat Lady Jan Wahl was on the scene, as was Gavin Newsom, who generally does an excellent job at these kinds of events.

All the hard work is done, so all you need to do is get down there and check it out. Plan your visit now.

Peut-être je vous verrai la!

*It’s coming in September 2010: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”

Broadway’s Best Musical of 2008 Hits Town – Lively “In The Heights” Debuts at the Curran

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

In the Heights debuted yesterday night at SHN’s Curran Theatre on Geary, but it’ll leave us on June 13th, 2010 so now’s the time to decide if you want to get in on the fun.

Karen D’Souza liked it as did the Yelpers. It’s a simple, straightforward show filled with music, drama and humor – I liked it too. I can see why it won the Tonies a few years back. 

Check if you can get in on some nice $25 seats. And, bonus, Famous Hat Lady Jan Wahl will host a talk-back and Q&A on Friday May 21 and Friday May 28. Deets below.

It’s quite the spectacle:

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These four performers/performances/characters [I’ll get the names confirmed and then add them in], along with that of Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Benny the dispatcher, stood out for me.

All the deets, see you there!

“IN THE HEIGHTS tells the story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Propelled by the rhythms of hip hop and Latin music – uncommon sounds in musical theater – IN THE HEIGHTS‘ invigorating beat belies a musical steeped in Broadway tradition. IN THE HEIGHTS follows a close-knit community of hard-working Latino immigrants as they strive for a better life; search for love; dream the American Dream; and create a haven, a home, in northernmost Manhattan. The 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album, and is also the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical

A limited number of $25 rush box seats will be available for all performances of In The Heights. These tickets may be purchased on the day of show only and are available 2 hours prior to performance at the Curran Theatre box office. These tickets are available to anyone, with a limit of two tickets per person. Cash only, these tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Valid ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are VOID IF RESOLD. Resold tickets will not be honored.

Immediately following the performances on Friday May 21 and Friday May 28,Jan Wahl, entertainment reporter for KCBS radio and KRON TV, will host a free talk-back and Q&A with the cast of IN THE HEIGHTS

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The 2008 Tony Awards:

  • Best Musical (winner)
  • Best Book of a Musical – Quiara Alegría Hudes (nominee)
  • Best Original Score (Music or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Lin-Manuel Miranda (winner)
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Lin-Manuel Miranda (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Robin De Jesús (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Olga Merediz (nominee)
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Anna Louizos (nominee)
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Paul Tazewell (nominee)
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Howell Binkley (nominee)
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical – Acme Sound Partners (nominee)
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Thomas Kail (nominee)
  • Best Choreography – Andy Blankenbuehler (winner)
  • Best Orchestrations – Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman (winner)
  • Conceived by
    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Music & Lyrics by
    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Book by
    Quira Alegria Hudes

    Directed by
    Thomas Kail

    Choreography by
    Andy Blankenbuehler

    Music Direction by
    Alex Lacamoir

    Set Design by
    Anna Louizos

    Costume Design by
    Paul Tazewell

    Lighting Design by
    Howell Binkley

    Sound Design by
    Acme Sound Partners