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OMG, San Francisco Ballet Just Announced Friday March 21 Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Mad seats are available at our world-class San Francisco Ballet for Friday, March 21st, 2014, mostly because they just announced it. This is your rare chance to get great seats just one week before a popular show.

All the deets:

What: Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed Cinderella, Added Performance

When: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:00PM

Where: War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Tickets are $40-250. For more information visit www.sfballet.org or call 415.865.2000.

San Francisco Ballet Announces added Performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella on March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, March 14, 2014 – Due to popular demand, San Francisco Ballet announced today that it will present an additional performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Co-produced by SF Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, Cinderella had its world premiere in December 2012 with the Dutch National Ballet at the Amsterdam Music Theatre.SF Ballet principal casting for the added performance will be:

Cinderella: Sarah Van Patten

Prince: Tiit Helimets
Edwina: Elizabeth Powell
Clementine: Ellen Rose Hummel
Benjamin: Myles Thatcher

About Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Wheeldon’s production has thrilled audiences in both San Francisco and New York and received rave reviews—triumphed most recently by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…utterly alluring.” Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Wheeldon’s interpretation combines parts of both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions, along with new elements. The result provides audiences with a magical tale that is stunningly visual and deeply moving.

One of the most in-demand dancemakers working today, Christopher Wheeldon is formerly a resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, founder/ artistic director of his own company, and an artistic associate at The Royal Ballet. The prolific choreographer has become a frequent presence at SF Ballet over the last decade. Cinderella, his eighth commission and first full-length work for the Company (a total of 12 of his ballets are in the repertory), follows the success of his 2011 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland— a co-production of the National Ballet Canada and The Royal Ballet.

About San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. Recent highlights include a tour to the People’s Republic of China, the celebration of Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 25th anniversary with the Company, and the United States premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which was broadcast internationally, as well as nationally on PBS’s Great Performances “Dance in America” in 2011. In 2012, SF Ballet’s ambitious tour schedule included London and Washington, D.C., plus first-time visits to Hamburg, Moscow, and Sun Valley, Idaho. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

OMG, a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Beach Blanket Babylon is Coming Sunday November 18th at 5PM!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This should be quite a show:

“STEVE SILVER’S BEACH BLANKET BABYLON  PRESENTS SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – 5 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (November 6, 2012) – Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylonthe world’s longest running musical revue, is proud to present a sign language interpreted performance for the hearing impaired on Sunday, November 18 at 5 p.m.  of the holiday show. Tickets for this special performance range in price from $25 – $130 and are available now at beachblanketbabylon.com, by phone at (415) 421-4222 or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street).  Tickets may also be purchased by fax at (415) 421-4817.  TTY users may call the California Relay System at (800) 735-2929.  Tickets are being held for hearing impaired audience members.  To ensure optimal seating locations for viewing of both the interpreters and the stage, ticket buyers should indicate that they or members of their party will be using this service at the time of ticket purchase.

Using their hands, bodies and facial expressions, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters Michael Velez and Sherry Hicks will translate the spoken and musical parts of the show into signs and rhythms.  The interpreters will be placed on the main floor and will have separate lighting, which will enable the audience to see them during low light moments.

Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, the holiday show also features a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols and a gigantic Yuletide hat. Hailed as “A constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco ChronicleSteve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.”  Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Lady Gaga, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, The San Francisco Giants, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen of England, Hilary & Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, The Cast of “Glee,” Nancy Pelosi, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grammy Award Winner, Adele and Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes.

Tickets for this special performance range in price from $25 – $130 and are available now atbeachblanketbabylon.com, by phone at (415) 421-4222 or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green St.).  Tickets may also be purchased by fax at (415) 421-4817.  TTY users may call the California Relay System at (800) 735-2929.  Tickets are being held for hearing impaired audience members.

Beach Blanket Babylon’s performance schedule is as follows:  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 & 5 p.m.  Due to our liquor license, persons under the age of 21 will not be admitted to evening performances.  Valid photo I.D. is required.  All ages are welcome at Sunday performances.  All performances take place at Club Fugazi (678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. – formerly Green Street ) in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district.

Michael Velez is a mixture of actor, performer, writer, producer and interpreter.  The hearing son of deaf parents, Michael is a founder and active member of Half-n-Half, a musical sign language ensemble that blends ASL, music and choreography.  He has performed nationally with Half-n-Half and on his own abroad in Copenhagen, Sydney and San Juan.  As a concert interpreter his experience has enabled him to work with Elton John, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, The Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge,Garth Brooks, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper and The Backstreet Boys.

 

Sherry Hicks is one of the co-founders and director of Half-n-Half.  She has been interpreting for over twenty-five years and has worked with Ani DiFranco, Van Morrison, John Denver, Indigo Girls, LL Cool J, and Run DMC.  She performed at the International Deaf Club at the World Federation for the Deaf convention in Sydney, Australia and recently at the 2nd World Mental Health and Deafness Conference in Copenhagen,Denmark.  Hicks earned her MA and MFA from New College of California in Writing and Consciousness.

 

OMG, You Can’t Miss Our San Francisco Ballet’s Free Performance at the Stern Grove Festival This Sunday!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Mark your calenders:

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco”

How it looked last year:

Get all the deets at Odette’s Ordeal. 

All right, see you there!

(Arrive early, like super early, like sometime in the AM – make a day of it why not?)

Casting for the Sunday, July 29 performance at Stern Grove can be found here: http://www.sfballet.org/casting

Stern Grove – Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 2:00 PM

SCOTCH SYMPHONY
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapteyan
Nicole Ciapponi

INTERMISSION

SPINAE
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Composers: Phil Kline and Mary Ellen Childs

Lacey Escabar, Lauren Parrott, Emma Rubinowitz
Alexander Reneff-Olson, Wei Wang
Jeanette Kakareka, Mimi Tompkins
Aaron Renteria, Devon Carbone, Max Cauthorn

PAUSE

SOLO
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Martin West

Gennadi Nedvigin, James Sofranko, Hansuke Yamamoto

NUMBER NINE
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Michael Torke
Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Vanessa Zahorian, Garen Scribner
Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin Cintas,
Sasha DeSola, Vitor Luiz

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change”

And don’t forget your kilt…

Courtney Elizabeth in Balanchine’s ‘Scotch Symphony’ – Photo © Erik Tomasson

 

 

Wolfgang Puck Returns to SF! Dinner Tomorrow Night for Presidio Dance Theatre Grand Opening Gala at the Main Post

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This event  tomorrow from the Presidio Dance Theatre is sold out, but sign up with them and they’ll let you know about their future soirees I’m sure:

“Presidio Performing Arts Center will hold its first Benefit Gala on Saturday, December the Third at Half Past Six.  The Grand Gala will include a cocktail reception & silent auction, dinner by Wolfgang Puck accompanied by a holiday  show, featuring Presidio Dance Theatre artists, auction, and dance party following.  The black tie optional event will be hosted by television and radio celebrity, Narsai David.  Proceeds will be used to fund theatrical outfitting of the production studio.  PPAC is a non-profit public benefit organization which hosts a community of performing artists with performance seasons, a school, outreach and professional development.  Based in the Presidio of San Francisco at the Main Post, PPAC also offers special event space for the community.”

“PRESIDIO DANCE THEATER OPENS NEW HOME ON MAIN POST - NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LATEST STEP IN RENEWAL OF MAIN POST

Presidio of San Francisco (December 2, 2011) — The Presidio Dance Theater (PDT), relocated from its old home in the shadows of Doyle Drive by construction of the Presidio Parkway, has moved to a spectacular new Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on the Main Post. A grand opening gala and performance will be held Saturday, December 3, at 6:30pm.

“The addition of the Presidio Performing Arts Center supports our goal of bringing activity back to the Main Post,” says Craig Middleton, the Presidio Trust’s executive director. “It provides an important cultural and educational resource for San Francisco and the Bay Area, especially for our children.”

One of the Presidio’s oldest tenants, the 14-year old dance company is the most recent of several tenants to take up residence on the Main Post.

“The PPAC is a cultural hub for artists, arts students and enthusiasts,” says Judy Bretschneider, the PPAC’s founder and executive director. “In our new building, we are at the nexus of culture and community, where ethnic traditions cross-pollinate for an authentic American experience. We are now in a position to become a world leader for performing arts collaboration.”

Housed in the former post library, the PPAC features a multi-use theater for performances, rehearsals, and special events. It also features a children’s rehearsal studio, a green room, gift shop, offices, library and conference room, and costume storage space. Bretschneider sees the new performing arts center as helping to fill a vital local need for community theater space dedicated to the arts and culture, especially as arts programming continues to disappear from the city’s schools.

“I love the building’s natural light and the views of the Bay and the forest,” says Bretschneider. “Creativity in the arts is enhanced by an aesthetically pleasing location. This space is conducive to the opening of the spirit and the heart.”

Originally constructed in 1958, the new building easily accommodates an array of new programs including several adult classes, a “fencing for the stage” course, and classes in musical theater, Polynesian dance, and Mexican folkloric dance.

The dance theater joins a number of cultural organizations on the Main Post, including the SF Film Society, Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio Archaeology Lab and Officers’ Club, which will reopen in fall 2012 after a complete rehabilitation.

Saturday’s opening gala includes dinner by Wolfgang Puck, a performance by PDT artists and dancing. For more information visit www.presidiodance.org.

Founded in 1998 (as the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation) the Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) preserves, enhances and presents dance, music and theater traditions in their historical context, increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms from across the globe. The center’s resident dance company, Presidio Dance Theater (PDT) is an acclaimed multi-generational performance company. Though based in ballet, PDT specializes in dance from many regions of the world and features award-winning arts education programs.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The Trust has rehabilitated more than 300 of the 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.

Official CA Agency CalRecycle Declares War on Car Dealerships: Says DON’T Change Motor Oil Every 3000 Miles – Let it Slide

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), a division of our California Department of Conservation, doesn’t want you changing your car oil as much. They want you to follow the recommendation in your car’s owner’s manual, as opposed to your service manager’s “every 3000 miles no matter what” mantra.

(I don’t think car dealerships and oil change places will like this one bit.)

Anyway, CalRecycle is coming to town tomorrow to pay for free parking for motorists who pledge to increase their oil change intervals. (But don’t anybody tell StreetsBlog SF about the free parking reward – they won’t like that at all. Srsly.)

It’s called the Check Your Number campaign

All the deets, after the jump

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Three Hour Tour: See Homer’s Odyssey Performed on 120-Year-Old Schooner – It’s “The Odyssey on Alma”

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Well, this is different:

“This fall, in partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, We Players shares episodes of the classic sea story The Odyssey aboard the park’s 1891 scow schooner Alma. On eleven autumn afternoons, from September 17 to November 18, Alma’s broad, sturdy deck will evoke Odysseus’ sleek black triremes, and help tell the unlucky sailor’s tale of travel, exploration, and homecoming.

Each performance will take place during a three-hour sail on San Francisco Bay, as the cast and crew weave real-time line handling with Homer’s stirring account of weary seafarers striking sail for home. Audience seating is limited to 40 per performance, and tickets are available in advance only. Join our mailing list to be informed when reservations open, and when additional tickets are released.”

Writer Lily Janiak took the tour – here’s her impression.

It goes a little something like this:

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5
Sunday, November 6 (reserved for special guests of SF Maritime Association)
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12
Friday, November 18

All right, see you there, matey!

Civic Center Gets All Steamed Up for “Bali: Art Ritual Performance” at Our Asian Art Museum

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

See?

How are you supposed to drive through this stuff?

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Anyway, read the sign on our Asian Art Museum – it says BALI, baby.

All the deets.

See you there!

“Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance” is Now Open at Our Asian Art Museum – Runs ‘Til November 2011 – Hello Bali!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance is here at our Asian Art Museum.

SF Museum Examiner Nancy Ewart considers this exhibit:

“…an intelligent, gorgeous and vibrant show of a richly textured, religious and seductive culture.”

And Jesse Hamlin says:

“The galleries are filled with wondrous objects that seduce the eye and trigger the imagination.”

Here’s a sneak peek at todays sked, and you can get info on other events for 2011 after the jump.

Opening Celebration Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:00 am–10:15 am, Purification Dance; 12:00 noon–2:00 pm: Gamelan Music FREE with museum admission. Watch Bay Area dance troupe Gadung Kasturi open special exhibition Bali with nyapuh jagat (“sweeping the world”), the ritual cleansing dance of the self and the environment necessary before an important Balinese event. Later, hear the shimmering sounds of Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Gender Wayang.

Kaz Tsuruta

O.K. then. See you there!

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Brace Yourselves: “Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance” is Coming to Our Asian Art Museum – Runs Feb. 25 to Sept 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance is the Big Show of the Year at our Asian Art Museum. It will run from February 25th to September 11th, 2011.

And here’s the Matcha schedule for 2011:

THURSDAYS - 2011: February 24, April 21, May 12, June 30, August 18 5-9 pm | $10 Admission

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“Bali has long held a special place in the Western imagination, not only for its reputation as a tropical paradise, but for its artistic culture. Here, art, performance, and ritual are a part of the everyday.

While Bali is widely appreciated as a vibrant center of visual and performing arts, there has never been an in-depth exploration of its artistic traditions in the United States until now. Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of this special Indonesian island to San Francisco so that you can experience firsthand its culture, beliefs, and practices. See not only artworks but explore the context in which they were made and used, as the museum comes alive with the kinds of music and performance that fill Balinese ritual life.

The 131 artworks on view—many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the U.S.—range from simple, yet deftly woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. There will be puppetry, gamelan performances, masked dances, and more to provide a museum experience as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition.

See you there!

And you can read some stuff about debt, if you want, after the jump

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Word From the Asian Art Museum in Civic Center: “We Will Keep Our Doors Open and Maintain Operations”

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Well, I guess there’ll be no bailout from local billionaire and Asian Art Nut Larry Ellison anytime soon, but, no matter, it will carry on despite recent financial issues.

Now, for some reason, San Francisco went all out this year for the City of Shanghai and its World Expo. So, the AAA deserves credit for that when the City considers related matters in the future. (I mean, your World Expos, your America’s Cups, your Olympics, they mostly lose money right? They’re mostly a bad thing for the hosting cities and regions but mostly a good think for the politicians who make the deals and “win” the right to host whatever. Of course, I’m generally skeptical of those who want to take The People’s land, money, opportunities, whatever to pay for some extended party for the greater glory of a few electeds. Anyway…)

A nice ambiance just off Larkin Street, non?

Here’s the news:

“Asian Art Museum Open for Business

SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2010- San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum will keep its doors open and maintain operations despite financial challenges faced by the Asian Art Museum’s Foundation, which is the private fundraising arm of the Museum.

“The Museum is fortunate to have the support of donors from around the world. Donations from individuals, the Museum’s board, and our corporate and Foundation partners remain strong” said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. “I want to assure the Museum’s visitors, our 17,000 members, and all of our donors and hundreds of volunteers that the Museum will continue to be a leading center for Asian learning in the future.”

While the City solely owns the Museum’s building and its collections, the City and the Foundation jointly fund the Museum’s staff, facilities, and operations.

The Museum continues to maintain its role as a vital source of Asian art and culture, averaging nearly 300,000 visitors per year. Like many other cultural organizations in California and across the United States, the Foundation is facing challenges stemming from the economic downturn and related market disruptions. The Foundation is attempting to renegotiate its debt financing with its principal creditors.  As a measure of prudent management of fiscal responsibility, the Foundation has engaged outside professionals, and, with City officials, has begun to work on these negotiations.

“While this has been a difficult situation, it will have no impact on the Museum’s core operations,” said Tony Sun, chair of the Asian Art Commission and Asian Art Museum Foundation, the Museum’s dual governing boards.

The Museum looks forward to welcoming visitors to its current critically acclaimed exhibition, Beyond Golden Clouds; Five Centuries of Japanese Screens, on view through January 16, 2011, as well as the upcoming major exhibitions Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance, on view February 25 through September 11, 2011, and Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts, on view Oct 21, 2011, through April 8, 2012.

About the Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. Holding more than 17,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, the Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

Information: (415) 581-3500
or www.asianart.org
Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102″