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July 1, 2017

Book Launch Party in San Francisco- June 2017

Book Launch Party at Books Inc., Opera Plaza, San Francisco Music by: Sidney Bichet (copyright belongs to artist) Memoir: Kiss Me Again, Paris by Renate Stendhal […]
June 1, 2017

A Modernist Rosenkavalier at the MET

Memory is a danger for any new opera production, and a worse danger is a DVD recording that gets you solidly stuck in the past. This […]
May 10, 2017

Program 7: A Golden Hour at San Francisco Ballet

For several weeks, if not months or years, the rumors about prima ballerina Lorena Feijoo’s departure from SF Ballet have been running through the hallways of […]
May 9, 2017

Hotel Violet

It was a relief to be out in the air. A slight, refreshing drizzle came at me as I drove home. But instead of continuing toward […]
April 25, 2017

Kiss Me Again, Paris featured in Epochalips

Just like everyone, I love movie trailers, those that entice and don’t give away the whole story at a glance. That book trailers can do something […]
April 8, 2017

Salome at the SF Ballet

Salome, the biblical girl/femme fatale who danced for her stepfather, Tetrarch Herod, and as a reward, received the head of John the Baptist on a platter, […]
February 25, 2017

Liam Scarlett’s “Frankenstein” at San Francisco Ballet

British choreographer Liam Scarlett has won accolades for his modern classical ballet abstractions, his playful, inventive movement language and excellent spatial control. Young and famous, he […]
February 5, 2017

Cultural Best of 2016: Opera and Other Feasts

Thinking back, as January invites us to do, my mind leaps to Santa Fe Opera as the high point of the year. Not just because I […]
February 4, 2017

Two World Premieres at San Francisco Ballet — for Better or Worse

It started with the best, in Program 1: Twin brothers groomed by John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet—Jiri Bubenicek, who progressed from dancer to dance maker, and Otto […]
December 21, 2016

Letter to a Man – Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov

A Dark, Arid Exercise of Perfection   Talking about a  new piece by the creative tandem Robert Wilson/Mikhail Baryshnikov without enthusiasm means there has to be […]