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In Theaters: Talking ‘La La Land’ with Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle (Video)

A lot of movies are basking in adulation this year. Arrival with Amy Adams. Lion with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Moonlight with Mahershala Ali. Among so many other quality productions. Bottom line: it's looking to be very competitive come awards season. But perhaps the most-talked about, most highly praised effort so...
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What’s Happening: San Francisco Symphony holiday line-up

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And that means the San Francisco Symphony has once again rolled out its holiday concert season. See below for the complete schedule. Highlights include a screening of classic film Singin' in the Rain with live orchestra, a "Marri-achi" Christmas with Mariachi Sol...
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She Loves Me: A rare and romantic holiday musical at SF Playhouse

Every theater company (and symphony and ballet) seems to want to put on a good Christmas show. This results in the predictable November and December line-up of Christmas Carols, Messiahs, and Nutcrackers. Make no mistake—those are excellent works. But it’s nice to see something different. One solution: a world...
Cirque du Soleil Luzia Review - A Waking Dream of Mexico

‘Luzia’ a mind-bending dream from Cirque du Soleil (Review)

Cirque du Soleil’s latest mind-bending creation is Luzia – A Waking Dream of Mexico, currently being performed in the Grand Chapiteau tent behind AT&T Park. The world tour of Luzia kicked off in Montreal in April of this year. The tent is new, elaborate and specially designed for the unique...
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Stark Insider BTS: LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil – A Waking Dream of Mexico (Video)

Cirque du Soleil is back in town with a new show. Luzia is its name, and the artistic touring production is dubbed "a waking dream of Mexico." Stark Insider went backstage at the White Big Top in San Francisco to get the scoop on the magic behind the first touring Cirque...
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Scene San Francisco: Cirque du Soleil LUZIA opening night (Video)

The word is out: Cirque is in town! This week, under the White Big Top in San Francisco, a waking dream of  Mexico comes to life with new touring experience LUZIA. On opening night, the tent was packed to the rafters as the world famous troupe showed why it reins supreme when...
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‘DREAM’ with Loni Stark – Coming Soon to Stark Insider

Life or fiction. Which do you choose? DREAM. Coming soon to Stark Insider. A West Coast Adventure. A Lifetime in the Making. A Dream Within a Dream By Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet...
The Eagle Huntress Film Review

‘The Eagle Huntress’ a captivating, radiant documentary about perseverance

What would it be like if your daughter or younger sister – or you – could reach for the stars with parental support? There would be no limit to your dreams or your achievements – becoming prime minister or an astronaut or an eagle hunter would be inevitable. Despite...
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First Look: ‘Luzia’ a waking dream in Mexico (Video)

In Spanish Luzia means light ("luz") rain ("lluvia"). If you're Cirque du Soleil, it means intricate, poetic, acrobatic art. In this "waking dream" light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. According to organizers Cirque's new, visually stunning show will feature "a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, Luzia...
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‘The Lion King’ a night to remember in San Francisco

Disney's iconic musical continues to entertain.