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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...
Luzia by Cirque du Soleil first look

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...
Buyi Zama - The Lion King Video of Rafiki backstage

‘The Lion King’ a night to remember in San Francisco

Disney's iconic musical continues to entertain.
The Hard Problem Review - San Francisco A.C.T.

Stoppard’s ‘The Hard Problem’ has problems

Tom Stoppard, one of the most acclaimed living playwrights, jokes about being “the house playwright” for the American Conservatory Theater. Program notes inform me that he is second only to Shakespeare in number of productions mounted here (17 to Shakespeare’s 21). Stoppard’s fame is rightly deserved, and we’re lucky...
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu Review and Video

‘The Natives are Restless’ a stirring visit to Hawai’ian culture

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu showcases the latest developments in hula dance and Hawai’ian political activism.
Manresa - Michelin Guide 2016

San Francisco Michelin Stars: Quince earns third star, Adega gets San Jose’s first

San Francisco is now tied with New York for the most Michelin three-star restaurants (six).
Common - Review at Masonic, San Francisco

Common at the Masonic: A Fundraiser for Black Girls Code (Review)

Kimberly Bryant, who founded Black Girls Code (BGC) in 2011, has a vision – to increase the number of women of color in the digital world by empowering girls of color to become innovators in STEM fields through exposure to computer science and technology. To that end the nonprofit...
Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

Why bother having a revolution?: Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

You can’t help leaving this Andrea Chénier admiring what a good job San Francisco Opera has done with a tricky piece.
MVFF 39 Press Conference - Dolby Labs, San Francisco

Mill Valley Film Festival Line-up Revealed: Neruda, The Salesman, La La Land, Arrival, more

The style might have been more relaxed, but the content was as impressive as ever. Last night, at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, we got a glimpse into the 39th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival. For the first time (that I can recall) at the annual press briefing there...