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SF Symphony 12-9-09 Beethoven’s Fifth – but that’s not all!

Last night I attended a concert by the San Francisco Symphony that was billed as "Beethoven's 5th Symphony" but which also included Schubert's Six German Dances D. 820 arranged by Anton von Webern, Webern's Symphony, Opus 21, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Opus 58, featuring...

Theater review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at ACT is a smash hit!

Christmas in the Bay Area officially began last night with the opening of a spectacular staging of A Christmas Carol at A.C.T. in San Francisco.This annual tradition should not be missed. Even the most Scrooge-like of humbugs will come away with a wondrous grin. Perhaps the towering Christmas tree in Union...

James Carpenter as Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’ tonight at A.C.T. in San Francisco

I would not be surprised if James Carpenter is a method actor; or at the very least the kind of guy who needs to go deep, deep, deep to get into character.Tonight, A Christmas Carol opens at A.C.T. and the early word is positive.The real story though might be...

A Christmas Carol at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) opens Dec. 8

by Charles Dickens Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh Music by Karl Lundeberg Choreography by Val Caniparoli Directed by Domenique Lozano Based on the original direction by Carey Perloff The Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns to A.C.T. with a sparkling, music-infused A Christmas Carol. Featuring mean ol' Scrooge, adorable Tiny Tim, those spooky Christmas...

Theresa Rebeck is back, December 7 Magic Theatre

Don’t miss this intimate evening with a master writer! Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Emmy Award winning Theresa Rebeck will join us in San Francisco to dish up juicy conversation about working in theatre, television, and film. An engaging and spirited speaker with a unique perspective on the...

Train wreck alert: Gavin Newsom on how not to give an interview (video)

Got to hand it to CBS for this interview, maybe. Not holding back the punches, they let some obvious bad blood spillover here to challenge the recently media-shy (and often sick) San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom on a series of not-so-fun topics: the city's deficit, his pattern of cancelling...

SF Opera’s Otello – The Chronicle got it wrong

On Saturday November 21 I had the good fortune to take in SF Opera's production of Otello, starring the South African tenor Johan Botha as Otello, Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva as Otello's doomed wife Desdemona, and Italian baritone Marco Vratogna as the purely evil Iago. I was not...

Theater review: ‘She Stoops to Comedy’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

"It's a pseudo documentary about reality in the theater," says one of the characters/actors in David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy which premiered last night at SF Playhouse.It's one of several, pithy lines that occasionally inject entertainment value into the otherwise uneven gender-bending production.The pieces don't add up and instead of a...

‘She Stoops to Comedy’ opens tomorrow at SF Playhouse

Gender-bending romance is in the air this weekend at SF Playhouse with the opening of David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy. The play continues the 09/10 "Power of Laughter" theme; last seen at the Playhouse was the hilarious First Day of School (review).The new production hints at Shakespeare's As...
Live Sushi San Francisco - Restaurant Review

‘Live Sushi’ before live theater, a delicious combination

The Crazy Monkey roll, like the spicy tuna roll, had the right balance between the outside rice and the ingredients placed in the center of the roll.