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‘Gorgeous’ at Asian Art Museum Challenges the Conventions of Beauty

‘Gorgeous’ at Asian Art Museum Challenges the Conventions of Beauty

Gorgeous, an exhibition of 72 pieces taken from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, aims to examine the varying standards of beauty that lead to us calling something gorgeous. The new exhibition encourages attendees to evaluate what…

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Stage Review: Loyalty and Betrayal in The Orphan of Zhao

Stage Review: Loyalty and Betrayal in The Orphan of Zhao

A gripping tale of murder, treachery and revenge, The Orphan of Zhao is playing now through June 29th at the American Conservatory Theater. For this production, ACT reaches far back into the history of Chinese theater to stage what has been called the Chinese Hamlet….

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Stage Review: ‘Communique No 10′ Explores Riots and Race

Stage Review: ‘Communique No 10′ Explores Riots and Race

The Cutting Ball Theater’s production of Communique No 10 bursts out of the gate with incredible, anarchic energy that grabs the audience from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the lights come back on. Celebrating it’s U.S. premiere at the EXIT through May…

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Stage Review: ‘The Suit’ Tells a Tragic Tale of South Africa

Stage Review: ‘The Suit’ Tells a Tragic Tale of South Africa

Ethereal, melancholic, and beautiful, The Suit, playing now at American Conservatory Theater through May 18th,  shows us the humanity and pain of relationships. Adapted from a short story by Can Themba, the play tells the story of a young couple, Mathilda and her doting husband…

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Q&A: Comedian Caitlin Gill Gives Us the Business

Q&A: Comedian Caitlin Gill Gives Us the Business

A rising voice in the Bay Area’s comedy scene, Caitlin Gill got her start working open mics around San Francisco before becoming a regular at events like SF Sketchfest and a member of local comedy troupe the Business. In addition to regular gigs locally, her…

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Stage Review: Campy Fun with ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Stage Review: Campy Fun with ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Full of big laughs and wild fun, Virgo Theatre Company’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and companion play Sleeping Beauty/Coma bring hilarious kitsch to Live Oak Theater in Berkeley through April 19.

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Stage Review: American Conservatory Theater Explores Relations of Power with ‘Venus in Fur’

Stage Review: American Conservatory Theater Explores Relations of Power with ‘Venus in Fur’

The smash Broadway hit Venus in Fur continues at the American Conservatory Theater through April 13 with an intriguing exploration of seduction and contemporary relations of power. When David Ives set out to write Venus in Fur, he originally intended to create a stage adaptation of…

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Stage Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Berkeley Rep

Stage Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Berkeley Rep

Accidental Death of Anarchist, playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theater through April 20, is a contemporary reworking of Dario Fo’s controversial farce; adapted by Gavin Richards and directed by Christopher Bayes. This high-energy comedy is based on the actual death of Giuseppe Pinelli, which occurred…

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Interview: Local Artist John Waguespack Talks ‘Hard Candy’

Interview: Local Artist John Waguespack Talks ‘Hard Candy’

“Hard Candy” is a creative collaboration between local contemporary artists John Waguespack and Katja Tapia showing from through March 15th at the Ian Ross Gallery. In it, both artists utilize bold colors to explore a variety of subjects and inspirations. Though their techniques differ, when presented together, the two artists work in a sort of dialogue, that helps to create a better understanding of the individual works. We caught up with Waguespack to talk about his process, design and visual vocabulary.

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Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Ubu Roi, playing now through February 23 at the Cutting Ball Theater, is a new vision of the historic work by the Cutting Ball’s artistic director Rob Melrose.

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Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Noir City, San Francisco’s annual film noir festival, returns to the Castro Theater January 24 to February 2. For the first time in it’s 12 year run, the festival will feature international films to challenge the widely held idea that Noir is a purely American genre. Here are a few highlights of the 27-film series.

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Edwardian Ball Returns With Two Days of Edward Gorey-Inspired Parties

Edwardian Ball Returns With Two Days of Edward Gorey-Inspired Parties

In a city that prides itself on its individuality, one would still be hard pressed to find anything quite like the Edwardian Ball, which boasts an aesthetic that mixes Edwardian period dress, steam punk chic and Edward Gorey-inspired madness for two days at the Regency Ballroom.

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