Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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Get Your Spa On - Together!
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 26, 2008)
From foreplay-inducing couples massage to candlelit baths for two, romantic spa havens for lovebirds abound in San Francisco. But what about those days when you’re looking to meld the practical with the sentimental and don’t necessarily want to wait for a special weekend to treat yourselves to a little well-deserved pampering? Here are three places to help you get your spa on--between errands, after work, or whenever you just plain feel like it -- at a margin of the cost you might incur at other places boasting the right ambience for amorous encounters. More »
Ambitious But Uneven
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 26, 2008)
Playwright Itamar Moses’ “Yellowjackets” is creating quite the stir on Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage, which has been impressively thrown into relief by Annie Smart’s vivid, graffiti-spackled set and a towering fence that’s more suggestive of a high-security prison than a high school. The play swirls with mid-90s slang (sending a shiver of recognition down the spines of those of us who braved adolescence during that epoch), urban politics, racially charged turbulence, schoolyard violence and bullying, the Kafkaesque K-12 bureaucracy, and the riotously epic, hormone-driven confusion that characterizes the American teenage experience. More »
Free Flowing Environment with a Full Body/Soul Experience
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 23, 2008)
Editorial Note: One Taste Urban Retreat Center no longer provides spa or massage type services. ----------- One Taste's upstairs lounge area is packed with a dozen Bay Area massage therapists and a slew of customers who are eagerly waiting to sample a sumptuous array of massage styles, from reiki to traditional deep tissue. At first, it's an odd semblance of a massage studio. With people lounging on velvet cushions and yoga mats, there isn't a clear line of people for the massage therapists, who seem to be going in 10-15 minute spates. More »
A Rich Assortment
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 19, 2008)
The latest exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, “Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia", on display through March 1st in the museum’s Tateuchi Gallery, is an all-encompassing glimpse into the richness and variety of Islamic art, dating from the death of the prophet Muhammad to contemporary 20th and 21st century interpretations of Islam and the cultural and artistic forces that have continued to shape its reception on a global scale. More »
Experimental Theatre That Doesn’t Suck
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 25, 2008)
Since 1999, Cutting Ball Theater has been regaling Bay Area audiences with the sort of stage productions that tend to be so rare in modern theatre: intelligent, provocative, challenging, impossibly literary pieces that teem with playfulness and a throbbing vein of experimentalism. Artistic director Rob Melrose tends to deal in creating minor monuments to the exhilarating range of possibility that live theatre can offer (without the bombast or ginormous budget), from brief dramaturgical sketches by local playwrights to cheeky, audacious revisions of beloved Shakespeare plays. More »
Inspired Skincare and Primrose Natural Skincare
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 25, 2008)
As summer gives way to days that are alternately balmy and windblown, you can certainly combat the unpredictability of the season by taking just a wee bit more care with what you choose to slather on your face or put in your body -- not to mention with whom you decide to entrust all your beauty needs. Don’t know? Well, whether your métier is gentle organics or thorough medical facials, here are two skincare specialists who deliver on their promise to bring distressed visages back to pH balance and dewy impeccability. More »
Blue Turtle Spa and Le Sanctuaire
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 11, 2008)
As you’ve likely experienced, summer in the city can be muy caliente, which also means that sunbathing in your bikini with a margarita in hand can lead to parched, dehydrated, and generally woebegone skin. Not to worry, though; the two skincare specialists below, who have dispensed their knowledge to cadres of satisfied clients over the years, are happy to help you maintain that dewy radiance and garner envious comments, to boot. More »
Artist, Icon, Revolutionary
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 11, 2008)
Frida Kahlo is typically rendered as either the eccentric lady artist of the mustache and unibrow, memorialized by Hollywood goddess Salma Hayek, or the shunned wife of legendary muralist and revolutionary Diego Rivera. In a new touring exhibition organized by Kahlo biographer and art historian Hayden Herrera, we get to see Kahlo in all her incarnations—primarily through a slew of seductive, mysterious, and sometimes claustrophobic self-portraits that describe vicissitudes of political and personal agony, as well as the ultimate triumph of self-definition through the manufacturing of Kahlo’s own image. More »
The Final Three Shows of 2007/2008
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 20, 2008)
Looking for a little summer entertainment? You’re in luck -- the next few weeks at the San Francisco Opera portend some of the most bombastic, entertaining productions of the summer season, ranging from anachronistic renditions of Norse mythology to insanity-addled tales of romance and longing. Simply pop out the binoculars and settle in for some classic divertissement, with a twist. More »
Rest and Relaxation at Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 14, 2008)
So you don’t know what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Instead of fussing over nondescript websites in search of a stirring yet appropriately generic gift for the big guy, consider allowing him a pas de deux with nature and the promise of a good night’s sleep. While you might not be able to get him to pack his bags in time for Sunday, a belated sojourn to Napa Valley’s premier riverside retreat, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, will be sure to impress. More »
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