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Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

Summer performing arts guide: dance, theater, music & more

  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 28, 2024

From theatre stages to picturesque parks and scenic outdoor locales, the Bay Area's cultural landscape blossoms in the summer, whether it's Davies Symphony Hall or an alfresco performance under Stern Grove's eucalyptus canopy.

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2024

We love a classy benefit, especially one with notable local celebrities. Also, local theater, dance and music concerts are worth your time and money, in Going Out.

SF International Arts Festival offers podium to LGBTQ performers: music and dance are on the menu

SF International Arts Festival offers podium to LGBTQ performers: music and dance are on the menu

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 23, 2024

Since 2003 the San Francisco International Arts Festival has celebrated the arts by bringing together a global community of performers and audiences. The festival will run from May 1 until May 12 at various venues around the city's Mission District.

Dance moves: Amy Seiwert on becoming the new artistic director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet

Dance moves: Amy Seiwert on becoming the new artistic director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Apr 22, 2024

As Smuin Contemporary Ballet approaches the conclusion of its ambitious 30th anniversary season, Celia Fushille prepares to step down after 17 years as Artistic Director and turn the leadership of Smuin Ballet over to choreographer Amy Seiwert.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Chalvar Monteiro on living dance history

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Chalvar Monteiro on living dance history

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 26, 2024

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley for its 55th annual residency, and dancer Chalvar Monteiro shared his experiences in performing and teaching new and repertory works.

Kayla Farrish's 'Put Away the Fire, dear' reclaims Black cinematic depiction

Kayla Farrish's 'Put Away the Fire, dear' reclaims Black cinematic depiction

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 27, 2024

In San Francisco, the city often used as a setting in film noir, a new reinterpretation of Black people in cinema will be explored in Kayla Farrish's "Put Away the Fire, dear," an evening-length work at ODC Theater March 8-10.

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring' reborn

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Feb 6, 2024

The riotous premiere of "The Rite of Spring" in 1913 Paris is something of a legend. An iconic interpreter of this seminal music was German choreographer Pina Bausch. Her stunning dance's new production tour includes UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.

An homage to Chita Rivera, the musical theater star

An homage to Chita Rivera, the musical theater star

  • by J.A. Valentine
  • Feb 6, 2024

The passing of Chita Rivera on January 30 at age 91 will be deeply felt by many. Here, a devoted fan, and a performer himself, shares highlights of the musical theater star's epic career.

Trock & roll: Primo ballerino Robert Carter on his unique career

Trock & roll: Primo ballerino Robert Carter on his unique career

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 23, 2024

Robert Carter may play a dying swan with Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, but he's more of a unicorn in real life. As the longest performing member in the company, he's also one of very few men, and a Black gay man, who performs ballet on pointe.

'mouf//full' — OYSTERKNIFE's spiritual exploration at Grace Cathedral

'mouf//full' — OYSTERKNIFE's spiritual exploration at Grace Cathedral

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jan 23, 2024

The Bay Area's hottest live performance from the Black queer community for African-American History Month is Oysterknife's "mouf//full," February 2-4 at the venerable Grace Cathedral. The series blends song, dance and visual design in a three-day event.

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

Joey Vice: dancer-acrobat's the new sly Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's 'Kooza'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 2, 2024

Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza," opening Jan. 17, features two characters: The Innocent, a naïve young man, and The Trickster, a magical mentor who escorts him on a journey of discovery. Dancer-acrobat Joey Vice shares his experience as the new Trickster.

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

Holiday happenings: music, dance and camp fun for your Yule

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 28, 2023

From classical music and dance, to campy classics featuring your favorite drag performers, there's something on stages across the Bay Area to bring joy and inspiration to your holiday season.

Gay Pride on Pride Rock — 'The Lion King' cast member & manager share tales from the road

Gay Pride on Pride Rock — 'The Lion King' cast member & manager share tales from the road

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 21, 2023

"Sometimes you get surprised," said Eric Bean of the 50-odd cities he's visited as one of the 134 members of "The Lion King" touring company that opens at the Orpheum Theatre this week. "In Tulsa, Oklahoma, there are four different drag brunches!"

Show and 'Tell' — dancing towards racial healing

Show and 'Tell' — dancing towards racial healing

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 31, 2023

"Tell," a new interactive dance piece, will, according to creators and choreographers Sarah Crowell and Keith Hennessy, begin a dialogue geared towards racial healing. The shows have been postponed to Dec. 8-10.