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Marsh Berkeley Cabaret & Bar Happy Hour Fridays


The Marsh Berekely’s Friday Happy Hour, with its free, eclectic entrainment, is fast becoming as East Bay Tradition.

Here’s the February – March line-up:

February 8 & 22:
Larisa Migachyov, the amazingly wonderful ragtime pianist

February 15:
Wayne Harris and The Intones (The East Bay’s Best Rock, Blues, R&B & Bugle Band)

March 1:
‘The Night Before Leonard’ 
with Sylvie Simmons author of “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,” the New York Times bestseller that NPR named the best biography of last year. On the eve of Leonard Cohen’s two shows at the Paramount Theater, Sylvie celebrates with words, women, songs and cocktails…all of which, Sylvie, assures us, are his favorite things.

She will be reading from her book—and singing some of his songs, accompanied by Colleen Browne. She’ll also be drinking cocktails. Tickets are free (several hundred dollars cheaper than the Paramount.) There’ll be books for sale and to sign.

Praise for the book: “The major, soul-searching biography that Leonard Cohen deserves. Mesmerizing“-NY Times; “A new gold standard of bios”-LA Times

About Sylvie Simmons:
An award-winning writer and one of the foremost rock journalists since the late seventies, Sylvie Simmons was born in London in the UK and lives in the Mission district of San Francisco. Her previous books include Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes, which J.G Ballard named as one of his favorite books, and a cult short story collection, Too Weird for Ziggy. When not writing about music (for MOJO magazine, the BBC and the UK Guardian newspaper), Sylvie sings and plays a ukulele.

March 8 – 29:
Kike Adedeji ‘s “Ca C’est L’amour.”
Actress and singer, Kike Adedeji workshops her new cabaret show, Ca C’est L’amour. Luscious, a deliriously delightful and ever-effervescent chanteuse, will wrap her mouth around the men who never disappoint—Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Brian Wilson—and talk about the men who do.

This is not your usual story of loves lost, but a wild ride on a geographical safari! A Nigerian in London, a German from New York, a Mexican without papers in San Francisco, all have their songs and say: Come join the fun!

The Marsh Berkeley’s full bar offers festive happy-hour discounts including specialty cocktails and handpicked wine and beer. There is also great bar food—Panini’s, Corn Crusted Pizzas, Mango Guacamole Salsa and fresh-baked cookies.

Everyone is welcome; including those getting an early start for our 8 pm performances.

This is all not-to-miss and completely free—what better way to start the weekend!

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Marin Ballet Presents a 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance


Alumni dancers John Lam, Robin Cornwell, Josie Garthwaite Sadan, Jessica Wagner, and Mila Lavoie return to Marin Ballet to perform in works by Ronn Guidi, Julia Adam, Val Caniparoli, Robert Moses, Robert Sund & Robert Dekkers

Marin Ballet, a premier classical ballet training center based in San Rafael, CA, is pleased to announce the program for its 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance, April 13, 2013. Since its founding in 1963, Marin Ballet has been a leader in promoting the art of dance, in providing exceptional dance training, and in nurturing career-aspiring and recreational dancers alike.

A celebration of the past, present and future, the 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance features current Marin Ballet students performing alongside professional dancers who studied at Marin Ballet. The evening’s program features new works by established choreographers and the return of some favorite works from Marin Ballet’s archives.

“We feel very proud and fortunate to celebrate a milestone anniversary,” says Marin Ballet Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas. “Marin Ballet has grown a tremendous amount over the last 50 years creating outstanding dance training for the next generation of professional dancers, as well as a strong sense of community and an appreciation for the arts.”

Among the dancers returning to Marin Ballet for this special evening are Boston Ballet’s John Lam, who will perform a solo by choreographer Val Caniparoli; Smuin Ballet’s Robin Cornwell who will dance in a solo choreographed by Robert Sund; and Robert Moses’ Kin’s Josie Garthwaite Sadanwho performs a new solo by Robert Moses.

The program includes a remount of Trois Gymnopedies, Ronn Guidi’s work set to music by Erik Satie. Trois Gymnopedies was first set on Marin Ballet in 1967, and was then performed by Marin Ballet’s current Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas. This performance will feature alumnae Mila Lavoie of the Sacramento Ballet and Jessica Wagner, who dances with the dawson/wallace DANCE project, as well as Travis Bradley of Memphis Ballet.

Students from Marin Ballet will also perform new works by Robert Dekkers and Casey Thorne, a remount of Amy London’s Pardoname Signore Green, and an excerpt from George Balanchine’s Raymonda.

The second half of the program features Julia Adam’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work she created for Marin Ballet in 2003 (Adam has created four full works for Marin Ballet, including Where’s George? in 1996, Butterfly’s Day Out in 1997 and most recently, Nutcracker). Adam’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature students from Marin Ballet performing alongside guest artists Pierre-François Vilanoba, a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, as well as John Speed Orr andJonathan Mangosing, both of whom dance with Smuin Ballet.

The evening will also feature an Archival Display focused on Marin Ballet’s earliest years – featuring photos, playbills, costumes, and memories of Marin Ballet’s founding era.

Founded in 1963 by Leona Norman and now under the artistic leadership of Cynthia Lucas, Marin Ballet is nationally recognized for preparing young dancers to succeed and instilling in its students a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Students who have trained at Marin Ballet have gone on to perform or choreograph for such renowned companies as San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet, among others.

Recent alumni include San Francisco Ballet’s Alexandra McCullagh, Shane Wuerthner and Joanna Berman (retired), Boston Ballet’s John Lam, Dutch National Ballet’s Elaine O’Malley (retired), Ballet West’s Silver Barkes (retired), Smuin Ballet’s Robin Cornwell, Olivia Ramsay (retired), and Amy London (retired), Zurich Ballet’s Thomas Kendall, Diablo Ballet’s Hiromi Yamazaki, Washington Ballet’s Carly Wheaton, Robert Moses’ Kin’s Josie Garthwaite Sadan, and choreographer Edwaard Liang, who has created works for some of the world’s top ballet companies. Alumni from Marin Ballet have also gone on to pursue studies and careers in many other areas of the arts, and to serve their communities in a wide range of important fields.

About Marin Ballet

The mission of Marin Ballet is to provide excellent classical ballet training and education, and to promote the art of dance. Since its founding in 1963, the school has been a leader in promoting the art of dance in the community, where dancers not only receive excellent classical ballet instruction, but enjoy a spirit of camaraderie and a feeling of belonging to the larger dance community as well. Marin Ballet currently serves approximately 350 youths per year and more than 150 adults in a diverse schedule of more than 75 classes per week. Classes range from pre-ballet for 3 year olds who are just starting to explore movement to advanced ballet for aspiring professional dancers. Marin Ballet also offers fun, challenging classes for the adult amateur. Marin Ballet’s Scholarship Assistance programs, which benefit from long-standing partnerships with service agencies and local schools, support the training needs of approximately 36 percent of its students. Marin Ballet is a school that is known nationally as an organization that can as successfully prepare young students to succeed in the dance profession as it can instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts in all of its students, whether they go on to pursue a professional dance career or not.

About Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas

Cynthia Lucas was born in San Rafael and received her ballet training from Leona Norman at Marin Ballet. Ms. Lucas joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1972 and was widely recognized as a dramatic ballerina during her stellar 18-year performance career. She became Ballet Mistress of that same company in 1989 and was promoted to Principal Ballet Mistress in 1996. After 26 years with the National Ballet of Canada, Ms. Lucas was appointed Marin Ballet School Director in 1998 and promoted to Artistic Director in 2000.





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Cal Performances’ First Stage For Families Series Continues With Kaila Flexer, Oakland Folkharmonic And Teslim In Wheeler Auditorium At 11:00 A.M. And 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 24

Special hour long events are created for children and their grown ups

The second First Stage for Families offering of the 2012-2013 season features a program led by Kaila Flexer on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium. Known for her work in various folk traditions from around the world, including Jewish klezmer music and Turkish folk music, Flexer’s concerts will showcase the ensembles’ eclectic repertoire, ranging from traditional modal music of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East to medieval music to original compositions by Shira Kammen, Gari Hegedus, Ross Daly, and Flexer. The Oakland Folkharmonic is a five-piece string band that includes fiddler/composer Kammen. Teslim features Flexer and long-time collaborator Gari Hegedus, a multi-instrumentalist and the other half of the “exotic…spellbinding” (Billboard) musical duo.

The First Stages for Family series concludes with two performances by four-time Grammy-nominated duo, Trout Fishing in America, on Sunday, April 14. “Embody[ing] a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary-sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd” (The New York Times), bassist Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet create an broad mix of folk and rock music that is family-friendly. The series kicked off with a performance by Dell’Arte Company in November 2012.

First Stage for Families series features two Sunday one-hour performances by each company at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Wheeler Hall. Tickets are priced modestly at $10.00 for children and $20.00 for adults. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door. For more information visit

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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Spring 2013 line-up Announced

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive released its spring 2013 line-up for L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA. The much-lauded after-hours performance program returns with a typically eclectic schedule, melding dance, theater, music, and more. The season’s highlights include a concert by an all classical-guitar ensemble, a closing performance of an iconic postmodern dance work, a live-band mash-up of the music of Bob Dylan and Prince, appearances by boundary-busting vocal virtuosos, innovative theater groups, and mind-expanding laptop musicians—plus a lunchtime rock ‘n’ roll swap meet.

Guest programmer Sarah Cahill continues her acclaimed series of new musical happenings at L@TE with evenings featuring the innovative eight-piece Pacific Guitar Ensemble, bi-continental electroacoustic music and sampling pioneer Carl Stone, and an eco-conscious collaboration between composer and vocal performer Pamela Z and video artist Christine McPhee.

BAM/PFA’s Sean Carson programs a not-entirely quiet series of events in conjunction with BAM/PFA’s major spring exhibition Silence. An unlikely live mash-up of the music of Prince and Bob Dylan by all-star Bay Area funk band PC Munoz’s Singing Blood, a new performance by innovative homemade instrument performance project Thingamajigs with the Dandelion Dance Theater, and an evening of reworked scenes and songs from popular musicals by the UC Berkeley student theater group BareTroupe, will stretch conventional understandings of what silence can mean.

East Bay choreographer, dancer, and punk rocker Brontez Purnell, who performed at L@TE in 2011, returns to host three stellar events. New Diaspora promises to explore the work of “artists hailing from diverse dimensions of the African diaspora.” Part party, part recital, part family reunion, Other Dancers brings together some of the area’s most innovative dancers and performers. Finally, Purnell transforms Gallery B into a Rock N Roll “Flea Market” for a one-off E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA event that will feature pop-ups from several local record sellers, publishers, zines, as well as musical sets by Warm Soda and High Anxiety.

Legendary choreographer Anna Halprin will present the final stagings of her most iconic dance work Parades and Changes at BAM/PFA as part of the MATRIX exhibition program, including a special L@TE performance. Programmed by BAM/PFA curator Dena Beard, the work was previously performed at BAM/PFA in 1970 to open the current building. The BAM/PFA Student Committee teams up once again with video curator Steve Seid for BAM/PFA’s annual Cine/Spin extravaganza. A fleet of student DJs will transform vintage Buster Keaton and other slapstick silents, mixing beats new and old.

To view the L@TE and E@RLY schedules online visit:

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Michael Tilson Thomas Leads Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 and Selections from Mozart’s Zaïde

Soprano Nadine Sierra makes her SFS debut in these concerts

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and soprano Nadine Sierra in Three Arias from Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaïde and the Orchestra performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 February 28 – March 2 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Two of the arias performed by Nadine Sierra as part of her SF Symphony debut, Trostlos schluchzet Philomele and Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen, are receiving their first San Francisco Symphony performances at these concerts. The third aria is Ruhe zanft.

Nadine Sierra  is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and an alumnus of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where she appeared as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Sierra has also participated in the Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artists Program, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and the Music Academy of the West. Currently an Adler Fellow, Sierra made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 creating the roles of Juliet and Barbara in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier.

The San Francisco Symphony first performed the original 1883 version of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 with then-Music Director Pierre Monteux conducting in 1947. MTT will be conducting the Robert Haas edition of the score for these concerts, as he did in the most recent SFS performances in 2003.


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The Waiting Period Resumes At THE MARSH San Francisco From March 1– 30, 2013

During February, in honor of Black History month, Brian Copeland will be performing his mega-hit show, Not A Genuine Black Man, at The Marsh San Francisco. Then, in March, his critically acclaimed show about depression, THE WAITING PERIOD, will resume its sold-out run. The Marsh could not be more proud of this very special show’s continuing and significant contribution to the local discussion and understanding of this often fatal disease. It is not an easy subject, and yet, on March 30, the last day of the run, we will be celebrating its 100th PERFORMANCE on our stage.

The show plays on Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 5:00 pm on The Marsh MainStage, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco. For tickets, the public may visit <> or call 415-282-3055.Fridays are Educator Nights. Please note: teachers, students and those working in the mental health field get special discounts. For information call 415-282-3055.

Copeland, a multi-talented actor, playwright, author and talk show host, has basked in the glow of both public and critical acclaim for nearly a decade. And yet, along with such other well-known figures as Mike Wallace, Tipper Gore and Yves San Laurent, he suffers from debilitating bouts of depression. As William Styron, another well-known sufferer, put it: “Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from normal experience…depression takes on the quality of physical pain…it is entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion.”

This show is an unrelenting look at a ten-day period in Copeland’s life—the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay his hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life. Even in the midst of this tragedy, however, his wonderful sense of the comedy of life does not desert him (how much should he spend on the gun?), indeed serves him insidiously well as a buffer against the grim reality of his intention. Copeland hopes this very personal, and ultimately redemptive, story will reach people who struggle with depression—often called the last stigmatized disease—as well as their families and loved ones. Interspersed with interviews with other sufferers, the play, like so many Marsh stories, also offers outsiders an insider’s view, thereby expanding our understanding and, hopefully, our humanity. As critic Sam Hurwitt put it in The Idiolect: “It’s a play I’d strongly recommend to anyone who is now or has ever been depressed or who knows someone in that situation. But honestly, it’s such a strong piece that I’d recommend it just as heartily to anyone who’s ever been human.”

In 1995, San Francisco ABC radio affiliate KGO  premiered The Brian Copeland Show that remains the most listened to program in its time slot. His previous hit show, Not A Genuine Black Man, ended a seven-year run at The Marsh Berkeley earlier this year.

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The Castro Street Fair Announces Date for 40th “Ruby Anniversary” Celebration; Prepare to Paint the Town Red! The 40th Castro Street Fair, October 6, 2013 at Castro & Market

The 40th Castro Street Fair, October 6, 2013 at Castro & Market

Today, the Castro Street Fair Board of Directors announced the date for their Ruby Anniversary, celebrating 40 years! The fair will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Castro & Market Streets.
“It’s such an honor to continue a tradition that was started by Harvey Milk almost 40 years ago,” said Fred Lopez, President of the Castro Street Fair Board of Directors. “This year, we plan to highlight how this incredible San Francisco tradition continues, year after year, to bring this wonderful community together. We will celebrate the unique spirit of the Castro as we move toward the day of the fair,” he continued.

The Castro Street Fair is a part of the enduring legacy of Harvey Milk, who founded the Fair along with other local merchants in 1974. Since then, the Fair has been a thriving celebration for the Castro neighborhood, and for all of San Francisco. Plans are under way to make this one of the biggest and best Castro Street Fairs ever. Live performances and dance areas will pay tribute to some of the original Castro Street Fair entertainers– such as disco legend, Sylvester.


Every year, the Castro Street Fair raises money for local charities and the 40th year will be no different. The 39th Annual Castro Street Fair was a huge success, amidst one of San Francisco’s busiest weekends in history. The Fair attracted huge crowds and raised over $76,000 for local charities.

More than 460 individuals logged nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to assist with the production of the event.

On December 11, 2012, the Castro Street Fair Board of Directors distributed $76,327.21 in proceeds to over thirty local beneficiaries.
“The Castro Street Fair takes its role as a fundraising vehicle for local non-profits very seriously, while ensuring that everyone who comes to the Fair has a seriously good time” said George Ridgely, Executive Director of the Castro Street Fair Board of Directors.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

There are many exciting sponsorship opportunities for the Castro Street Fair 40th Anniversary. Exhibitor booths are expected to go on-sale in late March. For more information, contact:

About the Castro Street Fair

The Castro Street Fair is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community. Additionally, the Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro and Market.

The Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area. The Fair is a piece of the enduring legacy of Harvey Milk, who was a co-founder of the Fair in 1974. The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration – with hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and community organizations lining the streets to celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

For more information about the Fair, visit

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CAL Performances and SF Opera Present the World Premiere of The Secret Garden by Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison

Cal Performances and San Francisco Opera present the world premiere of composer Nolan Gasser and librettist Carey Harrison’s The Secret Garden, a new opera based on the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Opening Friday, March 1 at Zellerbach Hall with four subsequent performances through March 10, this new opera will be conducted by Sara Jobin, directed by Jose Maria Condemi and will feature scenic visual designs by Naomie Kremer. Soprano Sarah Shafer stars as Mary Lennox, alongside tenor Scott Joiner as Dickon Sowerby, 14-year-old tenor Michael Kepler Meo as Colin Craven, bass-baritone Philippe Sly as Archibald Craven and mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm as Martha Sowerby. Maestra Jobin will lead a chamber ensemble comprised of members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. “The Secret Garden has been an ideal operatic vehicle – a timeless tale of triumph over tragedy, and a paean to the value of friendship and the healing power of nature,” commented composer Nolan Gasser. “It is especially inspiring to create an opera geared for the entire family, and to play a role in our vital need to grow the operatic audience.”

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, this new opera, is created for the entire family. It tells the tale of Mary Lennox, a pampered but lonely young girl. Following the sudden death of her parents, she is sent to live with her uncle, where she finds herself in a bleak and unfamiliar land. Unexpected friendships blossom between Mary and her maid’s brother and her sickly cousin Colin Craven when they discover the hidden wonder of an abandoned secret garden. Together they make the garden—and each other—thrive, leading both young and old on a path of healing and understanding. Complete casting information can be found at

A pre-performance Artist Talk will take place before the first performance on March 1 in Zellerbach Hall at 6:00 p.m. Composer Nolan Gasser and director José Maria Condemi will discuss the process of creating a new opera. This event is free and open to the public.

Cal Performances and the San Francisco Opera also join forces to present interactive workshops based on the themes, story, characters and music of The Secret Garden. These events will introduce youngsters and their families to opera through dynamic and engaging activities and will be held on March 2 and 9 prior to performances. Exploration Workshop: Inside the Secret Garden! will be led by San Francisco Opera’s Stage Manager Rachel Henneberry. The workshops take place at 3:30–4:30 p.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. on Saturday March 2 and Saturday March 9 at the Toll Room, Alumni House on campus at UC Berkeley. Snacks will be served after each workshop. These events are recommended for children ages 6 and older. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit

A Sightlines talk with the creators will be given on Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. with the artists in a location to be announced. This event is free to event ticket holders and designed to enrich the experience of concertgoers.

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist, as well as the architect of Music Genome Project—the technology behind Pandora Radio. His original works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel and the Rose Bowl, among many others. His upcoming projects include a new musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book on musical taste and the interrelation of music and science. Outside of composition, Gasser is the artistic director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University, where he had been an adjunct professor in Medieval and Renaissance music history. As a pianist, Gasser performs and records as a soloist and with the San Francisco Jazz Quartet.

Carey Harrison is the author of 35 stage plays and 16 novels, most notably Richard’s Feet, winner of the U.K. Society of Authors Encore Award. He has received numerous grants from the U.K. Arts Council, as well as the Sony Radio Academy Awards, Giles Cooper Award, Prix Marulic, U.K. Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play, Prix Italia Silver Award, and Best Play Award from the Berlin Akademie der Künste. His drama output for radio and television includes Hitler in Therapy, which won the 2005 WorldPlay Award for best broadcasted play in the English lanuage. Harrison is professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and has been a book reviewer for numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The New York Sunday Times, and the London Review of Books.

Conductor Sara Jobin, who has previously led performances of Tosca, Der fliegende Holländer, Norma, the world premiere production of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, and Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince at San Francisco Opera, returns to conduct members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Jose Maria Condemi, artistic director of Opera Santa Barbara who has directed Così fan tutte, Tosca, Faust, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen at San Francisco Opera, directs this new production.

A painter and multi-media artist, Naomie Kremer has created text animations, painting animations and video for stage performance. Kremer’s large-scale, intensely colored abstract paintings incorporate text, architectural elements, nature, and figures inscribed beneath the bold brush strokes and bright, startling colors. Her work includes an all video set for the Berkeley Opera’s production of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and a video-based set for Light Moves, a collaboration with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Her paintings are in many public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museums of SF, the Magnes Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum and the US Embassy in Beijing. In 2008 she began making hybrid paintings: oil on canvas paintings with video projected on their surface, marrying the physical world of canvas and paint with the digital world of video.

Soprano Sarah Shafer holds the Alfred Greenberg Memorial Fellowship in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music. Shafer recently made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and covered the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. This season she will make her American debut with Opera Memphis as Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and with Opera Company of Philadelphia as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte).

Since his professional debut in 2009, at age 10, Michale Meo has performed as a principal singer with Portland Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera and with the opera companies of St. Louis and Wexford (Ireland). He has also appeared as a soloist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Corvallis Symphony. Meo recently created the title role of Northwest Children’s Theater’s world premiere
production of El Zorrito, a performance that earned him the Portland Area Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Young Performer.

Tenor Scott Joiner has performed with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Opera Projects, the Intermezzo Opera Festival and Teatro Magnani di Fidenza in addition to performances with the Escher String Quartet, Bryan Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. As a principal artist with Asheville Lyric Opera, Joiner has sung nine roles over four seasons, including Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Goro (Madama Butterfly).

A winner in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, bass-baritone Phillipe Sly is a first-year Adler Fellow and makes his San Francisco Opera main-stage debut in 2013 as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. A native of Ottawa, Ontario and a graduate of the 2011 Merola Opera Program, he is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Sly’s first solo album, In Dreams, was released in 2012.

Mezzo-soprano Laura Krum is a first-year Adler Fellow who makes her San Francisco Opera debut in this fall’s Rigoletto. She has her master’s from the University of North Texas and was a 2011 participant of the Merola Opera Program. She was a finalist in the 2011 Dallas Opera Guild Competition.

Tickets for The Secret Garden on Friday-Sunday, March 1-10 in Zellerbach Hall, range from $30.00 to $80.00 and are subject to change. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street)], or by phone at (415) 864-3330. Tickets for the workshops are $5 per person, regardless of age. Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets. For more information about discounts, go to or call (510) 642-9988.

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Bill Wilson: Not so Straight from my Archives — Tammy Baldwin and Joe Biden

This trip to my archives was inspired by Tammy Baldwin being elected to the United States Senate. Among the people who were elected to the seat she now occupies was Senator Gaylord Nelson, who served in the Senate from 1962 until 1980. My first paying job was working for Senator Nelson as a clerical assistant from April of 1972 until September of 1979. One of the people who worked in our office was hired by Senator Biden so I became good friends with several people on his staff.

Senator Biden at a Senate hearing in 1977.


To say that I was in the closet at this time would be a very vast understatement. I believed that I was the only person in the world attracted to people of the same sex. I also believed that if I were to look someone in the eye they would be able to tell and that wouldn’t be a good thing. I can now look back and realize how incredibly naïve I was, but at the time it was very painful trying to find a way to fit in.


Senator Biden campaigning for the Presidency in 2008

If we were walking in the basement of the Russell Senate Office Building I could show you the exact spot were I was when I realized that I could look people in the eye and still keep my secret. While the phrase, “I never thought I would live to see…” is overused, it fits in this case because the memories are so recent and so real.

Tammy Baldwin and Zoe Dunning pose during a reception in San Francisco.

There is always a special burden placed on anyone who is the first of any category to assume an office.  Senator Baldwin has prepared herself well serving in Congress as a Representative from Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district. I hope that she will enjoy a long tenure in the Senate like Senator Biden who spent more than thirty years in the Senate before being elected Vice President.

The Vice –President of the United States swears in Tammy Baldwin as a United States Senator.

Before January 21 this is where my article would have ended. However as a gay man listening to President Obama use his second inaugural speech to connect Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall was a very powerful affirmation. That very frightened young man who spent seven years walking the halls of the Senate in fear now knows he isn’t alone. Future generations of similar young people will never have to doubt their worth and someday will live with equal treatment.

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Z SPACE 20th Anniversary highlights include world premiere works by Word for Word, Mugwumpin, Joe Goode Performance Group, Margo Hall & Marcus Shelby, and a 20th Anniversary Gala

Z Space, one of the nation’s leading laboratories for the development of new theater works, celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2013. Among the artistic highlights of this anniversary year are world premiere works by Word for Word, Mugwumpin, Joe Goode Performance Group, Margo Hall & Marcus Shelby, and a 20th Anniversary gala featuring new works by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Mark Jackson, among others. Z Space will also bring back its offbeat fundraiser, RentWalk, for which Z Space’s visionary founder David Dower will return to San Francisco.

Z Space has roots in a collective of theater artists (The Zuni Collective) who came together while working at San Francisco’s popular Zuni Café. The Collective, formed in 1987, developed a devoted following for its provocative productions of challenging scripts. Six years later, in 1993, the collective disbanded and Dower, one of its members, founded Z Space in an effort to support a large and evolving community of Bay Area theater artists.

Operating out of a studio in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, Z Space provided developmental support to theater artists and produced plays at theaters and venues throughout the city. When Dower left Z Space to become Artistic Associate at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, producer Lisa Steindler was appointed Artistic Director.

Shortly thereafter, in 2009, Z Space secured a long-term lease to Theater Artaud, a 13,000-square-foot theater space located in the Mission District, allowing the organization to deepen its support to the artistic community in San Francisco. Today Z Space is the thriving home to more than 40 weeks of public multidisciplinary arts programming a year, and actively commissions, develops, and produces works from a variety of disciplines, including theater, dance, visual art, music, and performance art.

Among Z Space’s signature programs are Z Space New Work, a development program that supports artists and ensembles from conception to completion, Word for Word, an in-house theater company that transforms works of literature verbatim to the stage, and Youth Arts, Z Space’s outreach to schools, promoting literacy and engaging students’ creativity.

“The years I have been with Z Space have been some of the most satisfying times for me as an Artistic Director – it’s been an exhilarating ride with an organization that I respect and appreciate,” said Steindler. “The combination of Z Space’s mission and history offers a singular opportunity to fuel the San Francisco arts community, and the audiences and patrons who value it. Being a part of that community is humbling and outrageously exciting.”

Z Space’s 20th anniversary programs include:


Word for Word: You Know When the Men Are Gone “The Last Stand” and “Gold Star” by Siobhan Fallon

January 31 – February 24, 2013

Word for Word, a program of Z Space, gives its signature theatrical treatment to Siobhan Fallon’s gripping portrayal of the home front during the Iraq War, You Know When the Men Are Gone. The two interconnected stories, “The Last Stand” and “Gold Star,” show experiences of war – how those who are left behind to carry on survive their daily lives, as well as what it’s like for the wounded vet “returning to normal.” Word for Word’s ensemble is charged with the mission to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Founded in 1993 by Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter, Word for Word believes in the power of the short story to provide solace, compassion, and insight into our daily lives.


Mugwumpin: The Great Big Also

Directed by Christopher W. White

March 7 – 24, 2013
Award-winning theater ensemble Mugwumpin returns to Z Space in March with its unique blend of bracingly original staging, precise physicality, and sharp-toothed humor. Inspired by the riotous variety of prophetic movements throughout America’s history, Mugwumpin’s immersive performance escorts the audience through an unstable terrain of wrought-iron certainty and gnawing doubt. The ensemble brings its unsettlingly humorous and clear-eyed view to examine what America has promised us and what is asked of us in return.



May 18, 2013

After a five-year hiatus, Z Space is bringing back its favorite fundraiser, RentWalk. Participants will start at Fort Mason and wind their way to Baker Beach, the site of the first Z Space public performance. It’s a beautiful walk followed by a beach barbecue, in the company of actors, playwrights, dancers and artists of all stripes. Z Space founder David Dower returns to San Francisco for this special event.


Word for Word: Sodality: A Celebration of Stories by Zona Gale

August 15 – September 8, 2013

The Word for Word Charter Members come together to present stories from the acclaimed author Zona Gale (the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama). These are stories about a small American town in the beginning of the last century, that speak of the “sodality” of women, of community, democracy and of a group that has been together for many years in good times and bad. Among the stories features will be “The Face of Friendship Village” which centers on election day in the village, the women’s frustration at seeing how the men take their democratic right for granted, and at not being able to take participate.


Joe Goode Performance Group: Hush

September 26 – October 6, 2013

Z Space reprises its partnership with dance theater visionary Joe Goode and Joe Goode Performance Group. This time Goode is integrating his unique style of dance theater with Foley effects via a collaboration with sound effects artist Sudhu Tewari. A meditation on belonging and the various ways we are “hushed” as we are marginalized in society, Hush combines dance, visual effects and innovative ambient sound techniques drawn from film.


Z Space’s Fundraising Gala

October 10, 2013

Z Space hosts a 20th Anniversary fundraising gala featuring three new commissioned works: two short plays and one story. Z Space Playwright in Residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and actor, director and playwright Mark Jackson, who was just named theater’s MVP of 2012 in the San Francisco Chronicle, are among the writers who will contribute new works.


Title TBD: A new work by jazz composer Marcus Shelby and actress Margo Hall

November 8 – 24, 2013

Z Space is currently working with jazz composer / bandleader Marcus Shelby and actress Margo Hall on a theatrical work based on Hall’s childhood growing up in Detroit. This work-in-progress will draw on Hall’s father’s work as a bandleader and feature original compositions by Shelby, with an original score performed live by The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.


All events take place at:

Z Space

450 Florida Street

San Francisco, CA 94110


Tickets and more information available at


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Leonidas Kavakos Makes His CAL Performances Debut With an All-Beethoven Recital

While virtuosity is the calling card for many artists today, it is only the  jumping-off point for violinist Leonidas Kavakos, whose deeply emotional music making has garnered him the nickname a “fiddler’s fiddler.” Kavakos comes to Cal Performances for the first time Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. with an all-Beethoven program. This concert is also a celebration of his recent release of Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas on the Decca label. Kavakos will perform Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12, No.1; Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”; and Sonata No. 9 in A major, “Kreutzer” with pianist Enrico Pace. On Kavakos and Pace’s performance of the “Kreutzer” Sonata in concert, The New York Times wrote “their interpretation showed eminent poise and authority as well as a flexibility that attested to keen listening and added a welcome hint of spontaneity.”

This season Leonidas Kavakos is the focus of London Symphony Orchestra’s UBS Soundscapes LSO Artist Portrait and the Berliner Philharmonic’s Artist in Residence. He first rose to prominence as a teenager after winning the 1985 International Sibelius Competition, taking second prize at the 1986 Indianapolis International Violin Competition and first prize at both the 1988 Naumburg and Paganini competitions. He has since become known for his superb musicianship and virtuosity and has made a name performing as a soloist with the leading orchestras including Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic.

Kavakos is also an esteemed chamber musician and finds himself a favored artist at the Verbier, Montreux-Vevey, Bad Kissingen and Edinburgh festivals. In August 2012, he and Pace performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas at the Salzburger Festival. The performance was recorded as part of a documentary about Kavakos by Bayerischer Rundfunk. His other chamber music partners have included Emanuel Ax, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Nikolai Lugansky and Yuja Wang. For more info, visit

Enrico Pace was born in Italy and studied piano with Franco Scala at the Rosssini Conservatory and the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro, Imola. He launched his career after winning the Ulrecht International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 1989 and has since toured extensively all over the world. As a soloist he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with conductors Roberto Benzi, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko and many more. In chamber music, Pace has performed with the Kellar Quartet, Quartetto Prometeo, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, clarinetist Sharon Kam and others.

Tickets for Leonidas Kavakos on February 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Hertz Hall are $48.00, and are subject to change. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door.  Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets.  For more information about discounts, go to or call (510) 642-9988.

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Code for America Develops San Francisco App to Tackle Unused Public Benefits

From the Huffington Post

San Francisco nerds aren’t taking revenge. Instead, they’re giving back.

Programmers from Code for America, also known as the Peace Corps for Geeks, announced plans to create a $360,000 app to connect low-income San Franciscans with unused public benefits.

Each year, Code for America awards fellowships to nine American municipalities. The money is used to fund a tech product that addresses a local issue.

This year, San Francisco, Oakland and San Mateo County made the cut.

Four programmers will arrive in San Francisco this month. Between now and November, they will develop an app to match veterans, homeless individuals and other low-income residents with applicable goods and services. Ideally, the app will be completed by November and turned over to the Human Services Agency.

“We know of a lot of low-income San Franciscans who could be taking advantage of these benefits, but are not,” Human Service Agency Director of Contacts David Curto told the San Francisco Examiner.

The programmers will be paid through city funds and a grant from Code for America. In total, they will receive $35,000 for the year. Utilizing this program is believed to be cheaper than enlisting the help of private companies.

Since its founding in 2009, Code for America has become a highly competitive program. Only 28 programmers were selected to participate from a pool of 550 applicants.

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Rhodessa Jones Receives 2013 Mayor’s Art Award

Co-Director of Cultural Odyssey & Founder of Acclaimed Medea Project Receives City’s Top Artistic Honor

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Rhodessa Jones, an acclaimed performance and community artist, has been named to receive the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award.

“Rhodessa Jones embodies the spirit of the Mayor’s Art Award, as an artistic powerhouse of international acclaim whose work has saved and transformed lives,” said Mayor Lee. “It is my great honor to recognize one of our City’s most prized cultural treasures and to acknowledge Rhodessa’s tremendous contributions to the cultural, artistic and civic life of San Francisco.”

“I’m so honored to receive this award. Politics don’t work, religion is a bit too eclectic, but art could be that parachute that catches us all,” said Rhodessa Jones.

“Rhodessa Jones is a force, a pinnacle of our artistic community who practices what she preaches,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “For over 30 years she has made groundbreaking work that shines a light on important social issues related to power, race, class, gender and historically under-represented voices. It is an understatement to say that she is magnanimous. She is truly one of a kind and a true San Franciscan.”

Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey with her talented partner Idris Ackamoor. An actress, teacher, singer, dancer, and writer, Jones is also the Founder and Director of the award-winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation for women in the prison system. The message of the Medea Project has taken her around the globe, including South Africa where she made history by directing a full-length theater production with female inmates inside “Sun City Prison”. Jones also collaborated with the Women’s HIV Program at UCSF Medical Center, conducting workshops and residency activities, which resulted in the world premiere of “Dancing with the Clown of Love” in 2010.

Jones adds the Mayor’s Art Award to other accolades including an Honorary Doctorate from California College of the Arts, a GOLDIE Lifetime Achievement Award, an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater, and a San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award. In 2001, her film collaboration “We Just Telling Stories,” which profiles Jones and her work with the Medea Project in the San Francisco County jails, won Best Documentary at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Mayor Lee will present the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award to Rhodessa Jones on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. at an event at City Hall hosted by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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Mayor Lee & Atlanta Mayor Reed Make Friendly Wager On NFC Championship Game

Losing City Will Light its City Hall in the Winning Team’s Colors & Fly the Winning Team’s Flag

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s NFC Championship game. The San Francisco 49ers will play the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time, with the winning team advancing on to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3rd.

The losing Mayor will light up his City Hall for a night in the winning team’s colors – Red & Gold on the Atlanta City Hall if the Niners win and Red & White on the San Francisco City Hall if the Falcons prevail. The losing Mayor will also fly the flag of the winning team on a City Hall flagpole for a day.

In addition, San Francisco is wagering 25 pounds of Philz Coffee against Atlanta, and Atlanta is wagering a case of Georgia peaches against San Francisco.

“The Niners are on a roll – with an unstoppable quarterback, incredible linemen, a deep secondary and talented wide receivers,” said Mayor Lee. “The Quest for Six is well underway, and San Franciscans watched and celebrated as the 49ers dismantled the Packers last weekend in impressive fashion. I’m certain that they’ll roll right through the Falcons as well. Atlanta’s City Hall will look great awash in Red & Gold.”

“The Atlanta Falcons have been unstoppable all season long, and this Sunday will be no different,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “With an explosive offense and dynamic playmakers, I’m confident that our Falcons will ‘Rise Up’ and defeat the 49ers on Sunday.”

The 49ers reached the NFC Championship game for the second season in a row after defeating the Green Bay Packers last Sunday at Candlestick Park by a score of 45-31. The Falcons, the No. 1 overall ranked team in the NFC, beat the Seattle Seahawks last week in an exciting 30-28 contest that came down to a last-minute Atlanta field goal to win the game. This is the first meeting of the 49ers and Falcons in the 2012/2013 season.

Mayor Lee is encouraging 49ers fans from across the Bay Area to frequent their neighborhood establishments to watch the NFC Championship game, and no matter what the outcome, to treat our City with dignity and respect.

Last week, Mayor Lee raised the 49ers team flag off City Hall’s balcony and ordered City Hall, Coit Tower, Ferry Building and the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) lit in Red & Gold to reflect the City’s enthusiasm and passion for the San Francisco 49ers.


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Eighth Annual Vima Ball Brings SF’s Best Ballroom Dancers Together for a Night of Entertainment and Dancing

Vima Dance Studio, the largest private ballroom dance space in San Francisco, presents the annual Vima Ball on February 23, 2013.

This is the first year that the Ball will be at the new location on 820 26th St (at Third) in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.   The new location will easily accommodate the overflow crowds from years past.

The evening includes performances by some of the best dance teams in California including Same Sex Dance title holders Jose Comoda, Citabria Phillips and Angie Esswein, and “Photon”.   The group performers include the Vima Vice Squad, Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi and Freeplay Dance Crew.

There will be dancing throughout the evening led by DJ Marina Garza.

Tickets are $25, but if purchased before February 16, they are only $20.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Vima at 977-0203 or visit online at

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Rising Star Soprano Susanna Phillips
 Makes Her Cal Performances Debut
Sunday, February 24 At 3:00 P.M. In Hertz Hall

The vocally “beguiling” (The New York Times) soprano Susanna Phillips comes to Hertz Hall on Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. for  her Cal Performances recital debut with pianist Myra Huang. Recipient of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera Beverly Sills Artist Award, Phillips demonstrates her “rare stylistic fluency, canny pathos and dynamic finesse” (Financial Times, London) with a program of vocal works by Franz Schubert, Ernest Chausson, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, Enrique Granados and Gordon Myers. This selection, which includes little known works such as Myer’s selections from Do You Sing Mr. Twain? and Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, Book II, as well as favorites like Schubert’s Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild!, shows that this versatile artist is not afraid to delve into the heart of English, French and German singing traditions. This recital occurs just weeks after Phillips’s Carnegie Hall debut with the same program.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Susanna Phillips first rose to prominence in 2005 after winning four international vocal competitions—Operalia, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards and the George London Foundation Awards Competition. She then went on to garner top honors at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the American Opera Society Competition and the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago.

In 2011, Phillips released her first solo album, Paysages, under the Bridge Records label. The all French album consists of works by Debussy, Fauré and Messiaen, and features Myra Huang as accompanist. Phillips’ performance on the album was hailed as “sumptuous and elegant” (San Francisco Chronicle).

The 2012-2013 season marks Phillips’ fifth year at the Metropolitan Opera, where she is to play the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and later the role of Stella in Andre Previn’s operatic adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire singing opposite opera superstar Renée Fleming. During this season, Phillips is set to return to the Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in La nozze di Figaro and will perform concerts with the Oratorio Society of New York, St. Louis Symphony, and Alabama Symphony. She has also performed in concert with the Chicago and Baltimore symphony orchestras, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Fe and Santa Barbara symphonies.

Pianist Myra Huang, considered “among the top accompanists of her generation” (Opera News), has performed frequently with Phillips and with tenor Nicholas Phan. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Martin Canin, her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music under Warren Jones and has also studied at the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She performs often with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. Each year, Huang works with Plácido Domingo for his Operalia competition and she has also worked at the Palau de les Arts with artistic directors Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.

Tickets for Susanna Phillips on February 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Hertz Hall are $46.00, and are subject to change. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door.  Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets.  For more information about discounts, go to or call (510) 642-9988.

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Montenegro-born Guitarist Miloš Makes His 
Cal Performances Debut On Tuesday, February 19 

“Lovers of the classical guitar have a new hero in the young Miloš” (Telegraph, London), Cal Performances presents his recital debut, Tuesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. in First Congregational Church. The program will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jorge Morel, Jorge Cardoso, Isaias Savio, Agustín Barrios and Carlo Domeniconi. Though the repertoire begins and ends in the European tradition, the heart of this concert is drawn from his 2012 album, Latino, filled with intensely passionate music for classical guitar by South American composers. “[The] Latin American program . . . is outstanding in its finesse, warm sensuality and sheer beauty” says The Daily Telegraph, London.

Miloš Karadaglic, professionally known by his first name, was born in Montenegro in 1983, and began studying the guitar at eight years-old. Six years later, he began performing in major concert halls. At 16, he won a scholarship to study with Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London and graduated with First Class Honours in 2004. He continued his studies with a two-year Masters degree in Performance.

His recent recital appearances include Wigmore Hall, Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Carnegie Hall and the Lucerne Festival, and concerto engagements with the London Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras. He has released three albums with the Deutsche Grammophon label and was named Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year in 2011. In 2012, he won the Mastercard Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall and was honored the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music title for his contribution to the music profession. For more information, visit

Tickets for Miloš, guitar, on Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m., in First Congregational Church are priced at $36.00, subject to change. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door.  Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets.  For more information about discounts, go to discounts.php or call (510) 642-9988.

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ODC/Dance unplugged presents a behind-the-scenes look at Triangulating Euclid

A new collaboration between choreographers Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kate Weare

Dive deep into the creative process with an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview of Triangulating Euclid. Brenda Way and KT Nelson team up with acclaimed New York-based choreographer Kate Weare in this unprecedented collaboration designed to shake up their creative process and explore new artistic territory. Inspired by a rare original edition of Euclid’s Elements, perhaps the most influential work in the history of mathematics, this highly physical and emotive piece moves from the formal elegance of geometry to its human implication: from triangles to threesomes, from lines to connections, from the page to the heart.

ODC/Dance unplugged is an ongoing series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of new artistic work by ODC’s choreographers, The evening also includes a post-performance discussion with the choreographer and the ODC dancers.

Triangulating Euclid will premiere as part of ODC/Dance Downtown, ODC’s Spring home season which takes place at the Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, March 14-24, 2013. Tickets and information at

Thursday, February 14, 6pm  and Friday, February 15, 7pm

TICKETS:  $25   Available at, 415.863.9834

About ODC/Dance

ODC is known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. Among the many awards ODC’s three resident choreographers–Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada–have received are a Guggenheim, six Isadora Duncan Dance Awards — including two life-time achievement awards — a San Francisco Examiner Golden Slipper Award, and a Tony nomination. Brenda Way was selected as the first choreographer to serve as Resident of the Arts at the American Academy in Rome for 2009/10 and recently received a prestigious leadership award from the San Francisco Foundation. ODC has been hailed as “Best Dance Company” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012 editions. In 2009 ODC was selected by BAM as one of three dance companies to tour internationally under the aegis of the U.S. State Department’s inaugural DanceMotion USA tour.

Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective, named after its place of origin, Oberlin College in Ohio) loaded up a yellow school bus and relocated to San Francisco in 1976. Her goal was to ground the company in a dynamic, pluralistic setting. ODC was the first modern dance company in America to build its own home facility in 1979, from which it operates a school, a theater, a gallery, and a health clinic for dancers. In September 2005, under Way’s leadership, ODC opened a second performing arts facility, the ODC Dance Commons. And in the fall of 2010 ODC unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Theater. Through its dozens of programs ODC strives to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engage community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance performance, training, and mentorship.

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Pablo Heras-Casado Leads The San Francisco Symphony In Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5
And West Coast Premiere Of Magnus Lindberg’s Expo
February 14-17 At Davies Symphony Hall

Stephen Hough performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Pablo Heras-Casado returns to the San Francisco Symphony to lead the Orchestra in performances of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and the West Coast premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s EXPO February 14-17 at Davies Symphony Hall.  Stephen Hough performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra in these concerts.

Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado varied conducting career, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores, has been garnering international attention. In January he conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, performed by Midori, as well as an operatic setting of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play Angels in America, also by Eötvös and he was recently named one of the “100 Most Powerful New Yorkers” by Gotham Magazine. Heras- Casado made his SFS debut in October 2010 in performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 and last performed with the San Francisco Symphony and flamenco singer Marina Heredia in January 2012. In 2011 he assumed the post of Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York. In the 2012/13 season he will give return performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He gives debut performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Spanish National Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Opera performances include Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Les Vêpres siciliennes at Oper Frankfurt, and Il postino at Teatro Real, Madrid, featuring Plácido Domingo. In past seasons he debuted with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. In 2010 he performed for the first time at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, while 2012 marked his debut at the Salzburger Festspiele. In 2013/14, Harmonia Mundi will release Heras-Casado’s recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, in addition to a disc featuring Freiburger Barockorchester in Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4.

Pianist Stephen Hough  made his SFS debut in 1990 and last performed with the Orchestra under the baton of David Robertson in 2009. In 2001 he became the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded the 2008 Northwestern University’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano and went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010.  His recent engagements include performances with the Czech, London, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Toronto symphonies, the Cleveland, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.  He has had over 20 performances at the BBC Proms and is the Artist-in-Residence with the BBC Symphony.  The British classical label Hyperion Records will release two new albums by Hough this season. The first features works for solo piano by Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc as well as Mr. Hough’s own arrangement of works by Massenet and Delibes. Part of an ongoing exploration of Central European piano concertos, Hough’s second album features Brahms’ Piano Concertos, Nos. 1 and 2 recorded with Mark Wigglesworth and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. In fall 2012 London’s Broadbent Gallery presented an exhibition of his abstract paintings. He has written for London’s The Guardian, The Times, and was invited by the Telegraph Media Group in 2008 to write a cultural blog which can be found at . He has written extensively about theology, resulting in The Bible as Prayer, published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007.  Hough is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester.

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg  was Composer-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic from 2009 – 2012. At the start of Alan Gilbert’s tenure as Music Director and he wrote EXPO for Gilbert’s launch as Music Director.  During that period Lindberg also wrote Al Largo for orchestra and Souvenir for ensemble. Yefim Bronfman, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic premiered Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No.2 in 2012 and performed it at Davies Symphony Hall as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestras Series that year.  In 2008 the San Francisco Symphony performed Lindberg’s Seht die Sonne, a 2007 co-commission by the San Francisco Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic. Lindberg’s music has been recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Ondine and Finlandia labels. In 2003 Lindberg was awarded the prestigious Wihuri Sibelius Prize.

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The 13Th Annual Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire Presents Edward Gorey’s “The Doubtful Guest” At San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom Friday & Saturday, January 18th – 19th , 2013

 Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present the 13th annual award-winning Edwardian Ball  and World’s Faire on Friday and Saturday, January 18th-19th, 2013 at the stunning historic San Francisco venue, The Regency Ballroom.  Edwardian Ball founders Rosin Coven and co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Edward Gorey story to life on stage with original music, theatrical choreography and narration…this year presenting one of his more mischievous, playful masterpieces, “The Doubtful Guest” – a performance interspersed with humor and darkness.  It’s where literary fans are as welcome as Goth clubgoers and where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ballgoers waltzing their way from absinthe to the dance floor.

Step into a uniquely immersive world, where turn-of-the-century meets world-to-be in a fantastic blend of performance and audience, of sights, sounds, and magic.  One can expect an irreverently elegant blend of theatre, circus, live music, DJs, ballroom dancing, parlour games, steam machinery, aerial performances, obscure props, period technology, games, fashion shows and a Vendor Bazaar & Piano Saloon.  All in attendance are invited to return to a time of well-dressed gentility by creating characters and costumes for the occasion – instilling a madhouse slapdashery of costumery by nearly every single attendee.

Since 1999, The Edwardian Ball has steadily grown from a Bay Area underground club phenomenon into a full-fledged festival of arts and culture, focusing on the esteemed works of the late, great author/illustrator Edward Gorey…bringing his tales to life on stage. Now with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, the truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), will be honored for his body of  over 100 works. His legacy includes The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Iron Tonic and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway and  a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times. He also produced illustrations for books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well-known animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series have introduced his work to millions of television viewers. Gorey’s masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

Friday night is The Edwardian World’s Faire – a little more rambunctious than the Saturday night Ball, The Faire presents an authentic tea parlor and an interactive night of Barbary-themed Midway Games, bicycle-powered carnival rides by Cyclecide, an exposition of steam-powered machinery by Kinetic Steam Works, circus sideshows, burlesque, and longtime Edwardian disc jockey Delachaux, Vau de Vire Society, and DJ Fact.50. For 2013, a complete circus extravaganza by The Wanderlust Circus Orchestra from Portland, Oregon…weaving miraculous feats of skill through the extravagant orchestral warp of our prodigious band. Tap-dancing sax king Shoehorn is featured alongside frenetic frontman William Batty, sweating and sighing through standards and originals in the Spike Jones fashion while the finest circus and vaudeville acts in the Pacific Wheel Circuit show off their explosive best. Also in the mix: members of Shanghai Woolies, 3 Leg Torso, AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady, and the Juan Prophet Organization.

Saturday night is The Edwardian Ball – Friday’s rides and games are cleared away, making way for Ballroom Dancing followed by performances by Dark Garden Corsetry, “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy, DJs Miz Margo and Delachaux.  Capture a moment of history in the antique portrait studio, sip an absinthe cocktail, and dance the night away. Later in the night, Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society will perform the ‘not-to-miss’ theatrical interpretation of Edward Gorey’s story, “The Doubtful Guest.”

Both nights attendees can visit the widely acclaimed “Museum of Wonders – an Edwardian Odditorium” located in the opulent Regency Lodge. Be transported in a nostalgic turn-of-the-century elevator with costumed operator and enter an entire floor dedicated to natural wonders, unusual and peculiar artifacts, a living human statue garden, fortune tellers and sideshows, along with haunted mysteries and curiosities. These are all to be discovered through self-guided tours from 8-11pm, while being serenaded by a haunting soundtrack from an authentic 1900’s pipe organ.

At the extensive Vendor Bazaar & Piano Saloon featuring live music of The John Brothers Piano Company located on the lower level each night ($5 on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.) attendees can browse and/or purchase authentic fashion, costumes, accessories, jewelry and plenty of relevant, rare oddities. The Vendor Bazaar will also feature fashion shows, strolling performers and a hosted Edwardian Gaming Parlour.

Paradox Media
For over 16 years Paradox Media, owned and operated by Justin Katz, has been producing an eclectic variety of art and music events in the San Francisco Bay Area. These have included festivals such as ArtCar Fest, How Berkeley Can You Be!?, Oakland World Music & Jazz Festival, ArtFest’s Spectra Ball, Mission Bazaar, and Burning Man’s annual SF Decompression; independent theater with Everyday Theatre’s “The Bright River” and nonprofit community events with Epic Arts.  Paradox Media is the exclusive presenter of Rosin Coven, Founders of The Edwardian Ball in 1999. Katz is the bassist for Rosin Coven and a founding member of this unique ensemble. Katz also works for Goldenvoice / AEG Live, producing hundreds of concerts and special events in the San Francisco region at the Warfield Theatre, The Regency Ballroom, festivals, and arena concerts.

Vau de Vire –
Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Shannon and Mike Gaines, the San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with its unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus events. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, sideshow acts, fire-performers, thespians and beautiful circus freaks. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in their creation of original stage shows. Notable recent collaborators include Cirque du Soleil (Corteo), San Francisco Symphony, Bassnectar, The Dresden Dolls, Calvin Harris and The Madd Vibe Orchestra…with live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure and many other highly respected international artists.  In addition to producing The Edwardian Ball since 2005, Vau de Vire is most widely recognized for their numerous music and arts festival commissions, having curated live-music stages and multi-day variety entertainment amidst their custom built environments.  Past and ongoing festivals include: Outside Lands Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Download Festival, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, Exprescion on Alcatraz, Burning Man and Super Village at Super Bowl ’08.   Vau de Vire’s latest creation is the Inner Mission, a 600 seat music, arts and experimental theater located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district. 

The Regency Ballroom
The historic Regency Center was built in 1909, and is considered the finest example of Scottish Rite architecture in the country, featuring neoclassic and Beaux-Arts styles. The stunning Regency Ballroom is a treasure with 35-foot ceilings, a wraparound balcony, 22 turn-of-the-century teardrop chandeliers, blonde hardwood floors, and ornate décor. The newly renovated stage provides top-notch, state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video production for concerts and performances.  The Regency hosts hundreds of productions annually, including private events, weddings, club nights and the Goldenvoice concert series on its three fabulous levels, including the opulent Regency Lodge upstairs and the wonderfully versatile Sutter Room below.

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SFMOMA’s 2013 Art Auction to Feature Work by Jasper Johns, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and other Major Artists

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will hold its biennial art auction at the museum on April 24, 2013. Organized by SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council, the museum’s premier fund-raising auxiliary, this highly anticipated event will feature more than 40 lots representing an exceptional range of work by celebrated artists with strong ties to the museum and its world-class collection of modern and contemporary art.

SFMOMA’s art auction raises essential funds for the museum’s exhibitions and programs, and enables SFMOMA to serve more than 50,000 students, teachers, and families with free access to innovative education programs each year.

Led by auctioneer Patrick Meade from Bonhams, the evening will feature both live and silent auctions, providing access to works by internationally renowned artists as such as Jim Campbell, Jasper Johns, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Garry Winogrand, along with a growing list of other photographs, paintings, drawings, and design objects from top galleries nationwide.

Art Auction 2013 attendees will enjoy champagne and cocktails, creative culinary offerings by McCalls catering, and—new to the event this year—a live performance (to be announced) in the museum’s Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium. Following a preview reception for VIP ticket holders, collectors and art enthusiasts at all levels of interest will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of works by both established and emerging artists represented in SFMOMA’s collection and in recent museum exhibitions.

With many significant milestones ahead for SFMOMA—including groundbreaking for its major expansion project and the launch of a dynamic slate of off-site programs during the construction phase for the new building, and the reopening of the new museum in early 2016—this year’s auction promises to be an especially celebratory occasion.

The event is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor The Bay Area Porsche Dealers and supporting sponsors AT&T, Deloitte, and Webcor Builders. In-kind sponsorship is provided by Blueprint Studios, Bonhams, Hafner Vineyard, The Painters Place Picture Framers, Ruinart, and Ship Art International.


Tickets will be available at four levels:
$7,500 Grand Benefactor Table (seats 6) SOLD OUT
$1,250 Grand Benefactor Individual SOLD OUT
$1,000 Benefactor
$400 Patron



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Proceed With Caution: Circus Oz Returns to Cal Performances, February 15-17

 Photo:  Rob Blackburn

SchoolTime: Special One-hour Performance for Students Friday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m.

“[Showcasing] some truly herculean feats of strength along with truckloads of humor and heart” (San Francisco Chronicle), Australia’s Circus Oz returns to Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall, Friday–Sunday, February 15–17, with its latest production, From the Ground Up. From the Ground Up is built upon a construction theme, drawing inspiration from Charles Ebbets’ 1930s photography of construction workers and Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s. Always unexpected, From the Ground Up is performed to original music from the company’s five piece band lead by Carl Polke who plays the guitar—both electric and air. The controlled chaos that is integral to every Circus Oz performance is headed up by artistic director Mike Finch and senior circus artist and founding member Tim Coldwell. The group combines a dozen longtime artists with cutting-edge new performers, allowing the troupe to reinvent itself year after year.  Last seen at Cal Performances on October 2010, the “delightful (and skillfully) in-your-face” Circus Oz was recently selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as a must see event in 2013.

Circus Oz will give a SchoolTime performance for Bay Area students Friday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. in Zellerbach Hall.  Tickets available in advance only.

Circus Oz was formed in 1978 when two smaller independent circuses, Soapbox Circus and the New Circus, merged. Circus Oz debuted that same year at the Adelaide Festival.  By 1980, Circus Oz had begun to tour internationally. The first tour traveled to Papua New Guinea, Holland, Belgium, London, Norwich, Bath, and Chichester. During the mid-1980s, Circus Oz trained with China’s Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, building their repertoire and adding acrobatic skills, such as pole-climbing and hoop-diving, to the circus. Circus Oz has performed across five continents and in more than 26 countries, including spots as diverse as New York City, a refugee camp on the West Bank, indigenous communities in the Australian desert, and a glass opera house in the Brazilian rainforest. Performances have been translated into dozens of languages.  Circus Oz has represented Australia at many international festivals and broke box office records at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The troupe’s philosophy of gender equality, collaboration, social justice and a good time for all remains true.  The new recruits for their 2013 season include acrobats Dale Woodbridge and Shane Witt and hip-hop and contemporary dancer Ghenoa Gela.  Rounding off the casts are popular Circus Oz regulars including Hazel Bock, Luke Taylor, Jeremy Davies, Mason West, Flip Kammerer, Ruby Rowat, Chad Albinger, Stevee Mills, and musicians Carl Polke, Ania Reynolds and Bec Matthews.  “With an energy that never flags, the performers are some of the best around, they ensure that everyone shines and share their enthusiasm of having the best jobs in the world” (Aussietheater).

Tickets for Circus Oz on Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $22.00–$76.00 and are subject to change. The Saturday, February 16 matinee performance is a Family Fare event; ages 16 and under save 50% on single-ticket prices. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door.  Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets.  For more information about discounts, go to or call (510) 642-9988.

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Multi Instrumentalist David Lindley at the Osher Marin JCC Kanbar Center

Photo:  Neal Zlozower

David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley is well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne as well as work with Warren Zevon and other rock musicians and as leader of his own band El Rayo-X.   He has worked extensively in other genres as well, performing with artists as varied as Curtis Mayfield, to Dolly Parton.  He has long championed the concept of world music.  David has mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar magazine referred to Lindley, not as a multi-instrumentalist, but instead as a “maxi-instrumentalist” in a cover story about his career to date in 2005.  He will be performing an intimate solo performance for one night only in San Rafael on Saturday February 16th presented by Murphy Productions & Famous4 in association with the Kanbar Center at the Osher Marin JCC.

The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show. To purchase tickets, please visit  .



Saturday February 16, 2013   8:00pm
Kanbar Center
Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903
Tickets $25 GA -$35 Reserved at table



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Charles Dutoit Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Two Weeks of Concerts

Concerts January 30-February 1 feature violinist James Ehnes performing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole

Concerts February 6-10 feature the San Francisco Symphony Chorus with soprano Erin Wall in Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and tenor Paul Groves in Berlioz’ Te Deum

Charles Dutoit conducts the San Francisco Symphony in two weeks of concerts January 30-February 10, 2013. The first week, January 30-February 1, Dutoit leads the Orchestra and violinist James Ehnes in performances of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and the Orchestra performs Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Elgar’s Enigma variations at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.  February 6-10, Dutoit leads the Orchestra and Chorus in performances of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with soprano Erin Wall and in Berlioz’ rarely performed monumental work Te Deum featuring tenor Paul Groves, and the Pacific Boychoir at Davies Symphony Hall. The San Francisco Symphony has not performed Te Deum since 1973.

Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, January 30 at 8 pm (Davies Symphony Hall)
Thursday, January 31 at 8 pm (Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park)
Friday, February 1 at 8 pm (Davies Symphony Hall)

Charles Dutoit, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
San Francisco Symphony

Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Lalo  Symphonie espagnole, Opus 21
Elgar Enigma Variations, Opus 36

Susan Key will give an “Inside Music” talk from the stage one hour prior to each concert.  Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.

$15-$146 for Davies Symphony Hall and Green Music Center performances. Tickets are available at  , by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco. Tickets for the Green Music Center concert are available at the Green Music Center Box Office, located on the first floor of the SSU Student Union in the interior of the Sonoma State University Campus.

James Ehnes will sign his CDs immediately following the performances on January 30 and February 1 in the Symphony Store and on January 31 at the Green Music Center.


Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 6 at 8 pm
Thursday, February 7 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 9 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm

Charles Dutoit, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano
Paul Groves,tenor 
Pacific Boychoir, director Kevin Fox
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony

Poulenc Stabat Mater
Berlioz Te Deum, Opus 22

James Keller will give an “Inside Music” talk from the stage one hour prior to each concert.  Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.

$37-$150.  Tickets are available at, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco

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The San Francisco Symphony Presents Its 
Annual Lunar New Year Concert & Celebration 
Saturday, February 2 In Davies Symphony Hall

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the Orchestra in a program
of works by Asian and Asian-American composers
Concert features guest soloist George Gao on the erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed fiddle

The San Francisco Symphony rings in the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Snake on Saturday, February 2 at its 13th Annual Lunar New Year Concert and Celebration in Davies Symphony Hall. The celebrations begin with a Festival Reception at 3:00pm, followed by the 4:00pm Orchestra concert featuring conductor Mei-Ann Chen and erhu player George Gao in a program consisting entirely of music by Asian and Asian-American composers. The day concludes with the Lunar New Year Imperial Dinner in the Grand Rotunda of City Hall.

The pre-concert festivities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies provide family-friendly entertainment and activities, including children’s arts and crafts, lion dancing and Chinese calligraphy, as well as complimentary food, desserts and tea bars.

The 4:00pm concert, led by Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen in her SFS debut, celebrates the Lunar New Year and San Francisco’s unique cultural fabric by featuring a combination of traditional Asian music alongside orchestral works composed by Asian and Asian-American composers. The program features erhu player George Gao performing Cheng Gang and He Zhang-Hao’s The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, a work based on an ancient legend of the same name, and one of the most famous Chinese orchestral pieces. Originally written for violin and orchestra, The Butterfly Lovers Concerto can also be performed with traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu. An erhu is a two-stringed bowed instrument, which may also be called a “Chinese two-stringed fiddle.” A versatile instrument, the erhu is used in traditional music as well as in contemporary settings such as in pop, rock and jazz.  Works by two Taiwanese composers are featured: An Angel from Formosa by Tyzen Hsiao, who is often referred to as ‘Taiwan’s Rachmaninoff’; and Kao Shan Ching’s Ali Mountain Evergreen. Saibei Dance by An-Lun Huang, and the traditional Lion Dance and Good News from Beijing Reaches Border Villages are also included on the program.

The elegant Lunar New Year Imperial Dinner, inspired by the rich visual pageantry of traditional New Year celebrations, is at 6:00pm in City Hall’s Grand Rotunda. Tickets for the Imperial Dinner are sold separately. The Lunar New Year Celebration is chaired by Mindy Sun and is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Partner HSBC Premier.

February 10, 2013 begins the Year of the Snake. Occupying the 6th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Snake is the most enigmatic of the twelve zodiac animals. Those born under the sign of the Snake are elegant and enjoy reading, listening to great music, tasting delicious food, and going to the theater. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life. A person born in the year of the Snake acts according to his or her own judgment, and doesn’t follow the views of others. Those born in 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929 and 1917 were born under the sign of the Snake.

Mei-Ann Chen  makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in this performance. She is currently in her third year as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She is also beginning her second season as Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta. In 2012, the League of American Orchestras chose her for the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at their national conference in Dallas. The first woman to win the Malko Competition (2005), Chen has served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta, Baltimore and Oregon symphonies. Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the United States since 1989. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Kenneth Kiesler. Prior to that, she was the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees, simultaneously, in both violin and conducting.

Hailed as one of the most innovative and respected erhu masters today, George Gao began playing the erhu at the age of six. He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has toured extensively and has been featured as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra, and I Musici, among many others. George Gao has also performed recitals at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong, and Taipei’s National Concert Hall. An enthusiast of many musical styles, Gao has pioneered the development of new music for the erhu, fusing traditional Chinese music with jazz, Western classical music, new age, and other ethnic music from different world cultures. George Gao has composed music for many films and documentaries. In 2006, Gao co-composed and recorded the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning short documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District. In 2010, The Warriors of Qiugang, another short documentary for which Gao co-composed and recorded music, was also nominated for an Oscar. 

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