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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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Mayor Lee Releases Reserve Funds To Protect Critical City Services

City to Use $7.2 Million in Reserves to Reverse State Cuts to Continue Services

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced a supplemental appropriation which includes the release of $7.2 million to backfill State budget reductions and to protect the City’s social safety net for its most vulnerable residents, including children and seniors.

“Even in a challenging economic environment, we have balanced our budget, made tough decisions and, most importantly, planned for the future,” said Mayor Lee. “We are now in a position to protect critical City services and programs and offset cuts from the State to some of our most vulnerable residents. However, it is critical that we judiciously maintain and spend our reserves, especially with the threat of more than $40 million in Federal sequestration cuts looming.”

To backfill cuts to programs made by the State, $7.2 million from the City’s State Reserve will continue In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Day Health Centers and mental health services and, in addition, protects more than 800 childcare slots slated that would have been eliminated. The State Reserve will go from $15 million to $7.8 million. 

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APEX Art Show in San Francisco Featuring Dynamic Artworks from Renowned Street Artist Ends Jan. 12 at 941 Geary Gallery

APEX at 941 Geary Gallery San Francisco


941 Geary gallery’s show that features renowned street artist Apex will come to an end Jan. 12. Don’t miss this show which presents some vital and compelling works by the young artist in a show entitled Reflected, a collection of his new works. It opened in Novmeber and its scheduled completion is next week.

Consisting of two 10×6’ and ten 6×6’ latex and spray paint on canvas paintings, 12 framed sketches on transparencies and a large-scale wall mural, Reflected is the next step in the artist’s evolving look into abstraction.

With a focus on mirrored images, the exhibition explores the beauty of symmetry in nature and in design.

The artist’s sharp-edged compositions contain a visual interplay of organic and structural form, Influenced by architecture, graphic design and the Fibonacci sequence.

The multilayered, intricately stylized letterforms appear in Rorschach-like arrangements, characterized by a flurry of self-contained energy. In two paintings, layers of color build upon each other in bright bursts, but for the majority of the work the artist will employ a monochromatic palette, incorporating earth tones into a body of work for the first time.

San Francisco-based artist Apex has quickly made a name for himself in the world of street art, in both the Bay Area and abroad.

Having coined the term “Super Burner,” his pieces are most commonly huge, multi-layered productions, packed with patterns and a vivid array of colors. The relationship his pieces have to the built environment creates moments of intersection, and opens up complex fields of color, as if they have somehow transcended into their own form of architecture. The work is most certainly its own form of typography – his pieces are careful explorations of abstract letterforms.

White Walls Gallery has worked for nearly a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery just next door, this 4,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded the gallery in 2005 with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.


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Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik Leads A Program Of Vivaldi, Bach And Mozart Featuring Sfs Musicians 
Catherine Payne And Jonathan Fischer 
January 23-26 At Davies Symphony Hall

Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads and performs with the San Francisco Symphony in a program of concertos and serenades January 23-26 at Davies Symphony Hall. SFS piccolo player Catherine Payne is featured as soloist in Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto, while oboist Jonathan Fischer joins Barantschik in Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Violin and Oboe. Barantschik performs as soloist and leader in Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, and additionally leads Mozart’s Divertimento in D major for Strings and Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna.

“When we start the rehearsals for a program like this, the process reminds me very much of preparing for a chamber concert,” Barantschik explains of preparing for a concert as both a leader and a performer. “We don’t have a conductor, so everyone takes a greater initiative. When we get all the details right, like the balance of sound, articulation and our bow technique, then things start to come together, and the real fun starts. We can be free with our interpretation and take risks, almost like improvisation. We are free to take time with certain sections, to make them more special in some ways, so that every performance is different. That is what makes performing with your colleagues so much fun.”

Alexander Barantschik joined the SFS in 2001 and performs on the famed 1742 Guarnerius del Gesù “David” violin, previously owned by Jascha Heifetz, on loan from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor.  A native of St. Petersburg, Barantschik previously served as concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra.  He joined the SFS as Concertmaster in 2001. He last performed as leader-soloist with the Orchestra in May 2012 in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos.

Catherine Payne has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1996. Previously, she was principal flutist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and associate principal flute and piccolo player with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies.  Payne was featured in last season’s world premiere of Meredith Monk’s Realm Variations, and last performed as soloist with the orchestra in 2005 performances of Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major.

Jonathan Fischer joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Principal Oboe in 2003.
He has held positions with the Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Savannah Symphony, and New World Symphony, where he frequently coaches. This summer, he will enjoy his third year as Principal Oboist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. 

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Violin Virtuosos Christian Tatzlaff Performs on Tuesday, February 12, 8:00 PM at First Congregational Chuch

The “highly physical” (The Guardian) German violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns to Zellerbach Hall to perform a solo recital on Tuesday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church. The program will feature violin works encompassing a broad swath of musical history, from Bach to Bartók to Kurtág. Though these composers span centuries, Tetzlaff is known for “his protean ability to take on the character of whatever work he is playing” (The Independent). In his most recent engagement with Cal Performances in 2010, the violinist performed the complete violin sonatas and partitas by Bach, a feat of musical endurance that lasted over two hours. This program, though shorter, will offer a much more in-depth look at Tetzlaff’s multitalented style. With dozens of solo and collaborative recordings and over 100 performances to his name, Tetzlaff is “a bold artist with an instinctive feeling for the wild side in music” (The New York Times).

Christian Tetzlaff started playing violin and piano at age six, but did not begin intensive study of the violin until age 14, when he made his concert debut playing Beethoven. He studied at the conservatory in Lübeck and in Berlin under Uwe-Martin Haiberg. In 1985, he came to United States to work with Walter Levine at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.

His extensive repertoire includes concertos, solo and chamber works. He has performed pieces by many composers, including Hadyn, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Beethoven. In North America, he has played with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Toronto. He has also performed with the major European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Tetzlaff has also received several awards for his recordings for Virgin Classics and other labels, including the Diapason d’Or twice, the Edison Prize, the Midem Classical Award, the ECHO Klassik prize, and several Grammy Award nominations. In 2005, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in honor of his artistic achievements. In Spring 2013, he will release a recording of the Schumann violin sonatas. For more information, please go to

Tickets for Christian Tetzlaff on Tuesday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church are $52.00, 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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Will Citizens United Repeal Begin in a Marin Carpool Lane?

From the Pacific Sun

A lone Marin driver’s naughty sneak into the carpool lane could spell the end of corporate personhood as we know it—or at least that’s San Rafael resident Jonathan Frieman’s plan, as he heads to Marin Superior Court next week to challenge a traffic violation and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Frieman was heading south on Highway 101 through Novato on Oct. 2 when he was cited for violating California vehicle code 21655.5, which prohibits drivers from entering unauthorized vehicle lanes—in Frieman’s case, being a solo occupant in a lane requiring two or more persons. But Frieman plans to contest the $478 violation in court on Jan. 7, arguing that he had corporate incorporation papers in his car at the time and, he says, the state vehicle code views corporations as persons—therefore he and his corporation constituted a two-person carpool.

According to a press release from Kathleen Russell Consulting, the Mill Valley-based firm handling publicity for Frieman’s quest for justice, state vehicle code 470’s definition of a person includes “natural persons and corporations.”

If he loses in court on Monday, continues the press release, Frieman says he is prepared to appeal the ca se all the way to the Supreme Court “in an effort to expose the impracticality of corporate personhood.”

“Corporations are imaginary entities, and we’ve let them run wild,” says Frieman. “Their original intent 200 years ago at the dawn of our nation was to serve human beings. So I’m wresting back that power by making their personhood serve me.”

The concept of corporate personhood has been an ongoing controversy for years—but it hit the mainstream in 2010 following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which held that restricting political expenditures by corporations was a violation of their First Amendment rights to free speech. Implicit in such a ruling, some argue, is that the Constitution grants protections to corporations as if they were people.

Representing Frieman is attorney Ford Greene—he, too, says the state vehicle code treats a person and a corporation as equivalent.

“When a corporation is present in one’s car, it is sufficient to qualify as a two-person occupancy for commuter lane purposes,” says Greene, who’s also a San Anselmo city councilmember. “When the corporate presence in our electoral process is financially dominant, by parity it appears appropriate to recognize such presence in an automobile.”

Also unclear: If Frieman’s ticket is dismissed on the grounds that he and the corporation constitute a carpool–could the San Rafael activist then be fined for driving with an un-seat-belted passenger?

Frieman’s court appearance takes place Monday at 3pm at the Marin Superior Court, 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael.

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St. Anthony’s Breaks Ground on Their New Dining Room on January 24 at 3 pm

After 60 years and almost 39 million free, hot meals, St. Anthony Foundation is partnering with Mercy Housing California to develop a new home for St. Antony’s dining room, crowned with 90 affordable apartments for seniors at 121 Golden Gate.

This partnership makes the most of the original Dining Room site by raising a new 10-story building that will bring St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, and social Work Center together under one roof and increase service and food storage space.

Above, Mercy Housing California will develop and operate 90 supportive studio and one-bedroom apartments for very low-income and formerly homeless seniors.  Residents will only have to take the elevator to get a nutritious meal or an emergenmcy grocery bag, a set of clothing. or advice from a social worker at St. Anthony’s.  Together, St. Anthony’s and Mercy Housing Califronia will enusre that seniors live in dignity in a safe, stable and accessible home.

Financing partners for the development include the CA Tax Credit allocation commitee, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, the City and County of SF, Citibank Community Capital, National Equity Fund, Silicon Valley Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of SF, and the Kendeda Fund.

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CAL PERFORMANCES Presents The Bay Area Recital Debut Of Eric Owens On Sunday, February 10 
at 3:00 In Hertz Hall

Photo:  Paul Sirochman

“Eric Owens speaks to you even in his silences… and shakes you when he sings” (Chicago-Sun Times). Cal Performances presents the highly-regarded American bass-baritone, Eric Owens, in his Bay Area recital debut Sunday, February 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Hertz Hall. Owens will perform a program of songs from the repertoire of Hugo Wolf, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Richard Wagner.  In the last few years Owens has established an enviable opera, stage, recital and concert career, performing at the San Francisco Opera, the Met and Carnegie Hall, among many other prestigious stages.  He was thrust into the spotlight for his powerful portrayal as Alberich in Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera. His recital program in Berkeley will highlight his expansive yet focused tone and his innate acting technique, conveying the audience through more than one hundred years of music.  Owens will perform with seasoned vocal accompanist pianist Warren Jones.

A native of Philadelphia, Eric Owens began his music training as a pianist at six, followed by formal oboe study at eleven. He later studied voice while an undergraduate at Temple University, then as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music, and currently studies with Armen Boyajian.  He has performed with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, among others, and worked with today’s leading conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Franz Welser-Möst, John Nelson and Robert Spano.  Among the many honors he has received are the 2003 Marian Anderson Award, first prize in the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

“The single finest accompanist now working,” (San Francisco Chronicle) pianist Warren Jones was named “Collaborative Pianist of the Year” for 2010 by Musical America and has performed with many of today’s best-known artists including Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, James Morris, John Relyea, and Richard “Yongjai” O’Neill, among others. Jones has often been a guest artist at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center’s “Great Performer Series,” as well as festivals in Tanglewood, Ravinia and Caramoor. He has also been invited three times to the White House by American presidents to perform at concerts honoring the President of Russia and Prime Ministers of Italy and Canada.

Tickets for Eric Owens, tenor, with Warren Jones, piano, on Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m., in Hertz Hall are priced at $46.00, 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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Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas Leads The San Francisco Symphony,
San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Soloists And Actors In An All-New Multi-Media Production Of Scandinavian Classic Peer Gynt

Performance features specially curated music for Peer Gynt
written by Grieg, Schnittke and Robin Holloway

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony  (SFS) and San Francisco Symphony Chorus in an all-new semi-staged production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt January 17, 18 & 19 at 8:00 pm at Davies Symphony Hall. To achieve Tilson Thomas’ vision for accessing this epic drama, the production will utilize selections from music for Peer Gynt written by three composers, enhanced by original video projections, actors and theatrical elements. For these performances MTT has chosen a combination of musical excerpts written for Peer Gynt by composers of diverse eras and nationalities; Edvard Grieg, Alfred Schnittke and never-performed-before music by Robin Holloway. Combined, these selections will express Tilson Thomas’ unique imagining of this great work of Scandinavian literature and poetry. The performances will be sung and acted in English.

Of his choosing to perform Peer Gynt with the San Francisco Symphony this season MTT said, “Peer Gynt is a gigantic, sprawling play, probably best known through Grieg’s music. I don’t think that people have an idea of what a challenging and provocative play it is—filled with questions about life, and love, and all of those things. Both Alfred Schnittke and Robin Holloway produced huge scores for Peer Gynt. This program is a wonderful opportunity to connect Ibsen’s play with these three composers. Given the vast length of the [original] play—four hours!—we can offer a musical and dramatic snapshot of both music and text [in our abridged production.]” Semi-staged productions such as this one, Debussy’s Le martyre de Saint Sebastien and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle last season plus the upcoming performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in June reflect Michael Tilson Thomas’s creative vision and passion for combining theater and classical repertoire in a fresh, contemporary way setting stories in a new context for the concert hall.

Peer Gynt was written by Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen in 1867 and tells the tale of a selfish young man’s adventures in wrongdoing and is based on Norwegian folktales expressing a dark view of human nature. Ibsen asked Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg to write a score for Peer Gynt and Grieg’s music premiered along with the play in 1876 in Oslo. MTT & the SFS’ production will feature excerpts from Grieg’s incidental music for Peer Gynt.  Following intermission, MTT and the Orchestra will perform selections from Peer Gynt written by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke in the 1980s for American choreographer John Neumeier’s adaptation of Ibsen’s play. Schnittke’s is a massive score for huge orchestra which the composer continued to work on even after his first major stroke in 1985. The ballet is reputed to offer the best single introduction to Schnittke’s musical and aesthetic philosophy.

The first performances of music for Peer Gynt written by English composer Robin Holloway acts as a finale to the semi-staged production. The composer offers, “I wrote music for the complete Peer Gynt in the late 80s and 90s, it was not commissioned, but my desire to write it was so great, that I would have burst if hadn’t. I am absolutely thrilled that MTT and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing my orchestral epitome of Ibsen’s act four, for the very first time in this multi-media production.”  The composer adds, “The music I wrote for Peer Gynt’s 40-year ocean voyage is a symphonic picture of his travels around the world in which he visits every continent, gaining and losing a fortune in each, and getting entangled and disentangled with a series of loves. It begins with America, moving westwards, crossing the Pacific, to encounter the Orient, then explore the dark heart of Africa, moves north to encounter the pyramids and the Sphynx of Egypt; this is his final encounter with the wider world before he is driven back home to Norway as an old man to face up to the guilt of his youthful past.”

Actor Ben Huber makes his SFS debut performing the role of Gynt. Huber’s New York credits include Daniel Sullivan’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Perfect Harmony at the Clurman Theater, Sextet at New York Theater Workshop.  Regionally he’s been seen in Zoe Kazan’s Absalom at Actor’s Theater of Louisville/Humana Festival, Between Us Chickens at South Coast Repertory, The Importance of Being Earnest at Baltimore Centerstage, Eurydice at The Wilma in Philadelphia, Or, at The Magic Theater in San Francisco, and most recently, Glass Menagerie at Seattle Repertory Theater He holds an MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Soprano Joélle Harvey performs the role of Solveig, Peer’s untiring love interest. This season she was recently featured in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus December 13-16 . She performed previously with the SFS in Carmina burana in November 2010 and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in 2009

Actor Jesse Merlin makes his San Francisco Symphony debut in this production as Solveig’s Father, the Troll King, the Captain, and the Lean One. Merlin is a former Resident Artist with Opera San José, and has performed forty-five roles with Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Las Vegas, Long Beach Opera, Opera A La Carte, and Théâtre du Rond-Point. He performed the role of Dr. Hill in Re-Animator: The Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Hayworth Theatre, and the Steve Allen Theater for which he received an Ovation Award Nomination.

James Darrah  will direct these performances. Darrah designed new productions of Handel’s Teseo and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée for Chicago Opera Theater in their 2011 and 2012 seasons. He made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with Luciano Berio’s Recital for Cathy while working as an assistant to director Christopher Alden for the LA Phil Don Giovanni. Of the staging for the SFS production of Peer Gynt Darrah said, “to fully integrate the staged, musical, and visual components, the Symphony production’s design envelops the orchestra into its scope. The direction moves the action into a minimalist dreamscape, allowing an intimate connection with the text and characters. Production inspiration is drawn from experimental modern photography using mirrors, reflections, and shadow play. The costumes are a timeless re-imagining of modern dress in a myriad of silhouettes.”

For this production Adam Larsen will design abstract video projections, inspired by Norway’s topography, evoking the vague landscapes of a restless mind. Larsen last created video for MTT & the SFS’ performances of Debussy’s Le martyre de Saint Sébastien in January 2012. He holds a B.F.A. in cinematography from North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently self-producing a feature documentary on autism entitled Neurotypical. He has designed projections for Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway), The Gospel at Colonus (Herod Atticus, Athens), world premieres of The Women of Brewster Place (Alliance/Arena Stage) and Christmas Carol 1941 (Arena Stage) and recently The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Ohio Theater) and Love Lies Bleeding, a ballet based on the life of Elton John (Alberta Ballet).

Lighting designer Cameron Jaye Mock’s work includes a multi-year long residency with the Latino Theater Company and Los Angeles Theater Center creating lighting and projections for Charity and Hope, as well as lights, sets, and projections for Faith, each a part of The Mexican Trilogy. Opera credits include designing scenery and lighting for Dialogues des Carmélites, lighting for productions of L’incoronazione di Poppea, the US West Coast premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Dido and Aeneas, and Cavalli’s Giasone with Opera UCLA and Berkeley Opera’s L’ Elisir D’ Amore. He earned his MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

The SFS last performed Peer Gynt in Norwegian under the baton of then Music Director Herbert Blomstedt in 1988 selections from which were released on recording in 1991.


Thursday, January 17 at 8 pm

Friday, January 18 at 8 pm                                                                                    

Saturday, January 19 at 8 pm 

PRE-CONCERT TALK:        Laura Stanfield Prichard 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.

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Radio Host Favorite Ira Glass Returns To 
Zellerbach Hall On Sunday, February 10 At 7:00 Pm

Photo:   Tom Campbell

Radio personality Ira Glass will return to Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.  A Bay Area audience favorite, Glass is known as the host and creator of public radio’s This American Life, a weekly program that focuses on everyday people’s stories built around a theme. The show is heard on more than 500 radio station each week by over 1.7 million listeners.  In addition, it is often the most frequently downloaded podcast from National Public Radio (NPR). Glass is known for his quick wit and is praised for filling the unique role of both journalist and storyteller. The New York Times applauded Glass for his “distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence and a sympathetic heart.” There will be a Q&A session with the audience following the talk, part of Cal Performances’ Strictly Speaking series.

Born in 1959, Ira Glass has been a force in public radio for over 30 years.  He attended Brown University where he majored in semiotics, the study of symbols. At the age of 19, he began working in public radio as an intern at the Washington, DC, headquarters of NPR and has filled many different roles, including desk assistant, newscast writer, reporter and editor.  Before This American Life, he was also a reporter for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. In 1990, Glass was invited to co-host The Wild Room, a local Chicago program that was freeform with an eclectic mix of music, reading and banter. At the same time, Glass continued news coverage through his account of his travels with the Clinton campaign in 1992 and then his report on the Chicago Public School System where he spent a year at Taft High School and then a second year at Washington Irving Elementary School. This American Life premiered in 1995 and quickly become successful.  The show was syndicated in 1996 and has been nation-wide hit ever since.

A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, 2007-2008, winning three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live programs and other events, a “radio decoder” toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by-numbers set. In 2012, Glass produced and co-wrote, with Mike Birbiglia, a movie called Sleepwalk with Me which began as a story on the radio program.  Half a dozen stories are currently in development to become feature films.

In 2009, Glass was named the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award, the highest honor in Public Radio.  He has won many other prestigious awards including several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.  A frequent guest of late night television, he has appeared on “The Late Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.

Tickets for Ira Glass on Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall range from $30.00 to $72.00 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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Drakes Bay Oyster Company Gets Backing From Virginia-Based Interest Group

The Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has agreed to administer a litigation fund to be used to help finance the Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lawsuit against the United States National Park Service.

The oyster operation was ordered to close by the government after its long-term lease expired in November. Drakes Bay is fighting the issue in court. Drakes Bay will solicit support from its customers, supporters, restaurants and others from the Bay Area and Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties with the defense fund managing the money.

The money in the fund will be used to finance the company’s public interest litigation against the park service. Contributions to the fund are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.


From The Marin Independent Journal


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