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Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre Acclaimed Sailing Away Returns

 Inspired by San Francisco’s early African American settlers

Performances are free and open to the public on Market Street

It is sometimes referred to as the “San Francisco Exodus of 1858” a little-known part of the City’s history in which hundreds of African Americans fled discrimination and the threat of slavery for the safety of a Canadian exile. Choreographer Joanna Haigood and her Zaccho Dance Theatre (www.zaccho.org) are marking the iconic event with free public performances of her powerful work Sailing Away. Performances will be given in three continuous cycles, September 13, 14, 15, and 16 at 12noon, 1:30pm and 3pm daily starting at Market Street and Powell.

Market Street will provide the backdrop as performers interpret historical narratives through a series of vignettes and activities incorporating sites and monuments located between Powell and Battery streets. Important city monuments in the piece include: Mechanics Monument and Admission Day Monument.

“It’s ironic that a City now celebrated for its diversity once saw hundreds of its citizens flee in fear for their lives,” says Haigood, a celebrated local choreographer known for her unique and powerful site-specific works.

In the mid 19th century, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, Market Street, was home to a burgeoning black middle class. However, Governor Peter Hardeman Burnett, California’s first governor (1849-51), pushed for the exclusion of free Negroes from the entire state. Although a black exclusion bill never passed in California, it reflected strong public opinion within the state, which eventually led to the passage of other discriminatory bills against blacks as well as Chinese, Mexicans and Native Americans.These bills restricted education, homesteading, voting, intermarriage and the right of testimony, which barred blacks from testifying against whites on their own behalf in court. By 1858, because of increasing discrimination, some 800 African Americans sailed for British Columbia aboard the steamer Commodore to escape growing hostility.

While some people may know the names of people such as early enterprenuer Mary Ellen Pleasant (AKA “Mammy” Pleasant), or Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, a participant in the Underground Railroad and friend of Frederick Douglas, they may not have heard of figures like Grafton Tyler Brown, Archie Lee or Peter Lester. Produced and presented in partnership with the California Historical Society, Sailing Away features eight such prominent African Americans who lived and worked near Market Street during the mid-nineteenth century and evokes their participation in the 1858 exodus.

During each performance and event, newspapers containing historical information that is referenced in the work (maps, biographies and significant events) will be distributed to the public. Through character interactions, audience members will get a feel for the 19th-century in a 21st-century commercial life on the city’s most important thoroughfare.

“While creating this work, it was important to acknowledge the invisibility and loss of African American history and the current out-migration,” notes Haigood. “Since 1858, there have been two notable waves of black ‘out migration.’ The first occurred during the redevelopment of the Fillmore district in the 1950s and ‘60s. The second is currently underway.”

The African American population in San Francisco has declined by 40.8 percent since 1990. Some stated causes of this new out migration are the lack of adequate housing, discouraging achievement gaps in education, and the disproportionate incidents of violence in the changing, de-integrating neighborhoods. The study implies that African Americans live in an environment that habitually dismisses palpable challenges to full participation in the health and commerce of San Francisco.

In addition to the performances, the details for the public forums will include:

School Assembly with performance at Bayview Opera House On Tuesday, September 11, Joanna Haigood and Cast Members will host a lecture and performance excerpt for local Bayview Schools moderated by Susheel Bibbs, an award-winning expert on early African American out-migration and author.

Panel Discussion at California Historical Society

On Thursday, September 13 at 5:00pm, California Historical Society and Museum of the African Diaspora will co-host a panel discussion with scholars, historians, and local community leaders to discuss the past and current timeline of African American out-migration from San Francisco.

The panel discussion and performances are free and open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis.

Funding for the performances is provided by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Wells Fargo Foundation, Bayview Community Fund of the Tides Foundation and California Historical Society and Bayview Opera House.

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MAYOR LEE AND SUPERVISOR COHEN UNVEIL PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE IN SOUTHEAST SECTOR

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined Supervisor Malia Cohen, Police Chief Greg Suhr, the City Administrator’s Office, community and religious leaders and service providers to announce a public safety initiative to address a recent increase in homicides in the City’s Southeast neighborhoods. The initiative, Interrupt, Predict and Organize (IPO), includes short, mid and long term strategies to reduce violence.

“We need to immediately interrupt the violence in order to keep our youth and our communities safe, and so that we can continue to work on longer term solutions to end violence in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lee.
“Building strong, safe neighborhoods and creating opportunities for our City’s residents are among my highest priorities, and we must take action in the short term while building partnerships for the long term to see results and keep San Francisco one of the safest cities in the nation.”

Several meetings with law enforcement, community-based agencies, youth serving organizations and clergy have been conducted over the past several weeks to develop an initiative with broad community support and partnership. Law enforcement and the City Administrator’s Office will help implement the IPO strategy engaging City agencies, social service providers, and the community to organize for longer term results.

“The recent violence that has happened in our Southeastern neighborhoods, particularly in Visitacion Valley is unacceptable,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “The public safety issues in these communities are not exclusive to Visitacion Valley or even District 10, rather they are citywide challenges that need a citywide approach and solution. I am committed to working with the Mayor, the Police Chief and all of our community partners to develop new strategies that build on past successes and recognize that the nature of violence in our neighborhoods is changing.”

In the first six months of 2012, there were 38 homicides compared to 28 during the same period in 2011. The IPO strategy was developed in response to the Mayor’s directive to law enforcement agencies to reassess standard practices to address the recent rise in violent crime.

“Using proven strategies and best technology, such as our Crime Data Warehouse that stores web-based real-time information, we can rapidly deploy resources to areas where crimes are most likely to occur,” said SFPD Chief Greg Suhr. “These tools and techniques will help us interrupt the violence in our neighborhoods to the fullest extent possible as quickly as possible. Sooner cannot come soon enough for all parties concerned.”

“San Francisco’s Adult Probation Department is working collaboratively with our criminal justice and public health partners to create short and long term effective interventions to provide offenders with meaningful opportunities to change their lives,” said Wendy Still, Chief Adult Probation Officer. “We are working with public safety and community based organizations to create a continuum of employment, education, and housing and mental health services that will enable individuals to break free from violence and long term criminal behavior, disrupting the intergenerational cycle of crime.”

The new IPO plan will:

Interrupt gun violence immediately with targeted interventions, such as employing an improved San Francisco Police Department Zone Strategy, expanding Gang Enforcement Interventions and Fugitive Recovery, enhancing Violence Response Teams and offering better Gun Buy Back programs.

The SFPD will attempt topredict where crime is most likely to occur in hopes of preventing criminal activity using technology and intelligence before it can happen. The Department’s new web-based Crime Data Warehouse will be used to contribute to this “Predictive Policing” strategy by mapping current crime in real time. In the very near future, the Department will map crime, include historical crime data, and use predictive policing software to predict where crimes are most likely to occur. Los Angeles and Santa Cruz have implemented such software and have seen a double-digit drop in crime as a result.

The crucial third component, organizing, will be undertaken by a broad spectrum of community based agencies, churches, social service providers and youth serving organizations coordinated by the City Administrator’s Office, focusing on increasing employment opportunities throughout the year as an interruption or alternative for youth and community; focused intervention on at-risk youth; offering direct one-on-one services to identified youth in specific neighborhoods in response to violence; involving clergy and community leaders; expanding apprenticeship programs; and increasing case management slots in high-risk neighborhoods.

“Our communities need a comprehensive and sustained community revitalization plan,” said Eric McDonnell, Executive Vice President of United Way of the Bay Area. “I am honored to partner with Mayor Lee and community partners across sectors, including residents, to help develop and implement a plan.”

“After several dialogues with the Mayor, this initiative is an important first step in working with San Francisco’s faith-based communities and involving them in the City’s solution to violence,” said Reverend Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr, Pastor of Calvary Hill Community Church. “I am excited to stand with the Mayor and be part of the leadership focused on public safety not just in my neighborhood but for the entire City of San Francisco.”


 

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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPENING GALA featuring Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and violinist Joshua Bell in his only 2012-13 Bay Area appearance Wednesday, September 19

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a
free concert in Justin Herman Plaza Friday, September 21 at 5 pm
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrate the start of the Orchestra’s second century with a week of celebratory concerts and community performances, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert on Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm, which honors the philanthropic support and leadership of Marcia & John Goldman.  On Thursday, September 20 at 8pm, the annual All-San Francisco Concert celebrates more than 100 social service and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco and the Bay Area. MTT and the SFS perform the first of the season’s free concerts at Justin Herman Plaza on Friday, September 21 at 5pm (a new time).
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPENING GALA: IN HONOR OF MARCIA & JOHN GOLDMAN
The Gala concert program—featuring Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony and special guest violinist Joshua Bell—includes selections from Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, Chausson’sPoème and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, both with Bell and the Orchestra, and Ravel’s Boléro. Proceeds from the Centennial Gala benefit the Orchestra’s myriad artistic, community, and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year. This year’s event honors Marcia Goldman and SFS President John Goldman.
The Gala celebrations begin at 5pm with a cocktail reception in Davies Symphony Hall for Patrons’ Dinner guests, and a cocktail reception in City Hall for Symphony Supper and Symphonix attendees. The Patrons’ Dinner begins at 6pm in the Louise M. Davies Tent Pavilion.  The Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner will be held in City Hall’s Grand Rotunda and North Light Court, respectively, at 6pm. All dinners are catered by McCall Associates and designed by Blueprint Studios.
All concert ticket holders are invited to the complimentary Champagne Promenade beginning at 7pm in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. Following the Davies Symphony Hall Gala concert, all guests are invited to enjoy an after-party in the Davies Symphony Hall Tent Pavilion and on the Grove Street Promenade, with live entertainment and dancing.
The 2012 Opening Gala is chaired by Christine Lamond. Pamala Deikel serves at the Patrons’ Dinner Chair, and the Symphony Supper is chaired by Sharon Seto. Maggie Hezelrig and Phil Spiegel co-chair the Symphonix Dinner, and the Gala After-party is co-chaired by Liz Curtis and Annie Wong.
Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 Gala.
Joshua Bell made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1991 at the age of 23. He began his career in performance with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 14. Since then, he has performed with top orchestras and chamber musicians across the world in addition to recording more than 40 CDs, including the soundtrack to the film The Red Violin, by John Corigliano.  Bell has received the Avery Fisher Prize, and was named by Musical America as the 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year.  In 2013 Bell will appear in a US tour with the Cleveland Orchestra and a European tour with the New York Philharmonic as well as performances with the Tucson, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Nashville Symphony Orchestras.
ALL-SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
On Thursday, September 20 at 8pm, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in a special Davies Symphony Hall concert for San Francisco social service and neighborhood organizations, as thanks for the work these groups do to enrich the lives of and serve the citizens of San Francisco. Volunteers and employees from such organizations as Huckleberry Youth Program, La Casa de las Madres, and Boys and Girls Club, among others, will enjoy selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, Chausson’s Poème and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso—both featuring violinist Alina Pogostkina—and Ravel’s Boléro.
Organized through the Orchestra’s Volunteer Council, the annual All-San Francisco Concert has been underwritten by Wells Fargo for over 30 years.
Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition, violinist Alina Pogostkina’s recent concert tours have seen her perform at some of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. Pogostkina has collaborated with conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennadi Roshdestvensky, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Andrey Boreyko and Thomas Hengelbrock. In 2010, Alina Pogostkina embarked on a tour of Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott. Highlights of her 2011-12 season included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Orchestra of the Estonian Opera under the baton of Arvo Volmer, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR with Stéphane Denève, and a tour with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott to Muscat.
FREE CONCERT AT JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA
On Friday, September 21 at 5pm, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will perform the 2012-2013 season’s first free outdoor concert at Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero Center. Downtown workers, shoppers, and music lovers are all invited to relax and enjoy an array of popular works at the waterfront plaza after work.  The SFS’s annual downtown free concert is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and is part of the Orchestra’s many activities aimed at making music accessible to everyone in the community.
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2012 OPENING NIGHT GALA: IN HONOR OF MARCIA & JOHN GOLDMAN
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Joshua Bell, violin (only Bay Area appearance in 2012-13 season)
Berlioz Selections from Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17: Introduction | Love Scene | Festivity at the Capulets’
Chausson Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 25
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Opus 28 for Violin and Orchestra
Ravel Boléro
5:00pm             Cocktail Reception for Patrons’ Dinner, Davies Symphony Hall
5:00pm             Cocktail Reception for Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner, City Hall
6:00pm             Patrons’ Dinner, Louise M. Davies Tent Pavilion
6:00pm             Symphony Supper, Grand Rotunda - City Hall
6:00pm             Symphonix Dinner, North Light Court – City Hall
7:00pm             Pre-concert Champagne Promenade for all concert guests, Davies Symphony Hall
8:00pm             Gala Concert, Davies Symphony Hall
10:00pm           After-Party for all concert guests, Louise M. Davies Tent Pavilion and Grove Street Promenade
Concert tickets, which include access to the pre-concert Champagne Promenade and the Gala After-Party, are priced at $150 and $295 per person. Please contact the SFS Box Office at (415) 864-6000 or visitwww.sfsymphony.org for more information. Special Gala dinner and concert packages are priced from $395 per person.  For more information and to order dinner packages, please call the San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council at (415) 503-5500.
ALL-SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
Thursday, September 20 at 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Berlioz Selections from Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17: Introduction | Love Scene | Festivity at the Capulets’
Chausson Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 25
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Opus 28 for Violin and Orchestra
Ravel Boléro
Tickets to this concert are not available for general purchase. Community groups that would like to be considered for tickets to this year’s concert should email allsf@sfsymphony.org.
FREE CONCERT IN JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA
Justin Herman Plaza, at Embarcadero Center
Steuart Street between Market and Mission Streets (across from the Ferry Building)
Program TBD
This concert is free, no tickets are required.
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Singer-Actor Alfie Boe Appears in San Francisco in October at the Palace of Fine Arts

(From Playbill.com)

Singer-actor Alfie Boe, who won a joint Tony Award for his work in the Broadway revival of La Bohème, will play at the Palace of Fine Arts on October 9.

The concert will feature material from his second album “Alfie” as well as selections from his debut recording “Bring Him Home,”

“Alfie,” which was released in June on Decca, “is a collection of timeless pop songs and musical theatre favorites from such classics as Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, West Side Story and Les Miserables, to name a few,” according to press notes.

The recent self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart and features special guests Robert Plant and Nick Jonas.

Boe, who was seen on Broadway as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, played the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at The Queens Theatre in London and was also seen in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary celebration of the show at London’s 02 Arena. He is a regular performer with London’s English National Opera, where he has played Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, and was seen at the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

For more information, visit Alfie-Boe.com.

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17th Annual Tenderloin Health, Safety and Resource Fair is About Getting Connected to Services in the Neighborhood

The 17th Annual Tenderloin Heath, Safety and Resource Fair, featuring over 40 neighborhood health and service agencies, will take place on September 15 at the Tenderloin Children’s Playground-570 Ellis, from 11 am -3 pm. This year, the Fair will focus on connecting people to free, available neighborhood and City services.  Fair participants will have access to a range of informational resources such as tenant rights, veteran services and parent support services.

In addition to health screenings and free flu shots, the Red Cross will provide free Earthquake kits, Curry Senior Center will introduce a health resource guide for Seniors, and the city will be on-hand to connect people with public programs such as food stamps and Legal Aid. Translation services for 6 languages will also be provided. The Fair is expected to draw over 500 attendees, the first 450 of which will receive a free lunch courtesy of the San Francisco Hilton Hotel.

ADDITIONAL FREE SERVICES WILL INCLUDE:

  •                         Burn Education for Kids (St. Francis Hospital)
  •                         Citizen CPR Training (Red Cross)
  •                         Blood Pressure Screenings
  •                         Flu Vaccines
  •                         Diabetes Screening
  •                         Hep B Free
  •                         Adolescent Health Van
  •                         Voter Registration
  •                         Legal Aid
  •                         Food Stamp information
  •                         Art and Games for Kids
  •                         Bookmobile
  •                         Chair Massage

EVENT:  Tenderloin Health Safety and Resource Fair

DATE:  September 15, 11 am – 3 pm

LOCATION:  570 Ellis, Tenderloin Children’s Playground

AUDIENCE:  Families, individuals, Teens, Seniors, Residents of Tenderloin

COST:  FREE

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San Francisco comes together to support America’s Cup

Creation of ‘One-Stop-Shop’ will allow smooth flow of information

to benefit San Francisco businesses, Cup teams, and public

 

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (SF Chamber), the San Francisco Travel Association, and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee (ACOC), in partnership with several City agencies, including the Port of San Francisco, 311, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the Office of Small Business, are promoting the smooth flow of information and boosting local business opportunities generated from the 34th America’s Cup through the creation of a ‘One-Stop-Shop’.

 

Opening this week at the new America’s Cup offices at Pier 23, and managed by the OEWD, the One-Stop-Shop is a place where visitors, teams, stakeholders and Bay Area businesses can access information, get assistance on local issues related to the America’s Cup, and learn about business opportunities.

 

“The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ at Pier 23 is another tangible example of how the economic benefits of the America’s Cup races are coming to San Francisco.” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “I congratulate all our partners for developing this exciting new center to serve the America’s Cup teams, local businesses and local visitors and deliver a world-class series of events.”

 

The new initiative will also streamline the procurement process and help connect contractors with local and small businesses in San Francisco and across the nine-county Bay Area. The America’s Cup is expected to deliver nearly 9,000 jobs and $1 billion in economic activity across the Bay Area.

 

“The One-Stop-Shop is an important tool in disseminating information about the America’s Cup to all interested parties,” said Stephen Barclay, CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority.

 

A key component of the One-Stop-Shop will be the Business Connect web portal, which will be managed by the SF Chamber to help facilitate the procurement process for work contracted by ACEA, the City and County of San Francisco and the America’s Cup teams. The SF Chamber will also serve as an in-house resource for America’s Cup competitors to help streamline and fulfill procurement needs.

“The 34th America’s Cup is providing unprecedented opportunities for local businesses here in the Bay Area,” Barclay continued. “Our partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce helps to ensure that local organizations can take full advantage of our ongoing commitment to supporting the local economy.”

 

“The Chamber is proud to partner with the America’s Cup to make sure that local and small businesses benefit from the anticipated $1 billion economic impact soon coming to the Bay Area along with the America’s Cup,” said Steven Falk, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “We are committed to providing an inclusive, responsive and transparent process that will boost local business participation and help drive job and economic growth throughout the region.”

The One-Stop-Shop opened on August 1st at the new America’s Cup offices at Pier 23 on the Embarcadero and will be open each weekday from 10am to 2pm.

 

The America’s Cup World Series kicks off its second season with races in San Francisco from August 21-26 and October 2-7, 2012. The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco from July 4 – September 1, 2013 and the America’s Cup Finals will be held September 7 – 22, 2013.

 

Businesses interested in staying informed of America’s Cup business opportunities are encouraged to register with AC Connect at http://sf.americascup.com/business. More information on the America’s Cup is available at: http://www.americascup.com. More information on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is available at http://www.sfchamber.com.

 

About the America’s Cup

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name.

 

The next Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series (July-August 2013) and America’s Cup Match (September 2013) will be held for the first time in San Francisco Bay, a natural sailing arena where more than one million spectators are expected.

 

About the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the pre-eminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors.

 

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“DINER” THE MUSICAL Postponed

“Diner” is officially off the menu for SHN’s Broadway series this fall.

As widely rumored Thursday, the show’s producers have scrapped plans for an out of town tryout in San Francisco in October. Based on the ’80s cult classic movie starring Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke, the musical had been slated to make its world premiere at the Curran Theatre Oct. 23- Nov. 18.

SHN officials say the producers have decided to retool the show for a more intimate Broadway venue than initially planned. They plan to use the time for a four week fully-staged workshop in New York so that the creative team can make necessary artistic revisions.

The good news is that the production is still on track to make its Broadway bow in spring 2013 and producers are still investigating the possibility of bringing the show to San Francisco before it heads to the Great White Way.

This highly anticipated project is the latest in a long series of musicals based on movies. This time the inspiration is Barry Levinson’s 1982 coming-of-age tale. “Diner” traces a posse of six buddies in ’50s Baltimore who reunite for a wedding a few years after high school graduation. The movie catapulted the careers of Bacon, Rourke, Tim Daly, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser and Steve Guttenberg.

Directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Anything Goes”) the “Diner” musical will feature a book by Barry Levinson, who directed and wrote the screenplay for the original 1982 flick, and music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sheryl Crow.

(From the Bay Area Newsgroup)

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42nd St. Moon Individual tickets on Sale August 15 for 2012-2013 20th Anniversary Season

Greg MacKellan and Stephanie Rhoads, artistic and producing directors of 42nd Street Moon, today announced details for the company’s 20th Anniversary Season of uncommon musical theater: Moon Goes Platinum! It will be celebrated with five diverse comedies – all first-time productions for the organization, including a political comedy, romantic comedy, singing satire, a comedy-drama and a no-holds-barred farce.

The five musicals for the 2012-13 Season are OF THEE I SING, CARMELINA, PAL JOEY, CARNIVAL and LITTLE ME. 42nd Street Moon also continues with its special series of Salon Evenings at the Alcazar Theatre, this time with a special January salute to composer/lyricist Frank Loesser: Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

“The twentieth is the modern platinum anniversary, but we’re going with five solid-gold comedies to celebrate,” MacKellan said. “We’ve revisited a few of our past shows in the last three or four years, so to make our 20th anniversary extra-special, Stephanie and I chose musicals that are all first-time productions for Moon.”

“We’re particularly excited to have such an outstanding group of playwrights and songwriters represented – George and Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane, Joseph Stein, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, John O’Hara, Frank Loesser, Bob Merrill, Michael Stewart, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. The shows we’re doing this year feature some of their finest work. We have two genuine classics in Of Thee I Sing and Pal Joey, two rarely seen gems in Carnival! and Little Me, and a real surprise with the West Coast Premiere of Lerner, Lane and Stein’s Carmelina. Additionally, we have the brilliant comic actor Jason Graae as our guest star for our closing show of the season, Little Me.“

Of Thee I Sing (1931)     The season opens in style with George and Ira Gershwin’s OF THEE I SING. With the book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, this was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Presidency, and the democratic process itself are all targets in this timeless farce. John P. Wintergreen’s party runs on a “love platform,” promising that he will marry the partner chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. Instead, he falls for a White House secretary and the trouble begins. The superb Gershwin score includes Who Cares?, Love is Sweeping the Country, Of Thee I Sing, Baby, Trumpeter Blow Your Golden Horn. Greg MacKellan directs, with Dave Dobrusky musical directing. Dates: Previews Oct. 3 – 5, Opening Oct. 6 through Oct. 21

CARMELINA (1979)  The season continues with the West Coast Premiere of CARMELINA, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, and the book by Lerner and Joseph Stein. Carmelina is the musical version of the film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, which is also the source of the story in the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! Carmelina played briefly on Broadway in 1979 and had two staged concerts at the York Theatre. In 1962, Carmelina Campbell, Italian “widow” of a non-existent soldier, is faced with the return of three American soldiers who liberated San Forino in WWII. One of them is the father of her daughter, Gia … but she’s not sure which! The great score by team that did Royal Wedding and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever includes two standards, One More Walk Around the Garden and It’s Time for a Love Song, as well as Why Him?, Someone in April, I’m a Woman and Love Before Breakfast. Dates: Previews: Oct. 31, Nov. 1 & 2, Opening Nov. 3 through Nov. 18

PAL JOEY (1940) For the holiday season, 42nd Street Moon offers the timeless Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart masterpiece, PAL JOEY. Joey Evans – the charming “heel” with big plans – is back to take Chicago for a wild ride as he schemes to get to the top of the nightclub business. Songs include such Rodgers and Hart classics as I Could Write a Book, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, You Mustn’t Kick it Around, Zip, and In Our Little Den of Iniquity. Zack Thomas Wilde directs, with Dave Dobrusky musical directing. Dates: Previews – Nov 28 – 30 Opening Dec. 1 through Dec. 16

CARNIVAL (1961) This magical and beguiling musical of the beloved film Lili brings the world of Lili Daurier, puppeteer Paul Berthalet, roguish magician Marco and all of their circus friends to the stage. By turn bright and colorful and dark and intimate as it explores the milieu of the Cirque de Paris, CARNIVAL sings with a glorious Bob Merrill score: Love Makes the World Go Round, Her Face, She’s My Love, Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris and Mira. Greg MacKellan directs, with Dave Dobrusky musical directing. Dates: Previews – April 3 – 5, Opening April 6 through April 21

LITTLE ME (1962) Jason Graae stars in the final show of the season LITTLE ME, the outrageously funny musical that NY critic Walter Kerr called “a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze.” A bright and effervescent Cy Coleman – Carolyn Leigh score highlights Patrick Dennis’ rags-‐ to-‐ riches tale of Belle Poitrine, who moves from the wrong side of the tracks in Venezuela, Illinois, to Hollywood fame and Southampton luxury. The hit songs include Real Live Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, On the Other Side of the Tracks, To Be a Performer. Sharon Rietkerk is featured opposite Graae as Belle Poitrine. Willows Theatre Artistic Director Eric Inman will direct LITTLE ME, with Brandon Adams musical directing. Dates: Previews – May 1 – 3, Opening May 4 through May 19

Salon Evening at the Alcazar Theatre: BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! THE FRANK LOESSER SALON January 31, 2013 42nd Street Moon celebrates one of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley’s greatest songwriters in a special one-night-only event: The Frank Loesser Salon. During his thirty year career, Loesser wrote great standards – Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Let’s Get Lost, Luck Be a Lady, Heart and Soul, On a Slow Boat to China, If I Were a Bell, Once in Love With Amy, I Believe in You, Standing on the Corner, Dolores, Big D, Inch Worm, Can’t Get Out of This Mood, They’re Either Too Young or Too Old and scores for musical comedies Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Where’s Charley? and The Most Happy Fella.

Subscriptions for the 2012-13 Season at the Eureka Theatre, ranging from $95 – $235 with discounts for seniors and students and for those under 30-years-of-age, are available through the 42nd Street Moon Box Office at 415/255-8207 (Tues. – Fri. from noon to 5 pm), or through the website (no order fees) www.42ndstmoon.org. A special Family Matinee Subscription Series is also available for a 1 pm performance on the second Saturday of each production. The Frank Loesser Salon tickets are priced at $50 for subscribers and $70 for non-subscribers.

Current season subscribers are urged to renew by July 1, in order to guarantee the same seats for each performance. (Note: Early Bird deadline is March 25). Single tickets will go on sale August 1 to subscribers, and on August 15 to the general public. The five mainstage performances are presented at San Francisco’s intimate Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street. The Salon evenings are presented at San Francisco’s historic Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary Street.

42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre, contributing to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimate productions of “Uncommon Musicals” — classic and rarely performed shows by the great 20th century composers and lyricists. Through productions, educational programs, and community outreach, the company is committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence on the world stage.

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San Bruno Institutes Additional Safeguards to Prevent Future Gas Pipeline Incidents–Contractor Apologizes to San Bruno Residents for Gas Pipeline Break

San Bruno, Calif. – City of San Bruno leaders and staff met with the contractor responsible for a gas line break today and demanded and received additional measures to ensure safety and prevent future incidents.

The contractor hit a PG&E gas line prompting concerns and evacuations in the neighborhood ravaged by the deadly 2010 pipe explosion, but the leak did not spark a fire or cause any injuries.

The owner of the contracting company responsible apologized to the citizens of San Bruno for the incident and agreed to additional safety and digging protocols to prevent future accidents.

“I offer my sincerest apologies to the citizens of San Bruno on behalf of myself, my crew and my company,” said Matt Shaw, owner of Shaw Pipeline Co. of San Francisco.  “We understand how sensitive this community still is from the PG&E explosion of September 2010 and we are deeply sorry to have caused additional and unnecessary concern.”

Shaw Pipeline was hired by the City to replace and repair water and sewer lines destroyed in the Sept. 2010 PG&E explosion and fire.

He pledged his full cooperation with City officials to institute additional safety measures and promised to personally join his crew each morning prior to the start of work until the project is completed in October.

Shaw’s crew clipped a two-inch line near Earl Avenue and Glenview Drive, nearly the same location as the deadly September 2010 PG&E explosion and fire, while digging with a backhoe at this morning. Utility crews responded quickly to shut off the gas. Although there was no fire, authorities evacuated some homes as a precaution.

“We reminded Mr. Shaw and his crew of the importance and sensitivity of our community and this particular neighborhood,” said City Manager Connie Jackson.  “He apologized and accepted responsibility for the accident.  We also met with PG&E to ensure they are comfortable with the construction procedures being performed.”

The work has been halted by the City on the project until at least Monday, Jackson said, to give the City and authorities the opportunity to review the accident and to implement additional new safety protocols.

New safety measures include a daily review by the contractor on how they will layout and execute their work where they are excavating.  They must re-verify all utility locations before starting work each day. In the event there are any questions about utility locations in the field, they cannot do work until re-checking with utility authorities to verify the exact locations of underground lines, Jackson said.  PG&E has also agreed to re-mark utility locations.

“We are relieved that no one was injured, but this incident caused significant distress and alarm throughout our City and community,” Jackson added. “We believe Mr. Shaw and his company more fully understand the importance of safety for our community and his own crew.”

 

 

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SEMYON BYCHKOV CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN ITS TWO SEASON OPENING CONCERT WEEKS SEPTEMBER 5-8 AND 12-15, 2012


 
Pinchas Zukerman performs
Bruch’s Violin Concert with the Orchestra September 5-8

Semyon Bychkov

SAN FRANCISCO, August 2, 2012 — Guest conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the San Francisco Symphony in the first two weeks of concerts of its 2012-13 season for performances of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Pinchas Zukerman, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser September 5-8, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 September 12-15 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Following these two concert weeks, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Gala week festivities including the 101st season Gala concert with guest soloist Joshua Bell in honor of Marcia and John Goldman on Wednesday, September 19, its All-San Francisco concert for community groups on Thursday, September 20 at 8pm and Free Outdoor Concert in Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building at 5pm on Friday, September 21.

Semyon Bychkov has been a frequent guest of the San Francisco Symphony since 1989 last conducting the Orchestra in works by R. Strauss and Schumann in November 2011. Since leaving St Petersburg in the mid 70’s, Semyon Bychkov has been a guest on the podiums of the world’s finest orchestras. With his time carefully balanced between operatic and symphonic repertoire, he has recently appeared in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opera houses of Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Milan and London, where he conducted Elektra (2003), The Queen of Spades (2006), Lohengrin (2009), Don Carlos (2009), Tannhäuser (2010) and La bohème (2012). In the United States, he regularly conducts the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, and will shortly be returning to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Otello which will be broadcast across the world Live in HD.
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is currently in his fourteenth season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, where he has announced he will depart at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Zukerman has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra on numerous successful tours, and champions the work of contemporary Canadian composers. Zukerman is also in his fourth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and this year will lead them on a tour of the Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom. In the 2012-13 season he will perform numerous guest appearances as soloist and conductor with orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Maarinsky State Theatre Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic and in recital in Salzburg, Prague, Philadelphia and beyond. In July of 2012 he marked his 100th performance with the New York Philharmonic. His chamber ensemble, the Zukerman Chamber Players, appears at the Ravinia and Toronto summer music festivals this year. He also chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. Interviews with Zukerman are featured in Orchestra of Exiles, a new documentary film about the genesis of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder Bronislaw Huberman. Pinchas Zukerman first appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in 1969.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Davies Symphony Hall

Wednesday, September 5 at 10 am (Open Rehearsal)

Wednesday, September 5 at 8pm

Thursday, September 6 at 8 pm

Friday, September 7 at 8 pm

Saturday, Sept 8 at 8 pm

  • Semyon Bychkov conductor
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Pinchas Zukerman violin
  • San Francisco Symphony


Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser [Dresden version]

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 26


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64

 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Davies Symphony Hall

Wednesday, September 12 at 8 pm

Thursday, September 13 at 2 pm

Friday, September 14 at 8 pm

Saturday, September 15 at 8 pm

  • 
Semyon Bychkov conductor
  • San Francisco Symphony


Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Opus 105, The Year 1905

Additional work to be confirmed

 




PRE-CONCERT TALK:
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.



TICKETS: Open Rehearsal: $22 general, $40 reserved. Concerts: $15-$150. Available at sfsymphony.org , 415-864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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American Conservatory Theater Announces One-Night-Only Staged Reading of Dustin Lance Black’s Play “8”

A.C.T. joins nationwide productions of the landmark marriage equality play by the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Milk

 

SAN FRANCISCO (July 31, 2012) – American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), in association with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only staged reading of “8,” the landmark play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. The play was written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black. The reading will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Proceeds from the reading benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.’s ArtReach program, which offers free student matinee tickets and theater-based pre- and post-show workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area (including all 18 San Francisco public high schools) with large populations of underserved, low-income students who otherwise would have little exposure to the arts. Casting for the A.C.T. production of “8” will be announced at a later date. Tickets range in price from $50 to $100. A limited number of $250 seats are available and include premium seating and access to a post-performance reception with the cast. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.orgor by calling 415.749.2228.

“8” is an unprecedented account of the federal district court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8. Black, who penned the Academy Award–winning feature film Milk and the critically acclaimed film J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual trial transcripts, firsthand observations of what went on in the courtroom, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff: “There’s nothing more thrilling than a well-argued trial about a hugely important issue. We are honored to present “8” at the same time as The Normal Heart, two theater pieces that wrestle with discrimination and compassion in such visceral and palpable ways.”

“From the moment we knew our trial would not be broadcast publicly, we were determined to find a way to address the public’s appetite for the facts in our case, as argued before a court of law,” said AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer. “‘8’ does exactly that, and more, shedding light on the discriminatory arguments anti-marriage proponents did not want the American court of public opinion to witness, and clearly demonstrating why our fight for fairness and justice will continue to prevail.”

“I was lucky enough to watch the initial closing arguments of Perry v. Schwarzenegger in San Francisco,” says Broadway Impact cofounder Rory O’Malley (Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon). “We knew then and there that audiences needed to see and hear this story live, as we had done. ‘8’ builds on a successful tradition of documentary theater—plays like The Laramie Project and The Vagina Monologues, which inspire us with their combination of art and activism. We are thrilled to partner with AFER to bring this story to a national audience.”

The plot of “8”is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010 and features the strongest arguments and testimony from both sides. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments of the trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, that “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.”

“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” says Black. “I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”

“8” had its heralded world premiere on Broadway on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City. The production brought in over one million dollars to support AFER’s efforts to achieve full federal marriage equality. “8” recently had its West Coast premiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, where it featured an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, and Kevin Bacon.

Proposition 8 was struck down by a federal district court in August 2010. That decision was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8. AFER’s legal team was at the Ninth Circuit in December 2011 for a hearing to urge the court to unseal the trial video—a request that was denied. In February 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling upholding the historic August 2010 decision of the federal district court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

To purchase tickets, visit act-sf.orgor call 415.749.2228. For additional information on “8”, visit: www.8theplay.com.

Follow “8” on Twitter at @8theplayor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/8theplay.

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New Ballroom Dance Party for Gay Men

A monthly social dance party begins at the newly openedVima Dance Studio in Dogpatch on Friday, August 17th.

“There are many popular ballroom dance opportunities in the Bay Area that are heavily attended by lesbian women and straight couples,” says Vima owner, Photis Pishiaras.“While gay men have a strong interest in ballroom dance, they don’t seem to attend those events. We would like to create another opportunity for men to dance.”

Vima’s new 5,300 square foot dance space provides an opportunity to accommodate more social dance opportunities.  Pishiaras hopes that the monthly dance will eventually grow into a popular dance event.

 Pishiaras, who became the North American Same Sex Dance Partner Associate (NASSPDA) 2012 US Men’s Standard Ballroom champion along with his dance partner Ron Jenkins, is hosting the first event to attract anyone interested in ballroom or learning to dance.

 The evening event includes a beginner class in Cha-Cha and Swing at 8:00 pm followed by two hours of social dancing and some performances.

 Music will be Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Country and more.

Vima Dance Studio, 820 26th St. (At Third)

Friday, August 17th

8:00 p.m. – beginner’s classes

9:00 p.m. — social dance and performances

$20 at the door

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SFMOMA PRESENTS CINDY SHERMAN

The Most Comprehensive U.S. Exhibition of the Groundbreaking Artist in Nearly 15 Years

Exhibition through October 08, 2012

SFMOMA PRESENTS CINDY SHERMAN

Through October 8, 2012, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will host the sole West Coast presentation of Cindy Sherman, a traveling retrospective of one of the most significant contemporary artists and arguably the most influential one working exclusively with photography. Known for photographing herself in a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting, Sherman has built an international reputation for an extraordinary body of work. Tracing her career from the mid-1970s to present, the exhibition is the first major U.S. retrospective of the artist in nearly 15 years, introducing Sherman to a new generation of audiences.

Organized by Eva Respini of The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Cindy Sherman brings together more than 150 photographs from both public and private collections, including key works from SFMOMA’s own holdings. The presentation at SFMOMA is overseen by Erin O’Toole, assistant curator of photography, and is the first major exhibition of Sherman’s work ever mounted in San Francisco.

Throughout her career, Sherman has presented a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity, the nature of representation, and the artifice of photography. Her works resonate deeply with our visual culture, drawing from the unlimited supply of images from movies, television, magazines, the Internet, and art history. Today Sherman’s work is the unchallenged cornerstone of postmodern photography.

Masquerading as myriad characters in front of her camera, Sherman has served as her own model for more than 30 years, constructing invented personas and tableaus. To create her photographs, she works unassisted in her studio, and assumes multiple roles as photographer, model, art director, makeup artist, hairdresser, and stylist. Through her skillful guises, she has created an astonishing and continually intriguing variety of culturally resonant characters, from sexy starlet to clown to aging socialite.

“Sherman’s work is particularly relevant to today’s image-saturated culture because she reminds us to be critical consumers of what we see,” says O’Toole. “She holds a mirror up to contemporary society, calling attention to the strangeness of things we tend to see as normal, like fashion, makeup, and plastic surgery.”

Exhibition Overview

Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Sherman received her BA from Buffalo State College and moved to New York City in 1977, where she has resided ever since. The exhibition showcases the remarkable range of Sherman’s photography, from her early experiments as a student in Buffalo to her recent large-scale photographic murals, which are customized to fit each installation site. The presentation examines some of the dominant themes prevalent throughout Sherman’s work, such as artifice and fiction, cinema and performance, horror and the grotesque, myth and fairy tale, and gender and class identity.

A selection of ambitious and celebrated works will be highlighted, including a complete set of the seminal Untitled Film Stills (1977–80)—70 black-and-white photographs that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films—and all twelve of her centerfolds (1981), in addition to selections from her significant series of works: fairy tale/mythology (1985); history portraits (1988–90); sex pictures (1992); headshots (2000); clowns (2002–04); fashion (1983–84, 1993–94, 2007–08); and society portraits (2008).

The exhibition also premieres, in the U.S., a recently created photographic mural (2010–11) that represents the artist’s first foray into transforming space through site-specific fictive environments. In the mural, Sherman transforms her face digitally, exaggerating her features through Photoshop by elongating her nose, narrowing her eyes, or creating smaller lips. The characters, who sport an odd mix of costumes and are taken from daily life, are elevated to larger-than-life status and tower over the viewer. Set against a decorative toile backdrop, her characters seem like protagonists from their own carnivalesque worlds, where fantasy and reality merge. The new work included in the retrospective offers an opportunity for reassessment in light of the latest developments in Sherman’s oeuvre.

Catalogue and Exhibition Tour

A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, with essays by exhibition curator Eva Respini and art historian Johann Burton, as well as a new interview with Sherman conducted by filmmaker and artist John Waters.

Cindy Sherman premiered at MoMA in New York (February 26–June 11, 2012), and following SFMOMA’s presentation, it will travel to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (November 10, 2012–February 17, 2013), and Dallas Museum of Art (March 17–June 9, 2013).

Cindy Sherman is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Major support for the San Francisco presentation is provided by the Fisher family, J.P. Morgan, and The Bernard Osher Foundation. Generous support is provided by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Nion McEvoy, and the Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund. The St. Regis San Francisco is the official hotel of this exhibition. Media sponsor: San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

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Friends are the still best way to meet marriage partners

Friends are the still best way to meet marriage partners According to most studies marriage statistics for people meeting online are overstated. The leading source of meeting the partner you marry is through friends. One study says that 44.6% are introduced by friends. The next leading sources are school or work. Less than 7% meet online.

Why is this? When you meet people through friends, work, or school, you get to spend time with them and find out who they really are.  As one person put it, “I will dress completely differently for a date than for work or hanging out with friends. I am less on show and more of myself.”

Matches That Matter has found a way to recreate the best of what happens when you meet through friends. In addition their model removes the common annoyances of online dating such as, fake profiles, impersonal emails and texts, 15 minute coffee dates etc.. Instead, Matches That Matter members meet potential partners in a comfortable, fun, and interesting environment while giving back to good causes.

For a limited time Matches That Matter is offering a $49 promotional rate for people who join with a friend of the opposite sex. Everyone has a friend that is not right for them, but may be perfect for someone else. Matches That Matter brings those people together. Groups of 12 compatible singles over the age of 40 are put together to work on fun, interesting community projects where they work together and really get to know each other.

Matches That Matter began operations in May. After three years of research and testing the program was honed to appeal to the different ways over-40 singles meet and socialize. The company wanted to create experiences that emphasize companionship and a natural real life dating experience.

Research
More married couples are introduced by friends than any other source http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Relationships/Where_Couples_Met http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2007/june/5060407.html

Marriages that start online http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/how-many-marriages-started-online-764/

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The Wipro San Francisco Marathon Returns For 35th Year The City By The Bay Welcomes Runners For Another 26.2 Mile Race This Coming Sunday

The 35th running of The Wipro San Francisco Marathon® will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Known for its beautiful scenic views, TSFM is the only race that runs in the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. The USATF certified loop course starts at the Ferry Building, runs along the Embarcadero, over the Bridge, along the coastline, through Golden Gate Park and the Haight‐ Ashbury District and past AT&T Park before finishing in front of Cupid’s Arrow.

As the largest marathon in Northern California and the 13th largest marathon in the U.S, TSFM is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. This year’s events include the full marathon, two‐half marathons, a 5K, a progressive marathon, the Munchkin Kids Run and most notably and new to the TSFM family of events, the Worth The Hurt 52.4 Ultramarathon. The Worth The Hurt Ultramarathon participants will start at midnight on July 28th and run The SF Marathon loop twice. The elite runners will start the regular marathon at 5:30am followed by the remainder of the field with rolling start times between 5:30‐ 6:45am. It is projected that the first of the 25,000 marathon runners will begin crossing the Bridge at about 6am, with the last runner coming off by approximately 9am.

Winner of the 2011 San Francisco Marathon nationally ranked ultrarunner, Michael Wardian, will be returning this year to defend his title against local elites. Chris Mocko, a local favorite and Stanford alum, set a course record at the Napa Valley Marathon earlier this year and followed up with a win at the Oakland Marathon just 3 weeks later. He will compete with Wardian and Cheyne Inman, known as a short‐distance specialist from Vacaville, who won the Norcal Marathon last fall.

One of the many talented women to watch is Devon Crosby‐Helms, who ran the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston this January. Devon, a San Francisco local, set a course record at the Napa Valley Marathon this year and took 3rd place at TSFM in 2011. She will be participating in the full marathon again this year. Another returning woman, Emily Belli, will be back in San Francisco after a 2nd place finish last year.

“Worth The Hurt” which began as an inspired description of the famously hilly and scenic San Francisco Marathon, has evolved into a distinct challenge, and a new model of charitable giving that event producers of TSFM are beta testing this year. On July 29th, The Wipro San Francisco Marathon will welcome over 30 fund‐raisers who will run the marathon twice, back‐to‐back, in efforts to fundraise for various worthy causes.

Amy Holt will be running the 26.2 for a great cause very close to her heart. Just a day before on July 28th she will be swimming in the Sharkfest Alcatraz swim, followed by the marathon on Sunday. Her personal journey called The Rock to Bridge is an effort to raise money and awareness for the Hydrocephalus Association, a condition that her 11 year old son was diagnosed with in utero. She will be running the last 1.2 miles with her son Colin alongside!

Couple Ethan Bennett and Whitney Henderson will be taking part in the full marathon as part of their cross‐country journey, running 3,300 miles in less than 100 days. They are running in an effort to raise money and awareness to fight cancer. In 2011, Whitney completed a cross‐country run to raise money for Soles4souls and charitywater.org. She holds the record for the youngest female to run cross country unsupported. You can follow their efforts at www.runtofight.com

Come support your community, join in the fun and help cheer on the runners. There will be cheer stations, bands and forms of entertainment along the course including the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Tebucky Jones, Thrillouette and DJ Mo Skills. LoCura will be joining us again at the finish line. The community has once again pulled together for this tremendous local event so be on the lookout for San Francisco’s best cheer groups, costumes, music and fun. Please check http://www.thesfmarathon.com/get‐involved/spectator for more details.

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About The Wipro San Francisco Marathon:

Projected to draw 26,000 runners this year, the 35th running of The Wipro San Francisco Marathon will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Known for its beautiful scenic views, The Wipro San Francisco Marathon is the only race that runs in the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. The USA Track & Field‐certified Boston Marathon qualifier race starts at the Ferry Building, runs along the Embarcadero, over the Bridge, along the coastline, through Golden Gate Park and the Haight‐Ashbury District and past AT&T Park before finishing in front of Cupid’s Arrow. Marathon events include a Full Marathon, two Half Marathons, a 5K/Progressive Marathon and the third annual Munchkin Kids Run. For more details, please visit www.thesfmarathon.com.

About Wipro Technologies:

Wipro Technologies, the global IT business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro Technologies delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology” – helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro Technologies as 131,000 employees and clients across 54 countries. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com.

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San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company Makes Statement on Mice Infestation at its factory at 47444 Kato Road, Fremont, Calif.

“San Francisco Herb and Natural Food Company is saddened by the recent discovery of a mouse infestation at its Fremont warehouse.  Since its discovery, and in full cooperation with the regulatory authorities, the company has taken immediate steps to isolate and remedy the problem.

“The company has been under an embargo since July 11th that has ensured that no impacted goods were shipped.  Today, we are working with the California Department of Health and other authorities to issue a voluntary recall notice within the next 24 hours regarding products that may be impacted by the situation.

“San Francisco Herb and Natural Food Company has enjoyed 40 years of providing quality herbs, spices and teas to wholesale and specialty producers.  We hold ourselves to a high standard.  Unfortunately we believed this problem was under control, but it unexpectedly grew into a larger issue.  We apologize to our loyal customers and fans and will fully refund any products that have been impacted.”

This news bulletin was just issued by the company in response to media inquries and lists  Sam Singer and Adam Alberti at Singer Associates Public Affairs and Public Relations as contacts at:  Singer@SingerSF.Com and Adam@SingerSF.com.

 

 

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A.C.T. ANNOUNCES FULL COMPANY FOR THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF GEORGE C. WOLFE’S TONY AWARD–WINNING PRODUCTION OF THE NORMAL HEART


September 13–October 7, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (July 24, 2012)—American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced today the casting for the West Coast premiere of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s landmark play focusing on the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980s. Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller as a tight-knit group of friends refuse to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community behind a wall of silence. The Normal Heart performs a limited run September 13–October 7, 2012, at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco.

The Normal Heart is presented in association with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., by special arrangement with Daryl Roth.

The Normal Heart will feature original Broadway cast member Patrick Breen in the role of Ned Weeks, the fiery writer and activist at the center of the play. He is joined by noted film and television actress (and fellow original Broadway cast member) Jordan Baker as Dr. Emma Brookner, a passionate physician determined to stop the spread of the mysterious disease. The production also features Tom Berklund (Broadway’s The Addams Family) as Craig Donner/Grady, Matt McGrath (Broadway’s Cabaret, A.C.T.’s The Black Rider) as Felix Turner, Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse (Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate, A Chorus Line, and The Light in the Piazza) as Mickey Marcus, Sean Dugan (NBC’s Smash) as Tommy Boatwright, Jon Levenson (Broadway’s The Normal Heart) as Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor, Nick Mennell (Broadway’s A Free Man of Color) as Bruce Niles, and Bruce Altman (HBO’s Game Change) as Ben Weeks.

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff: “The company that we’ve assembled for this San Francisco outing of The Normal Heart is extraordinary in every way—we’re thrilled to welcome our old friend Matt McGrath back to A.C.T. after his triumph in The Black Rider, and to welcome Patrick Breen and these other remarkable talents to our stage for the first time. We know these wonderful actors will deliver the vivid emotional truth of the play, and we can’t wait to share their work with our audience.”

Fueled by love, anger, hope, and pride, The Normal Heart centers around a circle of friends struggling to contain the mysterious disease ravaging New York’s gay community. First produced in 1985 by Joseph Papp at New York’s Public Theater, the show immediately became a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. Kramer’s unapologetic tackling of the AIDS epidemic, gay marriage, and our national healthcare system casts theatrical light on issues that are as present in today’s national discourse as they were when the play first premiered a quarter of a century ago.

Wolfe’s 2011 Broadway staging received universal acclaim and was the recipient of three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and the Outer Circle Critics Circle Award, all naming it Best Revival of a Play. The show was also awarded the Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.

The Normal Heart reunites members of the Broadway revival’s design team, including scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer and original music composer David Van Tieghem, and projection designer Batwin & Robin. Joining the team is restaging director Leah C. Gardiner.

Tickets for the limited engagement of The Normal Heart are now available online at www.act-sf.org <http://www.act-sf.org>  and by phone at 415.749.2228. Subscribers to A.C.T.’s 2012–13 season will receive priority seating to this highly anticipated production. To order a subscription, visit www.act-sf.org/subscribe or call 415.749.2250


 

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West Portal Restaurants Offer a Passport for World Cuisine Just a MUNI Ride Away

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Promotion through September 30

 SAN FRANCISCO – (August, 2012)  Four restaurants in the West Portal neighborhood are offering San Francisco residents a passport to world cuisine that lies at the end of the K, L, and M MUNI lines.

“We have a world of dining just a MUNI ride away,” according to Pankaj Shah, manager of Roti Restaurant.  “We created this promotion to remind locals that our four-block neighborhood packs a world class punch.”

Beginning for two months on August 1, passport holders who come to any of the four participating restaurants on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings will receive a 15% discount and a passport stamp.   Diners collecting five stamps by September 30 will be included in a drawing for one free meal at all participating restaurants.  Second and third place prices include other dining opportunities in the neighborhood.

To get a copy of the passport, anyone can go to the link at the participating restaurants for a free download.  Participating restaurants include:

Roti (Modern Indian)   www.rotibistro.com

Fresca (Peruvian) www.frescasf.com/west-portal

Spaizao (Italian) spiazzoristorante.com

El Toreador (Mexican)

Promotion is free to everyone.  For additional information, contact any of the above-mentioned restaurants.

 

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The Hula Show — 5 PERFORMANCES ONLY at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Patrick Makuakāne and his award-winning dance troupe, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, return to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco for The Hula Show 2012, with 15 world premieres featuring traditional hula and Makuakāne’s renowned hula mua, which brings the ancient Hawaiian dance form into the modern realm by setting traditional hula movements to non-Hawaiian music.

Performances of The Hula Show 2012 are Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m., Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. A special children’s matinee will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 12 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now through City Box Office at 415-392-4400, on the web at cityboxoffice.com and at all tickets.com locations.

The opening suite of dances was inspired by King Kalakaua’s jubilee in 1886, celebrating his 50th birthday. King Kalākaua reigned from 1874 to 1891 and is credited for the revitalization of hula in Hawaii. Makuakāne created the suite of dances from a collection of chants commemorating the jubilee. The tribute to King Kalākaua will also feature historic photos from the jubilee.

The show will include the world premiere of “The Little Black Dress Hula,” a smoldering, jazzy hula suite derived from a collection of songs that range from jazzy, contemporary Hawaiian to bluesy, swampy, soul. Other dances honor one of the most famous beaches in the world – Waikiki.

“There is a freedom in hula mua that allows me to fuse not only the past and future, but also traditional hula movements with contemporary music,” says Makuakāne. “We are excited to present The Hula Show 2012 to fans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Tickets for the opening night performance on Saturday, October 20 will be followed by a champagne reception. Tickets may also be purchased for the Gala Benefit on Saturday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., featuring a pre-performance Lū‘au, with food from favorite San Francisco restaurants, live Hawaiian music and VIP seating to the 8 p.m. performance. A special children’s matinee (one-hour performance) will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through City Box Office at 415-392-4400, on the web at cityboxoffice.com and at all tickets.com locations.

About the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Founded in 1985, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (“the many feathered wreaths at the summit, held in high esteem”) is committed to the preservation and education of the Hawaiian culture through hula.  It has a performance group of nearly 40 dancers and offers classes to students in the beginning and intermediate levels.  The organization holds educational workshops throughout the year in Hawaiian language, history, and arts and crafts.





For further information on Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, call 415-647-3040 or visit www.naleihulu.org.


 

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MAYOR LEE ANNOUNCES SAN FRANCISCO AWARDED FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS TO IMPROVE MUNI

More than $21 Million in Federal Funding to Further Modernize Muni Fleet & Improve SFMTA Transit Service throughout City

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco awarded more than $21 million in U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Livability and State of Good Repair grants to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for frontline Muni service enhancements and new, low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses – critical investments that will optimize existing Muni transit service and improve the customer experience.


“As the FTA makes a tremendous investment in public transit across the nation, we are pleased are highlighting San Francisco, as we are making significant changes to improve transit service for Muni riders and sustain our system for many years to come,” said Mayor Lee. “I want to thank the Obama Administration and FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan for providing critical funds for San Francisco’s transit future and our Congressional delegation for their support in creating a 21st Century transportation system.”


“President Obama’s support for an America built to last is putting people back to work across the country modernizing our nation’s public transit systems,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood. “By investing in the transit infrastructure people depend on to get where they need to go each day, we will keep our economy moving forward well into the future.”


FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan was in San Francisco today to announce the $45.7 million in federal funding for the San Francisco Bay Area regional transit agencies including San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Monterey-Salinas Transit in Monterey, San Mateo County Transit District and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, to replace aging buses and transit vehicles that will improve service for hundreds of thousands of people who take public transit every day.

“From San Jose to Oakland, these funds go a long way to put more comfortable, efficient, clean-fuel vehicles on the road to meet rising demand for service,” said Deputy Administrator McMillan. “These awards are a big win for everybody because they will reduce highway congestion, improve air quality, and help this region continue to offer balanced transportation options for millions of residents.”


“The SFMTA thanks the City’s leadership, Mayor Lee and Supervisor Campos, especially in his capacity as Chair of the County Transportation Authority, for their focus on improving Muni as well as the FTA for these funds that are so crucial to furthering our goals for making transit more reliable and efficient Citywide,” said SFMTA Board of Directors Vice Chairman Cheryl Brinkman. “A greener fleet, more efficient Muni system means less congestion, a reduction in harmful emissions and improved quality of life.

”Both grant awards, more than $6 million for improved bus facilities via the Livability Initiative and $15 million for new low-floor, biodiesel-electric hybrid buses via the State of Good Repair program, support and further the SFMTA’s plans for improved frontline transit service throughout San Francisco.

“Investments in optimizing existing service and enhancing the customer experience will not only help us better serve our current customers, but also will help attract new customers,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “Underscoring San Francisco’s Transit First policy, the SFMTA will direct these funds to frontline Muni service.”

With the oldest bus fleet in the nation, Muni needs to upgrade and update its fleet and will do so over the next eight to 10 years. The $15m State of Good Repair grant will allow the SFMTA to replace 18 20-year-old buses that will play an important role in expanding Muni’s Rapid Network service.

The new buses will be 40-foot low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrids that are 30 percent more fuel efficient, emitting 95 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide and 30 percent less greenhouse gas. These modern hybrid buses will begin the replacement of 45 Gillig 40-foot standard diesel buses that were first put into service in 1993.

Due to their flexibility, large passenger capacity, and durability, the 40-foot biodiesel buses are critical to the SFMTA’s ability to provide support service on any route or line, including other bus routes, light rail lines, the historic streetcar line, and the cable car lines. This type of flexibility is especially critical during large civic events, such as the America’s Cup races in 2013 and 2014.

The SFMTA expects to begin receiving the first of these buses in early 2013.

The Livability Initiative grant is part of the Fiscal Year 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program. The award of $6.4 million will fund the SFMTA’s 8X Mobility Maximization project. The project is part of a the Rapid Network that will target existing transit service along the most heavily travelled corridors of the city to improve service reliability, reduce travel time, and enhance customer experience. The 8X Corridor has more than 30,000 daily customers.

Funding will be used to implement:
  Coloring of existing dedicated transit lanes;
Transit signal priority;
Pre-payment fare collection;
Information panel and transit arrival prediction signs;
Vehicle branding and enhanced stop identification;  Cameras on buses to capture vehicles illegally occupying transit-only lanes.

By fostering the development of a premier service, the SFMTA will provide more transportation choices, support and value existing communities and neighborhoods, promote lower transportation and living costs, and enhance economic competitiveness. Assuming funding in Fall 2012, the project is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2014.

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AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER’S Young Conservatory Presents AfTER JULIET

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Young Conservatory Director Craig Slaight is proud to present After Juliet, a play that explores what happened after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.  Written by Sharman Macdonald, After Juliet is based on an original idea by MacDonald’s daughter, Keira Knightley, who asked “What happened after they died?” after seeing a production of Romeo and Juliet at the age of 13. Presented in stunning blank verse, After Juliet follows the friends of the famous star-crossed lovers as they grapple with love and loss. After Juliet performs July 20–August 4, 2012, at Hastings Studio Theater, located at 77 Geary Street, Sixth Floor, San Francisco.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org.

When After Juliet opens, the Montagues and Capulets— saddened by the tragedy that has befallen their children—declare peace between the families, but the feud simmers as Rosaline plots to avenge her beloved Romeo’s death and several characters stand on trial for their involvement in the horrific events.  Inventively mixing the classical with the modern, After Juliet presents a fresh look at characters from Shakespeare’s famous work.

Says Slaight: “I’ve always felt that Romeo and Juliet, along with Sophocles’ Antigone (which we produced in the fall), is one of the all-time great teen dramas. Here Macdonald, who has previously written for the A.C.T. Young Conservatory (Broken Hallelujah), extends the drama’s complexities as the friends must grapple with untimely death and lingering feelings that still divide the two families. The rich, heightened language pushes our young actors to stretch their techniques, and the bracing muscular tension among the characters rings true to our contemporary world, reminding us that the egregious acts of senseless adults are reflected in the actions of the youth.”

Featuring direction by Domenique Lozano, this provocative play features a talented young cast from across the Bay Area. The cast includes Bonnie Castleman (Livia), Michael Dinardo (Lorenzo), Diyar Eyuboglu (Alice), Dori Goldberg (Gianni), Alexandra Hearn (Juliet), Ethan Haslam (Valentine), Marc Hills (Benvolio), Owen Keith (Petruchio), Alexandra Lee (Bianca), Isabel Schroedel (Rosaline), Amy Shapiro (Angelica), and Janie Weaver (Helena).

Craig Slaight is a resident artist and the director of the Young Conservatory at American Conservatory Theater. Slaight assumed the leadership of the Young Conservatory in 1988. During his time at A.C.T., he has taught in all of the conservatory programs and served as a director on A.C.T. mainstage productions and as a member of the artistic team of the company. Slaight began the Young Conservatory’s New Plays Program in 1989 with the mission to develop plays by outstanding professional playwrights that view the world through the eyes of the young. To date 37 new plays by leading American and British playwrights have been developed and produced. With A.C.T.’s Jack Sharrar, Slaight has edited numerous anthologies of scenes and monologues for actors and is the editor of five volumes of New Plays from A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. Before coming to A.C.T., Slaight was an award-winning professional director in Los Angeles. He has also directed in England at the National Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath.

Domenique Lozano has directed A Christmas Carol on the A.C.T. mainstage for the past five years.  A resident artist at A.C.T., Lozano teaches in numerous programs and has directed many projects with the Young Conservatory and M.F.A. Program. Her Young Conservatory projects include the world premiere of the new musical Homefront; the American premiere of After Juliet; the world premieres of Sarah Daniel’s Dust and Constance Congdon’s Nightingales; a coproduction with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zürich of Paul Steinmann’s Only Victory; and the West Coast premieres of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Korczak’s Children and Wendy MacLeod’s School Girl Figure. Her directing work with the M.F.A. Program includes Caught with Her Pants Down, Richard III, and numerous graduating class showcases and Will on Wheels touring Shakespeare productions, as well as the M.F.A. Program/Young Conservatory coproduction of Amy Herzog’s The Wendy Play. Other directing credits include The Countess with Center REPertory Company; Two for the Seesaw with Marin Theatre Company; Inspecting Carol and the West Coast premiere of Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business with San Jose Stage Company; and The Norman Conquests, Holiday, The Real Thing, and She Loves Me with Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, of which she was a founding member and associate artistic director. Acting credits include work with such theaters as California Shakespeare Theater, where she is an artistic associate, A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Lozano has also taught throughout the Bay Area at such institutions as Saint Mary’s College, UC Davis, California Shakespeare Theater, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The A.C.T. Young Conservatory offers a broad range of theater training for young people aged 8 to 19. The ten sessions of classes and eight public productions offered throughout the year are designed to develop talent and creativity, as well as communication and cooperation skills, for young people with all levels of theater background. Working professional actors and directors lead students in a spectrum of classes, including acting, directing, voice and speech, musical theater, audition, and improvisation. Call 415.439.2444 or visit act-sf.org/conservatoryfor applications and information.

After Juliet is made possible by a generous grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation and donors to A.C.T.’s season gala.
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TICKETS FOR INDIVIDUAL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2012-13 CONCERTS ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 23 AT 8 A.M. AT THE DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL BOX OFFICE AND AT 10 A.M. ONLINE AND BY PHONE

Program updates for 2012-13 season announced

The San Francisco Symphonyannounced today that tickets for individual concerts in the 2012-2013 season, which begins September 5, will go on sale Monday, July 23. Tickets will be on sale at www.sfsymphony.org, 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office for all of the Symphony’s concerts that have been available so far only by subscription package.

The Orchestra’s first season in its second century combines a commitment to new and rarely heard music with in-depth explorations of core classical repertoire and composers. The San Francisco Symphony’s 101st season opens Wednesday, September 5, when Russian guest conductor Semyon Bychkov joins the Orchestra for two concert weeks. Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra, and Bychkov leads the musicians in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. During the second week of concerts, the Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905 with Bychkov.

Michael Tilson Thomas

On Wednesday, September 19, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra perform the annual Opening Gala, joined by guest violinist Joshua Bell in works by Saint-Saëns and Chausson. Other highlights of the San Francisco Symphony’s fall concert season include Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and a new work by Samuel Carl Adams; András Schiff performing Bach masterworks in the first concerts of a two-year residency; conducting debuts by Vladimir Jurowski and Jaap van Zweden; and visits by Yuja Wang and Lang Lang to perform with MTT and the Orchestra. In October, Wang performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in advance of her Asian tour with the Orchestra.

Among the major highlights of the 2012-13 season are Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra’s explorations of music by Stravinsky and Beethoven. The programs trace the composers’ early musical influences and ideas, from rarely performed pieces forward through their later, well-known works. MTT, now in his 18th season with the Orchestra, also will create an original video installation for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and a new staged concert production of Peer Gynt, featuring music by Grieg, Alfred Schnittke, and Robin Holloway. MTT will lead the first-ever concert performances by an orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s complete music for West Side Story.

The Orchestra premieres new work by contemporary composers, including performances with MTT of a new SFS commission by Robin Holloway with soprano Renée Fleming, a re-imagining for orchestra of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées, based on Paul Verlaine’s poems. SFS Assistant Concertmaster Mark Volkert premieres his new work Pandora with MTT and the Orchestra in December.

Baritone Matthias Goerne will perform Wagner’s Wotan’s Farewell from Die Walküre and “Die Frist ist um” from The Flying Dutchman with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra, in place of Detlev Glanert’s orchestrations of Brahms’s Four Preludes and Serious Songs. For Yefim Bronfman’s performances with the Orchestra in December, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto replaces the SFS co-commissioned Jörg Widmann piano concerto, which will be premiered in a later season.

The Orchestra also announced the musicians and programs for its chamber music concerts at Davies Symphony Hall and at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. In June 2013, the Orchestra and Chorus perform a tribute concert to SF Symphony President John D. Goldman. Also announced today and on sale July 23 is a concert with Gipsy Kings at Davies Symphony Hall on March 29. (Editors, please note: The SF Symphony is not performing on this concert).

Tickets are available for all SF Symphony concerts in the 2012-13 season beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 23 at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office (on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin) and at 10 a.m. online at www.sfsymphony.organd by phone at 415-864-6000.

Click hereto view the complete, revised San Francisco Symphony 2012-2013 Season concert calendar, including all current program updates. For more information, please contact the San Francisco Symphony Public Relations Department at publicrelations@sfsymphony.orgor (415) 503-5474, or visit the website at www.sfsymphony.org/press.

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BOCCE TOURNAMENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR SENIOR’S BREAKFAST PROGRAM

 The Old World Sport of Bocce has come full circle, as Gen Xers have gotten the Bocce Bug.  24 teams of four will be competing on  September 22  at the Marin Bocce Federation in San Rafael to raise money for San Francisco’s Curry Center that provides meals, healthcare and housing for hundreds in the heart of the city.  All monies raised at the Bocce tournament will go toward the breakfast program that feeds 150 seniors 7 days a week in San Francisco.

Bocce, a national pastime in Italy is gaining in popularity, as the average age for Bocce lanes has dropped exponentially over the past five years.  The team’s participating on Saturday includes several seniors, who have played bocce for years, and first time teams.

For additional information or to create a team, contact Arlo Bushnell
 at 415-292-1064

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Two Teens Trek 40 miles through the Marin Backwoods to raise money for African AIDS Orphans

Two Bay Area Teens are taking part in the Golden Gate Shadow Walk to raise money for the Makindu Children’s Program, a 501c-3 whose mission is to care for AIDS Orphans in Kenya.  The Shadow walk will take place simultaneously with the bi-annual Proper Walk that will occur in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya.

The Proper Walk covers 200 miles over 10 days in Kenya,” according to Shadow Walk Organizer Dennis WIninger, who did the entire Kenya trek in 2006 and 200808.  “As a once in a lifetime experience, I wanted to organize the Shadow Walk for my son and his friend Sarah so they can have a similar experience and then they can go off to college with a bit more of a world view.”

The two teens who will join Wininger and Lou Engle, the Stateside Executive Director of MCP (Makindu Children’s Program) are Sarah Thomas (Berkeley High, where she studied Swahili), Clark WIninger (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep).

The four hikers are committed to raise $5000 to support Makindu Children’s Program, which funds the centre in Makindu.  The centre provides education, basic medical care, and feeds the orphans affected by the sub-Saharan AIDS Pandemic.

The Shadow Walk will cross the Golden Gate bridge, climb into the Marin Headlands where the team will spend an evening at the Marin Headlands Hostel.  The next two days will cover nearly 40 miles as they hike and camp their way through some of the most beautiful, undeveloped land in the Bay Area – hiking up to peaks with breath taking views of San Francisco, walking amidst giant redwoods, while battling the elements of a Northern California coastal summer.

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San Francisco church rejoins Lutherans years after inclusion of gay pastor

(FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER)   A local congregation rejoined the Lutheran Church on Sunday after 17 years of separation brought on by its inclusion of a gay pastor.

Members of the First United Lutheran Church in Cathedral Hill unanimously voted for the reunion. The move now gives the local church a vote and a voice in the larger church.

“It’s a hard decision to make,” the Rev. Susan Strouse said, “but it gives us a voice and it’s a huge opportunity to look at the denomination and say, ‘You made the right decision and that’s good, but there’s more to do.’”

In 1995, First United Lutheran Church and St. Francis Lutheran Church, another San Francisco congregation, were expelled from the denomination for ordaining an openly gay pastor and two lesbian pastors, respectively. The decisions went against the beliefs of evangelical Lutherans. Both congregations continued practicing independently.

Then in 2009, the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to change bylaws by adopting a constitution that allows openly gay men and women to serve as pastors. Following that change, the leaders asked the San Francisco churches for forgiveness and to rejoin the denomination.

St. Francis voted to rejoin the church last year. And on Sunday, First United’s 60-member congregation also took the steps to rejoin by voting to rescind its bylaws and adopt those of the larger church.

Though it took two years for First United’s congregation to come to grips with rejoining a church they were once expelled from, members say this is a good move.

“We’ll have more chances to affect change internally,” said church member Mike Barrows, 64. “And it’s an important vote for practical reasons.”

Those practical reasons include the church being able to call on ordained Lutheran pastors to lead their congregation and having a vote in regional councils.

For the 200 Lutheran churches in Northern California, known as the Sierra Pacific Synod, welcoming the two San Francisco congregations is more of a homecoming.

“It’s like we’ve been without a part of our body,” said Nancy Nelson, assistant to the synod’s bishop, the Rev. Mark W. Holmerud. “This is a time to celebrate a painful period in our church coming to a close.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

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