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Celebrate with your community the magic of fall and discover unique works of art in the redwood grove of Old Mill Park!

 The 56th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on Sept. 15 and 16 will showcase over 140 fine artists and offer live musical entertainment children’s activities and great eats. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography and sculpture. The festival, held in the Redwood grove of Old Mill Park in down town Mill Valley, is rated one of the top 10 fine arts and crafts shows in the Northwest.

Artists are coming to Mill Valley from all over the country – festival goers will meet artists from Santa Fe to New Orleans.  On display will be Art for your home, Art for your garden and Art for your body. Looking to dress up your home? Visit Peter Zajda of Santa Cruz CA who will bring his beautiful stained glass or check out first time exhibitors Scott and Ann Lundquist of Emmett Idaho who will be showing their coffee tables and cupboards designed using vintage ceiling tin plus reclaimed and salvaged architectural items.  Find some art for your garden.  Leslie Codina of Onterio CA creates tall whimsical garden sculpture and Steve Davis of Eugene OR builds beautiful copper fountains.

There will be a wonderful selection of Art for your body from over 15 artist selling wearable art, hats, leather goods and shoes.  Newcomer Selma Karaca of Brooklyn NY creates unique and sensuous designs for women. She was international finalist in the Avant-Garde category of the Gen Art Styles Fashion and Awards Show. Veteran exhibitor of 20 years Lori O’Neill of Santa Rosa will show her latest silk & linen handbags, jackets and coats.  Jewelry of all price ranges and styles from twenty fine artisans will be showcased under the redwoods.

Visits the festival website for list of all exhibiting artists.


This year’s musical performers cover many genres from Gypsy Jazz to Celtic and Americana.  The beautiful outdoor stage of Old Mill Park will play host to young up and coming Marin musicians  taking center stage on Saturday with singer/songwriter Sofi Rox, the Matt Jaffe Band plus Caroline de Lone who will pair up with her father Austin de Lone. Austin has collaborated with many big names in the industry including Elvis Costello.  His performance with Caroline: “Like Father, Like Daughter” is not to be missed.

Sunday has another great line up including Chris Rowan of the Rowan Brothers opening and Kathyrn Claire closing the show.  Since joining the David Grisman Quintet in 1989, SF Bay Area flutist Matt Eakle has been blowing crowds out of their chairs and onto their feet.  Check out his band Sunday at 1:00.

 See full music schedule below. 

 Each year the children’s entertainment draws hundreds of youngster to the fairy ring in the lower park during the festival. Kids have it “made in the shade” with magic, marionettes, music and more!  Face painting and hands on crafts will bring out the artist in the  youngsters.  See full schedule below.



Enjoy good food and drink benefiting local non-profits. Pick from Stefano’s Pizza and baked goods provided by Kiddo! Or BooKoo Asian Street Cuisine benefiting PATH: Patrons of the Arts at Tam. There will be Caesar salad and Roast Chicken benefiting Mill Valley Association of Volunteer Fire Fighters.  Check the event program for full menus.

About the Festival:

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is unique in that it is by a volunteer committee of local artists! These committed volunteers have given the Bay Area community a spectacular festival to enjoy for 56 years.  Any surplus funds from this non-profit festival go right back to the community for park improvements.  The festival also supports young artists.  Since 2010 they have awarded Tam High art students funds for art education through their Emerging Artist Awards.  The 2012 recipients are: 1st place: Riley Sykes, 2nd place: Rowan Walton and 3rd place: Emily Low Schwenk. This year the festival added the Michael Osborne Graphic Design Scholarship awarded to senior Lucas Waldburger.


Ride to the Festival in style! MV Transport will be providing the FREE bus transport service for the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival this year. Park at Tam High and ride in style. This is a major upgrade from the old school buses used in the past. These state of the art shuttles are plush, roomy and easy turning.  – Check the route and stops on the festival website.


Best of all is the setting itself: a fragrant redwood forest at the close of summer, shaded by its mountain.


2012 Festival Performers


Musical Stage

Saturday, September 15

Noon Sofi Rox – Singer/Songwriter

1:00 Caroline & Austin deLone – Singer/Songwriter

2:00 Emily Bonn & the Vivants – Americana

3:00 Matt Jaffe Band – Rock

4:00 Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan


Sunday, September 16

Noon Chris Rowan – Americana

1:00 Matt Eakle Band – Flute/Jazz

2:00 Beso Negro – Gypsy Jazz

3:00 Laura & Anton of Foxtails Brigade – Chamber/Pop

4:00 Kathryn Claire Band – Celtic


Children’s Grove

 Saturday, September 15

 Emcee: Naomi Caspe

10:30 -12:00 Hands- On Craft Time with the Girl Scouts

12:30 Fratello Marionettes

1:05  Brian Scott Magic

1:45 Stories with Georgia

2:20 Nick Barone’s Puppets

3:00  Blake Maxam’s Enchantments

3:40 Kids from Marin: Performing Arts Academy Sings & Dances


Sunday, September 16

Emcee: The Blue Fairy

10:30 -12:00 Hands- On Craft Time with the Girl Scouts

12:30 Fratello Marionettes

1:05 Dan Chan Magic

1:45 Sing with Dave Fromer

2:20  Tinker’s Coin Productions Puppetry

3:00 The Gnome Puppet Show

3:40 Kids from Marin: Singers Marin


The 411:

What: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

When: Sat & Sun September 15 and 16 – 10am to 5:00pm

Where: Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley CA 94941

info: or call (415) 381-8090


Tickets $10, $5 seniors and students and free for Kids 12 and under





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The 2012 FOG Rally Benefits Blue Planet Network: September 13-15 San Francisco to Los Angeles

The 2012 FOG Rally is comprised of 50 Ferraris departing from The Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill, Friday September 14, at 8:30am on a media intensive charity road rally to Los Angeles. The rally will showcase Ferraris of all models and years and provide enthusiasts several opportunities for up close and personal encounters with the cars and their drivers.  This event will bring together the largest number of Ferraris that have ever been assembled in one public place in San Francisco!   To register for the Rally go to;

For 2012 the FOG Rally is supporting Blue Planet Network, an award-winning nonprofit headquartered in the Bay Area.  Blue Planet Network’s mission is to exponentially increase the impact of safe drinking water programs for people around the world. Founded in 2002, Blue Planet Network and its 94 member organizations have helped more than 993,000 people in 25 countries with safe drinking water and sanitation. Visit Blue Planet Network for more information.

Ferrari Owners Group (FOG) Inc. is a membership organization of motorsports enthusiasts. While members enjoy the freedom of the open road and the spirit of California’s rich road rally history, the FOG Rally is an event that calls together charitable people from within and without the FOG community for the common purpose of supporting a worthy cause.  Drivers compete to raise the most funds for the benefiting charity.  Last year an impressive $60,000 was raised for Opportunity Impact during the inaugural FOG rally. An award will be given to the top three fundraisers at the closing banquet dinner, auction, and award ceremony held at the Hyatt Century Plaza in L.A., sponsored by Novitec Rosso, Saturday, September 15. This year organizers hope to raise $100,000 for Blue Planet Network.

“The Ferrari Owners Charitable Foundation values the opportunity to support the work of Blue Planet Network because it enables us to affect change simultaneously in our three areas of focus – public health, education, and youth-at-risk. Two of the features of Blue Planet Network that we find attractive are its dedicated oversight and its transparent implementation of water projects.”  – Joe Keon, Founder & President, Ferrari Owners Charitable Foundation, Marin   County CA

The Launch Party, held at The Fairmont San Francisco hotel on Thursday September 13th at 6:00pm, will kick off the long weekend event.  Participants will enjoy fine wine tasting, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and live musical entertainment set amid the hotel’s stunning Gold Room.  Wine will be poured by Andretti Winery, founded by retired world champion race car driver Mario Andretti, as well as Grgich Hills Estate, one of the few truly bio-dynamic wineries in California.

The Keith Crossan Big Band will get the party swinging and will then offer the stage to Gabriel Angelo, San Francisco’s up-and-coming 12 year old trumpet player, who was recently featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  Gabriel, who dresses quite dapper in Brooks Bother suits and tap dances while he plays, says his inspiration is Fred Astaire.

Robin Woolard Precious Jewels in The Fairmont Hotel is inviting launch party guests to a champagne reception and will be giving away a Dior cosmetics gift bag to each female guest.

The Launch Party is open to the public.  Tickets are only $125 and  must be purchased in advanced:  Launch Party Tickets

The Rally of 50 Ferraris departs from The Fairmont San Francisco at 8:30am Friday, September 14, 2012.  Mason Street will be closed to traffic so the public can safely view the cars before they take off.  The rally continues to Santa Barbara for the night, and arrives in LA on Saturday afternoon.

For more information please visit the FOG Rally website: FOG Rally


Photo credit: Michelle Geer

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The world-renowned National Circus of the People’s Republic of China comes to Zellerbach Hall for two performances on Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16 at 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Their newest production Cirque Chinois features a 45–member ensemble, exploring traditional Chinese culture including Buddhism and martial arts. Founded in 1953, the National Circus is one of the longest-running and most distinguished circus troupes in China with many international award-winners among them. Under the direction of Mei Yuezhou and Ai Bing, the circus brings sumptuous costumes, beautiful lighting and a variety of circus arts including trapeze, gymnastics, contortion, juggling and dance, the circus gives a performance that simultaneously hearkens back to China’s ancient circus heritage and brings the art form into a modern setting.

Since the 1970s, the National Circus has travelled to 80 countries worldwide, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States. During the 1980s, the company began pioneering the concept of animal-free circuses, advising the famed Cirque du Soleil on non-animal acts. In 1997, the company’s trapeze troupe was invited to perform with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The company has received more than twenty gold and silver medals at international circus festivals, including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain, Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Wuhan International Circus Festival and China National Acrobatic Competition.


TICKET INFORMATION Tickets for the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China on Saturday,

September 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall range from $22.00 to $52.00, and are subject to change. They are available through the Cal Performances’ Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For select performances, Cal Performances offers UCB student, faculty and staff, senior, and community rush tickets. Rush tickets are announced three hours prior to a performance on Cal Performances’ Facebook page and at 510-642-9988 and are available in person only at the Ticket Office beginning one hour before the performance; one ticket per person; all sales are cash only. For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit


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Bay Area Flamenco presents 7th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Festival Flamenco Gitano USA September 24-30, 2012

The 7th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival: Festival Flamenco Gitano USA will feature world-class artists from Spain, including performances at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts featuring the West Coast premier of superstar Jose Mercé, the world premier of Fiesta Jerez: Gypsy Flamenco All-Stars and the anticipated U.S. premier of El Carpeta -14-year-old prodigy of the legendary Farruco Family who will appear with clan matriarch, La Farruca. Opening night will feature a concert by Gypsy guitarist Diego del Morao at Yoshi’s Oakland. There will also be a series of workshops and master classes, and for the first time this year, the Festival will present “Flamenco on Film,” at Landmark Embarcadero Cinema featuring the S.F. premier of Spanish director Carlos Saura’s latest production.

THE BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL is recognized as one of the most vibrant flamenco festivals in the United States, featuring authentic, world-renowned flamenco talent from Spain. Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event drawing over 3000 world music and dance enthusiasts.


Diego del Morao: Gypsy Flamenco Guitar of the 21st Century Wednesday, September 26. Yoshi’s Oakland One of the most sought-after guitarists on today’s scene, he is known for his work with Spain’s top flamenco artists such as Diego el Cigala and José Mercé. Paco de Lucía made a cameo appearance on del Morao’s solo release “Orate” (2010 Cigala Music). He is the son of guitarist “Moraíto,” one of the most important flamenco artists of our time, who along with his uncle Manuel Morao, developed the signature sound of traditional Jerez-style flamenco guitar. Diego del Morao takes that legacy into the 21st century. In the words of veteran guitar legend Manolo Sanlúcar: “This is the vanguard, and at the same time our essence: past, present and future: he is a visionary”. “Del Morao is special. [...] …tenacious and extravagant”. - The New York Times

¡Fiesta Jerez! Gypsy Flamenco All-Stars Thursday, September 27, 7pm; Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco This concert, celebrating the roots, joy and soul of flamenco, feels less like a stage production and more like an invitation to a Gypsy family gathering in Jerez de la Frontera. From the heart of Andalusia’s wine country, this 12-member ensemble features singer/dancer Juana la del Pipa, singer Enrique el Zambo, singer/dancer Kina Mendez, and dancer Gema Moneo, a rising star in flamenco.

José Mercé Friday, September 28, 8pm; Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco West Coast premier of Spanish superstar, José Mercé, one of the world’s greatest flamenco artists. His 1998 recording “Del Amanecer” (Virgen) garnered worldwide recognition with his contemporary arrangements aimed at a younger audience. With multiple Latin Grammy nominations and more than 600,000 albums sold in the last 15 years, he has made an indelible mark on flamenco. His latest CD will be released on Blue Note in the fall of 2012. “[...] energetic to the max, with [a] unique, magnificent voice.”

Farruco Family: El Carpeta y La Farruca Sunday, September 30, 7pm; Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco The U.S. debut of the 14-year-old prodigy El Carpeta, and return of matriarch La Farruca—both of the legendary Los Farruco dynasty, the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance. As La Farruca is acclaimed for her elegance, her son El Carpeta, youngest brother of superstar Farruquito, is becoming known as the most extraordinary flamenco dancer of his generation and torchbearer for the family legacy. “… you feel in La Farruca …the accumulated wisdom of decades, the calm mastery that holds an audience in thrall and never lets it go.” –New York Times

FLAMENCO ON FILM: September 24-26  Landmark Embarcadero Cinema, San Francisco

Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco, Flamenco” (130 min. Eng subtitles, 2010) 14 years after the release of his 1996 film “Flamenco,” Carlos Saura returns, bringing a new perspective to the lively and dynamic world of flamenco and creating “a visual banquet” that, exclaims film critic Kathleen Murphy, “serves up so much cinematic artfulness and beauty, your faith in the power of movies is reborn”. Photographed by master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky), the film features performances by more than 21 flamenco artists such as Eva la Yerbabuena, Sara Baras, Niña Pastori, Rocío Molina, Israel Galván, El Carpeta and José Mercé.

“MORAO: Good Flamenco Singing Hurts” (55 min. Eng subtitles, 2011) A journey into the art of flamenco as a way of life, through the figure of legendary guitarist ‘Moraíto Chico’ who passed away last year at the age of 55. Together with his uncle Manuel Morao and his son Diego del Morao, he forms the heart of the Morao Gypsy dynasty of Jerez de la Frontera, a hotbed of flamenco. Moraíto created an unparalleled style, a reflection of his great personality and humor that ignited everything and everyone around him.




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CENTER REP PRESENTS Lucky Stiff — A Musical Murder Mystery Farce!

Center REPertory Company kicks off its 46th subscription season with Ahrens and Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff, a musical murder mystery farce, August 31 – October 7. Award-winning director Robert Barry Fleming returns to helm this production at Center REP, where he previously staged celebrated productions of, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, SHE LOVES ME, ALL SHOOK UP, and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’.

“I’ve been wanting to produce Lucky Stiff for a few years now,” says Center REP Artistic Director Michael Butler. “In many ways, it’s the perfect REP show – funny, smart, unique, and literate. It’s Ahrens and Flaherty’s breakout show and it has their exuberance and playful theatricality all over it.  They went on to write Ragtime and Once on This Island, among others, and it’s so fun to see the show that announced the presence of a major new talent in the American musical theatre.”

“I defy anyone to resist the plot of Lucky Stiff,” continues Butler, “with its tale of intersecting characters all vying for the same six million bucks and all falling in love with their rivals for the loot.” Based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael ButterworthLucky Stiff is a zany, offbeat and very funny murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.

The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit six million dollars. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner! First produced off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons (Richard Rodgers Award) the show later went on to win Washington’s Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical.

“The songs are delightful, and you can understand why people were so excited about this new writing team when you discover this music yourself for the first time,” says Butler. “And a film is being made of it as we speak. This is the perfect time for us to be doing it!” Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James, Dominic Marsh and Jayne Houdyshell have been cast in a feature film version set for a 2013 release.

“What do I like about it best?” Butler muses. “In addition to all of the above, I like its joie de vivre.  It’s so smart and playful and unafraid to be romantic.”



Robert Barry Fleming (Director/Choreographer) directing and choreography credits include: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ (Center REP), BLUES IN THE NIGHT (Center REP), SHE LOVES ME (Center REP), ALL SHOOK UP (Center REP – SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Direction of a Musical), THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (The Diversionary), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Center REP – Shellie Award for Best Direction of a Musical ), THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE (San Jose Rep), THUNDER KNOCKIN’ ON THE DOOR (ACT- Seattle), TWELFTH NIGHT (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Erik Ehn’s THE SAINT PLAYS including ASSENT/IRISH LOVE RAY (world premiere – University of San Diego), MARAT/SADE (University of San Diego MFA/BA joint production). He has served as dialect and vocal coach at The La Jolla Playhouse for projects as diverse as BONNIE AND CLYDE directed by Jeff Calhoun, THE ADDING MACHINE directed by Daniel Aukin, MOST WANTED directed by Michael Grief and THE WIZ directed by Des MacAnuff. He served as dialect consultant for the Arthur Miller rotating-rep productions of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Arena Stage and SIGHT UNSEEN and Duncan Sheik’s WHISPER HOUSE at the Old Globe.  His professional acting credits include RAGTIME and STAND-UP TRAGEDY (Broadway), INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY (The Public/NYSF), GOOD BOYS (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company) and productions at the Old Globe, The Mark Taper Forum, and the Guthrie. Film/TV credits include L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS, a series regular on the Disney Channel’s ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, and numerous guest spots. Robert won a 2008 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance by a Male in a Musical for his performance in AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at the San Diego Rep.

Brandon Adams (Musical Director) most recently worked on Center REP’s XANADU at the end of last season. He has MD’ed three Bay Area premieres: Jason Robert Brown’s LAST FIVE YEARS at Playhouse West, David Henry Hwang’s revised version of FLOWER DRUM SONG at Woodminster Summer Musicals, and MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, THE MUSICAL! (BATTC award) at Center REP. Favorite credits include: FUNNY GIRL, GIRL CRAZY, ME AND MY GIRL, TOO MANY GIRLS, and SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS. Recently, he has worked on SHE LOVES ME at Center REP (Shellie and BATTC awards) and OH KAY! at 42nd Street Moon.


Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) exploded on the musical theatre scene in 1988 with this Off Broadway hit – a zany, offbeat and very funny romantic murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.

WHERE:   Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.

DATES / Friday, August 31st at 8pm. through Sunday, October 7th at 2:30PM.

Press opening is Tuesday, September 4th at 7:30 PM.


Prices range from $38-$47.  For more information go to or call 925.943.SHOW (7469).  You can also visit the LCA Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive or the Ticket Office Outlets at Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek and the Downtown Walnut Creek Library.



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THE MARSH Berkeley Cabaret Presents Happy Hour With Magician David Hirata

Fridays at 6:00 pm

September 7 – September 28, 2012

Free And Open to All With A Full Bar & Food!

Magician David Hirata will be entertaining the Friday Happy Hour crowd at The Marsh Berkeley during September, with live music by wonderful pianist Larisa Migachyov. Hirata, one of The Marsh’s favorite entertainers, will baffle the audience with spellbinding sleight-of-hand in the intimate setting of the bar and cabaret.  Imagine David and Larisa weaving music, movement, and storytelling together, add the theatrical surrealism of stage magic, and this is a not-to-miss, free, TGIF entertainment!

A full bar offers festive happy-hour discounts including $5 cocktails, $4 Ginger Margaritas and handpicked wine and beer. There is also great bar food—Portobello Panini’s, Mango Guacamole Salsa and fresh-baked cookies. Everyone is welcome; including those getting an early start for our 8 pm performances.

David Hirata has performed award-winning magic for over twenty years. He’s been called “a master of deceit” (Henry Tenenbaum, KRON TV), performing “classic magic with classy style” (Gerry Griffin, California Magic Dinner Theater). Classically trained Larisa Migachyov switched to ragtime after immigrating to the United States. She performs around the country and has composed 36 rags—more than any other woman in the ragtime world. In her other life, Larisa is a patent attorney in private practice.


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Fierce Love: Stories From Black Gay Life by Pomo Afro Homos

The New Conservatory Theatre Center is proud to present Fierce Love: Stories of Black Gay Life by Pomo Afro Homos, in association with AfroSolo. The show will run October 17, 2012 – October 28, 2012. The show will take place at the New Conservatory Theatre Center (Decker Theatre); Wednesday- Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

Opening Night will take place on Friday October 20, 2012 at 8pm.

Special after-performance discussions will take place on October 18, 21, 25 and 27.

About the Play:
This return of the 1991 hit show examines the vital issues of race, sexuality, identity, and the struggles of black, gay men in America. During the early 90s, Pomo Afro Homos toured the country with Fierce Love to enlighten the masses of the complexities and diversity that exist within the black gay community.  Through music, imagery and dance the group continues bring intense issues to the stage with this deeply moving piece.

Pomo Afro Homos is short for Post Modern African American Homosexuals.   This African-American gay theater troupe was founded in San Francisco by choreographer-dancer Djola Bernard Branner, with actors Brian Freemanand Eric Gupton. Marvin K. White joined the group later. Pomo Afro Homos is dedicated to bringing the black gay male experience to the stage by way of music, theatre and dance

AfroSolo’s mission is to nurture, promote, and present African American and African Diaspora art and culture through solo performances and the visual arts. Since 1993, AfroSolo has provided a forum to give an authentic voice to the diverse experiences of Black people in the Americas. Through art, AfroSolo brings people of different ethnicities together to explore and share the human spirit that binds us all.

New Conservatory Theatre Center has been in operation for 31 years in San Francisco under the direction of founding Artistic Director Ed Decker. The theatre’s mission is to champion innovative, high quality productions and educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer and allied communities to affect personal and societal growth, enlightenment, and change. New Conservatory Theatre Center is known for its gay-positive productions, its foundational anti-bullying work with youth, and its welcoming environment for new and emerging local artists.

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THE MARSH San Francisco Extends Alison Whittaker’s VITAL SIGNS The Pulse of an American Nurse Through September 16, 2012

An up-close-and-personal look at life on the neurology ward of a large urban hospital.

Due to popular acclaim, The Marsh San Francisco is delighted to extend Alison Whittaker’s VITAL SIGNS through September 16, 2012. This will be the final extension of this extraordinarily popular and acclaimed show. Whittaker, a registered nurse at a major American hospital, takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at the nurses, patients and the patients’ families, all of whom must cope with the blood- and-guts of real life on the wards. From gossip in the nurse’s break room to diaper changes, catheters, despair, hope and humanity, this is a frank, shocking, absurd and heart-warming glimpse of real-life in the hospital. For Whittaker, who started her budding solo-performance career by taking classes at The Marsh, the success of her first solo show on its stage is a dream come true.

Through September 16, 2012.

(Final Extension)

Saturdays at 8:30 pm through August 25 Sundays at 7:00 pm from September 2 – 16, 2012 *****Note change of day and time******

The Marsh San Francisco, Studio Theater, 1062 Valencia Street at 22nd Street

Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St. between Mission & Valencia) The nearest Bart Station is 24th & Mission.

$15-35 Sliding Scale. Reserved Seats: $50 For tickets, visit or call 415-282-3055(Mon – Fri 1:00 – 4:00 pm.)

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New Route Along Grant Avenue to Embarcadero with

Citywide Ping Pong Tournament to Increase Fitness & Health for Residents in Car-Free Environment

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the second annual Chinatown Sunday Streets and Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament this Sunday, August 26th. The event is the second Sunday Streets along Grant Avenue, and a reprise of portions of the inaugural Sunday Streets route in 2008 that connected Chinatown to the Embarcadero along Washington Street.

“San Francisco is proud to have Sunday Streets back in Chinatown showcasing our City’s commitment to sustainability, innovation and the health of our residents,” said Mayor Lee. “I’m excited to take part in the annual Ping Pong Tournament as we continue this creative initiative that transforms public space and brings our communities together.”

“San Francisco residents, merchants and visitors have enthusiastically embraced Sunday Streets and are consistently asking us for more of these kinds of programs,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “These events are a great way to explore areas of the city by foot, bike and transit.”

Community leaders are organizing the second annual Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament to celebrate this iconic sport and provide opportunities for Sunday Streets visitors to watch champions compete and participate in free play following the tournament in Portsmouth Square.

“Community Youth Center is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Second Annual Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament,” said Community Youth Center Executive Director Sarah Wan. “Our participation last year was a highlight for our youth volunteers who were able to see ping pong players compete and demonstrate their skills. It was also a chance for the youth to show pride in a sport that is deeply rooted in their culture and history, and to see how San Francisco and the world has embraced it as a sport as well.”

In a departure from last year’s “Walking Street” version of Sunday Streets, bicycles and people-powered wheels of all kinds are welcomed and encouraged. The route travels east from Grant Avenue along historic Jackson Street and Washington Avenue to reach the Embarcadero where participants can access the Embarcadero bikeway along the picturesque San Francisco Bay to reach the northern waterfront where the America’s Cup World Series Final races will be concluding.

The August 26th Chinatown event is the eighth of ten planned Sunday Street events in the 2012 season. Event hours are 11AM to 4PM. The Ping Pong Tournament at Portsmouth Square starts at 8AM and will conclude by 12:30PM, when free play in Portsmouth Square will be open until 2PM for anyone that would like to play.

Other activities along the route:
· Ping Pong tournament by Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinatown Youth Center
· Tai Chi Classes by Chinese Shaolin Center
· Children’s activities by Kai Ming Head Start, Chinatown YMCA and St. Mary’s Chinese Day School
· Art activities, face painting and sidewalk chalk by Nexus ArtReach Art Collective and Girls on the Run
· Children’s bike safety rodeo presented by Wheel Kids
· Project Vega Soccer
· Live music by Rin Tin Tiger and Against Leo
· Circus Center
· Kids Cooking For Life
· “Freedom From Training Wheels” by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
· An Exploratorium interactive display previewing their 2013 grand opening at Pier 15
· Free bicycle rentals from ParkWide LLC
· Zumba dance workout

Sunday Streets is a program of Livable City and presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente, Mike’s Bikes, Recology, REI, Shape Up SF, Sports Basement, United Healthcare Workers West and the University of California at San Francisco.

Major resources and support for Sunday Streets comes from the City & County of San Francisco, the Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Public Health, the Recreation and Parks Department, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and City CarShare. Free bike rentals are provided by Parkwide LLC and Recology waste management services. Media sponsors include the San Francisco Examiner and Clear Channel Radio. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition manages Sunday Streets’ volunteer program.

Final Sunday Streets events of the 2012 season will include the Western Addition/N. Panhandle/Alamo Square on September 9th and the Outer Mission/Excelsior, a new neighborhood and route, on October 21st.

For more information on this signature San Francisco event which draws thousands into the streets for car-free recreation, go to To volunteer, go to www.SundayStreetsSF/ For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to


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San Francisco Opera Opens 90th Season with Verdi’s Rigoletto Conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti September 7-30, War Memorial Opera House

Performances Feature Two Distinct International Casts Including

Željko Lučić, Marco Vratogna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Albina Shagimuratova, Francesco Demuro and David Lomelí

San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season opens on September 7 with Verdi’s Rigoletto, the vivid and compelling story of a vengeful court jester desperately attempting to protect his daughter from disaster. Conductor Nicola Luisotti leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, together with an international cast of singers including acclaimed Serbian baritone and Verdi specialist Željko Lučić in the title role, and the Company debuts of Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Italian tenor Francesco Demuro as the Duke of Mantua. On Saturday, September 8, San Francisco Opera opens Rigoletto with a second renowned cast featuring Marco Vratogna, Albina Shagimuratova and David Lomelí. Rigoletto runs for 12 performances through September 30, alternating between the two casts of principals.

Serbian baritone Željko Lučić returns to San Francisco as Rigoletto, a role he has previously performed in Paris, Cologne, Madrid and Dresden; he will also perform the role this season at Milan’s La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. Lučić made his San Francisco Opera debut as Giorgio Germont in 2004’s La Traviata and returned in 2005 as Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. Italian baritone Marco Vratogna, who also sings the title role, returns to San Francisco Opera after recent successful appearances as Iago in 2009’s Otello and in 2010 as Amonasro in Aida. Other recent engagements include Scarpia in Tosca at Milan’s La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and in Valencia; Iago in Frankfurt; and Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera in Dresden. These performances mark Vratogna’s role debut as Rigoletto.

Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Gilda, a role she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, and in Parma, Hamburg, Helsinki, and Toulouse. Later this season, she will reprise the role at Polish National Opera and at Zurich Opera. Recent operatic appearances include Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Arena di Verona, Violetta in La Traviata at Polish National Opera and Mimì in La Bohème in Naples. Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who also appears as Gilda, first appeared at San Francisco Opera as the Queen of the Night in 2012’s The Magic Flute. She returns to the Company in a role she has previously performed at Houston Grand Opera and Palm Beach Opera; she also sings the role at Lyric Opera of Chicago later this season. Other recent appearances include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Violetta in La Traviata with Houston Grand Opera and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at The Glyndebourne Festival.

A native of Sardinia, tenor Francesco Demuro makes his San Francisco Opera debut as the lecherous Duke of Mantua. Demuro has previously performed this role in Hong Kong, Parma, Turin, Vienna, Beijing, and Dresden. Career highlights include Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera; Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Vienna State Opera and in Detroit; and Alfredo Germont in La Traviata with Seattle Opera and in Dresden, Verona, and Santiago, Chile. He returns to San Francisco Opera in 2013 as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, a role he has previously performed in Tokyo. Mexican tenor David Lomelí is a former Adler Fellow who also appears as the Duke. Lomelí made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2009 as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata and returned as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has previously appeared as the Duke of Mantua in Toronto, Karlsruhe and most recently at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013 Lomelí will sing the role again at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production. At San Francisco Opera, Luisotti most recently conducted Verdi’s Attila, in a new production he also premiered at Milan’s La Scala. Other recent appearances include the rarely performed I Masnadieri with Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, where he is also music director; Tosca at Teatro alla Scala; and concerts with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and the Orquesta Nacional de España. This season at San Francisco Opera, Nicola Luisotti will also conduct Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner’s Lohengrin and Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. Opera and theater director Harry Silverstein returns to direct this San Francisco Opera production with sets designed by Michael Yeargan. The final two performances will be conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi.


Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark / Saturday, September 15
Also in celebration of the new season, San Francisco Opera partners with Webcor Builders and the San Francisco Giants to present the Company’s seventh free live simulcast at AT&T Park on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring a celebrated cast of singers and conducted by Nicola Luisotti, will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House to AT&T Park’s high-definition scoreboard. A unique opportunity for fans to enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco Opera in one of the nation’s foremost ballparks, the Company’s simulcasts at AT&T Park have drawn more than 165,000 people, many experiencing opera for the first time. Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark is made possible through the extraordinary technology of the Koret-Taube Media Suite. This event marks the tenth free simulcast presented by San Francisco Opera under David Gockley’s leadership.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the twelve performances of Rigoletto are scheduled for September 7 (8 p.m.), September 8 (8 p.m.), September 11 (8 p.m.), September 12 (7:30 p.m.), September 15 (8 p.m.), September 16 (2 p.m.), September 18 (8 p.m.), September 19 (7:30 p.m.), September 21 (8 p.m.), September 23 (2 p.m.), September 25 (7:30 p.m.) and September 30 (2 p.m.) 2012.

Tickets for performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the War Memorial Opera House are priced from $22 to $340 and may be purchased at or through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street), or by phone at (415) 864-3330]. Standing Room tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only.

The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit and

Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change. For further information about Rigoletto and San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 season, please visit

The September 15 Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark simulcast at AT&T Park is free and open to the public; advance online registration assures early entrance into the ballpark for preferred seating and entry into a special prize drawing. Visit to register.

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Concerts open with West Coast premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ Drift and Providence, co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas(MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony(SFS) in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the West Coast premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ Drift and Providence September 27 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts at UC Davis and September 28-30 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Samuel Carl Adams will perform his work with the Orchestra.

Bay Area native Samuel Carl Adams(b. 1985) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and the son of frequent SFS collaborator composer John Adams. Based in Brooklyn, Adams draws on his experiences with jazz, noise, programming, and phonography. He is an active collaborator and performer in San Francisco and New York; his previous commissions include works for Oakland’s Paul Dresher Ensemble Electroacoustic Band, ACJW, and MATA(Music at the Anthology). In spring 2012 Adams was a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and he regularly performs as a bassist with FOUNDRY, a post-classical ensemble based in New York.

Samuel Adams’ Drift and Providence was co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony. MTT conducted its world premiere with the New World Symphony in April 2012. Written from the point of view of a West Coast native living elsewhere and as a composer exploring new ways to use tonality, Adams says, “Drift and Providence is looking at my home, the west, from within and from afar; Drift and Providence explores what it means to embark from and arrive at the acoustically familiar.” The score for the work includes live electronic processing which will be performed by Adams and controlled by a CNTRL-Rm, Analog Experience Factory and MacBook Pro.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 as part of their Grammy-winning Mahler recording project for in-house label SFS Media and will perform it on tour in Asia in November 2012. Live concert footage of the work was included in SFS Media’s PBS television series Keeping Score: Mahler, now available on DVD and Blu-ray. An excerpt of their performance of the Adagietto movement of Symphony No. 5 is available for viewing on the SF Symphony’s YouTube Channel.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Thurs., September 27 at 8 pm (Mondavi Center, UC Davis)
Davies Symphony Hall Fri., September 28 at 8 pm (Davies Symphony Hall)
Sat., September 29 at 8 pm (Davies Symphony Hall)
Sun., September 30 at 2 pm (Davies Symphony Hall)

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Samuel Carl Adams, electronica
San Francisco Symphony

Samuel Carl Adams Drift and Providence (SFS co-commission with New World Symphony; West Coast Premiere)
Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

PRE-CONCERT TALK: Peter Grunberg and Samuel Carl Adams 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.

AUDIO PROGRAM A free audio podcast about Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will be downloadable
NOTES: from and from the iTunes store.

BROADCAST: These concerts will be broadcast on Classical 89.9/90.3/104.9 KDFC and at a later date to be announced.

TICKETS: September 28-30 $15-$150. Tickets are available at, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

Tickets for the September 27 concert at Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts are $25-99 and available at, and by calling 866 -754-2787.

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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, Sunday, October 7, 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 or 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 likeThe 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 or call 415.749.2228. For additional information on “8”, visit:


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In Conversation with David Perry

How Do You Do That?

David Perry, founder/CEO of David Perry & Associates, Inc. (,  will be interviewed at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club on Thursday, August 23.

Perry has been entrusted to manage public, media and community relations for signature events on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, ranging from the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay to the 2011 Fleet Week to the current America’s Cup Races. How does he juggle thousands of moving parts to consistently deliver consistently excellent results, and how can you, too, get a job traveling the world and meeting fascinating people? Come find out!

Location: The Commonwealth Club of California 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Gold Room San Francisco Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program Cost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID) Program Organizer/Moderator Julian Chang

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All Performances at the Beautifully Renovated Bruns Amphitheater

Tickets on Sale Now; Call 510.548.9666 or Visit


Berkeley, CA – California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2012 season with Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director and Cal Shakes Associate Artist Mark Rucker, through September 2.

The production features A.C.T. core company member and 2011 Ten Chimneys Foundation Lunt-Fontanne Fellow René Augesen as Ruth Condomine. A.C.T. core member Anthony Fusco appears as her husband, the writer Charles Condomine; Mr. Fusco was last seen at Cal Shakes in 2011’s critically-acclaimed Candida. Other members of the company include Cal Shakes Associate Artist Domenique Lozano as Madame Arcati, A.C.T. MFA graduate Jessica Kitchens as Charles’ ghostly first wife, Elvira; Kevin Rolston (MTC’s A Steady Rain, A.C.T.’s Once in a Lifetime and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore) as Dr. Bradman; A.C.T. Conservatory Director Melissa Smith (Berkeley Rep’s Continental Divide, A.C.T.’s Celebration) as Mrs. Bradman; and A.C.T. MFA student Rebekah Brockman as Edith. Ms. Augesen, Ms. Kitchens, Mr. Rolston, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Brockman are all making their Cal Shakes debuts with this production.

Successful novelist Charles Condomine wants to learn about the occult for an upcoming book and gets more than he bargained for when he arranges for a visiting “happy medium,” Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. The eccentric Arcati inadvertently summons the ghost of Charles’s late first wife, Elvira. Elvira’s sudden reappearance creates mayhem between Charles and his second wife, Ruth, as Elvira makes continued and increasingly desperate efforts to disrupt their marriage. Personalities clash, Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, and joins Elvira so the two “blithe spirits” may haunt the hapless Charles forever.

The design team responsible for creating the classic middle-class English country estate where the play takes place are set designer Annie Smart, whose previous designs for Cal Shakes include Candida, Man and Superman, and John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, and numerous productions around the US and UK; costume designer Katherine Roth, who created the stylish fashions for Cal Shakes’ Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest and As You Like It, as well as the Broadway and touring productions of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly With me; lighting designer York Kennedy, whose lights have graced such Cal Shakes’ productions as Spunk, Candida, Uncle VanyaThe Pastures of Heaven, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession; and sound designer Will McCandless, creator of soundscapes for numerous Bay Area productions including Cal Shakes’ Candida.

Mark Rucker (Director, Associate Artist) is the Associate Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater. His Cal Shakes credits include Private Lives (2009), Twelfth Night (2008), Richard III (2007), and Romeo and Juliet (2001). Other Bay Area credits include The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed and The Rainmaker at A.C.T., Culture Clash’s The Birds at Berkeley Rep, and Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff at Magic Theatre/A.C.T. Other theaters include Yale Rep (eight productions), La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Indiana Rep, Taper Too, Intiman Playhouse, Old Globe, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Rep, and Ford’s Theater. Mark is an Associate Artist at South Coast Repertory Theater, where he staged over 20 productions including world premieres by Richard Greenberg, John Glore, Culture Clash, Annie Weisman, and Christopher Shinn. His feature film debut Die Mommie Die! won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mark is a graduate of UCLA and the Yale School of Drama.

Single tickets for Blithe Spirit range from $35 to $71, with discounts available for seniors, students, persons age 30 and under, and groups. Prices, dates, titles, and artists are subject to change. For information or to charge tickets by phone with VISA, MasterCard, or American Express, call the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666. Additional information and online ticketing are available at

California Shakespeare Theater’s 2012 season is supported in part by the generosity of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation and The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Corporate partners supporting this production include BART, City National Bank, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, McRoskey Mattress Company, Meyer Sound, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and San Francisco Magazine.



Founded in 1974, now under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and Managing Director Susie Falk, Cal Shakes is an award-winning regional theater, acclaimed as “one of the most beautiful outdoor performing spaces in America” by the Wall Street Journal. The recently renovated, architecturally stunning grounds surrounding the classic Bruns Amphitheater, are nestled in the Siesta Valley of the East Bay Hills between Berkeley and Orinda on a protected watershed. The grounds open two hours before curtain for picnicking in the lush eucalyptus and oak groves; the on-site café in the new, environmentally-sustainable Sharon Simpson Center offers gourmet meals on-site, or patrons may bring their own to enjoy. The Theater offers free shuttle service from the Orinda BART station, beginning ninety minutes before the performance, and plentiful free parking onsite.  Picnicking audiences enjoy stunning works of California sculpture and can listen to enlightening pre-show talks by our resident dramaturgs before every performance. For more information on the entirety of Cal Shakes work on stage, in schools and in communities, go to us.

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Ballet Tribute to Kristin Long

A Tribute to Kristin Long
Principal Dancer Kristin Long retired this year, following an illustrious 23-year career with San Francisco Ballet. Since joining SF Ballet as an apprentice in 1989, Long has performed numerous lead roles in full-length productions such as Tomasson’s Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty, and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. In addition, she created roles in works by acclaimed choreographers including Julia Adam, David Bintley, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, and Stanton Welch, among others. Long’s diverse repertory includes ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Agnes de Mille, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, and Antony Tudor.

Click here <>  to view a video tribute to this dynamic and beloved artist of the Company.

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Asian Art Museum kicks off 10th anniversary in Civic Center with epic exhibition

The Asian Art Museum kicks off its 10th anniversary in San Francisco’s Civic Center with an exhibition from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in modern time. China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy will be on view February 22 – May 27, 2013.

The exhibition features 120 rare objects from the great tomb complex of China’s First Emperor (259-210 BCE), including 10 life-size terracotta figures—the maximum number of figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition.

Captivating the world since its discovery in 1974, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is one of the largest burial sites ever constructed. Estimated at nearly 250,000 square feet—or more than four American football fields—it includes a scale replica of the emperor’s imperial palace, complete with stables, offices, an armory and even a zoo. Ancient historians also described “flowing rivers” of mercury, of which trace amounts have recently been confirmed by scientists.

Perhaps most impressive are the estimated 8,000 terracotta figures excavated to date, including warriors of all ranks (all individually constructed, no two faces are alike), acrobats, musicians and horses. The tomb complex took 700,000 laborers nearly 40 years to build.

In 1994, the museum, then located in Golden Gate Park, was among the first to present the terracotta warriors to a U.S. audience. The 2013 exhibition offers a new generation of visitors the rare chance to view the clay figures up close. Visitors will also discover new secrets from the tomb, with more information than ever before on the First Emperor, his reign, and his quest for immortality.

“Celebrating 10 years in our Civic Center home calls for something extraordinary,” said Jay Xu, executive director, Asian Art Museum. “In China, history is being unearthed. Bringing a chapter of this epic story to San Francisco—with 10 life-size sculptures from one of the most significant discoveries of our time—is a great way to commemorate this occasion.”

The exhibition was organized by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, People’s Republic of China.

Advance tickets go on sale October 16, 2012

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On Scene with Bill Wilson Ocean Avenue Fire gets City Response

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee met Tuesday August 14 with business and property owners affected by the August 7th fire on the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue to highlight the City’s comprehensive effort to assist in their recovery. The four-alarm fire, which injured two firefighters, affected nine businesses across three buildings and consumed much of the block. The City’s response builds on the work of improving the Ocean Avenue commercial district and the Mayor’s launch of the Invest in Neighborhoods initiative, a renewed effort to marshal City and private sector resources and services to help revitalize the City’s neighborhood commercial corridors, support neighborhood small businesses and boost neighborhood job creation.

“A week ago today, disaster struck these San Francisco businesses, and I want them to know that the City stands with them and will assist in their recovery,” said Mayor Lee. “From keeping the area clean and safe to accelerating permitting to providing individual business assistance, I have directed City departments to work as a team to respond quickly so that these small businesses can re-open as soon as possible.”

The City’s recovery package for Ocean Avenue will include expedited permitting through various City departments, cleaning and hauling services from the Department of Public Works, targeted legal and relocation assistance, marketing, and increased police patrols. The Mayor explained that the City’s response to the fire exemplifies the approach of his new Invest in Neighborhoods program, an interagency initiative that will deploy a set of customized services to 25 neighborhood commercial districts across the City. The recently-approved budget shored up resources for Invest in Neighborhoods, more than doubling the City’s investment in neighborhood economic development.

Mayor Lee directed the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to lead the City’s response and recovery effort for Ocean Avenue. OEWD has already been actively involved in improving the Ocean Avenue commercial district in recent years, assisting with the establishment of their Community Benefit District, the Ocean Avenue Association, and with the recruitment of two grocery stores, a Michelin-recommended restaurant and a full-service bank. Whole Foods at 1150 Ocean Avenue and the Chase Bank branch at 1649 Ocean Avenue are both set to open later this month. Ocean Avenue has not had a full-service grocery store and bank branch since the mid 1990’s.

“The day of the fire we had staff on the street meeting with affected business owners to understand their needs, share information, and develop a business response and recovery strategy,” said OEWD Director Todd Rufo. “While the next few months are going to be tough for the affected businesses, I am confident that this is just a temporary setback and that, with the City’s help, Ocean Avenue will bounce back. The imminent openings of the new Whole Foods and Chase Bank could not have come at a better time.”

“We thank Mayor Lee and City staff for their attentiveness to the businesses and property owners on Ocean Avenue,” said Ocean Avenue Association Interim Director Dan Weaver. “We believe that working hand in hand we can speed the recovery of this block and continue the work of making Ocean Avenue a thriving shopping and eating destination for the nearby neighborhoods and the City as a whole.”

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Russian River Brewing Company Honors Toronado with 25th Anniversary Ale

  • Russian River Brewing Company Honors Toronado with 25th Anniversary Ale

Photo: Russian River Brewing Company

Toronado, the staple Lower Haight dive bar with an acclaimed beer selection and a reputation forsurly bartenders, turned 25 on Saturday with a day-long bash featuring the debut of Russian River Brewing Company’sToronado 25th Anniversary Ale. The brew is made up of six component beers that were brewed separately with distinctly different processes, the final blend of which was chosen by Toronado owners, Vinnie and Dave Keene. Vinnie describes the blend as a “sour barrel-aged disproportionate blend of 6 different beers.”

As Haighteration reports, a line wrapped around the bar at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, over an hour before the bar was set to open. Toronado’s Twitter feed notes that the famous Tamale Lady made an appearance at the party and that on Sunday morning the bar “[w]oke up in bed” with its neighbor, Molotov’s: “What the holy hell happened last night?”

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Plan Will Create Jobs, Make Historic San Francisco Building Seismically Safe & Accessible

 Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed legislation to fund War Memorial Veterans Building infrastructure improvements after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it on July 31, 2012. Funding will allow the City to invest in infrastructure and creates jobs for residents.
“The War Memorial Veterans Building is one of our most treasured historic buildings and we can now continue to tell the stories of our nation’s heroes and the people of our City for generations to come,” said Mayor Lee. “This legislation makes seismic upgrades, increased safety and greater accessibility possible while fulfilling my top priority of putting San Franciscans back to work.”

The project includes seismic upgrades and earthquake damage repair, improvements to preserve building facilities, accessibility upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades. The Department of Public Works will manage the project, including providing architectural services.

“I’m proud to have co-sponsored this legislation which protects a valuable San Francisco landmark and treasure,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “Now, we can move forward on these improvements to make this important building safer and more accessible to everyone.”

The ordinance fully funds the project by appropriating $155 million of the total $170 million cost of the project through Certificates of Participation and is anticipated to generate more than 600 jobs.

“This legislation is great news for this cornerstone of our historic Civic Center and for all San Franciscans,” said President of the War Memorial Board of Trustees Charlotte Mailliard Shultz. “In addition to its longstanding tradition of paying tribute to our nation’s veterans and its significance as the place where the United Nations Charter was signed, the War Memorial Veterans Building is host to some of San Francisco’s most esteemed performances, concerts and celebrations, and I’m thrilled this legacy will be preserved and continued.”

Completed in 1932, the Veterans Building is a City Landmark and a California State Historical Landmark. The site houses more than 450 meetings and 500 performances and events annually in addition to housing offices of the Department of the War Memorial, the San Francisco Posts of the American Legion, the City’s Law Library and the City’s Arts Commission.

The project will be complete in mid-2015.

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Communications Workers of America in California Question CWA Union Leadership Over Failure to Sign Contract with AT&T


There is growing dissent among California Communications Workers of America against their union leaders’ intransigence and failure to approve a new contract with AT&T.

While every single CWA District and Local in the United States, with the exception of Connecticut and California, has signed a new contract deal with pay increases and generous health care benefits, California AT&T workers are starting to strike back at their own union and demand settlement.

Just this week, more than 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut started two-day strikes Tuesday to protest what the union called harassment by the company. But a number of union members opposed the two day strike and question their union leadership’s action, which cost them two days of pay.

The phone company is negotiating new contracts with the Communications Workers of America. The company is restricting standard bargaining-support activities such as wearing union stickers and buttons, said Libby Sayre, president of the CWA district covering California and Nevada.

The contracts expired in April, and negotiations have been going on since February.

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. is the country’s largest employer of unionized workers. About 140,000 of its 256,000 employees are union members.

California AT&T workers are quietly saying they don’t care about the ‘sticker issue’ raised by CWA District 9 President Libby Sayre and are pushing back at union leadership and demanding an immediate conclusion to contract negotiations with AT&T.

“We are at odds with our own union leadership, not with AT&T,” one worker, requesting anonymity, said.  “The deal that was accepted by AT&T workers in other states is a good one and we want it here, too.”

The growing dissent by CWA workers against their leadership was visible in northern California this week as a number of members protested the two day strike and instead held signs protesting against CWA’s leadership, holding signs that read: “Our Union Has Us Striking Over a Stupid Sticker!” and “We Just Lost 2 Days Pay: Thanks CWA.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 8, 2012) – Vocalist and songwriter Natalie Cole performs a Christmas concert with the San Francisco Symphony  Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at , 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue. Actor John Lithgow, originally scheduled to narrate the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra’s December 8 performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, has withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict.

Natalie Cole’s repertoire spans pop, r&b, jazz, and standards. Her most recent album, Still Unforgettable, won two Grammy® awards, and her inspirational story, which she relates in her new book “Love Brought Me Back,” chronicles her journey from loss and recovery, to joy and success following her 2009 kidney transplant. Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Her 1991 album Unforgettable…With Love included the sensational title track duet with her late father, the jazz and pop vocalist Nat King Cole.

Concerts by Wilson Phillips and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and holiday concerts with Pink Martini, Chris Botti, Judy Collins, and The Count Basie Orchestra are other highlights of the 2012-13 November and December schedule at Davies Symphony Hall, presented by the San Francisco Symphony. The holiday concert lineup also includes the annual Colors of Christmas shows with Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills; Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra and SFS Chorus; Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernández; screenings of The Snowman animated film with live orchestra accompaniment; ‘Twas the Night and Deck the Hall concerts; and the 2012 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball.

Tickets are on sale now for all special and holiday concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony at  , by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue. A complete 2012 calendar of the Symphony’s special and holiday concerts is available at


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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 ( 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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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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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


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.

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