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Cal Performances has been awarded $1.3 million dollars in new gifts in recognition of the institution’s outstanding performances and innovative educational programs, it was announced by Director Matías Tarnopolsky. A gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem of $250,000 will support the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s residency with music director Gustavo Dudamel in Berkeley November 26-30. The engagement will be named “The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Orchestra Residency.” In honor of the Shrems, Ann and Gordon Getty are matching their contribution to Cal Performances Orchestra Residency Program and directly supporting the Philharmonia Orchestra’s engagement under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen on November 9-11. A $760,000 award over five years was given by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further the integration of Cal Performances’ artistic programs into the academic life of UC Berkeley.  Lastly, the National Endowment for the Arts $75,000 grant supports the presentation of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts, a groundbreaking work which will have its West Coast premiere in Zellerbach Hall October 26-28. The largest grant ever given to Cal Performances from the NEA, the award is also the NEA’s largest in the Art Works opera category for this funding year.

“The performing arts are vital to the cultural and intellectual life of the campus community,” commented UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau. “With the extraordinary leadership of Matías Tarnopolsky, Cal Performances is acknowledged as one of the top presenting arts organizations in the world and we are thrilled that his vision has been recognized by these prestigious arts funders.”

“Cal Performances is an organization in a unique class. We have extraordinary artistic standards and attract the world’s greatest artists and ensembles, and we are situated at the heart of one of the world’s top public universities,” said Tarnopolsky. “These gifts are at once a powerful endorsement of our vision and a recognition of the importance of the role of Cal Performances both on the UC Berkeley campus and in the Bay Area at large. Cal Performances’ mission is to meaningfully engage our audiences with transformative experiences in the performing arts. When we reach the students at UC Berkeley, we fulfill our crucial role in creating well-rounded and culturally connected citizens of tomorrow. I’m tremendously grateful for these gifts, which allow us to forge new programs and promote ever deepening relationships between the artists on our stages, and the great minds at work in our students, faculty and in our community.”

Engaging students and the community is a fundamental element which inspired the gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem underwriting Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s residency. “Maria and I have focused our philanthropic efforts on three strong and simple concepts. We believe in a life of culture and that all of the arts enrich society. We believe in a lifetime of learning, in new possibilities and ideas being necessary to regenerate civilization. And we believe that the arts must be accessible to people of all ages and all social and economic strata,” said Jan Shrem. “What Matías Tarnopolsky is creating with these orchestra residencies embodies everything we believe is best about the intersection of arts and education,” added Maria Manetti Shrem. “The spirit of outreach, generosity and inclusion speaks directly to our philosophy. We are delighted to be in a position to support and encourage this kind of thinking, programming and courageous vision.” This gift encompasses two main stage concerts and educational events including a SchoolTime performance for K-12 students, a major educational symposium titled “Reaching for the Stars: A Forum on Musical Education” aiming to stimulate an expansion of music education in public schools with a slate of nationally-recognized speakers, masterclasses for UC Berkeley students, a rehearsal of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dudamel and numerous  activities in local schools with the musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Continuing an ambitious plan laid out by Tarnopolsky in his first season of programming, this residency follows hugely successful earlier residencies with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Ann and Gordon Getty’s gift of $250,000 is in support of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s residency at Cal Performances, the other signature Orchestra Residency of the 2012-2013 season.  Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in three performances of repertoire including Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Salonen’s own Helix, Berg’s Wozzeck with an internationally-renowned cast, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. The performances will be accompanied by a host of exciting and enriching education and community programs. Perhaps the most meaningful for UC Berkeley students will be the opportunity for members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to perform in Wozzeck, playing the Tavern and Military bands. These students will also have the opportunity to travel with the Philharmonia Orchestra to Los Angeles and to New York for further performances.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, and one-time gift of $760,000 to be utilized over five years beginning in Fall 2012, focuses on supporting and encouraging fuller integration between Cal Performances’ artistic programs and the academic programs on the campus of UC Berkeley. Among the ambitious plans proposed is the creation of courses linking performances with current teaching and research yielding a new level of exchange of ideas which will enrich the programming at Cal Performances and the intellectual lives of UC Berkeley students and faculty. Further plans include an in-depth Performing Arts Course, providing a comprehensive study of six performances in the organization’s season, and a new survey class to introduce students to the performing arts. “Magic happens when the worlds of ideas and performance interact. The Mellon Foundation has made it possible for us to bring these worlds together, launch new programs and further our primary goal of engaging more Cal students in live performance,” explained Tarnopolsky.

The National Endowment for the Arts grant supports Cal Performances’ role in recreating the masterpiece Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, widely recognized as one of the great theatrical achievements of the 20th century. Einstein on the Beach will receive its West Coast debut in Berkeley; these will be the first fully realized performances in the United States outside of New York. Cal Performances is part of an international consortium of co-commissioners that includes BAM; the Barbican, London; Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; De Nederlandse Opera/The Amsterdam Music Theatre; Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon; and the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The work is produced by Pomegranate Arts, Inc.

Cal Performances is a beneficiary of UC Berkeley’s renowned intellectual and cultural environment. Under the leadership of Matías Tarnopolsky, who became Director in 2009, the organization has expanded its artistic and educational programs to include annual Orchestra Residencies by some of the finest orchestras in the world, a new music program for at-risk young adults called TEMPO and a variety of open rehearsals, master classes and lectures for the campus and greater Bay Area community. Cal Performances receives around 3% of its budget from the University, generates a healthy 60% from ticket sales and other earned income, and relies upon the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations to provide the remaining funds. Through this important private support Cal Performances is able to curate one of the world’s finest performing arts seasons reaching nearly 200,000 people each year.

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It has been 23 years since First United Lutheran Church began its long time of separation from the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA.  In 1989, the local congregation became the center of a controversy when it (along with St. Francis Lutheran Church) was expelled by the synod for refusing to comply with ELCA policy banning the ordination of openly gay pastors.

Earlier this year, two years after the ELCA changed the policy, FULC decided to return. After much internal discussion, the congregation decided that it was important to affirm the decision of the denomination and to make a commitment to continuing to work for change in the church from within.

A religious service of Reconciliation and Healing will be held on Sunday, October 14 at 5 pm.  Featured clergy include both the current bishop of the synod, Bishop Mark W. Holmerud, as well as the Rev. Jeff R. Johnson, the pastor who was at the center of the controversy (redundant?).  Johnson currently serves as pastor to the University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley.

Lutheran congregations from all over the bay area have been invited.  The October 14 liturgy was developed by FULC music director Orion Pitts, from music culled from different faiths to emphasize the coming together and unity to which we all aspire.

October 14

5 pm

2907 Turk (at Lyon)




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Two Weeks Left for “Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti” at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Show Closes Sept. 23

Bay Area art and literary audiences have two more weeks to visit The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art exhibition Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, featuring a large variety of artworks and other objects by the eminent San Francisco poet, painter and publisher. With paint and words, Lawrence Ferlinghetti ponders ideas and feelings, and engages in direct dialogue with other artists and writers, among them Joyce and Pound, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Allen Ginsberg, Van Gogh and Picasso. Guest curator Diane Roby has focused on key themes that have occupied Ferlinghetti as an artist and poet throughout his creative life, in both image and text. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway in downtown Sonoma, just one half-block off the town’s main square. The museum’s galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm. For more information visit

“This popular exhibition has been a real treat for our visitors, as well as an eye-opener,” said Executive Director Kate Eilertsen. “It shows that Lawrence Ferlinghetti remains an artist who is full of vitality and commitment, which he expresses with great inventiveness in a variety of media. We’re grateful that he has lent us so many works that have never before been exhibited.”

Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti features more than twenty paintings on canvas, drawings, monotypes, lithographs, sketchbooks, and a number of painted objects, including a globe, vinyl records, ladies’ nightgowns, and a clock. Several works are exhibited for the first time, including notebooks that combine writings and drawings.

The exhibition is accompanied by a continuous audiovisual program that spans over 50 years, including never-before-seen films of Ferlinghetti in his San Francisco studio and performing in Italy, and new recordings of Ferlinghetti reading selected poems, including his recent “At Sea (for Pablo Neruda)” from his forthcoming poetry book, Time of Useful Consciousness, due out this October from New Directions. Among the films is “Have You Sold Your Dozen Roses?” by Allen Willis, featuring a voiceover by Ferlinghetti, produced in 1957 at the California School of Fine Arts and presented courtesy of the East Bay Media Center. Another short clip features Ferlinghetti’s appearance at The Band’s famed “Last Waltz” concert in San Francisco.

Long celebrated as a poet and publisher, Ferlinghetti, now 93, was first a painter, pursuing his craft at the Sorbonne in Paris shortly after his naval service in World War II. For more than sixty years, he has continued his passion for image-making in paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media works that have been widely exhibited, including a major survey exhibition in 2010 in Rome and Calabria. Born March 24, 1919, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is acclaimed as a poet, painter, liberal activist, and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco. As early as his 1955 book A Coney Island of the Mind (published in 1958 by New Directions)—a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over 1 million copies—he wrote about himself as a painter and the challenges of the visual artist.

Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is generously supported by Cherie and Keith Hughes.

Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti is on view at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway in Sonoma, through September 23, 2012. Museum hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 11am to 5pm. Museum admission is $5 general; free for students in grades K-12. Museum admission is FREE to visitors every Wednesday; SVMA members enjoy free admission every day. More information about the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is available at or by calling (707) 939-7862.


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Giants announce tentative 2013 regular season schedule

San Francisco will play AL East in Interleague and four rivalry games against Oakland

 The San Francisco Giants are scheduled to begin their 2013 campaign at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 2 and play their home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 5, the club announced today.

Following a brief three game road trip to Los Angeles from April 2-4, the Giants will return to the Shores of McCovey Cove for their first homestand of the year, a three-game series vs. the Cardinals (April 5-7) and a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies (April 8-10).

The 2013 baseball schedule has undergone significant changes necessitated by the move of the Houston Astros from the National League to the American League. There will now be at least one interleague game every day of the season (including opening day and the final regular season game).

In previous years the Giants played 18 games against each of their four National League West rivals – Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego – they will now play 19 games against each of those teams.

The Giants will face the American League East in interleague, playing a home-and-road series with the Toronto Blue Jays (May 14-15 at Rogers Centre; June 4-5 at AT&T Park), a home series with the Baltimore Orioles (August 9-11) and Boston Red Sox (August 19-21) and road series with the Tampa Bay Rays (August 2-4) and New York Yankees (September 20-22). A four-game series between the Giants and A’s will take place May 27-30, with the first two games at AT&T Park (May 27-28) and the next two at Oakland Coliseum (May 29-30).

Additional highlights of the San Francisco Giants’ 2013 campaign include:

  • 13 home weekends in all, including a pair of weekend sets against the Dodgers (May 3-5; July 5-7) and one against the Cubs (July 26-28) and Orioles (August 9-11).
  • The longest homestand of the season is a 10-game set from May 3-12 against the Dodgers (May 3-5), Phillies (May 6-8) and Braves (May 9-12). Their shortest home stand is a brief two-game series against the Blue Jays, June 4-5.
  • The Giants will face the Dodgers three times at AT&T Park: May 3-5, July 5-7 and Sept. 24-26.
  • The Giants will play 14 of 16 games on the road from May 29-June 16 and will have a pair of 10-game road trips from June 24-July 4 (at Los Angeles, Colorado, Cincinnati) and Sept. 12-22 (at Los Angeles, New York-NL, New York-AL). They spend an entire week in New York City, playing the Mets (Sept. 17-19) and Yankees (Sept. 20-22).
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A Benefit Performance of Ann Randolph’s SQUEEZE BOX

The Marsh San Francisco is proud to present a benefit performance of Ann Randolph’s SQUEEZE BOX. Originally produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft, the show, a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, went on to win LA Weekly’s Best Solo Show for 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Ovation Award for Best Solo Show 2002. Its extended 2008 run at The Marsh played to sold-out audiences for eight months. We are thrilled to bring it back for one-night only!

The show tells the painfully funny story of Randolph’s crazy minimum wage life working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter for mentally ill women while pretending to be a hugely successful ‘consultant’ to Harold, an impassioned accordionist and man of her dreamsRandolph brings this unlikely cast of characters to outrageous, pulsing life and shows us how they help her find her own answers to life’s big questions. With nothing but a chair, banjo, guitar and lights to assist her, she invites us to follow along on this tragicomic journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Born and raised in Ohio, Randolph actually did work the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter – for ten years in fact – and wrote SQUEEZE BOX while she was there. The hospital gave her free room and board in exchange for writing and staging plays with the patients.

Now a celebrated and prolific performer, Randolph’s multiple-award-winning Loveland, her most recent show at The Marsh, played in both Berkeley and San Francisco in 2010 to sold out audiences and universal critical acclaim. Her other solo shows include Ann Randolph Miss America, nominated for “best solo show of  2000″ by the LA Weekly and Ohio, which headlined the Los Angeles Women’s theater Festival and the New York City Word Fire Festival. In the theater, Randolph has acted in “Eight Ways To Meet Your Neighbor” (for which she was nominated for Best Comedy Female Performance by the LA Weekly,) Betsy Loves Snap Beans, Hair and Waiting for Godot.  She was a member of the Groundlings as well as many infamous sketch groups in LA. Excerpts from her shows have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered,” Public Radio Weekend, PBS, and the BBC. Randolph also teaches the art of solo performance all over the country. 


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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his SFS debut in Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3

 Vasily Petrenko leads the San Francisco Symphony(SFS) in performances of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome October 4-6 at Davies Symphony Hall. Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzetmakes his SFS debut in these performances.

Vasily Petrenkois currently Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and, beginning in the 2013-2014 season, will become Music Director of the Oslo Symphony.  Petrenko is also Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and was recently named Principal Guest Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. With the RLPO he has made numerous recordings, Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony which won the 2009 Classic FM/Gramophone Orchestral Recording of the Year, and Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos with pianist Simon Trpčeski. He last appeared with the SFS in October 2011 in performances with violinist Joshua Bell.

French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzetwas the recipient of a 2011 Gramophone Award and a 2012 BBC Music Magazine award for his recent recording of works by Ravel, Debussy, and Massenet on the Chandos label.  He also was named Artist of the Year at the 2012 International Classical Music Awards in May 2012. Bavouzet is Artistic Director of the Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway and makes his SFS debut with these appearances.

Thursday, October 4 at 2 pm
Friday, October 5 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm

Vasily Petrenko conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano
San Francisco Symphony

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major
Respighi Fountains of Rome (Fontane di Roma)
Respighi Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma)

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.

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

TICKETS:                           $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.

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The 17th Annual Kaiser Permanente SF International Dragon Boat Festival Celebrates “The Year of the Water Dragon” with teams from the UK, Germany, Canada & the US

The largest dragon boat festival outside of Asia brings together int’l athletes 

Treasure Island, San Francisco , Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16

Racing: 8am – 5pm; Festival: 10am – 5pm

Call it the “Water Dragon Olympics”: the 17th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival ( Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2012 on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. A fitting counterpart to the recent London Olympics, for the first time, this year’s Festival features several new international teams: paddlers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and, of course, the United States. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee will help kick-off the event on Saturday as he visits the teams, including one from City Hall’s own ChinaSF business development initiative. Both days of the Festival feature racing from 8am – 5pm, and an on-land Festival of Dragon Boat cultural and related activities from 10am – 5pm. Entrance to the Festival is free and open to the public, as is viewing of the races.

“With a Chinese American Mayor in San Francisco, we’re finding interest in the sport at an all time high and continuing to grow,” said Linda Cheu, Festival Director of the California Dragon Boat Association that sponsors the event. “It is a fitting sport for the Year of the Water Dragon.”

Cheu notes that dragon boating has continued to grow in popularity throughout the country – and world — citing as evidence this year’s unprecedented international competitors.

“The California Dragon Boat Association again expects record attendance in all divisions this year,” said Dave Chen, President of the California Dragon Boat Association and also a longtime dragon boat crewmember. “It’s going to be another great weekend of good, hard racing, excellent entertainment and food, and great times on and off the water!” The festival provides an exciting array of activities off the water as well, from food trucks to entertainment to children’s activities.

In 1996 a handful of paddlers came together with the vision to build an organization to foster the growth and development of dragon boating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each had little experience in starting up a non-profit organization most were relatively new to the sport themselves. With only commitment and their faith in dragon boating becoming a great activity for the community they moved forward to promote a sport people knew little about in an area already saturated with team sports.

“Although great strides have been made, the dragon boat community in the Bay Area is still in its infancy,” “We are always looking for motivated people to continue the growth of the sport especially on behalf of youth interested in the sport.”

So, what exactly is Dragon Boating?

For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boating simply put, is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steers person paddling to cross the finish faster than their competition. It’s a team sport in its purest form that encompasses the elements of power, speed, synchronization and endurance.

With its beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating today is the fastest growing international team water sport. Each year, race festivals are held around the world in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States, one of the largest festivals in the North America is held right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The appeal to dragon boating is mainly contributed to the sport’s ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of skill levels ranging from novice to competitive,” Chen explains. “At the novice and recreational level, teams often form as a means of social outlet, team building and an alternative means of exercise. For the spectator, the true display of the sport’s intensity and skill is witnessed in the competitive ranks.”

Dragon boat racing is one of the earliest known forms of aquatic competition and is celebrated at festivals and races throughout the world. This mythical celebration is a symbol of Chinese culture and spirit and is one of the three largest festivals in that country, with its roots going back over 2,000 years.

Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river’s waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan’s body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.

After 16 years, the California Dragon Boat Association is now the largest dragon boating organization in the Bay Area and organizes one of the largest competitive dragon boat festivals in the United States. In addition, the Association oversees the largest high school and college dragon boat program in the nation.

“No one who has discovers dragon boating – either on the water or as an on land volunteer leaves unchanged,” says Cheu. “Only recently are people outside of Asia beginning to see and experience the magic team and community building aspects of this ancient sport.”

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Center Rep Presents Steve Martin’s THE UNDERPANTS

Adapted from the1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim

From the mind of Steve Martin, the renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, comes a wild and crazy satire. Louise and Theo’s conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. When two admirers show up to rent a room and woo her in secret, Louise discovers that her wardrobe malfunction has made her the center of attention in a story bursting at the seams with surprise, scandal and sexy underwear. Steve Martin has created a comedic masterpiece that reflects on our fascination with fame, our reliance on gender roles and our obsession with sex.

Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek

Performances begin Friday, October 19th at 8PM. Press opening is Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 PM. Closes Saturday, November 17th at 8PM.


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.

FRIDAY – October 19, 8:00PM
SATURDAY – October 20, 8:00PM
SUNDAY- October 21, 2:30PM

TUESDAY – OPENING October 23, 7:30PM
WEDNESDAY – October 24, 7:30PM
THURSDAY – October 25, 8:00PM
FRIDAY – October 26, 8:00PM
SATURDAY – October 27, 8:00PM
SUNDAY – October 28, 2:30PM

WEDNESDAY – October 31, 7:30PM
THURSDAY – November 1, 8:00PM
FRIDAY – November 2, 8:00PM
SATURDAY – November 3, 8:00PM
SUNDAY – November 4, 2:30PM

WEDNESDAY – November 7, 7:30PM
THURSDAY – November 8, 8:00PM
FRIDAY – November 9, 8:00PM
SATURDAY – November 10, 8:00PM
SUNDAY – November 11, 2:30PM

WEDNESDAY – November 14, 7:30PM
THURSDAY – November 15, 8:00PM
FRIDAY – November 16, 8:00PM
SATURDAY – CLOSING November 17, 2:30pm & 8:00PM

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Will “Evolving” Supreme Court Uphold Gay Marriage?

From the SF Examiner — A tall, hulking man in his late 70s, William Rehnquist, then the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, crawled down on all fours to say hello to the two little girls who had scurried under the table when he approached at a luncheon.

Sally Rider and her partner, Betsy, had tried to teach their two preschool-age daughters how to shake hands with Rehnquist. At the time, Rider was his top aide.

Recalling the episode nearly a decade later, Rider, 55, said the late conservative chief justice was as understanding of the girls’ shyness as he was accepting of Rider’s lesbian relationship and family. He never said a word.

But such acceptance didn’t change his view of the law. Around that same time, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute criminalizing private homosexual relations. And Rehnquist signed on to a stinging dissent that referred to Americans “protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.”

This year, for the first time since that 2003 ruling, the nine Supreme Court justices — four of whom were not on the court then — face major gay-rights disputes. The court will decide, possibly as early as the end of September, whether to review the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars marriage benefits such as Social Security survivor payments for same-sex married couples. Separately, the court will decide whether to take up Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2008.

The cases come before a court that has shown increasing acceptance of the gay men and lesbians employed there.

But as the Rehnquist incident showed, it can be difficult to draw conclusions about how a justice’s personal involvement with gay people might influence rulings. Individual justices clearly read the law differently. The more liberal members, for instance, say consensual gay relations are covered by the Constitution’s implicit right to privacy. The more conservative justices find no such privacy right in the Constitution.

Predictions for new cases are difficult, particularly for any momentous test of gay marriage. While the court has been open to protecting gay people from discrimination, it would be a leap for the court to require states to permit same-sex marriage, given past cases and since the vast majority of states do not recognize such unions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote on this court, wrote the opinion in the 2003 gay-rights case, Lawrence v. Texas, vigorously endorsing privacy rights for gay men and lesbians and their intimate relations.

Justice Antonin Scalia — asked about his dissents in past gay-rights cases, voiced from the bench as well as in his written opinions — said he was merely reading the Constitution, which he says does not cover a right to same-sex relations.

“Where does it come from?” he said. “This is a trendy view of the current society elite. It’s not right to impose it on everybody else. It’s a democratic question. If you want to permit homosexual sodomy, then pass a law.”

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The Marsh Berkeley is thrilled (and a little amazed, to be quite honest)  to announce that  The Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) is returning from a world tour (New Zealand, Edinburgh and Hong Kong) to begin the third year of his hit extravaganza, THE WORLD’S FUNNIEST BUBBLE SHOW at The Marsh Berkeley. As people all over the globe seem to be discovering, this extraordinarily popular, continually sold-out show makes a totally delightful and very inexpensive outing for the whole family. To put it mildly, it’s packed end-to-end with fun stuff!

The show plays at 11 am on Sundays from October 7 – November 25 on the TheaterStage at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way (off Shattuck.) During Thanksgiving week, in addition to the regular Sunday show on November 25, there will be two additional 11 am shows on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. For tickets, the public may visit <>  or call 415-282-3055.

There are universe bubbles with orbiting planets and bubble chains that look like centipedes.There’s lots of audience participation and some lucky kids will find themselves inside bubbles, while others will get to eat them. Warning: expect lots of excitement and laughter.

Pearl, a resident of Sebastopol, has been bubbling professionally since 1980. He gathered heaps of praise from the international media during his tour this summer, all of which (along with some great photos) can be enjoyed at and/or


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Spring 2012 L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA and E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA Schedule Announced

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive introduces a new series of L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA and E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA events for fall. Recently named the “Best Night in the Museum” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the L@TE program makes good on the accolade with a schedule of performances by new-music luminaries young and old, up-and-coming alt rockers, and neofolkies, plus preconcert conversations, lectures, DJ sets, and more—all set against the colorful backdrop of artist Barry McGee’s bright Gallery B op-art installations.

To read the press release and event descriptions click here:

John Cage Celebration: PICO

September 14, 7:30 p.m.


Devendra Banhart, Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari

Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.


The Dodos

Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.



Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.


Terry Riley with Tracy Silverman

Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.


T.I.T.S. and Erick Lyle (formerly Iggy Scam)

Friday, October 19, 7:30


Shotgun Wedding Quintet

Friday, November 2; 7:30 p.m.


Cypress String Quartet

Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.


Peggy Honeywell and Bill Daniel

Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.


Ikue Mori

Sunday, December 2, 12 p.m.


Quartet San Francisco Plays the Music of Raymond Scott

Friday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.

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Historic Hotel Durant in Berkeley to be Sold

HVS Capital Corp ( has been exclusively appointed to sell the Hotel Durant in Berkeley, Calif. The 143-room property is a historic, contemporary, boutique hotel adjacent the University of California at Berkeley, within walking distance of all student housing, the newly renovated football stadium and the basketball arena.

In 1924, the Berkeley Hotel Corporation was formed and hired the firm of William Weeks, one of the most prolific and versatile architects of his generation, to design the hotel. The property’s namesake, Henry Durant, was the first President of the University of California at Berkeley and a former mayor of Oakland. The Hotel Durant opened in 1928 with a gala celebration, music, refreshments and tours throughout this new hostelry.

The Hotel Durant embarked on a comprehensive $7 million renovation in 2007. Subsequently, the property was once again unveiled to the local community, this time showcasing Berkeley’s first green-certified boutique hotel, with touches of the city’s whimsical, bohemian spirit, in a more collegiate-themed setting. Henry’s Publick House, one of the most well-known local bars, was reintroduced as Berkeley’s first modern gastro pub and restaurant.

“There is a limited amount of lodging supply in Berkeley, high barriers-to-entry, and no hotel is closer to the University than the Hotel Durant,” said Bill Sipple, Managing Director of HVS Capital Corp. “The Hotel Durant and its competitive set have experienced double digit RevPAR growth for the last 33 months. With the $321 million renovation of California Memorial Stadium now complete, East Bay hotels should continue to thrive.”



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Chinese Historical Society of America Voice & Vision Gala 2012 to Honor Distinguished Chinese American Luminaries Saturday, September 22, 2012, 6pm, Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

The Chinese Historical Society of America ( announces the Voice & Vision Gala 2012, to be held on Saturday evening, September 22, 2012, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco.  Voice & Vision Gala 2012 will honor three extraordinary women: Congresswoman Judy Chu, journalist Manli Ho, and community historian Connie Young Yu.  Special musical entertainment will be provided by Beach Blanket Babylon. The Gala, to benefit the ongoing programs of the Chinese Historical Society of America, begins at 6pm with a reception and silent auction, followed at 7pm by dinner and the Gala program.  For reservations, call 415-391-1188 x101 or email  More information is available at

CHSA’s annual Gala has grown to be an event of national importance reflecting the pioneering role that CHSA has performed for nearly 50 years.  CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee says, “We believe in the importance of sharing our history in our own voice, and we take our role as stewards of the Chinese American narrative very seriously.  As we look forward to our fiftieth anniversary, we are so pleased to celebrate our continuing work by honoring the outstanding achievements of these women.”

Congresswoman Judy Chu led the effort to pass House Resolution 683 expressing regret for the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.  Journalist Manli Ho investigated the long-lost story of Chinese diplomat Dr. Feng Shan Ho, who saved thousands of Jewish lives from 1938-40 by providing exit visas to Shanghai.  Community Historian Connie Young Yu has devoted her energies for more than a quarter of a century to rediscovering a history of Chinese and Asian America that has, for the most part, been forgotten, overlooked, and even hidden.

Last year’s Voice & Vision Gala paid special tribute to Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor, Judge Ed Chen, the first Chinese American to be appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and David Louie, Attorney General of Hawaii. As remarkable as their individual achievements, their collective achievement is an even more significant reflection of the ascendancy of a new generation of Asian Americans in public and civic life.

In his comments last year, Mayor Lee noted, “The role of the Chinese Historical Society is to document those ancestors of generations who sacrificed just to make a living. It is your struggles that have allowed me to be here, and so I want to honor the community first.”

Judge Chen, the first Chinese American Article III Judge in the Court’s 150-year history, said, “I sit on the shoulders of history, as the CHSA teaches us, with its work of educating us about our past so we can better lead in the future.”

David Louie, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii said, “We all know we stand on the shoulders of all those who have come before us.”



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City Arts and Lectures Fall Series begins with Author Michael Chabon

City Arts & Lectures is pleased to announce its Fall 2012 line-up.  The two series – “Cultural Studies” and “On Arts: benefiting 826 Valencia College Scholarship Program – along with some special events, include twenty onstage conversations with some of today’s most important writers, scientists, musicians, artists, political analysts and other cultural figures.

All shows are 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre, with the exception of events with Wyclef Jean & Calvin Trillin. Tickets are $22, $25, $27 and $30.  To purchase tickets or for more info, go to

All programs listed below.  Please note:

  • Guest names are hyperlinked – click to find bios and more info.
  • All shows are 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre unless otherwise noted
  • Tickets + info:


In Conversation with Adam Savage

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Jessica Battilana

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Daniel Handler

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Peter Rosenberg

* Location: Palace of Fine Arts

Monday, September 24, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Series: Special Events

Tickets: $25 – $30



In Conversation with Pamela Karlan

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Jonah Lehrer

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



with Ester Hernandez

In Conversation with Michael Krasny

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27




In Conversation with Michael Krasny

Co-presented with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Monday, October 22, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Special Events

Tickets: $25 – $30


In Conversation with Judson True

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Robert Mailer Anderson

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Elizabeth Farnsworth

A Benefit for The Berry Center

Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Special Events

Tickets: $25 – $30


LIFE AFTER MURDER: Social Justice & Redemption

Nancy Mullane in conversation with former San Quentin inmates

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Steven Winn

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Vendela Vida

Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Roy Eisenhardt

Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



In Conversation with Mollie Katzen

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



Special Event Benefitting Restoration of The Nourse Auditorium

Monday, November 19, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Special Events

Tickets: $25 – $30



In Conversation with Phil Bronstein

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Cultural Studies

Tickets: $22 – $27



Benefiting Restoration of the Nourse Auditorium

Special Note: Limited to 100 people!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 6:30 pm

Venue: Nourse Auditorium

Series: Special Events

Tickets: $100



Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 7:30 pm

Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

Tickets: $22 – $27




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Black Voices Performance Series

AfroSolo Arts Festival 19 in collaboration with the African American Art and Culture Complex, present its seminal performance series Black Voices featuring Byb Chanel Bibene, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, and Jovelyn Richards.

Byb Chanel Bibene performs Skin Talk Skin Mood. When Bibene left Africa (The Congo), en route to Europe, U.S.  and Asia, events and people began to demonstrate that there was a problem with the color of his skin. Skin Talk Skin Mood speaks of his identity adventures, where his skin color has played an important role in all the societies that he has visited and in which he has lived. As  artistic director/choreographer of the acclaimed Kiandanda Dance Theater,  Bibene has performed nationally and internationally.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe performs performs Black Gold, an excerpt from, Traveling While Black, the second part of her Adventures Of A Black Girl trilogy. Black Gold places the west African deity, Mami Wata and the enslaved explorer, Estavanico in a politically and erotically charged confrontation as it explores the tense conflagration between  oil, water, slavery, colonialism and empire. Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award winning director, actor and writer who has worked in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. Cooper-Anifowoshe is one of the original supporters of AfroSolo and an alumni festival performer.  Photo by Steve Savage.

Jovelyn Richards performs Strippin’ Down to Story.  Set in 1865, a formerly enslaved woman named Maw Maw ponders freedom for herself and her only remaining child, Sweet Baby. After three days of sleeping in a bean field, listening to the last of gunfire and chaos, she heads to the river. At the river, she asks the spirits to help her survive. So begins the journey of a black woman walking into this new world called free. Richards is an award-winning writer and storyteller who works with live musicians. Richards has been performing for the past 10 years.  Photo by S. Savage.

Special Festival Guest 

Friday, September 7th @ 7:30 pm

Commedian Donald Lacy kicks off the night with a hilarious performance focused on RACE.

Donald E. Lacy Jr. is a talented actor, comedian, writer, director, and radio talk show host. He has been seen on BET’s Comic View and on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.   In 2007, his one man show  Color Struck was a runaway hit at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem,  North Carolina. Color Struck, by invitation from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, was also performed at the  Congressional Black Caucus in September, 2011.  Lacy’s new one man show, SEXPHOBIAS, was performed at the National Black Theater Festival in 2011.


AfroSolo Arts Festival 19

Black Voices Performance Series

When: September 7th and *8th@ 7:30 pm and September 9th @3 pm

Where: African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)

Admission: $25 – General each performance

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Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre Acclaimed Sailing Away Returns September 13 – 16

A site-specific work inspired by San Francisco’s early African American settlers

Performances are free and open to the public on San Franciscos Market Street

 Performances coincide with California Historical Society and Bayview Opera House public forums that mark San Francisco Exodus

 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, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco

Tuesday, September 11, 10:30am

The artists from Sailing Away will perform excerpts, joined by a lively discussion, and a performance from Dr. Susheel Bibbs’ one woman performance portraying 19th Century civil rights activist, Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Panel Discussion at California Historical Society

678 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), san Francisco.

Thursday, September 13 at 5pm; post event reception, 6pm.

The 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. Meet the director, Joanna Haigood after the panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served, hosted by Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Board of Directors and the California Historical Society.

In collaboration with artists: Wayne Campbell (Scenic Designer), Kim Euell (Writer), Callie Floor (Costume Designer), Bibene Byb Chanel, Antoine Hunter, Robert Henry Johnson, Jetta Martin, Shakiri, Raissa Simpson, Amara Tabor Smith, Travis Santell Rowland, and Matthew Wickett

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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21st Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival, Sept 5-16, Spotlights Performances That Surprise and Delight

Over 200 performances of 42 shows in 12 days at the EXIT Theatreplex,

plus performances at a bar and on a bus

 The San Francisco Fringe Festival turns 21, yet refuses to mature and play it safe.  The 2012 version promises another 40+ shows full of wit and vinegar, bringing theatre performances often raw and raucous, but nearly always remarkable.

Puppeteers from San Diego perform The Collector, a mixture of toy theatre, table-top puppets, object theatre, stop motion animation and film.  A solo artist from Madrid, Spain creates an enchanting dance piece in L’extimite.  An ensemble of improvisors takes its audience on a bus ride through San Francisco for a theatrical journey with Sugar High: A Brechtian b*tch slap.  And the simple love story, Jesus Do You Like Me? Please Mark Yes or No tangos with Catholicism, romance, family, and the city of Cincinnati.

The 21st Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival will run for twelve days, September 5-16, 2012, in downtown San Francisco.  Forty of the shows, numbering over 250 performances, will be at the EXIT Theatreplex, 156 Eddy Street and around the corner at 277 Taylor Street, all in downtown San Francisco.  Two others will be presented in “Non-Traditional Fringe Venues” – that bus cruising San Francisco and the blues musical Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson and Some White Boys at the 50 Mason Social House, around the corner from EXIT Theatre.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap for the 2012 SF Fringe, with performers from the Bay Area, all over the U.S., and from Canada and Spain.

Legacy of the Tiger Mother (Las Vegas, NV) is a musical journey with Lily, a first generation Chinese immigrant, and her daughter Mei as they endure the trials and tribulations of old school parenting in a new country.  East meets west in this funny, irreverent and moving story about a mother, a daughter, a piano, and tough love, Asian style.

Lynn Craig & Satomi Hofman singing “Lazy White Childten” from The Legacy of Tiger Mother by Angela Chan, part of the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Photo: Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation

Weightless (SF) is two parts rock concert, one part Greek tragedy. San Francisco-based soul band Kate Kilbane & the Cellar Doors re-envision Ovid’s tale of Procne and Philomela – two sisters bound by love and separated from one another by a jealous king – in this vibrant, genre-bending rock musical.

Calling America: Don’t Hang Up! (Los Angeles) is one of several Fringe show this year with a heavy political bent.  R. Sky Palkowitz, “The Delusional Diva,” shows what happens when a pot-smoking Jewish lesbian punk-rocker clown from New York goes to work for one of the most conservative think tanks in the nation.

R. SKY Palkowitz, The Delusional Diva in CALLING AMERICA: DON’T HANG UP! in the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Photo Credit: Jason Jenn

In The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised (Vancouver, B.C.), Glen Callender, creator of the notorious Foreskin Awareness Booth (“Astounding… hilarious and informative” — SFWeekly) returns with a mind-blowing educational-comedy show that explains why he loves his…well…you know.

The Wounded Stag & other Cloven-Footed Tales of Enchantment (SF) pairs Dan Carbone & Andrew Goldfarb in otherworldly songs and stories about demon children, demon blackbirds, demon frogs, demon Eskimos, demon deer, demon priests, demon kittens and most of other popular demon-speil beloved by all the people. Billed as “The only exhibition of its type in North America.”  Having seen Carbone perform in the past, we have no doubt.

Pi: The Physical Comedy Troupe (SF) return to the Fringe with The Good, The Bad, and The Stupid, with incredible acrobatics, high speed horse races, and duels to the [overly dramatic] death.

Bruce Glaseroff, Andrew P Quick, Leah Gardner, Tyler Parks, and Jon Deline in Pi: The Physical Comedy Troupe’s show The Good, The Bad, and The Stupid, part of the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Photo: Eric Gillet

 Other shows include magic with Micheal Belitsos, little-known details of history (Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? – about the woman who tried to assassinate President Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel), and a provocative dance piece from New York called Stalking Christopher Walken.  And dozens more that define the idea of theater on the fringe.

Tickets to all Fringe shows are $10 or less, cash only, at the door and advance sales for most are $12.99 on line.  A ten-show Frequent Fringer pass is $75 and a five-show pass is $40. The EXIT venues are all within walking distance of Union Square and the Powell Street BART station.  For complete listings of venues, shows, and times, go to  Or call the fringe hotline at (415) 673-3847.

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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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