Ariel Soto-Suver

Live Shots: Pilot 59 at ODC Dance Commons, 11/19/11

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After eleven weeks of creating, fine-tuning, and probably lots of serious sweating, six emerging choreographers presented their work this weekend at ODC for Pilot 59 that showed an eager, sold-out audience what they've got. It turns out, that entails quite a bit -- the diversity in dancers and themes was striking. Two pieces especially caught my eye.

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Telegenic Band Check: Timmy Mezzy

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After picking up some bulk food items at Rainbow Grocery, SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver crossed Folsom to join local SF band Timmy Mezzy in its studio to check out the band's sugar-soaked sound.

Dancing with the dead at Día de los Muertos

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Candles were lit, marigolds were trimmed, and white face paint was spread carefully over cheeks.Read more »

Telegenic Band Check: Tiny Home

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SFBG Videographer Ariel Soto-Suver spent an early Sunday morning in Glen Canyon with Tiny Home, who serenaded her, along with the help of some birds in the nearby trees.

Live Shots: Zahara! at Swedish American Music Hall

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Yeah, so sometimes I cry a little when I listen to live music. You got a problem with that?

This may have happened last Friday night (10/21) when I went with Sam Love to Zahara!, a performance that featured singing and dance with roots in passionate flamenco from Kina Mendez, live Moroccan musicians (a group by the name of El Hamideen), and even some belly dancing.

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Cindy, Hayes and Octavia

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Street Threads: Hayes Valley Edition

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Today's Look: Beatriz, Hayes and Laguna

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Live Shots: The Hula Show 2011 at Palace of Fine Arts

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Images of chilling fog sweeping over the Golden Gate Bridge and a glowing sunset illuminating the Painted Ladies might not conjure thoughts of hula and Hawaii, but the Hula Show at the Palace of Fine Arts bridged that connection, bringing swaying hula hips to San Francisco in a unique aloha tribute to our fair city.

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Telegenic Band Check: The GoldDiggers

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SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver met up with local alt-country band the GoldDiggers in Golden Gate Park for a live concert at the band stand, and learned about the band's passions for spelunking and mumblety-peg.

Fire it up: Checking out works at this weekend's Ceramics Annual of America

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Clay is one of the most expressive forms of art. It can be pushed and pulled and molded into any sort of creation -- given that the artist knows what they are doing, since clay can turn finicky in a flash. This weekend (Fri/7-Sun/9), the gigantic festival pavilion at Fort Mason will open its doors for the Ceramics Annual of America, which will be filled with a smorgasbord of wonderfully creative and delicate pieces of art, all hailing from the mediums of mud, fire, and glaze. I wandered around for almost two hours last night sucking on eye candy that ranged from intricate sculptures to modified pots that reminded me of sea creatures.

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