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Two's a crowd?

Comical and existential, The Companion Piece explores life and love as a vaudeville act

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The Companion Piece is a charmingly inventive new work of devised theater conceived by actor Beth Wilmurt and directed by Mark Jackson for Z Space. It unfolds as a series of arch "meta" vaudevillian routines by a frustrated long-time duo (played with uncommon chemistry and comedic finesse by Wilmurt and Christopher Kuckenbaker).Read more »

'Too Much' -- and more

A one-off "queer marathon" turns into a second annual 10-hour event

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THEATER/DANCE/PERFORMANCE Too much of a good thing can be a good thing. That became clear to artist/curators Julie Phelps and Keith Hennessy last year with the unexpected success of "Too Much!," a no-holds-barred marathon of contemporary queer performance originally conceived as a cheeky 20th anniversary celebration of Hennessy's lauded yet uncompromising career as performer, choreographer, and activist.Read more »

Free parking

From traditional to classical to contemporary to avant-garde to downright insane -- performing arts space the Garage holds a little bit of everything

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THEATER/DANCE In the world of performing arts, it often feels like there is a dearth of resources. The race for funding, rehearsal space, performance space, and audience attention can easily create disillusion. Lucky for San Francisco, there is a light in all this resource madness: the Garage, a small theater run by Joe Landini.Read more »

An Iggy Pop Woody Allen

Marc Maron takes comedy from podcast to the stage, and faces the music

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COMEDY Marc Maron is old school. He's the kind of comic who will talk your ear off about the pitfalls of modern technology and the lost art of conversation while actually making a point. He doesn't do characters or hide behind awkward self-consciousness. He criticizes YouTube and the oversaturation of stand-up comedy, hankering for a return to the "emotional thought" of comics he grew up admiring. And in what seems to be a symbolic "fuck you" to the modern world, the guy is still rocking his America Online e-mail account. Read more »

GOLDIES 2010: Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior

A unique artist and part of a tight-knit, bold, savvy, young, and mostly queer milieu

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Most shows start with a request to turn off your cell phones. Tell Them That You Saw Me begins with an implicit request to leave your virtual mind outside. As the lights come up in this latest work from Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior (which premiered after a residency at CounterPULSE in August), five utterly gobsmacked women, sprawled in enervated postures on floor and furniture, stare back at the audience for a very long time. Read more »

Different walls

Habibi adds an enigmatic viewpoint to a growing chorus of Palestinian voices

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Palestinian perspectives are in. You know it when a major filmmaker like Julian Schnabel makes a big-budget film like Miral, based on the book by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal (which recently screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in advance of a general release next year).Read more »

It's raining yuks

'Tis the season to wet yourself laughing

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STAGE Ho there! You with the sad-face! Check out these whoop-whooping upcoming comedy events and turn that ;( onto a :) right quick.

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Tender is the 'Loin

The San Francisco Fringe Festival brings the love, in many guises
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Queen Carol

Bay Area legend Carol Channing rides to the rescue of arts education with Help Is on the Way

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Let me tell you what I think about when I think about Carol Channing: "Jam tomorrow, jam yesterday, but never, ever, ever jam today." And then she turns herself into a sheep.Read more »

Public trance-portation

The Magic Bus tours your mama's and papa's SF and finds the 'rents (and rents) are all right

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THEATER When caught riding Muni, one way to while away the time and ignore the lunatic seated next to you is to gaze out on the passing scene and its traffic, at the buildings and neighborhoods and detritus of the city, at all the lovers and loners, the shiny things people wear and drive and push and collect, as well as the tattered and forgotten stuff no one loves anymore.Read more »