Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

SF Opera under the glass

A new general director enters singing — plus classical and other selections for the new season
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There is no lack of world-class talent in the upcoming fall season, but as far as the portentous tenants in the Civic Center are concerned, the new season's repertoire stands out as an exercise in artistic tepidness. Perhaps still traumatized by the Bush economy's brutal impact upon the arts, the San Francisco Opera and Symphony and other big Bay Area arts presenters are taking few chances. Read more »

This ain't no Artforum

Kimberly Chun and Johnny Ray Huston visualize pieces and pick their faves for the fall
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KIMBERLY CHUN 1. "Binh Danh" Questions of history, identity, and collective and individual memory are probed via the Stanford MFA graduate's spectral "chlorophyll prints," created through a process he invented in which found photos are reproduced on the surface of fragile leaves. Sept. 7–Oct. 14. Haines Gallery, 49 Geary, SF. (415) 397-8114, www.hainesgallery.com 2. Read more »

Fall TV death match

The season brings tough choices for lovers of teen drama and power-acting
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If you think about it, there's a certain poetry to the dramatic arc of the fall premiere season. As we all know, after fall comes winter, and by December many of these TV shows will be dead, with just a few dried-up blog entries left behind to mark their passing. This painful thought might provoke a zealous couch fan to get carried away — watching every last debut to hit the networks while staying faithful to old favorites from seasons past. And granted, certain shows, like the well-cast Six Degrees, with Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, and Jay Hernandez (premiering Sept. Read more »

Seven up!

A string of lucky charms for Bay Area theater lovers
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› a&eletters@sfbg.com Andromache Berkeley company Central Works remounts its 1994 production of Racine's gripping 17th-century account of the Trojan War aftermath. Though the company likes to emphasize its collaboratively written projects, director Gary Graves's adaptation of the play, which follows the trail of unrequited love leading to the enigmatic Andromache, was one of the first shows that brought the company critical attention. Oct. 14–Nov. 19. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berk. Read more »

TWO PLUS TWO

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TWO PLUS TWO
ERIN GILLEY'S PICKS
1. "365 Days/365 Plays" Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play for each day of the year. They'll be performed all year by artists nationwide, and San Francisco will be a huge part of the largest theater collaboration in history. A stunt, but a really cool one. Begins Nov. 13. SF venues TBA. www.publictheater.org
2. Big Love Not the HBO show — living, breathing theater, with a big prize for the ugliest bridesmaid's dress in the audience. Sept. 28–Oct. 21. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida, SF. $15–$30. Read more »

The jump off

Fall back — and leap forward with 10 upcoming dance highlights
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Underground Sam Green's documentary The Weather Underground helped spark David Dorfman Dance's ambitious new 50-minute piece about activism and terrorism, but Dorman's own experiences growing up in ’60s Chicago during the Days of Rage are an even bigger influence. Dorfman and Green will also discuss Green's film in a related event.
Sept. 21 and 23. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission, SF. Read more »

BAY AREA FALL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

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SEPT. 2–4
Art and Soul Oakland Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, 14th St and Clay, Oakl; (510) 444-CITY, www.artandsouloakland.com. 11am-6pm. $5. The sixth incarnation of this annual downtown Oakland festival includes dance performances, lots of art to view and purchase, an expanded "Family Fun Zone," and a notably eclectic musical lineup. Big-name musical performers include New Found Glory, Rickie Lee Jones, Calexico, and the Silversun Pickups.
Sausalito Art Festival Army Corps of Engineers-Bay Model Visitor Center and Marinship Park, Sausalito; (415) 331-3757, www.sausalitoartfestival.org. Read more »

The soul stirrers

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean sets PR against the spirit of Harry Smith
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The set is modestly spare, a disheveled if not quite ramshackle affair, being the basement studio of an imaginary low-watt radio station run by a solitary disc jockey (Peter Newton) with a thing for Japanese culture, an anguished relation to the American scene, and an insomniac disposition. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2006 Pixs

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A friend feeds a banana to Anthony Riley of Gooferman, winner of Best Band Name
Guardian photo by Matthew Hughes Boyko and Amy Rose Sampson

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Amber Kvietys of the Primitive Screwheads, Best Goofy Gore
Guardian photo by Matthew Hughes Boyko and Amy Rose Sampson

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Howard Dillon of Wild Irish Productions, the Best Bloomin' Thespians
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Joan of archaeology

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HAIRY SITUATION "Trog has a beautiful Victorian," Matthew Martin says after giving me the address of the house where he and his castmates are rehearsing their upcoming stage production. A day later I arrive at said residence and am ushered through the front door, where cast members from Trog! Read more »