Category Archives: damn good

Soaring in the Air, Writhing on the Ground: Bad Unkl Sista’s “First Breath, Last Breath” for Zyzzyva

I could tell the performance I was about to witness late last month was extraordinary even before entering the auditorium, just from watching the audience trickle into Z Space in San Francisco. There was a man who had somehow fused … Continue reading

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Take Me Back, Please: The Art Deco Preservation Ball, SF Weekly

I could go on about what great clothing people wore to the Art Deco Society of California‘s Art Deco Preservation Ball on Saturday night, or what an appropriate venue the glitzy and historic Bimbo’s 365 Club is for any vintage-themed event, or how … Continue reading

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CounterPULSE’s Boot Camp for Artists

Years ago, my mother told me something that has haunted me ever since. She described the attitude her alma mater, New York’s Pratt Institute, took towards artists’ hopes of professional success, or more troublingly, the notion of even being able … Continue reading

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“Without Further Ado, Pop-Up is Live!” for SF Weekly

Can you envision a “live magazine?” How about an event that combines the best parts of your favorite magazine, like great writing, unusual and illuminating topics, and beautiful, challenging images, with the spontaneity, ephemerality, and added sensory elements such as … Continue reading

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Alain de Botton’s “Religion for Atheists”: Zyzzyva

Atheists and agnostics often dismiss religion’s tenets and rituals as being fashioned to exploit the human need for such things. Our fear of death is assuaged by the promise of an afterlife. Our despair in the face of injustices that … Continue reading

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I’m going to the opening of Lines’s spring season tomorrow. Are you?

You all know how much I love Lines Dance Company, right? So I’m thrilled to be attending the opening of their home season tomorrow night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They’re performing Triangle of the Squinches, which is … Continue reading

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Theatre of the Oppressed: a Workshop

“Theatre is a language through which human beings can engage in active dialogue on what is important to them. It allows individuals to create a safe space that they may inhabit in groups and use to explore the interactions which … Continue reading

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I’m going to the Zyzzyva Spring issue launch at Catherine Clark Gallery. Are you?

 This Saturday, April 7, at 4 we’re launching the spring issue of Zyzzyva magazine at Catherine Clark Gallery at 150 Minna St. in conjunction with the gallery’s 21st anniversary celebrations. Zyzzyva managing editor and illustrious book reviewer Oscar Villalon, Jonathan Keats, … Continue reading

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and after seeing Robert Moses’ Kin…

What an amazing company! Not sure why Yerba Buena Center’s Novellus Theater wasn’t full. This was as interesting as anything going on in dance right now in the Bay Area and possibly beyond. My favorite piece was the first: The … Continue reading

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for Zyzzyva

The experience of attending an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance is slightly different from that of most other dance company productions. The audience is more diverse both in age and race, and often treats the performance not as a … Continue reading

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