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I interviewed Dita von Teese for The Rumpus

Dita von Teese, burlesque superstar, author, actress, costume and lingerie designer, and formidable businesswoman, is idolized by many who might not otherwise fancy themselves enthusiasts of burlesque, let alone openly admire a star of “adult entertainment.” She has revived both an … Continue reading

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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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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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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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I’m seeing Robert Moses’ Kin this week end. HuffPost.

Weekends are short and the list of culturally enriching events is long. With all the concerts, readings, exhibits and shows going on, how do you decide what to fit into your all-too-brief respite from the workweek? Well, attending a performance … Continue reading

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Trio, Francesca da Rimini, and Carnaval des Animaux at SF Ballet for Zyzzyva

Helgi Tomasson, the San Francisco Ballet’s artistic director and principal choreographer, combined elements of modern and classical ballet to create “Trio,” set to Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. While much of the ballet recalls the aggrandized ballroom prancing one sees so often, … Continue reading

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Chroma, Beaux, and Number Nine at SF Ballet, for Zyzzyva

The San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2, which finished its run late last month, started strong. Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma” — one of three works making up the program — looked more like contact sport than ballet, an effect strengthened by the … Continue reading

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I’m going to this tomorrow. Are you?

So you want to “get fit.”  But prolonged periods of training are dangerous; you eventually find yourself sporting a Borat leotard and kissing your own biceps in the mirror. When you’re finally sick of post-workout Jamba Juice and hating the … Continue reading

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