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Vietgone at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater – A Story of Love and Loss

By on Mar 22, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

The American Conservatory Theater is presenting Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone,” at the Strand Theater until April 22. The story revolves around how two Vietnamese refugees fall in love, one is a fighter pilot, Quang (James Seol) and the other a U.S. Embassy worker, Tong (Jenelle Chu).

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WalkOut at SDLFF

By on Mar 19, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Features, Festivals, Film

Walkout first premiered in 2006 on HBO and is directed by Edward James Olmos, considering the current struggles the world is facing today and in commemoration of the landmark event, it was added as part of the films shown for the 25th anniversary of the San Diego Latin Film Festival.

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Bamboozled – Kicks off Central Works 2018 Season

By on Mar 12, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Central Works opening production of its 2018 season, Bamboozled by award-winning playwright Patricia Milton, has been extended through March 25th (originally scheduled to close March 18). Milton is a Resident Playwright for Central Works and a long-term member of the Central Works Writers Workshop. Bamboozled is Central Works 58th world premiere.

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SDLFF Kicks Off 25 Years

By on Feb 25, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Film

The annual Media Arts Center San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) kicked off this year’s event with their opening media party on February 22nd. Rich in culture and history, the SDLFF has been delighting and engaging fans for 25 years, and the media party did not disappoint. Hosted at One Bunk in Barrio Logan, the festivities featured legendary actors such as Pepe Serna, tequila infused cocktails, delicious food from Cocina 35, live music, and silk-screeners making festival shirts on site.

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Ragtime – The Berkeley Playhouse

By on Feb 21, 2018 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Dance, Features, Theatre & Musicals

The Berkeley Playhouse has brought one of the most acclaimed American musicals of the last twenty years to their stage, Ragtime, based on the celebrated novel by E. L. Doctorow. The story includes a multitude of perspectives all looking for the same thing, the American dream. America is changing at the turn of the 20th century and many are fearful of their privilege being diminished.

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Just Between Us – Book Review

By on Feb 4, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Books & Poetry, Features

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake tells the story of four friends, Alison Riordan, Julie Phelps, Sarah Walker, and Heather Lysenko. They live in the town of Sewickley in Pittsburg, Pa. and seem to have stable lives where their basic needs are more than just met. They have nice houses, cars, good schools, and friendship.

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KDFC to Air Richard Strauss’ ARABELLA on February 4

By on Jan 23, 2018 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

On February 4 at 8 p.m., the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC will broadcast a 1980 San Francisco Opera performance of Richard Strauss’ romantic opera Arabella starring soprano Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role, soprano Barbara Daniels as Zdenka, tenor William Lewis as Matteo and baritone Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, with German conductor Wolfgang Rennert.

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A Wrinkle in Time – Behind the Scenes

By on Jan 18, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

One of this year’s most anticipated movies opens nationwide on March 9, “A Wrinkle in Time”. Disney debuted this behind-the-scenes look during TV One’s broadcast of the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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By on Dec 13, 2017 in Community, Features

It’s that time of year again! The 59th annual White Elephant Sale in Northern California returns to Oakland March 3 and 4, 2018. It will feature 19 departments in a 96,000 Square Foot Warehouse. Items include, furniture, artwork, household goods and china, sporting gear, fine jewelry, collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing.

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Making Your Donation Count: 10 Tips for Holiday Giving

By on Dec 4, 2017 in Community

How do you know if your charity of choice is effective? Ideally, 85 cents of every dollar raised should go directly to programs and services of the charitable organization. Review the organization’s administrative costs and make sure you’re comfortable with what they spend on operational expenses, salaries and fundraising.

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Lady Bird – Film Review

By on Nov 17, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

Lady Bird is a thoughtful and engaging coming of age story that depicts the melodrama that occurs in some teenager’s lives. It shows a time when most adolescents are self-absorbed, yet still dependent on their relationships with their parents. As much as they think they have it figured out; they don’t at all. The film Lady Bird is actor and screenwriter Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, and from what I saw this is certainly an entrance into what will one day be a well-versed filmography to look back upon.

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Strange Ladies

By on Oct 30, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Theatre & Musicals

Strange Ladies written by Susan Sobeloff and Directed by Jan Zvaifler couldn’t be more timely. As old issues are being brought to the forefront by the current administration, the play is a good reminder of how we’ve (women) have always been fighting for basic rights as human beings. Even though we’re half the world’s population!

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Goodbye Christopher Robin – Film Review

By on Oct 20, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

The charming character of Winnie-the-Pooh gives way to warm, childhood memories, but the reality is the children’s classic was wrought with the lifeblood of the author. The film Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis, tells the true story of how the character and book by A.A. Milne came to fruition. What appears to be a heartfelt and loving story on the outside is actually a quite depressing and sad tale of post-traumatic stress syndrome and childhood abandonment.

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La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera

By on Oct 2, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features, Shows

Verdi’s La Traviata is currently playing at The San Francisco Opera. It was first performed by the San Francisco Opera during the Company’s second season in 1924. This rendition features three company debuts, Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian as Violetta Valéry, Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan as Alfredo Germont and Polish baritone Artur Ruciński as Giorgio Germont.

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By on Sep 26, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Berkeley Playhouse opened their tenth season with Alan Menken’s musical comedy, Sister Act. The play is based on the hit 1992 film that featured Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier. There are slight differences between the two but the heart of the story is the same. Deloris witnesses a crime and needs to be placed into protective custody stat. Where’s the last place you’d look for a Disco Diva? A convent of course!

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Opera in the Park – Huge Hit in San Francisco

By on Sep 11, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Music

This year’s roster for Opera in the Park included sopranos Sarah Cambidge, Amina Edris, Aurelia Florian and Toni Marie Palmertree; mezzo-soprano Jill Grove; tenors Atalla Ayan, Brian Jagde, Pene Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven; baritone Artur Ruciński; and bass-baritone Alfred Walker performing arias and duets by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Bellini, Beethoven and Gounod along with traditional songs including “This little light of mine” and “The house I live in.”

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Hamilton Returning to San Francisco

By on Aug 15, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced the first week of August that HAMILTON will return to San Francisco in early 2019. Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later time.

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Winter – Defining What Is Living

By on Aug 7, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Theatre & Musicals

The Central Works Rolling World Premiere of Winter by Julie Jensen and directed by Gary Graves, has been extended until August 20. The central theme of the play explores the polarizing topic of whether or not one has the right to die on their own terms. It was inspired by the chapter “Robeck, in Margaret Pabst Battin’s book, “Ending Life: Ethics & the Way We Die”.

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By on Jul 19, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Bay Area Musicals! closes its second season with their first family friendly show, the Broadway hit musical, Seussical the Musical. Characters are incorporated from Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears A Who!,1958’s Miss Gertrude McFuzz and The Cat in the Hat. You don’t have to be a Dr. Seuss fan nor bring a little one to enjoy the creativity behind this inventive musical.

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Vignettes on Love?

By on Jul 11, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Theatre & Musicals

The new play Vignettes on Love playing at the Potrero Stage incorporates nine short music videos filmed by Dances with Light and local filmmakers, and music curated by Noise Pop. The play offers a glimpse into the lives of six San Francisco residents who interconnect via long-term friendships and sexual trysts.

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