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The 59TH ANNUAL WHITE ELEPHANT SALE IS HERE!

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, 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, Features, 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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SISTER ACT-BAY AREA PREMIERE

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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SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL!

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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The Beguiled – Film Review

By on Jul 1, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

In her new film, The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola gives audiences a melancholic and poignant tale of a group of women and their need for or perhaps rejection of men in a post-Civil War era.

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A Night With Janis Joplin in San Francisco

By on Jun 17, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

It’s fitting that the American Conservatory Theater is bringing “A Night with Janis Joplin” back to the Bay Area during the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. It’s estimated that nearly 100,000 artists, misfits, hippies, activist, anyone who was disgusted with current politics, consumerism, or just felt like an outsider united in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

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Rough Night – Film Review

By on Jun 16, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

Rough Night is co-written and directed by Lucia Aniello. The film loosely borrows their plot from the 90’s movie Very Bad Things, the Christian Slater flick where a prostitute is killed at a bachelor party, The Hangover; for obvious reasons, and Bridesmaids for melding in the antics and hilarity of women prepping themselves for their friend’s wedding.

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Metamorphic by Katrín Sigurdardóttir

By on Jun 5, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features

New York-based artist and SFAI alumna Katrín Sigurdardóttir (BFA 1990) returns to San Francisco with a new exhibition entitled, Metamorphic. She is also SFAI’s current Harker Award Artist-in-Residence.

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Edward King presented by Central Works

By on May 27, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Central Works newest production, “Edward King”, leaves the audience guessing and laughing at the unraveling of a mystery fueled by a bad dream. Edward King (John Patrick Moore) is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

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SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

By on May 16, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Word for Word Performing Arts Company presents their first production of the 2017 Season, SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) by Alan Bennett. The play is directed by Amy Kossow, a founding member of the Z Space Studio and a Charter Member of Word for Word. In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson (first of the two novella-sized stories in Smut) a recently bereaved widow looks…

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER – Official Poster

By on May 10, 2017 in Film

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

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A.C.T.’s Geary Theater presents Battlefield

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

A.C.T.’S Geary Theater presents Battlefield directed by Peter Brook and longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne until May 21st. The play is based on the “The Mahabharata” considered the longest epic in world literature, it’s approximately eight times as long as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey together.

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