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The Performant: Life is but a dream…

Bouffonery and W. Kamau Bell's stand-up at StagewerxTheater history is full of stories of legendary shows that caused riots at their opening night, difficult...

The Performant: Oakland, We’re For You

Oakland Nights….LIVE! makes a sceneClear your calendars everybody, Oakland’s own untelevised late-night talk show has returned from a wintry hibernation and found itself some...

The Performant: Our selves

The body does not lie -- Anne SextonSo often in the arts it seems like we spend an inordinate amount of time focused on...

The Performant: Whose story?

Sifting through the past at The SF History ExpoIf history is a tale written by the victors, one wonders who San Francisco’s victors are....

The Performant: An expedition report from the All Worlds Fair

February 27, 2013
A visitor to the inter-dimensional, pan-galactic celebration known as the All Worlds Fair has to be prepared to fulfill the bureaucratic requirements, which are,...

I’m your fan

When Leonard Cohen comes around, an orgy of admiration follows

Christmas in February: The Residents come home

February 26, 2013
Bimbo's was packed to the rafters Sunday night for the triumphal homecoming show of music-and-neo-surrealism group the Residents, which was celebrating 40 years of...

The Performant: Love bites

February 20, 2013
Celebrating romance with power ballads, Spandex leggings, fancy pantiesAlthough there are about 364 days of the year when I can do without it—one day...

The Performant: Playing in the Sandbox

February 14, 2013
SF Playhouse’s Sandbox Series puts play back into playwritingIt’s getting harder each year to determine when exactly the “off-season” is in terms of things...

Beer Week rolls out the barrel

February 12, 2013
With much fanfare, the San Francisco Brewers Guild annual SF Beer Week popped its cork at the Concourse last Friday night, and the Bay...

The shape of stage to come, part two

February 6, 2013
Training with foolsFURY for the stage and for lifeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a round-up of some of the theatre companies in...

West Memphis blues

'West of Memphis' asks some long-overdue questions of a notorious case

The Performant: Sexcapades, no ice

January 31, 2013
"SPANK!" and "Sex and the City: Live!" heat things up a littleThe Regency Ballroom is awash in estrogen and vodka martinis, overrun by neatly-coifed...

Live Shots: Wovenhand at Bottom of the Hill

January 30, 2013
Although the notoriously devout David Eugene Edwards would probably be appalled to hear it, attending his shows is about as close to a religious...

The Performant: Manic pixies

January 22, 2013
'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' and 'The Witch House' roil with fantastickal energiesIt was only a matter of time before the familiar genre of the...

The Performant: Books and beats

January 17, 2013
Starting the New Year off right with Clown Foolery and Los RakasIt’s a Friday night and the Booksmith is full of clowns. Seriously, it’s...

The Performant: Music men

January 10, 2013
Mark Growden's solo show and variations on a theme with Hand to Mouth There’s something so charmingly unassuming about the Red Poppy Art House -- a...

The shape of stage to come

Theater companies offer trainings to keep actors and audience on their toes

The Performant: One for the road

Baxtalo Drom's happy trails -- and the Performant's faves of 2012With 2012 finally behind us, apocalypse thwarted, we have to get back to the...

The Performant: How Grinches save Christmas

December 28, 2012
Jeff Garrett and Will Franken overcome holiday saccharine.Is that a collective sigh of relief in the air as another frenzied holiday season winds down...

This ain’t a wrap

An unexpectedly controversial German film about skaters challenges the establishment in more ways than one.

The Performant: Unsilent is the night

December 20, 2012
Ring the bellsObservant or not, there’s no escaping the Festivus Chrismakwanzakah season, and while you might be grinching it alone with the holiday spirit...

Stage might

Upstage/Downstage Awards: theater's best and worst of 2012

The Performant: Poetry in motion

December 13, 2012
"You Need to Read Poetry" and "Ragged Wing" take flightAgainst the back curtain of the stage, empty save a couple of small platforms, a...