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The Performant 45: Oh Rapture, up yours!

Gearing up for the end times with HoodslamWell another Armageddon scare has come and gone and we’re all still here, as is my dirty laundry...

The Performant: Spank it!

Austin invades SF with Christeene Vale, Wammo, and Guy ForsythThere’s glamour. Then there’s Glamour. And then there’s Glamour’s myriad permutations, like Drag Glamour. And Drug...

The Performant: Vice squad

The Thrillpeddlers take on Poe, plague, and poopIn Edgar Allan Poe’s grisly tale The Masque of the Red Death, a group of wealthy nobles...

The Performant: Herrre’s Johnny!

Entering The RoomHarley-Davidson. Twinkies. Michael Jackson. Some things are so uniquely American they practically ooze stars and stripes, no matter how far across the...

Bleak frames and guilt

David Lester depicts the shadowy relationship between words and actions in The Listener

Snap Sounds: PJ Harvey

April 27, 2011
PJ HARVEYLet England Shake(Vagrant)It’s not really a subtle couplet, “Weighted down with silent dead/ I fear our blood won’t rise again,” but with it...

The Performant: Sing like everyone’s listening

Electric Party Songs and The Darker Side of BroadwayHowever you feel (or don’t) about the Beat Generation, you have to give Allen Ginsberg credit...

The Performant: I’m aware of the dark

David Thomas and Joanna Haigood explore the shadows of the American Dream“There’s no real trick to living life like a ghost,” David Thomas assures an excited contingent...

Hear me howling!

Arhoolie Records looks forward by preserving the past 

The Performant: Here be pirates

Joining the saltwater chorus at the monthly Chantey Sing at Fisherman's WharfLandlubbers arise. San Franciscans of the not long-distant past were a sea-faring folk,...

Found in translation

From ancient Greek to modern French, Bay Area theatre explores the possibilities of translation

The Performant: Stupid is in the eye of the beholder

St. Stupid and Karen Finely ride againFor anyone who could count that high, Friday’s St. Stupid’s Day parade marked its 33rd anniversary -- a...

The Performant: The Empire has no clothes

Adventures in Naked Empire's bouffoneryAn evening spent in the presence of the Naked Empire Bouffon Company is always an unsettling experience. It can be...

The Performant: Any way you want it

Bad hair days gone wild at Rock of Ages That distance makes the heart grow fonder does go a long way in explaining the recent...

The Performant: Life is a BOA

Bay One Acts festival turns 10“Life is like a Boa,” the random stranger at the bus station (Nicole Hammersla) announces to the sweetly bemused...

The Performant: Lady in Red

Cirque Noveau and Carletta Sue Kay blaze and seduce Even though nothing I saw over the weekend had anything remotely to do with Mardi Gras...

The Performant: Pop up the jam

Appear and disappear at Noise Pop with Nobunny and BattlehoochThere’s a pop-up explosion going on out there, and it’s insidiously cornering the market on...

The Performant: Neat stuff

February 24, 2011
TechShop San Francisco gets busy, Writers With Drinks gets drunkJust when it felt like San Francisco could not possibly Do It Itself more than...

The Performant: Enter the Platypus

February 17, 2011
French “Art” and Fringe wins at the EXIT Theatre Of all the theatre companies in the Bay Area currently operating, the most specifically focused...

Send in the clowns

arts@sfbg.comSTAGE/PUPPETRY It's been more than 10 years since Brooklyn-based Kevin Augustine brought his life-sized puppets and existential worldview to the Bay Area, and during...

The Performant: Of eggs and robots

February 14, 2011
Thomas John’s “The Lady on the Wall,” and the Slave Robots of Carl PisaturoA few years ago, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I saw...

The Performant: Homing instinct

February 9, 2011
Performance thrives on the Living Room CircuitWhat are the barest fundamentals of theatre once you remove it from “the” theatre? This is one of...

The Performant: Stalking the voice of young America

January 27, 2011
Listening in at SF Sketchfest and Live EvilIs it just me, or do you also catch yourself wondering on occasion, “I wonder what the...

Snap Sounds: Munly and the Lupercalians

January 26, 2011
MUNLY AND THE LUPERCALIANS Petr and the Wulf (Alternative Tentacles) Munly J. Munly has long been one of the most enigmatic yet prolific figures...