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The Performant: A dance named desire

January 20, 2011
Exploring personal myth with EmSpace Dance and PorchlightDescending the wooden staircase into the basement performance space at Viracocha, one leaves the surface world behind...

Snap Sounds: Wovenhand

January 20, 2011
WOVENHANDThe Threshingfloor (Sounds Familyre)Whether it be the western plains or the Appalachian highlands, David Eugene Edwards of Wovenhand has long looked to the American...

The Performant: Do you SQUART?

January 11, 2011
Let it be resolved, improv-based speed-playwriting competitions involving queer performance artists, cake, fabulous spandex, atrocious wigs, adult diapers, bare bums, wind-up hamsters, and flasks...

The Performant: Fresh Starts

Renewing ourselves with Right Brian Performancelab and Ween cover band Golden Eel I spent my New Year’s Eve basically riding around in circles from shut-down...

The Performant: Deck this!

December 29, 2010
Aggro Yuletide fun with Will Franken and Satan’s finestIt’s a common misperception that the sensory-overload of the holiday season is an even greater irritant...

The Performant: Big ideas, small packages

December 22, 2010
Taking size of the One-Minute Play Festival and Monsters of AccordionI’m a sucker for miniaturization. Sushi erasers, super-strong magnets, marzipan fruit baskets, teeny-weeny screwdrivers;...

Snap Sounds: La Plebe

December 22, 2010
LA PLEBEBrazo en Brazo (Kool Arrow, 2010)Don’t be fooled by the melancholy acoustic guitar that opens the new La Plebe album, Brazo en Brazo,...

The Performant: Child’s play

December 16, 2010
The Mission gets a lot of ink these days for being a nexus of youthful, responsibility-free hipsterdom -- but despite the skinny jeans and thick mustaches,...

The Performant: Jingle Balls

December 7, 2010
Decking the halls with "The Oddman Family Christwanzaakah Spectacular" and "Balls to Balzac"How many more ways are there to teach the true meaning of...

‘Infinite City’ maps out inexhaustible SF

December 1, 2010
In the introduction to her thrilling new book, Rebecca Solnit provides the best explanation for why Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (University of...

The Performant: Beats and Beuys – is anything sacred?

November 24, 2010
Melting the masters with Oddball Films and Keith HennesseyIn a scene from the hilariously boffo short film Pull My Daisy an unruly gang of...

The Performant: We want the airwaves

November 19, 2010
Aeriel Art Soars at Theatre Artaud and Teatro ZinzanniDo you dream of the day when you finally learn how to fly? For aerielists, that...

The Performant: Cheers for fears

November 10, 2010
Scoping out "After Dark" at the Exploratorium and a Mark Growden singalong“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.” –H.P. LovecraftBolshephobia is the...

The Performant: Rite of autumn

November 4, 2010
It might have been unannounced, but there’s a ritual aspect to all this the Giants-Halloween-Dia de los Muertos mayhem all the same. And like...

The Performant: Extreme Theatre Sports at “The Great Game” Marathon

October 27, 2010
This weekend, despite the rain, I attended a marathon. Fortunately for my running shoes, it was a marathon of theatre indoors at the Berkeley...

The Performant: The accidental tourist

October 20, 2010
Intrepid travelers always get a bit of a bee in their bonnet when you mistake them for tourists, but tourism doesn’t have to be...

Docs and robbers

Berlin and Beyond enters the fall festival fray

The Performant: The fortress of solitude and “Hamlet” on Alcatraz

October 13, 2010
I notice them first on the ferry, two young men in suspenders and ties deep in conversation. One wears a beanie and designer sunglasses....

The Performant: Dies Arses have it

Local Arts: Arse Elektronika weekend and arses up at Dodgyfest IIICouldn’t make it out to the “Oscars of computer art” at the Ars Electronica...

The Performant: Singing the Body Eclectic

September 30, 2010
Local Arts: “Bodies in Space(s)” and Project Bandaloop float beneath and soar above Because words so often fail in the realm of the everyday,...

The Performant: Site (-specificity) for sore hearts

September 23, 2010
Under the benevolent neon rainbow of Twin Peaks Tavern, a bearded man with a battered trunk strolls up and addresses a group of people...

The Performant: What, me Fringe?

September 16, 2010
Unfortunately for me, I’ll be unable to attend a whole plethora of sure-to-be-intriguing shows this weekend such as Right Brain Performancelab’s "The Elephant in...

The Performant: Weird like me

September 9, 2010
Radical self-expression takes a staycation with Zinefest and On Land ...It was another Burning Man, er, Labor Day weekend, and like every year of...

The Performant: Final Frontiers with “Sigh-Fi” and W. Kamau Bell

September 1, 2010
Scoping out the local arts and culture scene ...So much fascinating shit is rooted in science -- from the way things work to the...