Big Art Group at Yerba Buena

Sending Out a Stylish SOS The stage was filled with screens; downstage center, three cameras faced upstage into the screens. Wires, cables and the stark trees of tripods clustered downstage. From the ceiling a grid of pipes suspended projectors over the no-man’s-land between stage and audience. It was all part of the act as the New York–based Big Art Group performed its own techno Big Top at the Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this past weekend, in its most...

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Measure for Measure at UC Berkeley

Problem solving ... Measure for Measure is considered a “problem” play: that is to say, not only one that does not fall neatly into tragedy or comedy but also one in which a problem is solved. In this case, the problem of punishing human desire and the probity of mercy. It’s a play whose problems are solved indirectly, however, so that the ethics questioned are never completely addressed, and the playwright steals off like a thief down an alley, leaving us...

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Pamela Z Performs at Royce Gallery

Your fate swings from a point high above “When I was growing up, my mother often wrote long lists of questions about things that concerned her. She would then dangle a small object, such as a needle, key or trinket, on a...

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‘The Ecstasy with the Pomegranate’ Ilkhom Theater

  Revolutionary theater This past September, on his way home from a rehearsal of the Oresteia, Ilkhom Theater Director Mark Weil was attacked by two men and stabbed. He died the following day from his wounds, and, although there is a lot of speculation about his death, no conclusions were reached as to the identity of his killers. Whether the murder was intentional is a question posed by many who know Weil’s work, but, for most of us, the idea that an...

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Amor Cubano at La Peña

In a Bottle, a Tube and a Small Packet “Fidel only talks to Raúl, Hugo and me.” So claims Barbarita Perales, the inventor (and sole distributor) of Amor Cubano, the love potion in a bottle, a tube and a small packet. Maceo Cabrera Estevez, the inventor of Barbarita, brought her fiery but pragmatically entrepreneurial Cuban alter ego to La Peña this past weekend to perform a live infomercial on the virtues of Amor Cubano. Sidling through the audience in a low-cut,...

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