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2008 Stories by Nirmala Nataraj

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  • Dan Zanes kicks off an international seasonal celebration

    published November 26, 2008

    If your idea of ringing in the holiday season involves knocking back a few beers with friends and feasting on Chinese delivery, join the club.... More >>

  • Holiday Hootenanny

    published November 19, 2008

    If your idea of ringing in the holiday season involves knocking back a few beers with friends and feasting on Chinese delivery, join the club.... More >>

  • Sax and Dancing

    published October 15, 2008

    Leaving behind the staid tropes and easy grace that have been fodder for traditional ballet companies for decades, choreographer Alonzo... More >>

  • Kickin’ It

    published September 17, 2008

    Leave it to the Brazilians to bring soccer to the beach. The country of capoeira dancers, baile funk, and Carnaval imported the same informal... More >>

  • Wheel Change

    published September 3, 2008

    The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is here to let everyone know that life on two wheels really can be better. Sure, city cyclophobes are swelling... More >>

  • A Thousand Hands Clapping

    published September 3, 2008

    Chinese-born artist Shen Shaomin is something of a contemporary shaman. Instead of regurgitating a bunch of art school sleights of hand or... More >>

  • Dancing with Words

    published September 3, 2008

    Erika Chong Shuch and her much-lauded company, the Erika Shuch Performance Project, have been making dreamlike, profoundly theatrical pieces... More >>

  • Dance Events to Check Out This Fall

    published September 3, 2008

    Inbal Pinto Dance Company Seeing an Inbal Pinto Dance Company show is akin to experiencing Cirque du Soleil without all the... More >>

  • Auto Immune

    published August 27, 2008

    We city folks like to think we’re fitter than our dilatory suburban counterparts, but we rarely get the chance to take a bit of cardio... More >>

  • Do A Little Dance

    published July 23, 2008

    If food is the music of love, play on, but some modern dance to set the scene might be nice as well. Of course, a few munchies and libations... More >>

  • Putting It Out There

    published July 23, 2008

    The final weekend of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival finds fest alumni and stage newbies gathering to see their visions realized in work... More >>

  • Local Word-Gardening

    published July 16, 2008

    Latino poetry is a category that spans multiple cultures, languages, and legacies -- from the pre-Columbian origin myths and political salvos of... More >>

  • So Much Drama!

    published July 16, 2008

    Set in a downtown oasis, the San Francisco Theater Festival offers stage newbies and die-hard performance lovers a potent cocktail of... More >>

  • Star Search

    published July 9, 2008

    Beauty pageants are perhaps the least gender-neutral of all sanctioned community rituals. Sure, you get the occasional beefcake-on-a-catwalk... More >>

  • Politics in the Park

    published June 25, 2008

    For decades, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been offering brainy commentary on the state of the nation, sans the snark that often passes itself... More >>

  • Second Time’s a Charm

    published June 18, 2008

    Remember prom? All the bad dresses, bad hair, bad photos, bad dates, and the vigilantly guarded punch bowl? Or maybe you were one of those people... More >>

  • God and Gays

    published June 11, 2008

    In The Busy World Is Hushed, playwright Keith Bunin examines the debate around homosexuality in the Episcopalian church, but he goes... More >>

  • MUFF Films

    published June 4, 2008

    If you can beat the static and cut your loyalty to the Clear Channel hegemony, Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 FM is the only station to tune into for... More >>

  • Oozing Stage Presence

    published May 28, 2008

    Those tired of typical theatrical offerings will appreciate the series Attack of the Killer B-Movies: Live! The dramaturges of Foul... More >>

  • Strong Kung Fu

    published May 28, 2008

    For decades, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet has disrobed ballet of its grandiosity and hoity-toity ramifications. The troupe of athletic, graceful... More >>

  • Mission Craziness

    published May 21, 2008

    Carnaval isn't just an excuse for dancing in the streets and ogling Brazilian showgirls — there's also the food, the artwork, the rich... More >>

  • Summer in the City

    published May 7, 2008

    No need to limit your al fresco arts activities to Stern Grove. The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ensures that you can get some fresh air... More >>

  • Revealing Sergei's Shadows

    published May 7, 2008

    Wanna know about the best film you've probably never seen? Here's a tip: Put down that intellectually toxic Netflix DVD (particularly if it's the... More >>

  • Get Going

    published April 30, 2008

    Waiting for Godzilla is less absurdist angst than its Beckett namesake and more operatic B-movie fantasy. In fact, the piece, by... More >>

  • Sex Health Food for Thought

    published April 30, 2008

    Given all the pro-abstinence propaganda that's been passing itself off as sex education for decades now, it seems like primitive cave paintings... More >>

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