Festival season is now in full swing. And San Francisco's own Stern Grove Festival -- which brings free performances to that serene grove on the western side of the city -- just announced its 2012 lineup, which includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ozomatli, and OK Go. Along with the unique artists ... More >>
What you're doing on Sundays this summer. You know what summer means in San Francisco -- uh, besides fog? It means free concerts on Sundays at Stern Grove, courtesy of the long-running Stern Grove Festival. Today, festival organizers announced the lineup for the festival's 74th consecutive ye ... More >>
In only four issues, Pop-Up Magazine, San Francisco's quarterly live magazine, has grown so quickly that issue five is destined for the San Francisco Opera House this spring. The live performance series, which brings together writers, radio producers, artists, and filmmakers, has become such an a ... More >>
Looks like opera material to us...Earlier today, my colleague Ian Port spotted a decidedly not-Figaro opera casting call seeking musclebound galoots with expertise in "push-ups, pull-ups, body strength, endurance, hand-over-hand, staged combat and full body control."Placido Domingo need not apply ... More >>
Cory WeaverAidaGiuseppe Verdi's Micaela Carosi as Aida @ September 24, 2010War Memorial Opera HouseBetter than: The D-Backs (we hope) The forthcoming observation about San Francisco Opera's production of Aida is not intended to be dismissive of the backflipping acrobats, the dancers, the endle ... More >>
High Bridge ArmsIs this an endangered sight in the Mission? High Bridge Arms, the only gun shop in all San Francisco, may find itself outgunned at a police hearing today to reinstate its permit to deal firearms -- proving there are small, family-owned businesses San Franciscans would rather not h ... More >>
Summer has arrived people. You know what that means: there are several hours during he day in which you can wear shorts (in select city micro-climates) before you start freezing to death and regretting your wardrobe choice. But that's what weekends are for: drinking enough to feel comfortable in sho ... More >>
Richard Strauss' SaloméWar Memorial Opera HouseFriday, Oct. 30, 2009Better than: Sunday schoolTerrence McCarthyGreer Grimsley (Jokanaan)Of the six operas that comprise San Francisco Opera's fall 2009 season, Richard Strauss' Salomé is the outlier -- a production that, by design, represents some ... More >>
For S.F. Opera's new music director, conducting is a lot like making love.
Cory WeaverEric Owens (Porgy) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess)Better than: Being trampled -- in your own seat -- by half the people in your section as they make for the Irish coffee at intermission. More on that later.On the BART ride home after San Francisco Opera's Sunday evening performance of George ... More >>
EKAphotographySeun Kuti performs at Stern Grove, 2008 The 72nd annual series of free summer concerts at Sigmund Stern Grove--one of San Francisco's best traditions--has been announced. As always, the lineup of artists spans a diverse range of genres and styles. Performers include Roberta Flack and D ... More >>
In these dire financial times, fewer of us have the opportunity to donate to charity (at least, that's what we keep telling ourselves). But some really, really rich people are more than capable of forking over large quantities of the stuff, as evidenced by Slate's list of the largest charitable dona ... More >>
Dueling divas and Dr. Strangelove.
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Fiesta in the Mission
Gavin and Kimberly
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S.F. Opera's production of Nabucco seems straightforward, but the production crew knows better
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