So It Goes

February 16, 2009 - 10:08am -- swingbug

The show went well enough.  I'd be lying if I said it came off without a hitch.  There's no such thing.  Someone will always be performing either ill or injured and someone will always be prevented from performing due to illness or injury.  Someone will be thrown into a part with no prep time and pull it off admirably.  Someone will almost be thrown into a part with no prep time and get a reprieve at the last minute with much r


February 12, 2009 - 11:48am -- swingbug

The take-and-bake pizza store has a sign out front: “Now Taking Valentine’s Day Pre-Orders!” Apple left a note in my inbox: “Apple TV: The Perfect Gift for your Valentine.”

You folks are reaching.


February 6, 2009 - 11:07pm -- swingbug

My mom and I went to see the State Ballet Theatre of Russia perform Cinderella at the Mondavi Center tonight. It was a beautiful performance, and in close competition for my favorite of the fairy tale ballets, if for no other reason then because there was no wedding sequence.¹ Thank you for that little piece of mercy.

Stage Presence

May 7, 2007 - 9:29am -- swingbug

Saturday night was not your average night at the ballet.

I’ve always enjoyed going to the ballet, but since I began studying it myself five years ago, I’ve been making a concerted effort to get out to San Francisco at least once a season. I’ve been chipping away at the classics that I haven’t seen and this past Saturday found me at the War Memorial Opera House waiting for the curtain to come up on Don Quixote.

The Case for Local Theatre

July 28, 2006 - 12:00am -- swingbug

Theatre is becoming a better and better deal as far as entertainment goes. Have you noticed?

Sure your San Francisco Ballet tickets aren't getting any cheaper and if you're planning to head out to the city to catch Rent this fall, I'm sure you'll pay handsomely for those tickets. But I'm talking about local theatre, and we've got a fair amount of it around here.

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