Endgame and Play

May 9–June 3, 2012 American Conservatory Theater Tony Award winner Bill Irwin stars in Beckett’s iconic dark comedy Two powerful and absurd dark comedies from master playwright Samuel Beckett. In Endgame, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin takes on the role of Hamm, who is trapped between life and death with his young servant, Clov. Together … Continue reading

New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert

Sunday May 13 & Monday May 14 San Francisco Symphony [audio:http://www.sfsymphony.org/Media/Player.aspx?mediapath=dvorak_roman_carnival_overture&mediaid=dvorak_roman_carnival_overture%5D The New York Philharmonic returns to San Francisco with their first performances since 1999. In addition to being the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the Philharmonic has always championed music of its time, premiering many important pieces. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is … Continue reading

Concert: Yann Tiersen

Friday May 11, 2012 Regency Ballroom Beloved French composer Yann Tiersen will be performing Firday May 11, at the Regency Ballroom. Tiersen was well-known in France during the 90s both for his work on film and theater scores and his solo albums. He gained global recognition in 2001 for his work on the original soundtrack … Continue reading

In Paris

April 25–May 13, 2012 Berkeley Rep Told in French and Russian with English supertitles Legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov takes the stage with Anna Sinyakina and a talented ensemble assembled by visionary director Dmitry Krymov. Based on a story by Nobel Prize–winner Ivan Bunin, In Paris is a dazzling new play set in the 1930s, which … Continue reading

God of Carnage

May 24 – June 17 2012 Marin Theatre Company 397 Miller Avenue – Mill Valley, CA 94941 Following an altercation between their 11-year-old sons in Cobble Hill Park, Annette and Alan Raleigh agree to meet Veronica and Michael Novak to discuss the situation civilly – practice the art of co-existence rather than slaughter each other … Continue reading

The Turin Horse – Directed by Béla Tarr

April 13–19 SF Film Society Cinema 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan) Purportedly Béla Tarr’s final film, this masterpiece takes its scenario from a traumatic incident in Friedrich Nietzche’s life when he witnessed a horse being mercilessly whipped. Wondering what happened to the horse, the Hungarian auteur crafts a relentless film depicting the domestic life of a … Continue reading

Cinema – We Have A Pope

Opening- April 13th Showtimes Landmark Theater Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Caro Diario) joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli (Contempt, Belle de Jour) to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as … Continue reading

Concert – Metronomy

April 12 – Slims – San Francisco CA  The metronome is not a device known for its deviation. It strikes a predictable, functional pattern. Each time Metronomy release an album, on the other hand, there is a scorched earth change of pace and tone. Yet the pulse never disappears, it just reanimates for a brand new … Continue reading

Concert – Rodrigo y Gabriela

April 3 –The Paramount ,  Seattle, WA April 4 – Arlene Scnitzer Concert Hall , Portland, OR April 5 – Fox Theater , Oakland, CA Before they became the most visible flamenco duo of the early 2000s, guitarists Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero bonded over heavy metal while growing up in Mexico City. They combined … Continue reading

Concert – Housse de Racket

April 6 –  Chop Suey, Seattle, WA April 7 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR April 19 –  Popscene – The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne, aka Parisian duo Housse de Racket, has joined the ranks of label extraordinaire Kitsuné to release its superb second album, Alesia. Pierre and Victor … Continue reading

Concert – Chilly Gonzales

 April 7th – Hotel Utah – San Francisco, CA April 9th – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR He plays the piano, he talks. He usually raps, often complains and, between moments of utter musical genius and grace, teaches the audience the joys of improvisation. The one and only Chilly Gonzales is back, with the announcement … Continue reading

Cinema: Jean Paul Gaultier: Maverick Fashion Icon

Thursday April 5th DOUBLE FEATURE (Truth or Dare – The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover) Friday april 6th DOUBLE FEATURE (The Fifht Element – The City of Lost Children) Castro Theater In celebration of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, on view at the de … Continue reading

Concert- Quatuor Mosaïques

Friday  April 13th – CalPerformances – Berkeley Saturday, April 14th – Stanford Live Arts The preeminent period-instrument quartet performing today, Quatuor Mosaïques has won acclaim for its use of traditional gut-stringed instruments, which—in combination with their celebrated musicianship—has cultivated the group’s signature full-bodied, sonorous, and captivating sound. The ensemble’s great accomplishment is not only in … Continue reading

Radio Samedi Culture – Jean-François Peyret

À l’occasion de son séjour à San Francisco, le metteur en scène Jean-François Peyret est venu rendre visite à Radio Samedi Culture. Pour Jean-François Peyret, le théâtre est un lieu de réflexion et de rêverie autour du vivant et de l’artificiel, du corps et de la machine ainsi que du destin technique de l’homme. En 2010, à l’invitation de l’Experimental … Continue reading

Concert – Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80′

Thursday, April 19th –  8 pm Zellerbach Hall Calperformances   The heir to a powerful musical legacy, Seun Kuti lights up the stage in a rousing celebration of Afrobeat music! Kuti’s father Fela was the legendary Nigerian musician, composer, and political maverick, and the musical form he helped create is now more popular than ever, … Continue reading

Concert – M83 at the Fillmore

April 22 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA April 23 –The Fillmore – San Fracisco, CA April 25 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR April 26 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA M83 are an electronic shoegaze / indie pop act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. It is named after a spiral galaxy, Messier … Continue reading

San Francisco International Filmm Festival – Opening Night Farewell, My Queen directed by Benoît Jacquot

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street San Francisco Film Society OPENING NIGHT The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival opens with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, food and drinks. Join the convivial throng at the Castro Theatre for a special screening then … Continue reading

Concert – Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5

Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 April 19-22 San Francisco Symphony The French conductor Stéphane Denève and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform two works by French composers—Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concert No.5 and Roussel’s Spider’s Feast— in four concerts. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who combines “an often wild virtuosity with an almost relaxed grace” (Chicago Sun-Times), … Continue reading

Concert – Justice at the FOX Theater

Tuesday, April 17 8:00PM Fox Theater – Oakland The French duo formed by Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, is the band of a whole generation. When the two friends were still bright students in graphic design, in 2003 they made JUSTICE a place to experiment a hybrid genre between music and image, which blends … Continue reading

Ghost Ship Rodez – Directed by Terry Allen

Thursday, April 5th, Terry Allen and his band will perform a concert. Friday 6th and Saturday7th , the multimedia performance piece “Ghost Ship Rodez” will be performed. Z Space The outlaw country singer, painter, writer, and conceptual artist Terry Allen offers his multimedia theater piece: Ghost Ship Rodez. The narrative arc encompasses the 17 days … Continue reading