California Literary Review

Performing Arts

Body In-Sight: Action Drawings from the Dance Studio at the Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco


July 23rd, 2012

Aided by mirrors installed in their jewel box set, the gallery audience watched as they performed barre exercises, first dipping their feet in charcoal powder, so that the trajectory of their leg movements would be registered on the paper.

Album Review: Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan


July 20th, 2012

We can never rediscover the true weirdness of the 1960s psychedelic movements without abandoning our own prohibitive – and inhibitive – self-awareness.

EP Review: Angel Haze’s Reservation


July 20th, 2012

There are not an enormous number of 20-year-old, Native American, childhood-in-a-cult surviving, queer, female rapper/singers around currently. Given the cult stuff, you’d hope not. Angel Haze is, though and she’s about to be one of the biggest things in the world.

8 Questions with Choreographer/Dancer Robert Dekkers


July 16th, 2012

In addition to my work with Post:Ballet, I am currently dancing with Diablo Ballet, where I have the opportunity to perform in a variety of exciting and challenging works, from George Balanchine’s technically demanding Tarantella to KT Nelson’s free-flowing The Escaping Game.

Mixtape review: Childish Gambino’s Royalty


July 13th, 2012

Childish Gambino is the not-really-a-side-project rap persona of multiple-threat megatalent Donald Glover. What he’s most famous for depends on your perspective but before the Gambino project took off he won an Emmy for writing on the third season of 30 Rock, launched a stand up career and starred as Troy Barnes in the very deeply brilliant Community. He’s 28.

Dance USA’s 30th Anniversary Conference


July 9th, 2012

After having been dragged into an undertow where only conference-ese is spoken, two performance programs featuring San Francisco Bay Area dance companies, made for a thrilling rescue into a harbor of hope.

Album Review: Hot Chip’s In Our Heads


July 9th, 2012

dancing in the summer seems masochistic. Yet In Our Heads by Hot Chip may very well inspire the unsuspecting listener to engage in precisely that dangerous, sweat-inducing activity.

Album Review: Chris Brown’s Fortune


July 6th, 2012

It fails as a sexy album, a dance album and definitely as any kind of character rehabilitation.

Wepa! It’s Aqua Zumba!


June 25th, 2012

“The way I see it,” says Solano, “is that the endorphins kick in and make you feel happy, love dancing, and you want to share it. Your mental ability is improved, and it helps the memory, calms you, and whatever anxieties you have accumulated can be turned around.”

Album Review: Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do


June 21st, 2012

Yet there is power in childishness, and strength in it as well – there is innocence inside of it, and precociousness – and the petulance and raw emotion of a wounded child can strike more sincerely at the chords of the heart than the tantrum of an emotionally-constrained adult ever will.

Bay Area Dancers Perform in a Benefit for Cancer Prevention


June 18th, 2012

On Wednesday, June 6, thirty-three dancers from or associated with twelve San Francisco Bay Area dance companies, came together to dance for a packed audience at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. Each piece shown represented the best of that company or dancer’s repertoire, and it was a rare opportunity for the dancers to share it not only with an audience, but with colleagues in the dance world.

Ben Vereen Opens Up About Fame, Addiction and Love


June 15th, 2012

I love my public, and if I’m walking down the street and someone wants to take a picture with me, I’m happy to do it. After all, they’ve taken the time to come to my show. Gilda Matthews sent me t-shirts that say “Spread the love,” and I think we should, we don’t have to hoard love any more than we’d hoard water; there’s enough for everyone.

EP Review: Sara Bareilles’ Once Upon Another Time


June 12th, 2012

Opening with such an incredibly slow track, melodic but free of refrain and rambling, is a fairly bold move.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Live-streamed from Glyndebourne Opera House


June 11th, 2012

It has not been an altogether popular production, not least with the huffy Glyndebourne reactionaries who have found plenty to be affronted about in this raunchy, grotty vision of Janácek’s world.

Album Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Here


June 6th, 2012

This is the music of firepits and families, and tells the story of the everyman trudging through this similar, yet often surprising world.

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