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Alvin Ailey company astounds in Cal Performances residency

While one may wait for the 11th-hour number during a stage musical or a band’s biggest hit during encore, audience members at an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance await the finale: “Revelations,” the company’s soulful masterpiece that has been gracing stages and changing lives since 1960. Though overshadowed by
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Radio brought to life with Ira Glass, company at Zellerbach

“This American Life,” well, came alive at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 12, as Ira Glass — host of NPR’s beloved radio show “This American Life” — partnered with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass for “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” A joyous but flawed intersection of dance
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SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ revels in tradition

On Dec. 18, people hurried into the invitingly lit halls of the War Memorial Opera House, trying their best to escape the Bay Area downpour and salvage their Christmas best. At the door, children were handed plush bears. The theater lobby was warm and welcoming, decked out lavishly for the
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‘Erasing Time’ dances through dreamscapes

Entering choreographer Sara Shelton Mann’s durational retrospective at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “Erasing Time,” was much like entering a serene and vibrant dreamscape. Mann’s almost five-hour long “play within a play within,” which took place Dec. 4 and 5, delved into time and shattered the concept of
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