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Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’ charges into Zellerbach

Imagine striding along the grand-rue of a tranquil French village, whereupon you suddenly cross paths with an agitated, stampeding rhinoceros trampling everything in its way. What would you think? In essence, this is the question asked by Eugene Ionesco in the first act of his supremely absurdist play “Rhinoceros,” performed
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This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART Beginning next week, artists and art groups will fill public spaces in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood with their latest artwork, crafts, and performances as they collaborate in the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival. With special events and activities running through the entire few weeks concentrated
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All the City’s a Stage!

Berkeley smacks you in the face with culture. Everywhere you turn, there’s someone peddling hand-crafted works of art, showcasing their own breed of eccentricity or, if you are anywhere near the post office on Durant Avenue,  spraying the wall with color — a vivid and visceral yellow, to be specific.
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Zakir Hussain tells stories through classical Indian music

The fat underneath their chins sways, their heads wobble and bobble, their hands flit faster than hummingbird wings — these are men in a trance. They speak to each other without opening their mouths, but with looks and nods, with the subtle variations of the tones of their instruments. They
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Dance theater fuses gospel and trance at Zellerbach Hall

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers an alternative to those who are and aren’t into religious or Class A ecstasy. At Cal Performances on March 13, the company translated the inclusive energy of ritual spaces like the club and the church to Zellerbach Hall in pieces featuring gospel and
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Stories narrated through dance at Zellerbach Hall

Introducing last Friday evening’s showing of “Story/Time,” presented by Cal Performances, Bill T. Jones strode to the center of Zellerbach stage, pausing. He made a simple request of the audience. “I would like you to do a little warm-up with me … a conceptual warm-up,” Jones began, asking the audience
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Piano Man

If the worlds of classical music and sports stardom were to collide, one can say that Lang Lang is the pianist version of Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. Renowned for imbuing classical piano with gymnastic dynamism, Lang Lang’s dazzling virtuosity has earned him the spotlight (including The TIME 100 Most
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Smooth Criminal

As written in the script, “The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer” is “a stage-play for a Baroque-Orchestra, two sopranos and one actor.” As seen on stage, the show is a full art experience. Presented by John Malkovich and writer/director Michael Sturminger, it is an intriguing format of orchestral
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Ensemble dazzles with visions of violence based on ancient Khmer tale

A spectacle of vibrant costumes and poised hand gestures, Khmer Arts Ensemble’s “The Lives of Giants” at Zellerbach Hall is entrancing to behold. The minimalist set, comprised of a bluish-green backdrop with lily pad silhouettes, allowed the dancers’ colorful clothing to dominate the visuals. Most of the cast is garbed
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