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Meet Caleb – Fight Choreographer!

Cop: You can torture me all you want.

Mr. Blonde: Why, thank you! I don’t mind if I do.

Never was there a better soundtrack for torture than “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Steelers Wheel. Nothing like the groovin’ sounds of 70’s rock to accompany the brutal disfigurement of a helpless officer of the law. I never thought that I would get the chance to put my own twisted spin on the most disturbing scene of one of my favorite movies, Reservoir Dogs. Yet, this is the exact opportunity Theater Schmeater gave me, with some slight variations. One difference, obviously, is that it’s on stage, and the second is that it features some tough-as-nails women flashing .45’s and .357’s talking about murder and robbery. The show? Reservoir Dolls!

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Arts, Theater

 

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SFIAF 2011 – The World’s Stage Comes to San Francisco

The San Francisco International Arts Festival brings together dance, music, opera, performance art and theatre from all over the globe to the Bay Area for three weeks in May and June. We’re proud to ticket this amazing festival featuring the finest in global performance with artists coming all the way from Spain, Israel, Poland, Iraq, the Netherlands and across the United States to perform in front of eager Bay Area audiences in a variety of venues.

The festival begins on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 and here’s a list of some of the acts to look out for. Just click on the hyperlinks to go to the ticket page.

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Arts, Dance, Music, Theater

 

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New York – Big City, Strong Communities

On a recent trip to New York, I decided to see what a few of our producers were up to, and was able to sit down with Jeff Lepine from the People’s Improv Theater (the PIT) and Larisa Fuchs from Gemini and Scorpio. They put on different types of events the PIT is an improv theater branched off from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Gemini and Scorpio throw awesome parties but their goals are similar. They both emphasize supporting, nurturing and welcoming newcomers into their respective communities.

Jeff has been involved for two of the PIT’s eight-year history, after being involved in the theatre and improv scenes from Seattle to LA to Manhattan. When he came aboard, the PIT was located in a tiny, second-floor Manhattan theater, but in January was able to move to a ground-floor space with a coffee shop, offices and two separate theaters for different kinds of events.

After the founders’ experience with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, they knew their community well, and knew they had a niche to fill, one with an open philosophy. They work within the ethos of “Craft, Community, Career” – people come to the PIT to work on their craft. In the process, they become involved in a larger community. Ideally, the combination of building craft and fostering community helps the participant’s career. Their programming is a combination of classes and performance, and their house improv teams draw from their classes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Film, Theater

 

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San Francisco – Ticket Giveaway!

Bay Area theater fans! This is your chance to win two pairs of tickets to one of San Francisco’s most remarkable and critically acclaimed theatrical events, Talking With Angels: Budapest 1943.

“Talking with Angels” is Shelley Mitchell’s beautiful monodramatic adaptation of the diaries of four Hungarian artists that were smuggled into France by the only survivor of the group, Gitta Mallasz, in 1960. Originally published in 1976 as Dialogue avec L’Ange, the book was an immediate European bestseller. Mitchell’s adaptation of the book is based on the original diaries and extensive interviews with the book’s publishers, Jungian analysts and Robert Hinshaw and Lela Fischli of Daimon Press, Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Arts, Theater

 

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BPT’s Featured Venue: Bryant-Lake Bowl

I’ve been noticing some unique events happening in Minneapolis at a venue called the Bryant-Lake Bowl. I was wondering why theatrical performances like Dragmanity: Dragshonista!, a drag fashion show and the Twin Cities Art & Culture Review would be happening in, of all places, a bowling alley. All I could picture was overweight men in too-tight bowling shirts, not the typical crowd for a cultural review. But Bryant-Lake is re-defining the bowling alley experience and turning it into a hipster paradise. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Arts, Beer/Wine, Food, Theater

 

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Holiday Party!

Ho! Ho! Ho! The holiday season is officially upon us. Assuming you weren’t trampled to death by a Black Friday mob, you’re probably ready to go out and enjoy some holiday festivities. Well there’s plenty to choose from, but if you’re like me, you’d rather not bother with the traditional fare. You’d rather set your sights on events that challenge the traditional view of the most sacred of American family traditions and provide a little comedic stress relief. Here are a few of my favorites happening around the country. If you’re lucky, one of these events might just be in your neck of the woods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Arts, Burlesque, Dance, Drag, Literature, Seasonal, Theater

 

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