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Author: Kim Waldron

“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

Living and Making Art in the Face of Death by Kim Waldron “You’re Going To Die” might be the only place in the USA where death is regularly and easily discussed, then set to really great music. It’s one of those odd, noteworthy things San Francisco produces now and then, like Emperor Norton, the Beats, or the Cacophony Society.Stories get told, poetry read aloud, and music plays—all about death and grief. Presenters take on the issue of capital “D” Death,…

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“Signs” Point to Hip New Magic, at PianoFight, S.F.

“Signs” Point to Hip New Magic, at PianoFight, S.F.

David Gerard Conjures a Funny, Magical Evening by Kim Waldron Hip, improvisational, non-stop laughter—words not usually associated with a magician and mind reader, are they? But nothing less will do for David Gerard’s current show, “Signs,” at PianoFight in San Francisco. Dressed simply in black, the slim Gerard begins with self-deprecating banter and rope tricks. Within a minute, he charms us. His non-stop words keep us laughing as we marvel at his flawless execution of the impossible. Very soon we…

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“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

Fats Waller and Friends Still Swingin’ and Jivin’  by Kim Waldron Picture two men dressed to the nines, bowler hats to spats, with three women, draped in purple, shimmery green and scarlet dresses. They dance and sing to “Handful of Keys,” Fats Waller’s 1933 love song to the piano. Suddenly, the dapper five line up across the stage without missing a step. They extend right and left hands and demonstrate how to play stride piano. It’s a stunner, the simultaneous…

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“Measure for Measure” of Lust and Rage, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Measure for Measure” of Lust and Rage, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Shakespeare Gets Masterful Acting, Stylish Staging by Kim Waldron At Cal Shakes, Director Tyne Rafaeli has staged a “Measure for Measure” for our time. The striking costumes offer a first clue to this play’s modern spirit. Shakespeare’s characters sport ironic regalia: police wear comical uniforms, government officials sport super-stylish “suits,” and nuns float in fancy habits. But the citizens all wear the garb of outrageous punk resistance. We know their clothes from the young artists in San Francisco and Oakland…

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