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“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle Gets a Glorious Start by Pamela Feinsilber If you were near San Francisco City Hall after dark on June 12, you saw the facade and dome illuminated in vibrant red and gold. That’s because it was opening night across the street at the opera house, where—as the fire-evoking posters proclaim—San Francisco Opera is presenting the four linked operas of Richard Wagner’s masterwork, The Ring of the Nibelung, starting with “Das Rheingold.” Each opera can be enjoyed…

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“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

  Millennial Notes William Bivins Grapples with Graphic U.S. Racism by Michael V. Rodriguez In William Bivins’ play, there’s one thing alt-right and Black Lives Matter protesters can agree on: they both hate “Scapegoat.”  The Black superhero, created by aging graphic novelist Clive Booker, fights racism by absorbing racists’ negative energy. Clive’s curious critique of race relations in his floundering comic art irritates everyone, including himself. In this action-packed drama of creator and created, Bivins sketches the dangers of commenting…

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