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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

three SF performances in the next two days



Thursday, 25 June 2009
Supperclub - I'm dinner theater, playing Schnittke around 8:30 or 9
657 Harrison St between 2nd an 3rd (415) 348-0900

Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tingel Tangel - Pride Edition - again Schnittke, guessing I'll go on around 10
THE 'NEW' BLUE MACAW
2565 Mission St btwn. 21ST AND 22ND


Friday, 26 June 2009
Suppervision Pride - again at the Supperclub - show starts at midnight
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time last movement, with Gary Lutes, piano
657 Harrison St between 2nd an 3rd (415) 348-0900




Tuesday, June 23, 2009

our lives as file-footage celebrities


James and I keep surfacing in the news. The lovely thing about this clip (for which thanks Dennis) is that we're holding up a fraudulent prop - our invalidated marriage certificate from 2004. Above is a screen grab; here's the clip.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kunst-Stoff review and photos

The Kunst-Stoff show at Yerba Buena Forum was a big success - every night was different and the dancers made interpretive and improvisatory virtue out of some shocking necessities, for example legs spontaneously flying off the table that's a crucial prop throughout the second piece. The Chronicle review was positive; I feel immeasurably about it.

Here are some photos I took at the dress:




























































And after the show -


Yale classmate and Apparition of the Eternal Church star Manoel Felciano, now appearing in Albee's At Home at the Zoo at ACT (Chronicle review); Mano's French American International School classmate and my Lowell High School classmate Nat Stookey, who arranged the Schnittke choir concerto movement ("I, an expert in human passions") that I played on solo violin. Clothes and make-up by Suppositori Spelling.











With Kunst-Stoff jack-of-all-trades Keira Chang (a.k.a. Spatial K) and Justin Andrews.






With San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra fellow alumnus Rob Bailis, now director of ODC Theater, who in the past year has become my artistic fairy godmother, coproducing the big Messiaen night in Grace Cathedral and hooking me up with a three year ODC residency and this Yerba Buena gig. Also pictured: Rob's folks.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

but wait - still more Kunst-Stoff pix!

Today was our last rehearsal at the Dance Center - after this operations shift to Yerba Buena. Very excited! Tonight I finally got around to listening to the original Schnittke choir concerto movement whose solo violin transcription by Nat Stookey I'm playing the world premiere of Friday, and I dissolved. Poof! No more violinist, just a puddle surrounded by a ring of soggy Kleenex. That Germano-Soviet crank really knew what he was doing, and he knew that he knew what he was doing. Title of the movement: "I, an Expert in Human Passions."

I took these pictures at rehearsal a couple of weeks ago and was so bummed out by how grainy and rotten they looked on the camera LCD that I didn't bother looking at them on the computer until now. They still look lousy, but they're kind of cool.

See information about this weekend's shows in the preceding post, below.












































Kunst-Stoff rehearsal pix by Spatial K - show this weekend!

Some pictures from my recent rehearsal with Kunst-Stoff by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. a.k.a. Spatial K. These pictures are taken at the San Francisco Dance Center, housed on the fifth floor of the old Odd Fellows Building at 7th and Market.

Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now!



Yannis Adoniou, our fearless leader.




With the luminous Suzanne Lappas...






and the preposterously graceful Spencer Dickhaus...






Me with my Lowell High School classmate Nat Stookey, who has arranged a movement of Alfred Schnittke's choir concerto for solo violin. The piece is famous for another transcription, by the Kronos Quartet, which is on a few of their albums. Both transcriptions take their title from the text, in this case "(Where) Every Verse is Filled with Grief." This will be the world premiere of Nat's beautifully violinistic rendering.





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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R├ęcollets.

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