Star Shadows, No Viviré, Cold Virtues, and Oh, Inverted World! A Review of the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco

Smuin Ballet’s winter program, a mainstay of the San Francisco Bay Area arts scene for almost 20 years, boasts five pieces — three revivals of Smuin’s own choreography, in addition to a piece each by Adam Houghland and Trey McIntyre. Despite the imbalanced program (the second half was much stronger than the first), Smuin’s troupe did not fail to entertain.

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Thursday Night at the Fillmore A Review of the Walkmen

It’s the Walkmen.

The show opened with Father John Misty, Josh Tillman’s moniker, minutes after we showed up. I was surprised to hear Tillman’s voice creeping into the Fillmore’s first floor men’s restroom, singing ‘I’m Writing a Novel,’ a sarcastic tune about Canadian shamans, West Hollywood, and originality.

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