Candy and Pot: What to Do on the 4/20 Easter Weekend

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It's finally that time of year again, when you hang out with all your friends in the park and get really hungry for chocolate.

What? We were talking about Easter, what did you think we meant?

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Stark Minimalism: AXIS Dance Company's 2014 Home Season

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Photo by David DeSilva

Disability is often characterized as a lack that requires elaborate compensations: prostheses, apparatuses, mechanisms, and manners.

For Oakland's AXIS Dance Company -- now in its 27th year as a physically integrated contemporary dance company -- minimalism is the mode for their newest program, on view April 11-13 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.

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Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race: Help Support This Awesome Event

Godofredo Vasquez

The annual Big Wheel race down San Francisco's true crookedest street is scheduled to happen on Easter! There's nothing quite like celebrating Jesus's ascension into Heaven like riding that early-morning candy high while watching Jesuses, nuns, bunnies, and others, pass each other in a no-holds-bar race for holy praise. But this year -- it almost didn't happen.

Call it a divine miracle, but the organizers have decided to go on with the race, even though they're under funded. As the race site states, "Our grand total is currently $2260 and we decided we are going to make BYOBW 2014 happen, even if it means going into debt. Why? Because we love the event just as much as you."

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The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré Revamps and Reopens

Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré needed a facelift.

After eight moves, the French period room was looking tired, says Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Legion.

Chapman, along with a team of specialists, developed the new direction for the salon, and after being closed for 18 months -- it reopens tomorrow.

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Dodgeball Tournament and Mustache Expo to Take Place This Weekend

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World Dodgeball Society

You mustache yourself (see what we did there?) what you're doing this weekend--why not check out the Dodgeball Tourney and Mustache Expo.

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New Business Platform to Throw 30 Free Parties in 30 Days

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From April 9 though May 8, Gruv (pronounced "groove") -- a new event app -- will host 30 events across the City. Called "30 Days of Grüv'n," the featured events include yoga classes, wine tastings, all-you-can-eat tacos, and bottomless mimosas. Most of the events are held after 5 p.m., so 9-5ers can attend even the weekday events, and all of the events are free -- just sign up for each event on their website.

San Francisco-based Grüv partnered up with over 45 local S.F. businesses to host their 30 parties, including Azucar Lounge, Rustic Pizza and SOMA StrEat Food Park. Each event will include giveaways (more free stuff!).

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The Bay Area's 28th Annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards

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Isadora Duncan by Abraham Walkowitz

Isadora Duncan was clear about her life motto: "Sans limites!" The jury for The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, or "Izzies" seek the same ideal: Artists who aren't afraid to get all kinds of illimitable.

In the 28th annual event last night, the relatively small committee of volunteers showed a massive amount of respect and support for the entire Bay Area dance world. The Izzies honor the very best in artistic fields such as choreography, performance, and design.

And these aren't a bunch of bitchy ballerinas. Almost every acceptance speech expressed thanks to the dance community with a surprising amount of openness; from a heartfelt thanks from LGBT champion, Sean Dorsey, for his show, The Secret History of Love, to the evening's charming host and ODC Theater Director, Rob Bailis, who kept the evening earnest while still fun.

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Extra Sparkle and Shine at the Ballet: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Photo by Sascha Vaughn

There was a time when ballet was the purview of Imperial Russia, when ballerinas Russianized their names from Lilian Marks and Hilda Munnings to Alicia Markova and Lydia Sokolova. Like a certain Norma Jeane Mortenson, the dancers knew their down-home monikers lacked the authenticating glamour of a Slavic pedigree. There was a time when every ballerina was a diva who radiated an individual gleam in the anonymity of the firmament. There was a time when balletomanes went to watch over-the-top personalities rather than over-the-puddle pas de chats. Bay Area audiences won't need to commandeer a time machine, to return to days of yore, when Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo comes to Zellerbach Hall on March 25.

Yes, they're an all-male comedy ballet troupe doing send-offs of classical ballets in full tutu-ed and pointe-shod regalia since 1974. But they are also, in the words of their artistic director Toby Dobrin, at heart a "dusty overblown Russian touring company that doesn't exist anymore."

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Seven Balletic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Firebird, Photo by Erik Tomasson

Magical creatures abound at the ballet, from your classic flock of enchanted swans to the more obscure wili (seen earlier this season in Giselle). San Francisco Ballet's Program 3, on view February 20-March 2 at the War Memorial Opera House, features a small menagerie of otherworldly beings: hallucinated spirit maidens, abstract apparitions, and miraculous flaming birds.

The evening begins with the famous Kingdom of the Shades act from the ballet La Bayadère, staged by renowned ballerina Natalia Makarova, and then moves to more contemporary fare: SFB resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov's version of Stravinsky's Firebird and English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's Ghosts. In preparation for your encounter with the supernatural, we've compiled a brief field guide to common balletic beasts and their habits.

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Artists Reconnect with 1906 Earthquake at "Unveiling Happening"


It's hard to click a link these days without seeing another story about San Francisco's class divide. The artists and working class are being priced out, and everyone blames the techies first and the real estate industry second. But at 55 Ninth St. downtown, a couple of artists, a few foundations, and, gasp, a developer are collaborating on a surrealist happening held in San Francisco's long tradition of public weirdness, and a grand piece of site-specific art.

From a distance, And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea (Caruso's Dream), looks like 13 floating pianos. From underneath, the viewer might wonder if the pianos are falling. The installation created by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn is large, impressively intricate, and deeply symbolic. It's also covered, or under construction, most of the time.

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