The Minimalists Come to San Francisco to Speak on How Less Is More

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Everything That Remains

Five years ago a 27-year-old Joshua Fields Millburn perched himself atop the corporate ladder with a six-figure salary. As the youngest director of his Cincinnati-based company in its 140-year history, Millburn acquired all of the trappings of success. He had the big house, the expensive car, the massive amounts of debt, the stress and discontent. Millburn really had it all.

"I was working 60, 70, sometimes even 80 hours in a week, and I got to a point in my life where I didn't really know what was important," Millburn says.

In October 2009 Millburn's mother died and his marriage ended -- to say his life changed is an understatement. But Millburn's perspective shifted when he discovered minimalism just a month after, and with it, he brought meaning back to his life.

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The Bay Area Gets Footloose with Dance Anywhere

Categories: Dance, Preview

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Weidong Yang
Antoine Hunter performing an arial feat.

One night after a San Francisco dance performance, artist Beth Fein considered just how much money went into productions, even on the smallest scale. She thought of the cost of the theater, the lighting, the costumes and everything. Fein saw opportunity for a new type of performance where the art of dance could be experienced without the manufacturing of sets and costumes.

"I kinda of whimsically said, 'What if we all just stopped and danced,'" Fein says. "And from there it grew." And grow it did.

Dance Anywhere, a public art performance, is in its tenth year and has spread across 50 countries and more than 432 cities. Friday, March 28, Fein, along with dancers, artists and performers of all types and abilities join at noon to take a break from society -- and dance.

It is a public performance that mixes improvisation with choreographed performances to mostly an unsuspecting audience in an intimate and unique experience.

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On the Road: Finding Main Street's Trio Release Trailer of Cross-Country Documentary

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All Images Courtesy of Dylan Ozanich
Brant Ozanich, Wyatt McCall and Dylan Ozanich chronicle their adventures in state hopping.

The motorcycle cross-country adventures of Wyatt McCall and brothers Dylan and Brant Ozanich finally have a teaser trailer of what they experienced on the road.

Finding Main Street is the collaborative project of the three San Francisco residents and recent college grads chronicling their sojourn across the United States on $500 motorcycles (purchased on Craigslist) during last summer; the trip was possible with the help of Kickstarter.

In 55 days, McCall and the Ozanich brothers traveled 10,500 miles through 28 states in a massive circle around the periphery of the continental United States. They documented the sights, sounds, and people in every region along the road with photography, video, and blog writing in search of an all-American Main Street.

See More: From S.F. to N.Y.: Finding Main Street Across America (Slideshow)

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Dita Von Teese Tells All, Takes No Prisoners: Strip, Strip, Hooray! Comes to the Fillmore

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It's not every woman who can wear 10 different hats and not have a hair out of place.

But not everyone is Dita Von Teese -- burlesque beauty extraordinaire -- and thank god, because most of us don't have the constitution for her seemingly endless roster of performances and projects. (And in a corset no less.)

Born and bred in Rochester, Michigan, Dita Von Teese has almost single handedly brought burlesque from the dusty days of yore into the red-hot spotlight. From lingerie shopgirl to stilletto-clad stripper, Dita has wended her way through many facets of performance, including costume and set design, modeling, acting, even a dash of lesbian porn, and has found herself at the top of the heap, heaving breasts and head held high.


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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's Matthias Bossi on Improvising a Live Score for WaxWorks at This Year's SFIFF

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WaxWorks, a silent German Expressionist film from 1924 will be reimagined with a modern score of musical madness...
Honoring the long-held tradition of coupling together contemporary musicians with classic silent films, this year's SF International Film Festival has forged a psychedelic, improvisational aficionado dream team, sure to shock, scintillate, and maybe even offend.

Mike Patton, of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, and Peeping Tom, among other strange sublime bands, has joined up with three genre-bending percussionists, Scott Amendola (Scott Amendola Trio, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter), William Winant (John Cage, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Lou Reed) and Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots, Skeleton Key) to perform an original "score" for WaxWorks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett), a silent, German fantasy-horror flick from 1924.


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Video of the Day: Princess Ivona, A Literally Moving Theater Experience

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Jamie Lyons
The Collected Works is a brand-spanking-new theater producing company formed by Stanford and Berkeley alums who are hell-bent on bringing exceptional, experimental performance to the West Coast theater scene. Together with the Performance Art Institute they present Princess Ivona, the 1935 Absurdist comic play by Witold Gombrowicz. The story involves a silent, awkward young woman whose strangeness fascinates a Prince to the point that he proposes to her, and is a brilliant and often hilarious examination of the role of power and desire. More »

Video of the Day: Wintersalt Music and Arts Fest

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Repeated exposure and adoration from the masses have turned most popular music and art festivals into blown out, oversaturated, and commercialized trash -- vain attempts to recapture the aura and frenetic glory of Woodstock or Monterey Jazz. Today's festival scene is a post-breakdown Dave Chappelle -- broken, lost, and aimlessly wandering for an adequate sense of home (ahem, S.S. Coachella). Then, there's the Wintersalt Music and Arts Festival.

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"Awash in Bodies:" Sensual Watercolors and The Little Mermaid as Trans Fairy Tale

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Jos Truitt

What was your favorite part of The Little Mermaid? Was it the classic fish-out-of-water moment when Ariel styles her hair with a dinglehopper? Perhaps when the enchantress cuts out the mermaid's tongue in payment for her potion? Ah, Disney omitted that detail from Hans Christian Andersen's original tale, along with the mermaid's suicide. Artist Jos Truitt also strayed from the Disney version, but felt a connection with the story since childhood, reading it as a "trans fairy tale." 

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Video of the Day: The Salem Witch Trials, as a Rock Opera

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Michael Xavier knows you've heard the story of the Salem Witch Trials, and that you might even remember Abigail Williams, the young girl who first cried "witch." Something about this story is so resonant, Xavier says, "people seem to have a lot of ownership of it."

See also:

Extreme Theater: Strindberg's Chamber Plays in Rep at the Cutting Ball

Toil and Trouble Stirs Together Macbeth, the Giants, Llamas, and Angel Investors


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Video of the Day: Superior Donuts

Categories: Preview, Theater
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Entrepreneur Franco (Chris Marsol) tries to inspire disillusioned Baby Boomer Arthur (Don Wood).

If you looked just at the dramatis personae in Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, which premieres tonight at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might think it easy to peg. Arthur (Don Wood) is a draft-dodging hippie who hasn't altered his Uptown, Chicago donut shop in 40 years. Franco (Chris Marsol) is his newly hired assistant who's young, black, and deeply optimistic about change. But don't think you can simply see the generational, cultural, and racial conflicts unfolding, warns director Marilyn Langbehn.

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Phaedra's Love : The Greek Myth Gets a Raunchy and Paunchy Reimagining

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