Arts & Culture

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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis

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Tue, Jul 11 2017 - 6:00pm

Richard Schwartz, Historian; Author, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis Read more »

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Merola Opera: Sparking the Future

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Thu, Jun 29 2017 - 12:00pm

Jean Kellogg, Executive Director, Merola Opera

Some say opera is dying due to younger generations’ lack of interest. Merola Opera Program proves opera is thriving, with a growing interest in and increased competition among its young singers. Jean Kellogg, Merola's executive director, will trace the program's history, providing photographs, anecdotes and a preview of Merola's 60th Anniversary Summer Festival. Come learn about this unique Bay Area opera company.

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Opera for Our Time: Bringing New Works to Life

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Wed, Jun 14 2017 - 6:00pm

Kip Cranna, Dramaturg, San Francisco Opera Read more »

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Uniting Us Through Dance

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Fri, Jun 9 2017 - 12:00pm

Clara Rodriguez, AguaClara Flamenco 
Eric Solano, Parangal Filipino Dance Company 
2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Participants Read more »

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The Universal Stage: A Critique of Empathy

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Wed, May 31 2017 - 6:00pm

Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater

In the theater, we concern ourselves with questions of authenticity and artifice in our search for human truth. They are questions that grow more pertinent as we consider classical theater's place in our contemporary world: whose stories are represented, whose stories are appropriated, how do we see ourselves in these stories and can we ever truly understand another person? Go in depth with Eric Ting, the artistic director of CalShakes—a San Francisco cultural treasure.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff

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Wed, Apr 19 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who brings to life one of the most intriguing women in human history. Though the palace of the last queen of Egypt actually did shimmer with onyx, garnets and gold, it was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra died young, at 39, but first married two brothers, dispatching one in a brutal civil war while they were still teenagers, and poisoning the other, before eliminating a sister as well. Read more »

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Beethoven in China

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Tue, Mar 21 2017 - 6:00pm

Jindong Cai, Associate Professor of Music (performance), Stanford University; Orchestra Conductor; and Co-Author, Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic

Sheila Melvin, Co-Author, Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic Read more »

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Mark Twain's Funny Fight for Free Will

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Mon, Mar 13 2017 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Mark Twain's Visit to Heaven Read more »

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The Hamilton Affair

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Thu, Mar 2 2017 - 6:00pm

Elizabeth Cobbs, Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Author, The Hamilton Affair

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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What's Wrong with Mindfulness (and What Isn't)

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Wed, Feb 15 2017 - 6:00pm

Robert Rosenbaum, Neurophsychologist; Psychotherapist; Co-editor, What's Wrong with Mindfulness (and What Isn't); Author, Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy Read more »

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