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Something to Sway To: Treasure Island 2013

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by ERIC EICH

the second in a three part TI series

Crowds rank at the top of my dislikes, and the great outdoors are not far behind. So the not-too-crowded, non-camping Treasure Island, a sort of zitty but humble stepsister of bigger festivals like Coachella, seemed just fine to me.

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a Treasure Island photo essay

the first in a three part TI series

by ERIC EICH and BRITTANY NEWELL

To Imagine Icons: a review of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

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by BOJAN SRBINOVSKI

I don’t want to watch these people act. I just want to watch them be.

I remember thinking this as the lights of the Curran Theatre were dimming, and the curtain began to rise. A musical about the life of Carole King is a risky endeavor. Her music does not necessarily translate to the drama to which Broadway stands tantamount. It is also a difficult undertaking because of a lack of source material, and because artistic license is such a deceitful tool when it comes to reimagining the life of a living, breathing icon.

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An Activated Sense of Place: Diebenkorn at the de Young

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by GEORGE PHILIP LEBOURDAIS

Stanford University didn’t yet have a school of Humanities and Sciences when Richard Diebenkorn arrived as a freshman in 1940, but the young San Franciscan had come to study the arts. How strange that decision sounds today.

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a what the f*** Review of Jack Micheline’s ‘One of a Kind’

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by MAX WALKER-SILVERMAN

This was written while reading a book by a very strange poet who would be considered a beat if he didn’t make such an effort to shun the term. A contemporary of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corsco et al., he can be thought of as similar to them but dirtier, lower profile, and drunker (admittedly up for debate – the bar was set frighteningly high/low).

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Star Shadows, No Viviré, Cold Virtues, and Oh, Inverted World!

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by DORIA CHARLSON 

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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Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Mauritshuis at the de Young

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by GEORGE PHILIP LEBOURDAIS

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. - Matthew 13:45

Kaart, kous en kan maken menig arm man. (Card [gambling], stocking [women] and jug [drinking] make many a man poor.) – Dutch Proverb

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