March 19, 2005 |
Billy Dee Williams, Esai Morales, Latin Grammy-winner Albita and Justina Machado will star in "The Mambo Kings," a new Broadway musical about two Cuban brothers and their journey from 1950s Havana to the posh nightclubs of Manhattan. The musical opens Aug. 18 at the Broadway Theatre. Preview performances begin July 20. "The Mambo Kings" will play an out-of-town engagement at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre, May 24-June 19.
April 7, 1993
John Evan Miller, 53, theater historian and preservationist who led the movement to save the Wiltern Theatre from demolition. A fourth-generation Californian from Ontario, Miller earned a degree in history from UC Riverside. He worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in its Internal Revenue Service and Customs Service. But he attained his greatest satisfaction through his avocation--old theaters.
January 7, 2007 |
Morro Bay, Calif. Jan. 12-15: Avian enthusiasts flock together for the Winter Bird Festival in Morro Bay, home during the winter to more than 200 species of migratory and resident birds, city officials say. Field trips will take visitors to birding sites, including the Carrizo Plain, Morro Bay National Estuary and Montana de Oro State Park. There will be workshops, bird-oriented exhibits and a vendor fair, plus guest speakers including gray-parrot expert Irene Pepperberg.
November 28, 2004 |
Tired of stage musicals inspired by movies and pop catalogs? Maybe reality TV series will be the next fertile source of material. Last year, "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" led the way in London. And although its U.S. premiere in San Francisco was recently scratched as its creators were preoccupied elsewhere, it has been announced that "The Opera" will return to its roots on TV. BBC2 is shooting a performance of the musical -- to be televised, four-letter words intact, in January.
September 30, 1990
From Saturday through Oct. 8, more than 200 performances and 50 attractions will be presented at 30 locations around the city. Screenings, exhibits and interdisciplinary performances involving 1,000 performing and visual artists crowd the schedule. The expected highlights include: "Praise House," a new piece by the New York dance-theater company Urban Bush Women drawn from the life of the rural Southern folk artist Minnie Evans. At Theater Artaud, Oct. 10-14.
November 19, 2012 |
Between 2004 and 2008, Los Angeles Opera was home to the most beautiful "Madame Butterfly" in America. But it was no doubt time to retire Robert Wilson's glowing, ascetic, stylized production, already 11 years old when it first arrived here from Paris and requiring enormous care to present properly. During that same period, San Francisco Opera mounted a more commonplace - and when it came to lighting and movement, sloppier - staging of Puccini's ever-present opera. This "Butterfly" has flown south.