Ballet and belts: Smuin Ballet and Sam Harris

May 09

It was a perfect Friday-night cultural double feature: opening night of Smuin Ballet’s spring season at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and then a quick dash to the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko for Sam Harris’ late night cabaret gig. I’m no dance critic, so I won’t even try to analyze the three pieces of Smuin’s highly enjoyable...

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On his toes: Matthew Linzer of Smuin Ballet

May 04

On an uncharacteristically hot San Francisco afternoon, the halls of City Ballet are swarmed with dancers young old. The younger ones are there for afternoon classes. The older ones, most of them members of Smuin Ballet, are just finishing up rehearsals for the launch of the spring season. This is the 15th anniversary season of Smuin Ballet, founded by Michael...

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