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Daring new works at Portland, Ore.'s Time-Based Art Festival

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Brain teaser

Proud nerd comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan pokes fun at her people

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THEATER Comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan was once accidentally lodged in former president Bill Clinton's cleavage.

"I shook his hand and then someone behind me pushed me so I kind of ended up in his man boobs — this was big Bill Clinton — and I got sort of squished in there," Lakshminarayanan explains. "I had to wriggle myself out."Read more »

Family fish fry

Enda Walsh's 'New Electric Ballroom' takes its Bay Area bow

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THEATER Ireland's exceptional Enda Walsh may have gained wider attention and a bigger paycheck for his stage adaptation of indie film Once, but his real work for the stage is in more intricate little plays — far darker, funnier, and more polyphonous dramas like 1996's Disco Pigs and 2007's The Walworth Farce, the latter seen in Berkeley in 2009 when Cal Performances hosted Druid Theater of Galway's superb production.Read more »

On the fringe

SF Fringe Festival 2014 leads off with a couple of jokers

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THEATER The first show of the first night of this year's San Francisco Fringe Festival was a local story, a confessional by a man who's spent 27 years "irritating" his wife and "annoying" his children as a workaday clown. If this isn't what the Fringe is all about, it's pretty close.Read more »

No place like home

Saya Woolfalk culminates seven years of virtual civilization in 'ChimaTEK'

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THEATER Out at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, just after sunset, the darkness and the silence are real presences in themselves, not just a context for something else. They're right now pressing their respective noses against the windowpanes of the large, beautifully-worn army barrack–turned–artist studio in which Saya Woolfalk is pouring some dark red concoction from a squat glass jug.Read more »

The sound of America

Hits and history mix in 'Motown the Musical'

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THEATER As recently as last month, Berry Gordy Jr., the 84-year-old music mogul, founder, and creator of Motown Records, was hailed as an American icon and an African American hero. Those were Congresswoman Barbara Lee's words Aug. 18 when it was declared "Berry Gordy Day in the East Bay."Read more »

Curtain up

FALL ARTS 2014 Ten top picks from the season's theater calendar

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FALL ARTS

The Old Woman Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe — None of these guys are ever to be missed, but all three together are worthy of queuing up overnight to see. There'll be camping out onstage too, as Wilson directs Baryshnikov and Dafoe (playing several characters between them) in an outrageous piece of high-art drag, based on the short story by the formidable Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms. Nov. 21–23, Zellerbach Hall, Berk; www.calperformances.orgRead more »

Final stages

Theatre Rhinoceros revives its spring production of Alan Bennett's 'The Habit of Art'

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Innocent bay stander

Join Sarah Cameron Sunde in a 'durational performance with the sea'

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THEATER Sarah Cameron Sunde will be standing in the water at Aquatic Park this Friday. She'll stand from low tide, at 9:26 that morning, through high tide at 4:09 in the afternoon, and back to low tide again at 10:31 that night. Thirteen hours and five minutes of being still, while everything around her changes.Read more »

Boxing lessons

Emerging from the shadows, a new multi-sensory performance from Bay Area hip-hop veterans The Coup

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While still a child in early-'80s San Francisco, Boots Riley witnessed something he didn't quite understand but that would stick with him for the rest of his life. Walking into a theater performance at the venerable Mission District art space Project Artaud, Riley saw actors in body paint writhing around him in apparent agony on all sides. It was meant as a simulation of the AIDS epidemic, with the actors portraying the afflicted. But it didn't enlighten him much as a kid.Read more »