Monthly Archives: August 2011

San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Symphony In C. © Erik Tomasson. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Hi all – I’m back! It’s been way too long – I’ve been in the throes of 3:30 AM wake up calls, 14 hour days in the operating room, and working 13 days in a row in the abyss known as third year of medical school. Sorry for not blogging, and I especially miss my life in the theater. I barely made it back last month for an entertaining evening of the musical Billy Elliot last month, but aside from that, the closest to a theater I’ve gotten is a lecture hall. Did anybody make it to Stern Grove this year for San Francisco Ballet’s annual performance in that gorgeous park? I was sorely tempted to skip out to go, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be this year.

Just curious, how early do people to go get a decent seat there these days? Any reports? I heard that it was pretty amazing. And the trainees performed this year! Very cool. Even though I can’t post a review of it, enjoy the photos -

Maria Kochetkova and Rubén Martín Cintas in Tomasson's 7 For Eight. © Erik Tomasson

Shion Yuasa and Henry Sidford in Thatcher's Timepiece. © Erik Tomasson

Anything good coming up? I just received an email about Philip Glass creating an annual summer arts festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur, called the Days and Nights Festival. This festival features Philip Glass himself, in addition to artists all across different genres, including music and dance and poetry. Seems interesting, no? The closing concert with Glass himself at the piano sounds terribly intriguing. Go forth and report back! Would love to join you but for now, I’ll only hope to join civilization one day very soon. Click here for more info. The Days and Nights Festival runs from August 19-September 4.

Has anyone seen anything fun in a theater this summer?