Despite what Fox News wants the rest of the United States to believe about a “doom loop” in San Francisco, the reality in many of the city’s neighborhoods refuses to fit the media spin. Jackson Square is one of these stubbornly beautiful neighborhoods, approximately eight blocks of lovingly preserved nineteenth-century buildings nestled between the TransAmerica Pyramid, North Beach, and the Embarcadero waterfront. Walking these stately streets, you feel history reaching back to the 1849 Gold Rush. Less obvious is the history of gay counterculture, rooted here decades before the Castro District at venues like the Black Cat Café, the Gay ‘N Frisky, and the Hippodrome. This is the history that RAWdance chose to bring to life at the Jackson Square gallery 836M in “Loving Still,” a series of steamy and tender up-close duets that drew shy giggles and warm applause.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading