When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray;What charm can sooth her melancholy, What art can wash her guilt away?The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye,To give repentance to ...
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I've been distracted for the past couple of months by a number of things that lie outside the purview of what I discuss in this space, so the strike at the San Francisco Symphony came and mostly went before I had a chance to post (for wh...
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I hadn't intended to repeat a poet so soon, but here's Edna St Vincent Millay again, to close out April and the series of spring poems with a bleaker view of the subject:SpringTo what purpose, April, do you return again?Beauty is not eno...
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Last night I was at the first performance given by the new ensemble Curious Flights, held at the Community Music Center in the Mission District of San Francisco. I had heard warnings about various manifestations of urban blight on Capp S...
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As noted here and elsewhere, the last weekend in April has quite the abundance of performance possibilities; nonetheless, here are a few more, before we move on to May:The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble presents Current Events, new live m...
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This is Shakespeare's birthday (in 1564, and also his death day in 1616, so gear up for quadricentennial of that in three years). So here's some Shakespeare:I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,Where oxlips and the nodding violet gro...
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April 5, 1974The air was soft, the ground still cold.In the dull pasture where I strolledWas something I could not believe.Dead grass appeared to slide and heave,Though still too frozen-flat to stir,And rocks to twitch, and all to blur.W...
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San Francisco Performances announced their upcoming season today. Their offerings are varied and interesting and high-quality as usual (check them out here), but right now that's not my reason for saluting them. My reason for saluting th...
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Sunday afternoon I went to First Congregational Church in Berkeley to hear Philharmonia Baroque's performance of Handel's opera Teseo, conducted by Nicolas McGegan, with Amy Freston as Agilea, Dominique Labelle as Medea, Amanda Forsythe ...
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The Pear TreeIn this squalid, dirty dooryard Where the chickens squawk and run,White, incredible, the pear tree Stands apart, and takes the sun;Mindful of the eyes upon it, Vain of its new holiness, -Like the waste-man's little dau...
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