A few people straggled almost unnoticed onto the stage of the War Memorial Opera House before the house lights had dimmed, and they began to talk. Even before the dancing had begun, their presence was an announcement that one had better not expect to see a traditional narrative ballet that opening night. However, the ambition to create a piece that comes close to the innovative prowess of its subject—Vaslav Nijinsky—would require more than an opening gimmick. Nijinsky is still one of dance’s towering figures, and one of the very few who merit the term “genius” both as a performer and a choreographer, blessed with abilities of the practitioner and the visionary. This is the man who envisioned a young faun as a masturbating nymph-chaser, and disguised a ménage à trois as an innocent game of tennis between two women and a man (and that was the cleaned-up version; his original idea was for an all-male cast and even less ambiguity). His ballets incited riots and still look modern today, while other examples of innovative and even revolutionary art softens and grows quaint with time.
- September 18, 2014
ZYZZVYA Fall Issue East Bay Celebration
Location: 7 p.m., Diesel, College Avenue, Oakland
Description: Featuring readings from Issue No. 101 contributors Troy Jollimore, Jill Logan, Joseph Di Prisco, Kelly Cressio-Moeller, and Paul Madonna (Issue No. 100). Hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1wem0Kb
- September 26, 2014
ZYZZYVA at Book'toberfest
Location: 5-8 p.m., Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St., San Francisco
Description: A craft beer tasting and book trade show in one. Meet the staff from local book publishers, literary journals, and indie-publishers. Participants include San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, LitQuake, Fourteen Hills, Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, Poetry Flash, San Francisco Public Press, and more. Tickets and more info at http://bit.ly/1w9DoQ5
- October 18, 2014
ZYZZYVA at Lit Crawl
Location: Mission District, San Francisco
Description: Readings and revelry with ZYZZYVA contributors Vauhini Vara, Earle McCartney, Elena Mauli Shapiro, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, and perhaps a couple of surprise guests. Free. Time and venue coming soon.
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