Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The World of Film and Opera - I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana

As part of its Merola Goes to the Movies series, San Francisco Public Library will show a pair of operas directed by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli for the screen. Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo both premiered years apart in the early 1890s.  Of relatively shorter length, these two opera are so often performed together that they are collectively know as "Cav and Pag."

Zeffirelli had directed both of these operas on stage with the Royal Opera House in 1959 and the Metropolitan Opera 1969.  He filmed these operas in 1981 in the midst of his shooting the Hollywood blockbuster Endless LoveCavalleria Rusticana was filmed in a Sicilian village.  It stars Yelena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Axelle Gall and Renato Bruson and was recorded at the La Scala opera house.  Pagliacci also features Plácido Domingo as well Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons and Alberto Rinaldi.

I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana is part of our continuing collaboration with the Merola Opera ProgramThose of you may have come to our previous screening of Zeffirelli's La Traviata will already know what a treat we have in store for you.

Both films will be screened on Sunday, May 24, 2015 between 1 and 3 PM in Koret Auditorium in the Main Library on the Lower Level.

All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Further reading:

Zeffirelli: The Autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall

The Art, Music and Recreation Center and the San Francisco History Center are pleased to host the screening of Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall, which tells the story of the ornate and remarkable City Hall that San Francisco built for itself starting in 1871 and that was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Firestorm.

We will show this film in the Koret Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm, only 200 feet from what was once this City Hall's great colonnaded, public entry.

The Question and Answer period will include the filmmaker, Glenn Lym, joined by Paul V. Turner - Stanford emeritus professor of architectural history - and Chris Carlsson - San Francisco historian and founder of and and historian Gray Brechin.

Glenn Lym is a practicing architect and documentary filmmaker in the South of Market.  He studied architecture at U.C. Berkeley and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has lived in San Francisco since 1978.

City Hall was bordered by Larkin, McAllister and City Hall Avenue and there was no Hyde street.  This link will take you to a 1905 Sanborn map where you can see how City Hall was situated in regards to Market, McAllister and Larkin.

The following photographic reproductions of the "old" City Hall from the archives of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection will be on display before and after the screening.

view from Larkin and City Hall Avenue

view from City Hall Square

view from Market looking towards City Hall Ave on the left and McAllister on the right

view from Market before the dome was completed

view from City Hall Avenue

and the ruined City Hall after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mete Tasin performs Italian Opera with the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

Mete Tasin, backed by the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, will perform in the Koret Auditorium Saturday, May 16, at 2:30pm. He will perform songs from the Italian repertoire.

Mete was born in Wurzburg, Germany, and raised in Turkey. He studied at Istanbul University State Conservatory and later in the US  at Brooklyn College. Mete’s first big role was as Don Jose in Carmen performed in Minnesota. He has also performed as this character at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Light Opera.

Mete previously performed the lead role of Arlecchino in Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata at Opera San Jose in California. He has also represented the San Francisco City Opera by singing at Union Street and North Beach Festivals as a soloist. In addition to singing, he composed the music for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which premiered in New York. Mete has performed many roles in the Turkish repertoire at Izmir Istanbul State Theaters and other venues in Turkey.

The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, the largest and one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in Northern California has performed many concerts over the years to thousands of listeners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The uniqueness of this group is its varied repertoire and creative arrangements of folk music, semi-classical Italian, Spanish, Russian songs, popular "oldies", contemporary pieces (some taken from familiar musicals), excerpts from operas, and classical orchestra compositions written specifically for mandolin.

If you're interested in looking at books on Italian opera click here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

The Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is one of the specialized subject databases available to San Francisco Public Library card holders.

Subject coverage for the Index includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database includes more than 380 publications as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. One of its special features is the exclusive Variety Movie Reviews and an Image Search.

This Index has citations for articles and in many cases the full text as well.  It allows you transfer these citations and articles to your desktop, USB drive or email.

In addition to Film and Television Literature Database, San Francisco Public Library boasts of a healthy in-print film and television periodical collection. A subject search in our online catalog for Motion Pictures – Periodicals and Television Programs -- Periodicals will reveal the range and choices the library has built up over the years. Many of the articles concerning film and television can accessed Full-text through this database. Other articles may be available by accessing the periodicals housed in Magazine and Newspaper department.

Read this online .pdf document for more information about the Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bay Area Dance Week - Celebrate!

The Art, Music and Recreation Center is pleased to host two events for Bay Area Dance Week.

On Tuesday, April 28th at 5:45 in the Latino Hispanic Meeting Room, we welcome Toba Singer and José Manuel Carreño.  José Manuel Carreño, Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose and former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, will join Toba Singer, author of Fernando Alonso, the Father of Cuban Ballet, to present the legacy of the internationally-famous Cuban ballet master, Fernando Alonso, architect of the training system that has produced first-rank ballet dancers who today grace the stages of the Royal Ballet of London, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, as well as the Cuban National Ballet.

A slide presentation will present highlights from the 2013 Encuentro Internacional de Academias de Ballet (International Ballet Academies Encounter), a yearly Havana event where ballet students from throughout Cuba and their teachers interface with students and teachers from other countries to compare and demonstrate best practices in the teaching of ballet.  José Manuel Carreño will be accompanied by dancers from Ballet San Jose to demonstrate how he incorporates the training system into his work-out routines.

On Wednesday, April 29th we host the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to present "Dances for Camera", which will be screened in the Koret auditorium at 5:30pm.   San Francisco Dance Film Festival will present highlights from its 2014 festival, including award-winning screendance shorts and La Passion Noureev, a documentary by Fabrice Herrault compiled from rare footage and interviews with iconic ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in his prime.


The 25 Art, Music and Recreation Center Books with the Most Holds in April 2015

The most requested books in the Art, Music and Recreation Center (the Dewey Decimal 700's) include a few bestsellers.  Celebrity bios are always popular -- memoirs of actors and actresses, alternative rock musicians make up most of this list.

One unexpected title near the top of list is Minecraft, a two year old title, about the creator and creation of a very popular online game.

Knitting books always do well and two recent titles, Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads and Twigg Stitch, are among our most requested.

Art Before Breakfast, a book for artists on the run, is about how to meaningfully squeeze personal creativity into a harried life.

Tiny House Living is natural title for the Main Library's neighborhood where more and more "micro-dwellings" are being built.

Sonic Boom looks at how music and sound affect us (and can be used to manipulate us).

Balancing Acts is a written and visual documentary of three San Francisco Ballet ballerinas who balance their demanding art with motherhood.

Most of these titles are also available in an ebook format.  All in all, there are many excellent choices here for the San Francisco reader.  Happy reading.

1. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2015)

2. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Viking, 2013).

3. A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Dey St, 2014?).

5. Born with Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew (Little, Brown and Co., 2015).

6. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes: Music, Music, Music: Boys, Boys, Boys: A Memoir by Viv Albertine (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014).

7. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus Notch Persson and the Game that Changed Everything by Daniel Goldberg & Linus Larsson, translation by Jennifer Hawkins (Seven Stories Press, 2013).

8. I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan (Blue Rider Press, 2015).

9. The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education by Peter Coyote (Counterpoint, 2015)

10. There was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields (Dutton, 2014).
11. Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloé Griffin (b_books Verlag, 2014).

12. Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter's Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style by Cirilia Rose (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014).

13. Twigg Stitch: A New Twist on Reversible Knitting by Vicki Twigg (Interweave, 2014).

14. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory (Chronicle Books, 2015).

15. The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan (Flatiron Books, 2015).

16. The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy by Joel Beckerman   with Tyler Gray (Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

17. Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building and Living Well in Less than 400 Square Feet by Ryan Mitchell (Betterway Home, 2014).

18. The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song by Ben Yagoda (Riverhead Books, 2015).

19. So That Happened by Jon Cryer (New American Library, 2015).

20. Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World by Philip Hook (The Overlook Press, 2014).

21. Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers by Lucy Gray (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015).

22. Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing: Tradition, Techniques, Innovation by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellogg Rice, and Jane Barton (Kodansha USA, 2011).

23. Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015).

24. Out came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family by Mariel Hemingway (Regan Arts, 2015).

25. The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson (Opus Books, 2014).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Cypress String Quartet - Tuesday April 7, 2015

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM, the Cypress String Quartet will present an hour-long preview of their 16th annual Call & Response concert.  This concert, consisting of works by Beethoven, Bartók, and a world premiere by Philippe Hersant, will be performed at the Marines' Memorial Theatre on April 10, 2015 at 8 PM.

In commissioning this year's work, the Quartet chose the theme of "night."  They grouped Hersant's new String Quartet No.4 “Der gestirnte Himmel,” with Beethoven's Quartet, op. 59, no. 2 and Bartók's 4th String Quartet.  The Cypress String Quartet states that in their Call & Response programs, their aim is to "contextualizes the new work, pairing it with the older masterpieces which inspired it, and demonstrating the composers’ work as a process of ongoing inspiration through the ages."

Tuesday's program will be presented in the Koret Auditorium located on the Lower Level of the Main Library.  All programs at the Library are free and open to the public.