ARCHIVE LIVE 2018 | The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat - June 28, 2018

The first public workshop performance of The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat by Alejandro Murguía will take place on Thursday, June 28 at the new Brava Cabaret in San Francisco. Developed in collaboration with MP+D as part of its Archive Live series, this year's performance / installation is inspired by the career of dancer Maclovia Ruiz (1910-2005) and San Francisco's Latin Quarter.  

At one time pre-1950s the Latino community was based in North Beach and because of the numerous nightclubs in the area featuring top name Latino performers and Latin American bands, the neighborhood was known as The Latin Quarter, a center of bohemian art and culture. It was this bohemian ambience that would attract a new generation that would later be known as The Beats.

Out of that artistic milieu of the then barrio of North Beach would emerge Maclovia Ruiz, an exceptional dancer of Mexican origin who would eventually reach national and international acclaim and perform with such dance luminaries as Adolph Bolm of the Ballets Russes and San Francisco Opera Ballet, George Balanchine, and the great Spanish flamenco maestro Antonio Ruiz Solar. 

The performance / installation -- reminiscent of the 1950s -- will feature the career of Maclovia Ruiz with original material from MP+D's collection, as well as a narration by Murguía, recounting the history of Ruiz, the Latin Quarter and the missing beat of San Francisco.

For additional performance information, please CLICK HERE

Admission: Free. (Suggested donation $5+)

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please call 415-741-3531.

ARCHIVE LIVE 2018 is funded by grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Grants for the Arts.



2018 Arts Medallion Honoring Tony Taccone on March 26, 2018 at The Battery

The Board of the Museum of Performance + Design takes great pleasure in announcing that Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will be presented with its 2018 San Francisco Arts Medallion for his outstanding leadership in the arts on Monday, March 26, 2018, 5:30pm-8:00pm, at The Battery in San Francisco.  The San Francisco Arts Medallion was created in 2005 by the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) to recognize those individuals whose leadership, action, and generosity have benefited the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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In the 20 years Tony Taccone has served as the artistic director for Berkeley Rep, the company has presented more than 77 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 32 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Taccone served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre. While at the Eureka, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. This year, Taccone will direct Berkeley Rep's production of Angels in America, which opens on April 17.  


"This year, the event will be an extraordinary convergence of the artistic and political and Tony Taccone’s brilliant touch on the culture of our time,” says MP+D Board President and Event Patron Chair Pattie Lawton. Honorary Chair Mark Leno will join us for the evening which will include tributes to Tony, displays of original material from MP+D’s collection including the iconic wings, designed by Sandra Woodall, from the original Eureka theatre production, and Tony in conversation with designer Ken Fulk.

Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation and educational programs at MP+D. For additional details including VIP level attendee benefits and costs, please click here. Please click here for the full press release. For more information, please call Kirsten Tanaka at 415-741-3531 or email

Past Arts Medallion Honorees include Stanlee Gatti (2005), Gordon Getty (2006), Diane B. Wilsey (2007), Mr & Mrs. George F. Jewett, Jr. (2008), Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (2009), Nancy Hellman Bechtle (2010), Delia F. Ehrlich (2011), Roselyne C. Swig (2012), John Goldman (2013), Frederica von Stade (2015), Robert Mailer Anderson & Nion McEvoy (2016) and Carl & Yurie Pascarella (2017).


UNDERWRITERS: William S. Eddelman, Elyse Eng, Mary Lester, and Bruce and Fran Walker

BENEFACTORS: The John and Marcia Goldman Philanthropic Fund, Gretchen Kimball, Pattie Lawton, and Diane B. Wilsey

PATRONS: Jay Plano and Stephanie Tanaka.

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