Rising stars in the art world reflect on the impact of sudden celebrity and the challenges of balancing commitment to their art with the temptations of fame and fortune. Dancer Rasta Thomas tries to parlay his success in the worlds of modern dance and ballet into a Hollywood career; Mission-based artist Chris Johanson dodges the spotlight while his colorful, kinetic installations attract audiences around the world. Then artists at both ends of the spectrum reflect on the lure of fame: Hear from Bay Area unknowns as they take their crack at stardom in open auditions for the Apollo Theatre's Amateur Night (apollotheater.com) presented by Cal Performances; and go behind the scenes with classical music superstar Joshua Bell (joshuabell.com) as he rehearses at Davies Symphony Hall.
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Hide out with San Francisco Mission-based artist Chris Johanson who is struggling to stay out of the spotlight.
Take a risk with Rasta Thomas who tries to translate his prodigious success in the dance world into broader celebrity.
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