Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader

“Carmen” and “Don Pasquale” may be alternating onstage at the opera this weekend, but that won’t stop cast members in the two operas from fraternizing. Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader, who are playing, respectively, the title role in “Carmen,” and  ...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Highlights of the Jewish Film Festival “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem” “The Green Prince” “Run Boy Run” “112 Weddings” “Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story” “Above and Beyond” “Havana Curveball” “The Sturgeon Queens” The 34th San  ...

Interview: Seth Bockley, playwright

    Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, playwright-in-residence at the Goodman Theatre and author of "Ask Aunt Susan," which opened at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre this week. He has been involved with the Goodman for several years  ...

Interview w/Neil LaBute

Tom loves Helen. And why shouldn’t he? She’s smart, pretty and has a great sense of humor. But she’s also fat, and for Tom that just may be a deal breaker. This is the conundrum at the heart of Neil  ...

Billy Budd

Winding up a yearlong celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, L.A. Opera presents the composer’s most ambitious opera, "Billy Budd," featuring definitive staging by Francesca Zambello from her 1995 Covent Garden production. It stars Liam Bonner in the lead role, and is conducted by the company’s own James Conlon, with  ...

An interview with David Hyde Pierce

The "Frasier" alum was nominated in 2013 for his performance as Vanya in the play and returns to direct the show's L.A. run at the Mark Taper Forum through March 9. In an era where actors seem to be  ...

Pianist/Blogger Jeremy Denk

The Pianist as Blogger (and Vice-Versa) Jeremy Denk, pianoJ.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations (upcoming recording)Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467The Oberlin OrchestraCarnegie Hall, New YorkJan. 19, 2013(Other engagements by Denk on his website)  ...

Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale

Books, new and used, are among the thousands of items at the White Elephant SalePhoto courtesy of the Oakland Museum Shopping Safari: The Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale Sale of donated items to benefit the Oakland MuseumSponsored by the  ...

A Conversation Wtih Wim Wenders

Excerpts From a Conversation:Wim Wenders Talks About Pina Bausch by Beverly Berning The upcoming release of Wim Wenders' brilliantly realized 3-D tone poem on Pina Bausch, quite simply and lovingly entitled "Pina," occasioned a recent visit to San  ...