Black Odyssey

It’s three-for-three — all Cal Shakes’ plays have been winners so far this summer under the new artistic direction of Eric Ting. And the brilliant “Black Odyssey” is the best of the season to date. An ingenious production in poetry and prose, filled with humor, history, myth, music, magic  ...

Whose Streets? (2017)

“Whose Streets?” by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, is a documentary film about the aftermath of the August 2014 gunning down of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old Black youth, by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri. The co-directors decided that the best way to gain the community’s trust in  ...

Hamlet

Hamlet is so iconic it’s easy to forget how iconic it is. You can barely get through a scene without hearing a well-worn line, and feeling that renewed sense of discovery, or hearing the title of a book you read in college. The play is like Cliffs notes for Western  ...

BBC Proms 22

For Monday night, this was a special occasion on many accounts for the BBC Proms. It was the debut for award-winning French early music ensemble Pygmalion and their artistic director Raphaël Pichon. The 32-year-old violinist, countertenor and conductor had dreamed of developing a ensemble - now called Pygmalion - ever  ...

A Study On Effort

The effort of lifting The effort of missing The effort of surrender The effort of not knowing The effort of listening The effort of pleasure The effort of taking care As part of the 37th season of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, “A Study of Effort”  ...

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

After centuries of ballads, poems and other folklore culminating in dozens of movie treatments does the world need another recounting of the Robin Hood legend? The answer is a resounding “yes,” when it’s the imaginative and rollicking “Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!” receiving its world premiere at The  ...

Vail Dance Festival

Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston. Jared Angle, Carla Korbes, Lauren Lovette, Marcelo Gomes. The list of ballet dancers appearing on Friday, August 4 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Dance Festival was like a roll call  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Is classical ballet dead? A good way to test this patient’s viability is to stage Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner Symphony” in an outdoor setting, where living things abound in the lush splendor of orange poppy-fringed trees and meadows. See how it pales or thrives compared to the majesty of a summer’s  ...

BBC PROMS 6

As a BBC Proms regular, Nicola Benedetti had the Royal Albert Hall’s attention all to herself when she performed to a packed auditorium on Tuesday night’s Proms 6. It was her time to shine with Shostakovich’s No. 1 Violin Concerto, which she recently recorded on disc, with works by Glazunov,  ...