Liss Fain Dance

. Liss Fain and her dancers, Sonia Dale, Katherine Hawthone, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige and Sarah Dionne Woods-Ladue have created an evening of story telling and dance within a unique setting at Z Space. The stories are told with and without musical accompaniment. The set, a tall  ...

The Old Man and the Old Moon

Have you ever had a tune in your head you just can’t identify? That’s the starting point for the Pigpen Theater Company’s raucous and endearing production of “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a study in controlled, purposeful mayhem. Set on some nominally British landmass, and the  ...

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

You will have to make a choice. There should be no dilly-dallying, told the audience Kyle Abraham at the beginning of his premiere, “Dearest Home.” You should either watch his new work with the headsets and soundtrack that he provides, or watch it as it was  ...

The Events

The aftermath of a horrifying mass shooting is not the cheeriest subject for the theater, although these days, it is unfortunately a necessary one. “The Events,” written by David Grieg in response to the shocking shooting by a Right-wing extremist in Norway in 2011, is a 90-minute exploration  ...

Dorothea Lange Through her Goddaughter’s Eyes

Since I wanted to learn more about Dorothea Lange, Berkeley resident Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter and the granddaughter of photographer Imogen Cunningham, graciously agreed to meet with me. Since Partridge’s father, Rondal, had been Lange’s assistant, Partridge grew up as part of Lange’s large extended family, although Lange died when  ...

L’incoronazione di Poppea

It's a bunch of firsts for the Hampstead Garden Opera and their new production of Claudio Monteverdi's marvellous opera L'incoronazione di Poppea. Hosted at the Jackson Lane Theatre, it is the first time they are performing with surtitles and asking their 12 young soloists to sing the opera in  ...

Going Gaga: Q&A with James Graham

James Graham is a dancer/performer/choreographer/teacher and a consistently rising star in the Bay Area’s dance community. He received an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Award) for Outstanding Achievement in Performance as an Individual for an "Entire Season" (2013-2014) This was the same year he was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for  ...

Aldous Harding: Here Is Your Princess

When I was growing up, I discovered new music the old-fashioned way: radio, MTV, and mixtapes from cooler friends. Now, with the proliferation of streaming services, file sharing sites, digital downloads, Sirius XM, groovy cable TV soundtracks, etc., it's theoretically easier than ever to stumble across  ...

Archduke

“Bang. You’re dead.” It is June 28, 1914; Gavrilo Princip shoots the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife. World War I is off to a flying start. Or that is the impression one gets from grammar school textbooks. Of course history is more complicated than that, and Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize  ...