Luna Gale

“Luna Gale,” the sun around whom all the characters in Rebecca Gilman’s impressive Bay Area premiere play rotates, is the only one we never see. That’s because “Luna Gale” is an infant, the focus of a custody battle between her meth-addicted young parents Carlie and Peter, and Carlie’s “crazy Christian”  ...

Carmen

The battle lines are drawn. On the one side there are the opera snobs who label “Carmen” as that “chestnut.” On the other, there are the thousands who fill halls when “Carmen” plays. The beautiful and melodic score, and the dramatic (and not too preposterous) story pulls audiences in. For  ...

Philip Glass & Ravi Shankar music at the Proms

It has been a quarter of a century since Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass collaborated together and composed "Passages" - a superb fusion of traditional Indian and Western music, separated into six parts. Today, it is Shankar's devoted daughter Anoushka who performs with a sitar. Proudly and skilfully, she  ...

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

There’s a lot going on in the two-act, three-person production of “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” — multiple characters, multiple themes, multiple time periods — so it pays to concentrate in order to absorb all the stimulating ideas that playwright Madeleine George (Precious Little) has to present. And  ...

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”  ...