Best of 2017: Movies

Honestly, nothing I saw at the movies this year came close to any two episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" (or even just Episode Eight all by itself) and I won’t have a chance to see "The Post" (which, unless I’m shockingly disappointed, seems like a Best Of lock) until  ...

Best TV of 2017

In general, television continued kicking cinema's butt in 2017 as the dominant art form in terms of quality, creativity, and diversity in the pop culture food chain with a show that transformed the medium 25-ish years ago somehow doing it yet again, and even network TV offering some programs as  ...

AIDS Quilt Songbook 25th Anniversary Concert

What does one say about a concert dedicated to the dead, dying and those living with HIV/AIDS? What does one say about gifted composers, singers and writers dying all too soon from AIDS? What does one say about their deaths falling on deaf ears due to the social stigma of  ...

The Post (2017)

It’s not just dispiriting to hear Donald Trump declare that the press is the enemy of the people: it’s downright scary. So in a year when the media has been mercilessly maligned, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” the story of The Washington Post’s decision to resist a Federal court’s injunction and  ...

Garrett + Moulton 15th Anniversary

The CITGO sign that once stood as an iconic place-name in Boston’s Kenmore Square has a soulmate: the imposing ODC sign that lights the intersection at Shotwell and 17th Streets in the otherwise humble neighborhood in San Francisco’s rapidly-gentrifying Mission District. With ODC’s expansion from a small but ambitious performing  ...

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem

Good opera singers come and go but great ones are rare, and the Met remembered one of its best by dedicating all of its four performances of the "Verdi Requiem" to the late great and much loved Siberian bass Dmitri Hvorostovsky who was peerless as Germont in its Willy Decker  ...

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Italian director Luca Guadagnino who has quickly and deservedly achieved much acclaim and auteur status after just a few films, is releasing his latest, with much anticipation. His second feature-length narrative that put him on the map, and may be his masterpiece, was the 2009 drama of a May-December romance  ...

Sink

“Capitalism excels at innovation but fails at maintenance.” There is something queer about “Sink”, a political purge in heels, a ritualized communal healing, a street-smart shamanic journey. Something remarkable about how its vague threads, three distinct segments, loosely join together as a substantial art-performance and theater experience. There  ...

Watch on the Rhine

Lillian Hellman (1905 –1984), celebrated author and left-wing political activist, would be both pleased and saddened that her 1940 play is being applauded across the country 77 years after it was written — pleased, of course, that her literary prowess is not forgotten, but saddened because Berkeley Rep  ...