Dream of the Red Chamber: World Premiere

Ethnic support for opera in multi-ethnic San Francisco is a subject worth scholarly research, which is certainly not being offered here. These are only a few broad observations, leading to a point to be made soon. Italians created and supported for decades San Francisco Opera itself; the  ...

You Say You Want A Revolution?

What is the continuing fascination with the 1960s and what was the impact of that swinging decade on subsequent decades and generations? This major new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum explores the significance and impact of the late 1960s on life today, through global civil rights, neoliberal politics,  ...

Churchill’s Secret

This appealing drama about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) centers on a little known chapter in his fascinating and well-documented life. In June 1953, the great man, then Prime Minister at age 78, suffered a stroke. In a feat impossible today, his family and inner circle, with the collusion of the  ...

When Breath Becomes Air (2016)

At the young age of 36, Dr. Paul Kalanithi did more in two years than some do in a lifetime. His motivation was life AND death. In 2013 when Dr. Paul Kalanithi was close to wrapping up a stellar academic career as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, and looking forward  ...

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Life is complicated. More than one thing is going on whether we like it or not. This could be a definition of music too because it's a celebration and a leave-taking and we're always doing both. We say hello as goodbye brushes past. Music is just music or is it?  ...

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Here’s a suggestion: Take a three year break from sins of the flesh, as well as fine food and even sleep, to pursue academics. What, no takers? Welcome to “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” This ‘intellectual vacation’ is the brain child of Ferdinand, King of Navarre (Jonny Orsini), who recruits  ...

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

Fritz Bauer isn't exactly a household name in the United States--nor, I suspect, in Germany, his birthplace. And yet it was Bauer, a Jew who fled Germany before the Holocaust and returned after World War II, who tracked down Adolf Eichmann, the initiator and  ...

Eva Hesse (2016) – documentary

Eva Hesse had a short but important and impactful career as one of America’s foremost post-war artists. She was way ahead of her time with a style that was all her own - a post minimalist using mixed media such as fiberglass, latex and plastics. This self-titled documentary, chronicles  ...