The Philadelphia Orchestra

Metropolitan Opera maestro James Levine cancelled his appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra due to ill health.  San Francisco Orchestra conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (and all around good guy) graciously stepped in for Levine, on very short notice, and nonetheless made it a musical occasion to remember. Tilson Thomas switched  ...

Champion: An Opera in Jazz, SF

“Champion” packs a punch. If Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s opera is not a complete knockout, it may be due to a flabby libretto by Michael Cristofer with words that don’t live up to the power of the highly-listenable score. But, as presented by Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ, in San  ...

2666

The Goodman Theatre’s new production of “2666," adapted from the massive novel by the late Roberto Bolaño, takes five stories and threads them loosely together with a couple of mysteries that keep us wondering until the end. And the end is five-and-a-half hours after we first sit down in the  ...

Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner!” the iconic line from “Dirty Dancing,” may have earned itself a place as the universal cry for women’s rights. That the show’s working class protagonist, Johnny Castle, speaks the line, poses no problem. On the contrary, it elevates him to his rightful place in  ...

Silicon Valley Ballet

With classical bravura and Jewish-inflected “shticklach” book-ending two resounding contemporary works, Silicon Valley Ballet showed that it could put its best foot forward no matter the genre. Now a mature company that has everything at the ready (except for an orchestra), it steps into the shank of its  ...

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) was a photographer primarily known for his widely-circulated 1983 book, “A Vanished World,” which contains evocative black and white photographs of Eastern European Jews on the eve of World War II. Yet the breadth and scope of his talent reaches far beyond the narrow range  ...

Strangers Become Flowers

Randy Pauve notes that “Strangers Become Flowers” “…is about finding places in the grip and slip of human contact…” In her beautifully crafted 50-minute piece, her six dances meet, encounter and sometimes resolve those moments, but not always. She states also that this is a piece concerning traveling,   ...

Electronic Superhighway

    Nowadays it's hard to find anyone who will say that they don't like the internet. Just think about how much has been achieved because of it. "Electronic Superhighway" is a new exhibition currently showing at the Whitechapel gallery that amalgamates internet art in a clever retrospective,  ...

Little Erik

"Little Eyolf," one of Henrik Ibsen’s lesser plays, has been updated and up-ended by writer and director Mark Jackson in the Aurora Theatre’s world premiere production of "Little Erik." In re-writing Ibsen’s 1894 plot into a superficially contemporary story about a hard driving executive wife, a mercurial wannabe novelist husband  ...