Madam Butterfly, LA Opera

What more is there to say about “Madame Butterfly?” You know the music is glorious; it sticks in your head for days, just as Puccini peppers his themes through the score. What is more, modern audiences can connect with the issues in this early twentieth century  ...

SXSW REVIEW: Preacher

A sneak peek of AMC’s lollapalooza new series “Preacher” screened on 3/14 to a packed house at Austin’s Paramount movie palace during the SXSW film/music/interactive festival in advance of the show’s official 5/22 launch. Reactions were decidedly mixed. On one end of the spectrum, the raucous cheering and applause  ...

The Bronze (2015)

It’s easier to write a review of a bad movie than a good movie … or even a mediocre one. That’s because there’s little nuance in a bad film to explore and explain. So reviewing “The Bronze” should be a snap. There are two special features of the  ...

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015)

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is the first installment of a trilogy, with the other two segments to premiere later this year. It is based on the oral history of a ninety-five-year old French-Jewish woman (Dora) who is both a French Legion of Honor laureate--for humanitarian work during World War II, and Bill  ...

Coppélia , San Francisco Ballet

The aged artisan, Dr. Coppelius (Pascal Molat), likes to take a drink now and then. His exquisite doll “Coppélia,” is the canard for Swanilda (Frances Chung). Swanilda is the frisky soubrette whose course of true love with Franz (Vitor Luiz) is running every which way but smooth. Set  ...

“The Soul’s Messenger”

For the final concert of the 21st Other Minds Festival, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble delivered a bare bones retrospective of a handful of Monk’s abundant and mesmerizing repertoire. It’s an oxymoron to say that this life long minimalist presented the essential elements of her work but by that I  ...

Botticelli Reimagined, London

Peter Ustinov once said that if Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) were alive today, he'd be working for "Vogue." You can see what he was driving at. Around 1485, Botticelli painted "The Birth of Venus," which famously shows the goddess drifting ashore on a scallop shell. Nearby "Venus," in the  ...