Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour

  “Simply put Preludes and Fugues is the world as it ought to be, Yowzie as it is. The Fanfares celebrate both.”--Twyla Tharp, 2015   Twyla Tharp's much anticipated 50th Anniversary Tour opened at Zellerbach Hall this weekend. Instead of pulling from her extensive repertoire Tharp decided  ...

The Submarine Show, Berkeley

Bring your grandma, bring your kids! The occasional touch of blue or potty humor either will delight them or go right over their heads. So will performers Slater Penney and Jaron Hollander as they fly, climb or crawl through the audience at Aurora Theatre’s new, intimate Harry’s UpStage space.  ...

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

  This timely major new exhibition of 150 photographs by acclaimed photographer Lee Miller portrays women’s experiences during the Second World War and reflects Miller’s unique insight as a woman and a photographer whose sharply observed and sensitively nuanced images merged the worlds of art, fashion and photojournalism.  ...

Goya: the Portraits

It's an unsettling experience, standing in front of the little pen and ink study which the Spanish artist Goya made of himself in 1795. He may in fact be concentrating on his own image in a mirror, but it's easy to persuade yourself that you, the viewer, are the object  ...

Full Gallop

    There’s an amazing scene in the movie “The Devil Wear’s Prada” where Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) dresses down Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) for belittling fashion. “You’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff,” she  ...

Lucia di Lammermoor, SF Opera

Sometimes you gotta take the good with the bad, and San Francisco Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” has plenty of both. First the good news: the singing is pretty terrific and that’s what opera is all about. Especially the men: Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as  ...

Sankai Juku

    “Golden in time, cities under the sand. Power, ideas, and beauty fading in everyone’s hand…” Joni Mitchell   A stream of sand falls from heaven like smoke descending to earth. It continuously cascades in a steady stream for the next eighty minutes, and through  ...

In Your Arms (World Premiere)

  I submit that the two most powerful words in the English language are: what if.   Eight years ago, Tony award-winning director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli (“Newsies”) had a “what if” moment that he shared with producer Jennifer Manocherian. Next, they enticed a who’s who of playwrights (collectively  ...

Appropriate

    Families, families, families, love them or hate them, where would we be without them? Add death of a patriarch to the mix and you have a volatile substance, fodder for many a playwright and still the stories have the power to transfix.   Papa  ...