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  ...

Aubergine, Berkeley

Can a bowl of soup really save a life? Probably not, but it makes for some interesting speculation in Julia Cho’s “Aubergine,” a play about love and death, estrangement and reconciliation, immigration and assimilation and, most of all, food, developed through and having its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.  ...

The Metromaniacs

      “The Metromaniacs” could have gone either way. Consider the ingredients: a convoluted story, characters with multiple identities, dialogue written in verse – rhyming couplets for the most part and not a slant rhyme in the batch. There’s so much that could go wrong, I  ...