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  ...

You Never Can Tell

“You Never Can Tell” is an early work of Shaw’s, written in 1896, while he was still honing his craft. He wanted to both entertain and educate his audience, and mainly he accomplished this, for the play as written is largely lighthearted and breezy, yet contains sparks of Shaw’s philosophy  ...

Baby Doll

“Baby Doll?” Does the name sound familiar, but you cannot recall where you saw it? The answer is that “Baby Doll” was originally a screenplay written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan in 1956. It took the current adaptation by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann to bring  ...

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

The fresh and creative Ed Ruscha retrospective at San Francisco’s de Young Museum celebrates the artist’s spare and inventive artwork, which simultaneously memorializes and satirizes the American West. The artist’s attraction to popular culture, Pop-commercial graphics and use of words in his art has continued throughout his long  ...