Top Five Films at SXSW

According to Boston Magazine, the term FoMO ("Fear of Missing Out") was coined by a marketing strategist back in 2000, but the basic concept has been perfected by the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Boasting 145 feature films over the course of ten days in its 2015  ...

Moliere’s Tartuffe

  Even when I was a freshman French Major in college, they taught Moliere’s “Tartuffe” as a farce about religious hypocrisy—and indeed, that is how Berkeley Rep bills it today in its modern adaptation by David Ball. Yet, “hypocrisy” in its abstraction is too distal a term to reliably  ...

Richard Diebenkorn, London

Before last week, I knew the work of Californian artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) only secondhand and had never actually stood in front of one of his paintings. Compared to the giants of the New York school, the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative and other West Coast artists are little known  ...

The Twenty-Seventh Man, San Diego

In an era when every email, tweet, blog and cat video resides for eternity on the Internet, it is hard to fathom any power that could erase every trace of a person’s body of work along with their very existence. Yet, that is exactly what happened, in 1952, to not  ...

Skylight

  “Skylight,” by José Saramago, one of his first works, written in 1953 (and rejected) when the author was in his early thirties, was published posthumously last year, and has consequently become something of a curio. One can rush to meet it with expectations that balloon upward because we  ...

ODC Dance

    “There will be an intense amount of activity in a confined space, stone, noise, dust, machines hammers, and hands followed by stillness. Then comes the creek flood – high drama…” So read the preshow scrim of “boulders and bones.” Downstage of it Jeremy Smith and Maggie  ...

Savage Beauty

Before Alexander McQueen became the iconic, illustrious fashion designer of the twenty-first century he worked for a costume design company Berman’s and Nathan’s cutting clothes for major West End theatre shows. At the time he was only 19 but this thread of knowledge was one of the influential parts of  ...

Serena

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, two dazzling Hollywood mega-stars, in a dramatic, gothic love story sounds like a great movie. But unfortunately, while “Serena” has some fine acting, the story is choppy and melodramatic, the pacing is way too slow and none of the characters is plausible. But I did  ...

Endgame

        The term “black humor” could have been invented to describe Samuel Beckett’s mid-century play, “Endgame”. Its humor is grotesque, absurd, sometimes cruel. But humor nevertheless. And the new Hypocrites production takes full advantage of all those aspects of the human comedy. It’s  ...