Bad Jews, LA

"Oy, such a shreier," my immigrant grandfather would have said of Daphna Feygenbaum (Molly Ephraim), the lead in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Bad Jews.' "Vy vould you vant to spend the evening listening to such a voman?" Good question, Grandpa. Here is the setup: Poppy, grandfather of Daphna,  ...

Moby Dick, Chicago

  Lookingglass Theatre’s new production of “Moby Dick” gives a modern infusion of energy and fluidity to Herman Melville’s 19th century whaling tale. The sprawling 700-page novel is smartly encapsulated into a two-and-three-quarter hour play without losing any of its sense of awe and terror at the power of  ...

Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, London

When we put on a brand new pair of shoes “we have pleasure, but suffer a little bit of pain” says Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) curator Helen Persson on the opening of her unique exhibition, Pleasure and Pain. The exhibition showcases 2000 years of footwear through 250  ...

The Brink, HBO

      This terrific new ten-part HBO series, part dark comedy, part cautionary tale, explores a geopolitical world crisis through the eyes of three unlikely men, whose streaks of bravery and immaturity may control “the fate of the world as we know it.”    ...

Ethnic Dance Festival, SF

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama­ Pacific International Festival (which took place even then in the same Palace of Fine Arts), the Ethnic Dance Festival, now in its 37th year, presented its usual widely varied program of music and dance. The events ranged from The Academy of Dance Libre  ...

Kinan Azmeh

We like to think that chamber music is an acquired taste but what is chamber music but music played in a room by a few people for a few people or for thousands ? So it's not just the Mexico- founded Cuarteto Latinoamerico, or the American Patricia Barber and her  ...

The Queen of Spades

"Life is but a game" is a famous proverb in Russia, which derives from Tchaikovsky’s penultimate opera. It is a poignant message that subtly runs in the great Russian author Aleksandr Pushkin’s intricate storyline of love and gambling. That's until the moment the tormented protagonist, Hermann puts his fate on  ...

Poldark

Soon Aidan Turner will join other Masterpiece hunks and heroes as the new heartthrob of the PBS set, as the star of the new romantic, rousing, atmospheric historical seven-part drama, “Poldark.” Smoldering Aidan Turner (UK series “Being Human” and “The Hobbit” films) plays British Captain Ross Poldark, who returns  ...