Act of God

God descends from the heavens to San Francisco’s Tenderloin Golden Gate Theater to announce the Good News: a post-modern, pre-apocalyptic update of the Ten Commandments. And who better to play God tossing out rewrites than Sean Hayes? Hayes was the busybody passive-aggressive Jack, of “Will and Grace,” whose character nibbled  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Berkeley

The Alvin Ailey troupe is back at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall looking as good as ever — maybe even a little better. Under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, this large, well-disciplined group of dancers continues the tradition of its founder, and his successor, the great dancer Judith Jamison, in  ...

Two Trains Running

August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” is the 60's installment of his Century Cycle plays that track African American life from each decade of the 20th century. "Train" is set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1969 and concerns the lives, hopes and defeats of six African-American men and  ...

SXSW 2016: THE REST OF THE FEST

SXSW 2016 HONORABLE MENTIONS 1. ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA Thought-provoking and (during at least one SXSW post-screening Q&A) argument-sparking, Matt Ornstein’s documentary examines racial discrimination through the eyes of Daryl Davis, a black musician who befriends white supremacists in hopes  ...

The First Monday in May (2016)

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art--"the Met"--is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and the first Monday in May. That last one is because it's the day of the Gala, the Met's big fund-raising dinner, attracting movie stars and rock stars,  ...

THE FIVE BEST FILMS I SAW AT SXSW 2016

1. THE TOWER Winner of both the SXSW 2016 Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary, director Keith Maitland’s animated/non-fiction hybrid depicting the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas is roughly an hour of the most gripping drama I’ve seen in  ...

Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe

Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe is stepping into the national spotlight this spring and summer with several important engagements. After concerts in California and Hawaii opening its touring season, some intensive rehearsal time in Santa Fe, and a sneak-peak performance this weekend at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the group  ...

The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

Trajal Harrell’s sort-of West Coast Premiere,“The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai,” never really happens according to its choreographer. In fact, it started premiering in 2015 and “still won’t be ready for today’s performance,” announces Harrell from a front row seat in the audience. It also never really begins…but sort  ...