EmSpace Dance +Detour Dance

  I asked the people next to me at Nohspace on Friday, November 4, which of the two offerings they liked. “Detour Dance,” they replied. Yes, I agreed. It was entertaining, eventful, lively and well performed. But Emspace’s “Whether to Weather” for this reviewer, is a real work of  ...

Emma, Silicon Valley

Adorable Emma. Impossible Emma. Self-absorbed and totally “Clueless” (anybody remember Alicia Silverstone's breakout movie?) Emma. Jane Austen’s irrepressible heroine, who gets her kicks from meddling in other people’s lives while not having a notion about her own, has been captivating audiences since she first appeared in print 200 years ago.  ...

The Wonders (2014)

  I’ve never described a film as rustic, but for the film, it’s appropriate. “The Wonders” is also simple, unflattering and straightforward, yet interesting and compelling. It is a story about a family of beekeepers who live in the Italian countryside. The family consists of several children, a harsh  ...

Erasing Time

        Erasing Time Sara Shelton Mann Yerba Buena Center For the Arts Forum Fri. Dec. 4, 2015 Ticket info. $30 at door, $25 in advance YBCA members $20, Senior, Teacher, Student $20 in advance, 10+ group $10 in advance  ...

Insignificance (1985)

    Sometimes it is a tough thing to decide, how to lead off a review of a work of art that simply is not good. In the case of the latest Blu-Ray release from The Criterion Collection, British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s 1985 adaptation of Terry Johnson’s play,  ...

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

Writer and Director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “West of Memphis”) has presented us with a wonderful holiday gift — an intimate documentary that chronicles of the life of one of rock’s most celebrated and talented stars of the 1960s, Janis Joplin (1943 –1970), a woman with a big  ...

As You Like It

  “As You Like It” is certainly one of Shakespeare’s more joyous efforts. Most of the action takes place in the Forest of Arden, a quaint, magical place where love can (and does) flourish; the villains don’t persist for long, other than in the deep background; and there’s lots  ...

Akram Khan Company

When Akram Khan first presented “Kassh” in 2002 it was his first go at a full-length work and one that helped canonize his choreographic style that fuses contemporary dance with classical Indian Kathak dance. To help hit his mark, he collaborated with one of India’s premiere sculptors, Anish Kapoor (set  ...

L’ospedale

  Back in 2003, Naomi Matsumoto came across an edited score at the Marciana Library in Venice. It was a handwritten score, which seemed to have been written in the 17th century with no mention of a composer or librettist. However, there was a brief note stating, "This score  ...