The Realistic Joneses, SF

There is a lot of depth to be found in banality. Especially if you dig under the dialogue of a Will Eno play. A master wordsmith, Eno keeps things simple, accessible and really funny, while hinting at the big questions and immutable truths that define our humanity. Which brings  ...

Dances at a Gathering, San Francisco Ballet

I’ve been to many a party in my day but few can compare to “Dances at a Gathering,” Jerome Robbins’ 1969 homage to composer Frédéric Chopin. No cocktails, paper hats or streamers here, just a piano and beautiful dancing that transmits a sense of individuals absorbed into a community. People  ...

My Golden Days (2016)

Twenty years after "My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument" was released in France, its sequel/prequel "My Golden Days" now opens in the States. It might hold a record for being the sequel/prequel for the most criminally underseen film ever. It is the  ...

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

The City of Brussels, with its gilded Grand Place built on a stodgy metaphorical foundation of bullion, is perhaps the most conservative of European world capitals, known for rolling up its streets, and tucking in its bankers and tourists by 9 p.m. every night. As such, it’s about the most  ...

Madam Butterfly, LA Opera

What more is there to say about “Madame Butterfly?” You know the music is glorious; it sticks in your head for days, just as Puccini peppers his themes through the score. What is more, modern audiences can connect with the issues in this early twentieth century  ...

SXSW REVIEW: Preacher

A sneak peek of AMC’s lollapalooza new series “Preacher” screened on 3/14 to a packed house at Austin’s Paramount movie palace during the SXSW film/music/interactive festival in advance of the show’s official 5/22 launch. Reactions were decidedly mixed. On one end of the spectrum, the raucous cheering and applause  ...

The Bronze (2015)

It’s easier to write a review of a bad movie than a good movie … or even a mediocre one. That’s because there’s little nuance in a bad film to explore and explain. So reviewing “The Bronze” should be a snap. There are two special features of the  ...

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015)

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is the first installment of a trilogy, with the other two segments to premiere later this year. It is based on the oral history of a ninety-five-year old French-Jewish woman (Dora) who is both a French Legion of Honor laureate--for humanitarian work during World War II, and Bill  ...