Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

When the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) gets underway this year on October 5th, it will mark a bit of a milestone as it will be turning the BIG 4-0. As such, special celebrations are to be expected, not least of which is the stellar line up of films. From  ...

“Suicide”: Q&A with filmmaker Molly Ratermann

https://vimeo.com/littlehandproductions/suicidetrailer Filmmaker and actress Molly Ratermann is not afraid to take on the tough topics. This Bay Area native has been winning film festivals around the globe with her dark comedy short film, “Suicide.” Most recently, she screened it as part of the California Independent Film Festival, earning high-praise  ...

The Red Shoes

I have never felt that ballet was a very successful medium for telling a story. To convey emotion? It works. For the set up of a situation? Sure. But details that push the story forward become exaggerated pantomime. Therefore, I have not been an enthusiastic audience for most full length,  ...

Benny & Joon

Mental illness is tough to depict in any medium, let alone a jaunty musical. Yet, the Globe’s world premiere of Benny & Joon makes it work. They don’t really get the illness part right, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s a loveable show and easy to suspend disbelief.  ...

Big Night

Say: Paul Rudnick. What do you think of? Most likely The New Yorker column, “Shouts and Murmurs,” to which he is a frequent contributor. So your expectation is lots of toss-off, funny one liners, right? Well, “Big Night” has many of them, mostly during the first half at which point  ...

Luna Gale

“Luna Gale,” the sun around whom all the characters in Rebecca Gilman’s impressive Bay Area premiere play rotates, is the only one we never see. That’s because “Luna Gale” is an infant, the focus of a custody battle between her meth-addicted young parents Carlie and Peter, and Carlie’s “crazy Christian”  ...

Luna Gale

“Luna Gale,” the sun around whom all the characters in Rebecca Gilman’s impressive Bay Area premiere play rotates, is the only one we never see. That’s because “Luna Gale” is an infant, the focus of a custody battle between her meth-addicted young parents Carlie and Peter, and Carlie’s “crazy Christian”  ...

Carmen

The battle lines are drawn. On the one side there are the opera snobs who label “Carmen” as that “chestnut.” On the other, there are the thousands who fill halls when “Carmen” plays. The beautiful and melodic score, and the dramatic (and not too preposterous) story pulls audiences in. For  ...

Philip Glass & Ravi Shankar music at the Proms

It has been a quarter of a century since Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass collaborated together and composed "Passages" - a superb fusion of traditional Indian and Western music, separated into six parts. Today, it is Shankar's devoted daughter Anoushka who performs with a sitar. Proudly and skilfully, she  ...