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  ...

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  ...