brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Kimber Lee’s powerful and profound one-act drama, “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” takes an all too familiar headline of a young black man gunned down in his Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood and develops it into a relatable personal tragedy that left many in the audience teary-eyed, including this reviewer. Inspired by  ...

Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

An internationally known and respected artist during his lifetime, but somewhat overlooked and underestimated since his death, Charles Houghton Howard (1899-1978) is rightly celebrated in the first museum survey of his artistic work in over 70 years, entitled “Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos.” The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific  ...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017

When I wrote an article on Jewish film festivals for Hadassah magazine 14 years ago, the San Francisco Jewish film festival was the oldest and the largest anywhere. Of course it's still the oldest; and--guess what?--it's still the largest. So, welcome to the 37th annual edition, to be  ...

King Richard II

If you accept divine right of kings, then loyalty should be absolute. Betraying the king would be tantamount to betraying God. But then there are the tricky realities of governance. Is the king still divine if he cannot rule? And if you usurp that king, are you acting for or  ...

Q & A w/Carmela Greco

La Emi is the stage name for Emmy Grimm, a Flamenco artist based in Santa Fe who began her dancing career with Maria Benitez, and has made annual trips to Spain, where she was invited to live with Carmela Greco, daughter of the legendary Jose Greco, and a renowned dancer  ...

SFDanceworks

In the works of Christopher Bruce, there is never the slightest whiff of the counterfeit. Pieces he creates tend to circumnavigate a family of themes whose touchpoints include abuse of power, loss, or simple-seeming but significant transformations—comic or tragic--within a configuration of intimates. Steps, gestures, and music selection, are profoundly  ...

Moka (2016)

“Moka” is a revenge thriller tendering a compact story that traverses Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Some of its action plays out on the lake’s French bank in the city of Évian-les-Bains, and the rest in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Its title refers to the color of a car involved  ...