Trey McIntyre Project, U.S. tour

            “The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction” is a perfectly realized dance theater performance, and a perfect ending for the Trey McIntyre Project’s farewell tour. Ten years after the company’s formation, the TMP will disband as a  ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A story of unlikely friendships doesn’t get any more quirky than in the hands of filmmaker Wes Anderson and in the form of his latest project, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." In it, viewers get to explore the world of Gustave H, a legendary concierge for the world renowned hotel  ...

Mr. Selfridge, Season 2, PBS

In the well-written, well-acted second season of “Mr. Selfridge,” five years have passed since season 1 began with brash and impetuous American Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”) revolutionizing the London shopping experience. The eight episodes of season 2 start in the spring of 1914, as prosperity and good cheer  ...

Lucia di Lammermoor, LA Opera

For a fully satisfying combination of classical music and contemporary theater, the current LA Opera production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" is not to be missed. I shamelessly like my opera grand with voices to die for, singers who can act, and productions that dazzle. That pretty much sums up this  ...

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clerq” (2013)

  According to legend, George Balanchine first met his future wife Tanaquil Le Clercq  when she was a teenager, standing in the hallway outside a classroom at the School of American Ballet with her arms crossed. “Why aren’t you in class,” he asked. “Kicked out,” she replied. “What’s your  ...

Stephen Petronio Dance, SF

“Should I look among the living, Should I look among the dead, If I am searching for you, like Lazarus did?” The West coast premiere of, “Like Lazarus Did” included a live performance by the San Francisco Girls Chorus (34 singers under the direction of Valerie Sainte-Agathe,)  ...

Arab Film Festival, San Francisco

You'd think you were living on another planet, or in at the very least an alternate reality when you leave your house after watching the news. Is everyone out to get you, and is the world really falling apart at the seams? These thoughts came to mind when my friends  ...

Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Berkeley

Full disclosure: I don’t much like farce. Slapstick and pratfalls and opening and slamming doors somehow never manage to tickle my funny bone. That said, I am forced to tell you that I could not stop laughing during Berkeley Rep’s hilarious revival of Dario Fo’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.”  ...