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J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, SF

“Painting Set Free” is a remarkable exhibit highlighting the late works of the great British romantic landscape and seascape painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The outstanding works on canvas and paper display Turner’s oeuvre, beginning in 1835, when Turner  ...

Bad Jews, LA

"Oy, such a shreier," my immigrant grandfather would have said of Daphna Feygenbaum (Molly Ephraim), the lead in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Bad Jews.' "Vy vould you vant to spend the evening listening to such a voman?" Good question,  ...

Ethnic Dance Festival, SF

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama­ Pacific International Festival (which took place even then in the same Palace of Fine Arts), the Ethnic Dance Festival, now in its 37th year, presented its usual widely varied program of music and  ...

Matilda The Musical, LA

Honestly, you really do not need a kid in tow to justify going to see "Matilda the Musical." Great if you have one conveniently at hand; he or she will be forever a convert to live performance. But "Matilda" is  ...

28 Chinese, San Francisco

Mera and Don Rubell, prominent art patrons of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, visited China six times in the last ten years, looking for the best in Chinese contemporary art. Works by 28 of the talented artists they discovered  ...

Murder for Two, LA

Yesterday I wasted quite a bit of time trying to write a theater review of "Murder for Two." Silly me. "Murder for Two" is not a play. It is a piece of vaudeville nonsense. Viewed as such there is lots  ...

Rich Girl, San Diego

Money is a never-ending issue: we crave it; hoard it; earmark it; contractually stipulate it. And when love is involved, it gets really weird — we may have to share. “Rich Girl” navigates these potent interrelationships. And though the play  ...

Arms and the Man, San Diego

Love and war have so much in common: passion, struggle, the subtle distinctions between victor and vanquished, even how seriously we take both subjects. In the classic comedy “Arms and the Man,” George Bernard Shaw skewers it all and even  ...