The Flying Dutchman

San Francisco, CA

The Flying Dutchman

Just in time for Halloween comes a spooky ghost story from the legendary past. The best thing about this one is the beautiful music it’s set to. Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” (“Der fliegende Holländer” if you prefer it in  ...

Alex Katz

Everyone wants to fit in, even artists. But Alex Katz has never fit into mainstream modernism, or what passes for postmodernism today. Art historians and the general public have tried to pigeonhole him as a pop artist because he uses  ...

Underneath the Lintel, SF

By Glen Berger Starring David Strathairn Directed by Carey Perloff American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco Oct. 23-Nov. 17, 2013 There is something mesmerizing about the rhythm of Glen Berger’s “Under the Lintel.” Just as you  ...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

In Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Anton Chekhov meets Absurdism and it’s love at first sight. From the fertile funny bone of the playwright who gave us “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for  ...

Dolores Claiborne, SF Opera

Watching the new opera “Dolores Claiborne” is a little bit like going to a good movie. Like one of those Hitchcock films with a really fine score by Bernard Herrmann that underlines the action without being particularly notable  ...

Mephistopheles

Arrigo Boito’s “Mefistofele” one of the great operas? The Devil you say! The classic dichotomy of its subject, good and evil, angels and demons, is almost embodied in this opera, which has some lovely and lyrical music and much that  ...

No Man’s Land, Berkeley

Ian McKellen (left) and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘No Man’s Land’ By Harold PinterDirected by Sean MathiasBerkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep)Aug. 11-31, 2013 Don’t ask me what it means. Just sit back  ...

Beyond Belief

The vibrant and stimulating “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art” was jointly organized by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “SFMOMA on the Go” program. It’s the first of  ...