A Digital Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s rare to see a Balanchine-choreographed story ballet, let alone one featuring a plotline as serpentine as Shakespeare’s impishly comic “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In this interpretation, Shakespeare and Balanchine conspire to lampoon all manner of hierarchy, tasking the prankster  ...

Waging Change (2019)

Peabody Award winner Abby Ginzberg’s documentary film, “Waging Change,” tells a compelling story exposing the sordid working conditions in the restaurant industry, focusing on its lowest paid tip wait staff. Customer tips in lieu of employer wages begins on  ...

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)

In the unlikely event that there’s an overabundance of merriment in your life under COVID, and nobody in your pod is complaining enough, you might want to see “Some Kind of Heaven.” It’s Darren Arnofsky’s latest exploration of middle-class  ...

Nutcracker 2020

Diablo Ballet Artistic Director Lauren Jonas commissioned Julia Adam to locate her “Nutcracker Suite” in a hotel suite—San Francisco’s Hotel Fairmont, to be exact. The company then tied the whole production up in an anti-viral cordon sanitaire. The result  ...

Los hermanos/The Brothers Q&A Part 2

The documentary film, “Dos Hermanos/Two Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

The documentary film, “Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has to Die)

In this Netflix Latino dramatic series, Gabino returns home to Spain after having lived and studied in Mexico for 10 years. He surprises his family by arriving with a Mexican male ballet dancer in tow. The dancer, Lázaro, is  ...

Answering “Plandemic”

The “Plandemic Movie” was uploaded to YouTube on May 4, 2020. By May 9, it had been viewed eight million times. On May 12, those who had yet to see it, were surprised to find that YouTube had acted  ...

Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon gives us a complex “Cinderella,” absent even a soupçon of “The Cinderella Complex” that feminist therapists pride themselves in vanquishing, but which others of their profession reluctantly accommodate to. Wheeldon sidelines the Charles Perrault version of the  ...