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 is one of the more ingenious boutique holiday ballets in  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Film festivals in the time of Corona Virus are varied and limited. Some festivals chose to cancel altogether for this year, while a few, like the New York Film Festival, went completely virtual. The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) attempted the “best” of both by offering audiences mostly streaming  ...

Philip Glass: Symphony for Solo Piano

Musical transcriptions have been around for millenia, even before the medieval, baroque, classical, romantic, modernist and postmodernist periods of the all hallowed western tradition which means both its European and its American incarnations. But do we need these arrangements because a composer wants his or her  ...

Same Time, Next Year

Two people away from home allow flirtation to lead to a fling. What should be a one-night stand instead stands the test of time in the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year,” at North Coast Rep. We meet George (Bruce Turk) and Doris (Katie MacNichol) as  ...

The Flats

The world premiere of the original and ingenious three-part audio drama, “The Flats,” is a prime example of how to create an engaging theatrical experience despite the limits imposed by our Covid-ridden world. Commissioned by the Aurora Theatre Company in response to the pandemic, “The Flats”  ...

Citizen Brain

Berkeley's own creative solo-performer, Josh Kornbluth, has a new and fascinating story to tell, live via Zoom. This engaging and enlightening autobiographical monologue is about how the Alzheimer diagnosis of his beloved stepfather and the election of Donald Trump changed his life in surprisingly positive  ...

Move

“Move,” a new, five-part documentary on Netflix which began streaming on October 23, offers portraits of a half-dozen working  dance artists.  Subjects include street dance with American dancers Jon Boogz and Lil Buck;  the politics of the body by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin; gender-bending experimental Spanish flamenco with Israel  ...

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, and  Aldo, a pianist, whose professional training and career developed  ...

Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra maestro  Yannick Nézet-Séguin returned to the stage with the orchestra after six months, on the day it was announced that Metropolitan Opera, where he is also musical-director, would remain shut down for another year, The Philadelphians were onstage in an empty Mann Center in Fairmount Park, in  ...

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, and  Aldo, a pianist, whose professional training and career developed  ...