Dorothea Lange Through her Goddaughter’s Eyes

Since I wanted to learn more about Dorothea Lange, Berkeley resident Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter and the granddaughter of photographer Imogen Cunningham, graciously agreed to meet with me. Since Partridge’s father, Rondal, had been Lange’s assistant, Partridge grew up as part of Lange’s large extended family, although Lange died when  ...

L’incoronazione di Poppea

It's a bunch of firsts for the Hampstead Garden Opera and their new production of Claudio Monteverdi's marvellous opera L'incoronazione di Poppea. Hosted at the Jackson Lane Theatre, it is the first time they are performing with surtitles and asking their 12 young soloists to sing the opera in  ...

Going Gaga: Q&A with James Graham

James Graham is a dancer/performer/choreographer/teacher and a consistently rising star in the Bay Area’s dance community. He received an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Award) for Outstanding Achievement in Performance as an Individual for an "Entire Season" (2013-2014) This was the same year he was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for  ...

Aldous Harding: Here Is Your Princess

When I was growing up, I discovered new music the old-fashioned way: radio, MTV, and mixtapes from cooler friends. Now, with the proliferation of streaming services, file sharing sites, digital downloads, Sirius XM, groovy cable TV soundtracks, etc., it's theoretically easier than ever to stumble across  ...

Archduke

“Bang. You’re dead.” It is June 28, 1914; Gavrilo Princip shoots the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife. World War I is off to a flying start. Or that is the impression one gets from grammar school textbooks. Of course history is more complicated than that, and Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize  ...

RIOULT Dance NY

“Bach Dances” was a package neatly tied together by several factors. First, by the predictability and vibrancy of J.S. Bach, second, by the classic modern dance style of its choreographer and artistic director, Pascal Rioult. This style of modern dance appeared just a barefoot away from ballet slippers, dancing within  ...

Hookman

Playwright Lauren Yee calls her play “Hookman" an “existential slasher comedy.” And Steep Theatre’s new production takes her up on that with creative staging, solid performances, especially by the three female leads—and plenty of blood. “Hookman" is smartly directed by Vanessa Stalling. Kiayla Ryann plays Lexi, our heroine, whose  ...

Swing Time

Although it is commendable that Zadie Smith’s latest novel, "Swing Time," is ambitious and somewhat interesting, it seems to fall short of its lofty goals. That being said, there is still no denying that Smith is an exceptional writer whom it is never a waste of time to invest reading  ...