If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

In the Bob Dylan song, “Hurricane,” about the trumped up charges and incarceration of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter, there is a line about Carter being pulled over by the police in Patterson, New Jersey on a steamy summer night in 1966, “just like the time before and the time  ...

Cinderella

The theme of legacy has dominated the programming this fall at the Paris Opera Ballet, a season that opened with the Martha Graham Company in September and recently celebrated the centenary of Jerome Robbins. Of course, when an institution can trace its history by the century, it’s not surprising that  ...

Custodians of Beauty

Pavel Zustiak and his Palisssimo Company made its West coast première of “Custodians of Beauty” at Zellerbach’s Playhouse this week, presenting a visually saturating and multisensory experience. Both imagery and choreographic language are streamlined and minimal, weaving together a series of entertaining non-narrative exposés that border on the absurd. It  ...

Dear Evan Hansen (National Tour)

The national tour of “Dear Evan Hansen,” a contemporary, yet multi-generational, poignant yet uplifting musical show just rocketed into San Francisco’s Curran theater. Don’t wait to see this winner of six 2017 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. There is a digital ticket lottery through which one can purchase a limited  ...

Scenes From My Radio Play

Laurie Anderson--composer, musician, multimedia artist, filmmaker, poster child for hipster Baby Boomers--just presented five one-of-a-kind performances, four at Miner Auditorium and one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Included in this series were “Listening Party,” “Songs for Women with Tammy Hall,” “Lou Reed Drones: Viola Duets with Steward Hurwood” and  ...

The Routes of Slavery

Politics is everywhere these days. Make one "false" step and you're tarred and feathered without getting even a nanosecond to defend yourself. Jordi Savall and company stepped into this corrosive environment like a breath of fresh air with their The Routes of Slavery : Memories of Slavery 1444 --  ...

Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

What do we expect when we go to hear two repertory pieces played live, and is that expectation heightened when the musicians in Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are Israeli and Arab? Do their complex histories and conflicting narratives affect how we hear them? Is politics inextricably linked to their  ...

Come From Away (National Tour)

‘Tis the season to fill theaters with feel good productions, or so the masters of theater scheduling reason. We curmudgeons may grumble and skip our 47th Nutcracker. Or we may suck it up and take a youngster or a visiting fireman to one of the better ones. Such is  ...

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Craving alternative literature, an unconventional heroine and a downright weird premise? “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by award winning writer Ottessa Moshfegh is just what the literary doctor prescribes ... And when you read this bodacious new novel, you’ll appreciate the aforementioned cliche. This weird and trippy novel, set  ...