Pain and Glory (2019)

The maestro of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodóvar, known for quirky characters, bold themes and daring aesthetics, delivers a quieter more sublime story in his latest film of memory and loss. “Pain and Glory” focuses on his film alter ego, aging film director Salvador Mallo, as he navigates his past  ...

Genesis

The kick-off of Philadanco’s 50th anniversary season on Oct. 5 in the Merriam Theater was truly a dance night to remember, starting with the unrestrained love of four generations of dance artists and ‘Danco’ fans that erupted when Joan Myers Brown came on stage to introduce the concert.  The  ...

Pain and Glory (2019)

Salvador’s torso bears a vertical scar. We come upon him (Antonio Banderas) sequestering himself, holding his shallow breath while his body is entirely submerged in a swimming pool. Yet, an underwater camera finds him. It reveals the thoracic surgical memento that runs about two feet long and a quarter-inch  ...

Winter Journey

After the end of a short summer break and the inauguration of the autumn season, along with “La Traviata” and “The Barber of Seville”, Teatro Massimo in Palermo opens its doors to the world premiere of “Winter Journey”, a contemporary multimedia opera composed by the world-renowned Ludovico Einaudi, written  ...

(in)Visible

Jess Curtis is an award-winning dancemaker and performer who has created and performed multidisciplinary works in the U.S and Europe. In 2000, he founded, Jess Curtis/Gravity.  He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. Over a meal at San  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

While on the surface the 42nd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival may seem like global cinematic showcasing, per usual, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a festival that is as committed to the community and highlighting social issues as well as films and quality programming. And by  ...

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

 Currently running at the Lantern Theater Company Bertolt Brecht’s rarely staged “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” directed by Charles McMahon who doesn’t dilute Brecht flaming anvil of a political play about the rise of mobster businessman who becomes politically a ruthless dictator mowing down everyone in his demented  ...

Noura

The immigrant experience is a storied piece of American lore: huddled masses, etc. Wave after wave have come to the U.S., many recently from the Middle East. Writ large, they arrive and gradually adjust to American life. But what does that look like on the micro level? How do  ...

Macbeth

It’s no wonder that William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is the most-produced of his tragedies. “The Scottish play” has all the elements that have appealed to broad audiences for over four hundred years: weird witches, exciting battles, blind ambition, and violent murders, with the doubt, brooding, and madness that follows, and  ...

Top Girls

Caryl Churchill’s superbly written and acted 1982 drama, “Top Girls” is a view of women in London in the early days of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister (1979-1990), when her Conservative Party emphasized achieving individual success, rather than fostering community in general through, among other things, unions and  ...