Scott Wells & Dancers 25th Anniversary

The year 2017 has been a record one for San Franciscan choreographers and dancers celebrating landmark anniversaries. While some of these anniversary performances can be over- indulgent, others remain true to the creative talent driving their sustained careers. However, few of these luminaries can claim what dance veterans Scott Wells  ...

“Indomitable Waltz”

In its December 2, two-performance appearance at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, the Cuban dance company Malpaso featured “Indomitable Waltz,” a 2016 work set on the company in Cuba by noted choreographer Aszure Barton. It was a first-time collaboration between Barton and the company.  ...

Some of a Thousand Words (West Coast Premiere)

“In ballet they call it a mistake. In modern we call it improvised.” Brian Brooks “Some of a Thousand Words” ends where it began. This creative hour-long performance concludes with a segment started five years ago when Brian Brooks choreographed “First Fall” specifically for Wendy Whelan’s “Restless  ...

Robert Rauschenberg at SFMoMA

Since the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) reopened its doors a year and a half ago, showcasing a substantial transformation, it has rivaled all of its museum counterparts throughout the country, including the New York Museum of Modern Art. Beyond the physicality of the space, which covers several  ...

Black Rider

While many theatre companies put on undemanding feel-good musical shows for the holidays, leave it to Shotgun Players to produce the lauded “Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” an avant-garde expressionist take on a German folktale about a Faustian deal with the devil, written by beat  ...

Something Rotten (National Tour)

Sometimes a pot shot is just too easy. Sometimes it lands right on the bull’s eye. “Something Rotten,” the title of the new musical at the Ahmanson, offers a quiver full of justifications for a critic to lay into it. Before, let me also tell you that there were moments  ...

The Joffrey Ballet

Choreographer Justin Peck’s minimalistic “In Creases” started off this weekend’s Joffrey Ballet performance at Zellerbach Hall with a piano work by Philip Glass, “Four Movements For Two Pianos.” With two pianos facing each other mirror-like, the black pianos dressed the stage as both instruments and set, contrasting the all-white  ...

The Minutes

Steppenwolf Theatre’s world premiere of The Minutes by Tracy Letts takes place during a small town city council meeting. It’s a satire of small-town politics, individual grievances and so much more. Viewed totally, it’s an example of theater at its best. Entertaining, thought-provoking, puzzling, conversation-starting. Steppenwolf bills it as  ...

The Diary of Anne Frank

In 1947, publication of “The Diary of Anne Frank” put a face on the Holocaust. Seventy years later, the Frank family saga continues to resonate as political debates about refugee resettlement currently affect an estimated 65 million people worldwide. An exquisite and compelling production of “The Diary of Anne  ...

The Royale

Although it’s over 100 years since the first African-American boxer, Jack Johnson, won the world heavyweight boxing championship in a fight with James L. Jeffries, the white retired champion, the repercussions continue to be heard. The race riots, injuries and deaths that followed Jack Johnson’s stunning victory so many years  ...