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  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Although not quite done, what a year it has been! Covid-19 has left most reeling and many grieving, while the death of George Floyd in May ignited universal righteous indignation and protests, and California has been on fire, literally. Several months into a worldwide pandemic, and just weeks away  ...

The Glorias (2020)

If you have been aching to travel, to get on the road and forget about the new normal of life during the coronavirus pandemic, The Glorias might be the film for you. Julie Taymor, known for her spectacular mise-en-scene in the Broadway musical The Lion King, has teamed with  ...

Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has to Die)

In this Netflix Latino dramatic series, Gabino returns home to Spain after having lived and studied in Mexico for 10 years. He surprises his family by arriving with a Mexican male ballet dancer in tow. The dancer, Lázaro, is played by Isaac Hernández, in his screen acting debut.Hernández was  ...

The Boys Who Said No (2020)

This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history: the youth-led nonviolent resistance to America’s participation in the war between communist Chinese-backed North Vietnam and the capitalist U.S.-backed South Vietnam (1964-1973). Resistance to the U.S. Army’s draft began in 1964 with a  ...