Men on Boats

In 1869, one-armed Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell, with nine other men and four wooden boats, explored the Green and Colorado rivers, in the first official U.S. government-sponsored expedition of the area. He kept a diary of the three-month ordeal (“The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its  ...

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

There's a fair amount of death in this pensive collection of grim prairie tales from Joel and Ethan Coen, but the Western itself is alive and well -- critically, at least, if not financially given the recent disastrous box office fortunes of director Jacque Audiard's masterful big screen  ...

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

When the names of husband and wife, Charles Eames (1907-78), and (Bernice) Ray Eames (1912-88) are mentioned, most think of the unique mid-century plywood and fiberglass chairs still sold commercially today. But as the captivating, comprehensive and stylish exhibit at The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) demonstrates, their talents  ...

Körper

Anyone fortunate enough to walk into Zellerbach Hall this weekend will not be surprised to learn that choreographer Sasha Waltz is the daughter of an architect. Everything about “Körper” (German for “bodies”) is about architecture--that designed by humans and the miraculous anatomical and biological design of the human body.  ...

Julius Caesar

For a history geek like me, there are few greater joys than a Julius Caesar production. The play is a picture postcard from that stunning moment when reasonable men thought drastic acts could save the Roman Republic. This year’s Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA production delivers a taut  ...

Fairview

“Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury’s brilliant new play, excellently directed by Sarah Benson, illustrates the power of theater to make an audience think, even squirm, during the performance, while its deep impression lingers on afterward. Developed at the Rep’s Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development  ...

Dear Evan Hansen

I have seen studies claiming that the majority of adolescents go through their teenage years with little distress. I have never taken those studies seriously. The job of the adolescent is to separate and individuate him or herself and that is not easy. One of the characters in “Evan Hansen  ...

Kenneth MacMillian’s Romeo & Juliet

Pennsylvania Ballet opened their 55th season with a strong production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet. Scored to Serge Prokofiev’s brilliant ballet score, MacMillan created this version of R & J at the Royal Ballet in 1965 and it stands as a contemporary story ballet masterpiece. PABallet artistic  ...

Birds of Passage (2018)

“Birds of Passage” is a true story and a compelling one. Set in Colombia, it tells of the clash that results when outside drug traffickers impose capitalist property relations on an ancient and centuries-old indigenous culture. In the early 1980s, when I as living in Washington, D.C.,  ...

ECHO/riding the rapids

“what is your name/listening through walls/the voice of stone” “ECHO/riding the rapids” is an explosive improvisational dance layered with abstraction and poignancy. It exploits the unsinkable sexuality, musicality, and embodiment of its guest dancer, Jesse Zaritt and the multi-layered talent of composer, performer and award-winning media artist, Pamela  ...