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  ...

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

It’s a woman’s play, about an era when women’s physical and emotional needs and desires were not only misunderstood, but completely ignored. Sarah Ruhl’s "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" is a charming and titillating look at life in the bad old 19th century. Timeline Theatre’s  ...

Occidental Express

Trap Door Theatre is staging an expressionistic, phantasmagorical tale of eastern European drama. Their new production, "Occidental Express," by Romanian-born playwright Matei Visniec, is a sometimes wacky, often chilling, always poetic meditation on war, borders, homeland and identity. The play was translated by Nick Awde and adapted and directed by  ...

Rules for Living

The family Christmas dinner. Now, most adults know the risks involved with such a major event on the annual calendar. Some people go to considerable lengths to escape it all and avoid the unnecessary squabbles with mum and dad, rows on controversial subjects and kids crying over presents they didn’t  ...

Lady Bird (2017)

Writer/director (and sometimes actress) Greta Gerwig thanks Noah Baumbach (among others) in the credits of her new dramedy, "Lady Bird", which seems entirely fitting given the similarities in their cinematic sensibilities. Both artists work at least quasi-autobiographically to create heartfelt, closely observed character studies of brainy misfits  ...

Nabucco

Verdi’s “Nabucco” could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old, and Italy was a loose confederation of city states dominated by foreign powers, especially Austria in the north. “Nabucco” became the rallying cry for Risorgimento, resurgence. It  ...

Couture Korea

A new and unique exhibit of more than 120 creations and artifacts highlighting the fabulous style, artistry and complexity of the five-hundred year-old tradition of Korean dress is on view at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum through February 4, 2018. A result of the partnership between the Museum and  ...

Jane (2017)

Jane Goodall has long been admired for her tireless work on behalf of animal conservation in general, and specifically for chimpanzees. It is largely because of her that any of us know what we know about the primates, their behavior, their plight at the hands of poachers, and their  ...

Human Flow (2017)

This is the most important movie you’ll see this year. It may also be one of the best you’ll see, as it is a documentary that is both insightful and informative, and beautiful and poignant. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei went to 23 countries over 1 year to document the  ...