My Sister, the Serial Killer

If the title of this gem of a book doesn’t draw you in, the first chapter made up of two sentences will. “My Sister the Serial Killer” by Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite is a delicious and disturbing novel that takes place in Nigeria and is comprised of what will become  ...

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

“Holiday Sauce” is an amazing musical show by the super-talented Taylor Mac, who dazzles the audience with Mac’s unique personality, wit and stage presence, songs and terrific band (Matt Ray, music direction and arrangements), over-the-top drag-queen-like costumes, and ultra-glitzy sets (sets and costumes by Machine Dazzle). “Holiday Sauce” is a  ...

Everything is Illuminated

Often novels don’t translate well to the stage or screen, but Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed 2002 debut novel “Everything is Illuminated” is a notable exception. It first became a well-reviewed, small-scale movie by Liev Schreiber starring Elijah Wood in 2005, and now the Aurora Theatre Company is presenting a simply  ...

Hansel and Gretel

No, Hansel and Gretel is not a children’s opera per se, but it is an opera, and a production, you can take children to. This hypothesis was well tested opening night when the audience was full of members of the under ten set. A very young child sitting near me  ...

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

The significant new show at the de Young Museum (one of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, “FAMSF”) explores the personal relationships and spirituality of famed artist Paul Gauguin (1848 –1903). Most of the sixty-plus Gauguin oil paintings, unusual ceramics, and rare, lesser-known wooden carvings are on loan from  ...

Volta

In the world of cuisine, street food is the latest and hippest, a ready-to-eat style sold on the fly by a hawker, cheaper than that found in restaurants and something you can usually consumed with just your fingers. Instant gratification--all the flavors are there in one bite.  ...

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

Choreographer Kun-Yang Lin is currently creating his 101st dance piece which will have its premiere at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia next spring. As founding director of KYL/Dancers he has choreographed all of the company’s repertory so far. For the company's fall program at the Performance Garage he  ...

Roma (2018)

There may be a temptation to hold off viewing “Roma” for when it becomes available for streaming on Netflix soon after its limited theatrical release, but this is one movie best seen on the BIG SCREEN. A similar statement could be said for all of Oscar winning director Alfonso  ...

The Favourite (2018)

If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch,” “The Night Manager” TV mini series) perform before, there’s no better way to be introduced to her than through the new movie, “The Favourite.” In it, she’s part of a strong threesome that  ...