The Importance of Being Earnest

“We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.’’ — Oscar Wilde A lot of what passes for entertainment these days is not very entertaining. And yes, we should  ...

They Promised Her the Moon

Sixty years ago, the Space Race that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union had all eyes focused on the heavens. At the same time, an equally contentious Earth-bound battle of wills took place as talented American women pilots fought for inclusion in the  ...

Vanity Fair

“This is Vanity Fair, and it is not a moral place. Nor is it often a merry one."  It’s no easy trick to distill William Makepeace Thackeray’s famous and lengthy 1848 novel, “Vanity Fair,” into a  ...

Avengers Endgame (2019)

Early on someone concludes that "No amount of money ever bought a second of time." Wise words indeed. Yet it's also a vertiginous enigma when you consider that this very well could be the most expensive film ever made. "Avengers Endgame," as the title suggests, has more epic  ...

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2019

            This year's San Francsico Silent Film Festival starts and ends with film icon Buster Keaton's films: “The Cameraman” on May 1st, opening night; and “Our Hospitality” on May 5th, closing night.              The festival, you might have noticed, comes earlier than usual—it formerly took  ...

Falsettos

Smart, sassy, entertaining, funny, heart wrenching. The adjectives do not exactly capture the whole of Falsettos, the Lincoln Center production currently at the Ahmanson. Falsettos is an amalgamation of two, one act, musical plays: “March of the Falsettos” written in 1981, but set in 1979,  ...

Queer California: Untold Stories

The distinctive multimedia and interactive exhibit, “Queer California: Untold Stories,” the first in California to focus on LGBTQ+ history and culture, just opened at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). The exhibition contains a variety of media, including memorabilia, costumes, photographs and other visual art,  ...

Rosie Kay Dance Company

Five soldiers are waiting; Cadet Luke Bradshaw casually adjusts a transistor radio playing mostly static interference and portions of a local jazz station.  Cadet Josh Hutchby does random pushups, Alan Hunte and Trooper Alexander Smith pick their noses in unison, pushing and shoving  ...

The 48 Hour Film Project Hits Boston

When it comes to having an idea for a movie, the journey from dream to screen can often takes years (assuming it's completed at all).  But the 48 Hour Film Project offers the satisfying experience of writing, shooting, and editing a movie in two days  ...

Lottery Day

"Lottery Day" is a party with a guest list of nine. Mallory (a sizzling J. Nicole Brooks) has invited them to her back yard to celebrate, but no one knows what the occasion is. With a rich and complex web of  ...