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Straight out of Mithila

Straight out of Mithila

By Sura Wood

"Painting is My Everything," an entrancing new fall exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, is an unmitigated delight. Though not large in scale, the show, featuring 30 modern ink-and-color works on paper, is big and zestful in spirit.

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By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

David Pavlovsky's new 30-minute documentary, "Stand Up, Stand Out," tells the story of three gay teachers' fight for equal rights during the 1970s gay liberation movement, which led to the founding of the Valencia Rose Cabaret.

By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.


By Philip Campbell | September 12, 2018

The pairing of Italian operas "Cavalleria Rusticana" ("Rustic Chivalry") and "Pagliacci" ("Clowns") has been famously successful for more than a century.

By Roberto Friedman | September 12, 2018

Yes, San Francisco Bay Area socialites have long called the week after Labor Day "Hell Week," but really it's a type of cultural heaven.


By Brian Bromberger | September 12, 2018

In his autobiography, Paul Taylor wrote that the vital statistic of his life was "an insatiable itch to communicate to the world at large," a goal he fulfilled as one of the greatest modern dance choreographers of the 20th century.

By Philip Campbell | September 12, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 107th season opened last week with typical flair and excitement.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | September 12, 2018

The most compelling miniseries of the new fall TV season has been, without question, the hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

By Jim Gladstone | September 12, 2018

It's been almost a year since Jackie Hoffman turned in what may be the most widely seen performance of her career.


By David Lamble | September 12, 2018

With "Kusama-Infinity," director-writer-producer Heather Lenz takes on an impressive challenge: to dramatize the story of a radical individual, the experimental, eccentric mid-century Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

By | September 12, 2018

Behold the Trump voter. In "American Chaos," a textured documentary from Sony Pictures Classics opening Friday, we discover the many reasons older, mostly white voters give for choosing an older man with baggage over an older women with issues of her own.


By Events Editor | September 12, 2018

Classy concerts, merry musicals, paintings to ponder. The arts await you.

By Sura Wood | September 7, 2018

Since the gallery scene began to decentralize in the city, there has been a proliferation of new venues in addition to a plenitude of established ones. Below, find a microcosm of what's in store this fall.


By Philip Campbell | September 5, 2018

With little lag time between a hectic summer and new fall season, San Francisco Opera is launching the first productions fully programmed (with one exception) by the administration of General Director Matthew Shilvock.

By Roberto Friedman | September 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.


By David Lamble | September 5, 2018

The end of summer gives film-lovers a peek at the serious film fare headed our way. Our picks combine old friends and newcomers ready to rumble. As always, it's fascinating to see how LGBTQ films figure in the ongoing cultural mix.

By Brian Bromberger | September 5, 2018

Lee Daniels, the powerhouse gay African-American director and producer, is profiled in the PBS summer series "Breaking Big," hosted by Carlos Watson, available to watch through September.


By Jim Gladstone | September 5, 2018

Catch him if you can: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit.

By Jim Gladstone | September 5, 2018

On the first page of the program for Shotgun Players' production of Guillermo Calderón's "Kiss," "A Note from the Director" is subtitled, "Spoiler Alert: Please read after the show!"


By Tim Pfaff | September 5, 2018

For American lovers of singing, late summer can be a dry spell, best deployed to clear the ears from the extreme singing that is opera, since more is coming.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | September 5, 2018

Breaking Glass Pictures, a distributor that specializes in bringing independent LGBT cinema to the DVD and streaming markets, offers two films that take very different looks at the theme of young, first love.


By David Lamble | September 5, 2018

The Castro Theatre greets the first month of Fall with a juicy collection of classic thematic double bills. Among the highlights is a one-day retrospective of the work of Italian film star Marcello Mastroianni (Sept. 22).

By Roberto Friedman | August 31, 2018

For the next two issues, we'll be bringing you B.A.R. arts writers' brief previews of what to look out for in the Fall 2018 season.


By Jim Gladstone | August 31, 2018

Over the past few years, Betsy Wolfe has played major roles in four Broadway musicals: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Falsettos," and "Waitress."

By Philip Campbell | August 31, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 2018-19 season starts next week, marking the next-to-last year of Michael Tilson Thomas' historical term as Music Director.


By Jim Gladstone | August 29, 2018

Bay Area theater companies are putting a smorgasbord on the boards this fall. Unfortunately, with dozens of productions on offer, it's not an all-you-can-eat affair. Here's a selection of quirky canapés and dramatic dishes that have my mouth watering.

By Sura Wood | August 29, 2018

Fall arrives with a bounty of museum exhibitions.


By David Lamble | August 29, 2018

This first part of our fall film preview, covering 20 titles, features an array of fiction and nonfiction features likely to play the Castro, Roxie, Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark Theatres.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | August 29, 2018

Aretha Franklin is dead, and Trump is still healthy as a Clydesdale. Is it any wonder we need scripted TV to keep us sane?


By Jim Gladstone | August 29, 2018

This fall, San Francisco's venerable American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) raises the curtain not only on a new season of productions, but also on its new leadership team, artistic director Pam MacKinnon and executive director Jennifer Bielstein.

By David Lamble | August 29, 2018

I have to hand it to the "Rodents of Unusual Size" directorial trio Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer. They've made a little gem that covers the waterfront on sensitive issues from wetlands erosion to animal rights.


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