Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 17 / 27 April 2017

Music - Betty Buckley, storyteller

Though best-known for her work in musical theater, Betty Buckley is a performer with a diverse fan-base. She's fondly remembered as a TV mom in the long-running series Eight Is Enough, and known as a "scream queen," having starred with Sissy Spacek in the classic horror film Carrie (1976). More recently Buckley has worked with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan in a pair of chillers, The Happening (2008) and Split (2016). (read more)

Theatre - Peter Brook, still leading

Peter Brook may be a living legend, but at age 92, he's a legend whose laurels are secondary to figuring out what his next project will be. With the international tour of Battlefield, his latest work now at ACT's Geary Theater, local audiences will have the chance to spend time with the man himself. Brook along with longtime collaborator Marie-Helene Estienne will be at the Geary on May 1 for an onstage conversation with ACT dramaturg Michael Paller. (read more)

Fine Arts - Present tense

Pier 24, the quietly spectacular waterfront cathedral for photography, remains the most serene and unique venue for the medium in the city. (read more)

Out There - Cultural conundrums

It's time to catch you up on some of the cultural events your gay uncle Out There has been sampling this month. (read more)

Out & About - Special

What makes that show, exhibit or concert worth attending? What make it special? You can't find out until you go. (read more)

Theatre - Scripted chaos onstage

There is a faux program with made-up casting info for the play within the play. (read more)

Film - Regime change for beginners

As chronic consumers of Hollywood product, we're used to having the big picture dumbed down to fit the presumed attention span of the average teenage boy. (read more)

Film - Roxie tip-sheet

This spring the Roxie Theater presents an ambitious program on its dual screens, films mostly devoted to the far edges of human experience. (read more)

Film - Late spring bumper crop

Filmgoers who once wrote off the late-spring/early-summer film season as a wasteland of big-budget/minimum-attention-span fare should pay heed... (read more)

Music - Big performances at Davies Hall

The Steinways at Davies Symphony Hall have been getting a real workout lately. (read more)

DVD - Italian adolescent angst

When Charles Darwin was devising his theory of evolution featuring his concept of survival of the fittest, perhaps he was thinking of life in high school. (read more)

Books - A biographer's dream

Of the major artistic figures of modernism, it's hard to think of any more in danger of becoming just a name than Jean Cocteau. (read more)

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