Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 41 / 8 October 2015

Dance - Russian ballet,
flawed but brilliant

Time was, if big-time dance came to town from New York or Europe, they'd play San Francisco's Opera House: the Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem. Most-anticipated were the great Russian companies, the Bolshoi and the Kirov, which began to appear frequently ca. 1990, after the Iron Curtain came down. For these hot tickets, fans would camp out overnight on the steps of the Opera House to be first to get tickets. (read more)

Film - Savoring cinema
in Mill Valley

The 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival, running Oct. 8-18 at Mill Valley's Sequoia Cinemas, Throckmorton Center, Lark Cinema and Rafael Film Center, has an unusually rich lineup of queer films, plus a sizzling selection of American independent cinema and some likely award-season candidates. (read more)

Out There - Sweeney meditations

Out There was in the house for the final performance of San Francisco Opera's Sweeney Todd last week, surely one of the highlights of the young fall arts season. (read more)

Out & About - Celebravery

What's in a line? A bold stroke of forthright truth, a fictional vision, a dancerly swoop, a sardonic jab at pop culture? Too many choices this week... (read more)

Theatre -
Filipino dreaming

Checkers Rosario could be described as a director of B movies in the Philippines, except that that grade level is too generous. (read more)

Theatre -
Enterprising dragsters

If you were born the year when the original Star Trek debuted on television in 1966, you'd be pushing 50 right now. (read more)

Music - Looking back from 60

To honor Anne Sofie von Otter on her 60th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon has issued a 10-CD box of this wonderful artist's favorite recordings. (read more)

Television - Papal dispenseries

Where to begin with this week on TV? Viola Davis having a lesbian sex scene with Famke Janssen? Killing of a trans teen on Law & Order: SVU? (read more)

Music - Spectacular operatic voices on disc

Opera season on disc rarely gets off to the spectacular start this one has. (read more)

Fine Arts - Women behind the lens

Though it has been stated before, it's worth repeating that female artists across all mediums are denied the exhibition space they deserve... (read more)

Books - Stormtrooper startler

Andrew Wackerfuss' just-published book Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement will no doubt raise many eyebrows. (read more)

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