Arts & Culture

Suddenly, this April

Suddenly, this April

By Roberto Friedman

All of a sudden we got really booked up! We don't remember when our datebook full of arts events went on overdrive, but it's been a while since we've caught up, Dear Reader, and in the interim Out There has been more out than in.

Viewing 1 thru 20 of 10871 Stories

By Jim Gladstone | April 20, 2018

Annaleigh Ashford returns to SF later this month to perform her critically acclaimed solo act as part of Bay Area Cabaret's "Venetian Evenings" series at the Fairmont hotel.

By Sari Staver | April 18, 2018

Drag performer Black Benatar will host a "black magic salon" at Brava's Theater Center Cabaret, 2481 24th St., on Thurs., April 19, at 7:30 p.m.


By David Lamble | April 18, 2018

The Roxie Theater concludes its April calendar (4/20-30) with a lovely goulash of seldom-seen, minor art-house classics.

By Tim Pfaff | April 18, 2018

Two ghosts loom over Martin Duberman's new memoir, "The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some 1976-1988" (Duke University Press), neither of them named in the lengthy subtitle.


By Philip Campbell | April 18, 2018

Other Minds Festival 23 recently finished a week of events dedicated to new and old sound poetry at ODC Theater, San Francisco. Subtitled "The Wages of Syntax," the series covered a range of vocal expression, from language as music to performance art.

By Brian Bromberger | April 18, 2018

The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics, edited by Matt Bell (Wayne State University Press), is a hodgepodge of professorial contributions discussing aspects of the film/play.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | April 18, 2018

Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is a new album in which a variety of contemporary artists put their own unique stamps on the songs of music legends Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

By Sura Wood | April 18, 2018

Since first seeing "Maggie Smoking," a frank, implicitly carnal picture shot in 1970 by Berkeley-based photographer Judy Dater, it has been impossible to get it out of mind.


By Jim Piechota | April 18, 2018

In his beautifully written, lucid, and emotionally intense third memoir, prolific author, poet, and educator Rigoberto Gonzalez describes his tumultuous early life with his brother Alex and their coming-of-age into adulthood amidst grief and trauma.

By David Lamble | April 18, 2018

Ferenc Torok begins "1945," his "High Noon"-style adaptation of Hungarian author Gabor T. Szanto's short story "Homecoming," with the sight of a huge steam locomotive belching its way into the station of a tiny village.


By Tavo Amador | April 18, 2018

Mary McCarthy's 1963 novel "The Group" follows eight Vassar graduates of the class of 1933 who remain friends as they face the tribulations and joys of the real world.

By Brian Bromberger | April 18, 2018

Cohen Media Group has reissued for the first time on Blu-ray DVD one of James Ivory's crowning achievements, Heat and Dust, released in 1983.


By BARtab Staff | April 18, 2018

More arts events open this weekend, in abundance, including epic dramas, beautiful ballets, and literary luminaries.

By Jim Gladstone | April 13, 2018

Almost two decades after starting her climb to the top of the drag scene, Peppermint, aka Agnes Moore (and the one-time Kevin Moore), is about to become the first transgender actress ever to originate a major role on Broadway.


By Jim Gladstone | April 11, 2018

Later this month, a much-anticipated new production of Angels in America will open at Berkeley Rep. Randy Harrison will play Prior Walter. And Stephen Spinella will step into the role of Roy Cohn.

By David Lamble | April 11, 2018

The San Francisco International Film Festival, which began modestly with a handful of subtitled art-house films in 1957 when only a few well-educated Americans had even heard of Ingmar Bergman, is now roaring into the final weekend of its 2018 edition.


By Sura Wood | April 11, 2018

Launched in 2008, the Chinese Culture Center's "XianRui" ("Fresh and Sharp") initiative is led by CCC's dynamic artistic director Abby Chen.

By Tim Pfaff | April 11, 2018

I found Udozinma Iweala's neck-snapping new novel "Speak No Evil" (Harper) a welcome palate-cleanser after the tooth-rotting peachiness of "Call Me by Your Name."


By Peter Garland | April 11, 2018

Throughout human history, the phallos has been a symbol that stood for much more than sex. The classic book "Phallos: A Symbol and Its History in the Male World" (1972) documents some of the more striking uses of the phallos as a symbol.

By Gregg Shapiro | April 11, 2018

Michael Imperioli makes his literary debut with The Perfume Burned His Eyes (Akashic), a novel in which 16-year-old narrator Matthew becomes enmeshed with the late rock legend Lou Reed and his trans muse Rachel.


Viewing 1 thru 20 of 10871 Stories