Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 17 / 23 April 2015

Film - Party like it's Studio 54!

It's hard to believe it's been 58 years since the San Francisco Film Society launched its now-world-famous showcase of international cinema. In the past couple of decades, the intensity of the competition, especially from our community's own pioneering Frameline LGBT Film Festival, has at times overshadowed the importance of the Film Society's key role: the annual two weeks of astonishing films from every corner of the globe where they're made and appreciated. (read more)

Film - Perception of
politics at SFIFF

Do movies matter anymore? Did they ever? Were they always merely make-believe, inducing in us an illusion of significance? Perhaps. In the midst of the Sixth Extinction, as radical Islam dominates mediatized terror, body-cams capture cops shooting black innocents, bullies weaponize social media, the political process locks into dynastic stasis, and Silicon Valley millionaires desecrate our once-freaktastic town, movies offer few solutions beyond escape. (read more)

Out There - Perfect moments

Zippy the Pinhead famously asked the existential question, "Are we having fun yet?" Edwyn Collins...put it more piquantly: "Please tell me when the fun begins." (read more)

Out & About -
Combo platter

When art and life combine, some call it coincidence, a synchronicity, a symbiosis, or even a simulacrum. (read more)

Theatre - Bonding
across cultures

Sick, old, and tired, Alfred pushes most people away. (read more)

Theatre - When tragedy raineth down

The Bay Area received a triple introduction to the prodigious talents of young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney when three major theaters... (read more)

Music - The Regina dialogues

Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites is pretty much a director-proof opera, at least on the evidence of live recordings of staged productions. (read more)

Film - Dior and his doubles

I had the pleasure of watching writer-director Frederic Tcheng's third foray into fashion documentary, Dior and I,... (read more)

Television - Anticipating the big interview

There's a lot happening on TV this month, as April has not been the cruelest month at all for the tube, unless you consider the end of Mad Men and Justified. (read more)

Fine Arts - Menagerie of deluded souls

Artistic invention thrives in Sublimated Masks at the Museum of Performance + Design, where disguise, illusion, role-playing and high-stakes power games... (read more)

Theatre - Alan Cumming keeps on kicking

Alan Cumming's career has only one gear – overdrive. (read more)

Books - Premature exultation

Before we pop the cork on the champagne bottle to celebrate the likely countrywide Supreme Court legalization of same-sex marriage in late June... (read more)

DVD - Desperate brilliance

In Chuck Workman's fascinating documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014), the great director/actor's life is pieced together... (read more)

Music - Vanessa Williams takes the town

Brace yourself, San Francisco, Wilhelmina is coming to town! Actually it's Vanessa Williams, the beautiful star of stage and screen, whom millions of fans remember... (read more)

Music - Madonna
& on & onna

Madonna's Rebel Heart (Maverick-Live Nation-Interscope) is her best and most accomplished album since Ray of Light. (read more)

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