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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 Philip Campbell | September 19, 2018

Gaetano Donizetti's lyric drama "Roberto Devereux" lights up the War Memorial stage with a semi-historical pageant that triumphantly combines stellar musical artistry with colorful showmanship.

By Sura Wood | September 19, 2018

"You are what you wear" might be a colloquial, less scholarly way to frame the premise of "Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress," a new touring show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


By Roberto Friedman | September 19, 2018

Last week Out There was in the house when "On Your Feet!," the touring Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical, opened at the newly remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

By Sari Staver | September 19, 2018

"Love, Gilda," the new documentary about Gilda Radner that opens Fri., Sept. 21 at Landmark Theatres, is a gold mine of nuggets from the all-too-short life of the great comedian.


By Gregg Shapiro | September 19, 2018

"Forever Changes" (Rhino/Elektra) by Love remains one of the most highly regarded albums of the 1960s.

By Jim Gladstone | September 19, 2018

Berkeley Rep's new season blew in on a chilly Norwegian breeze with last Thursday night's opening of "A Doll's House, Part 2."


By Tim Pfaff | September 19, 2018

Out music scholar Paul Kildea, author of a brilliant biography of Benjamin Britten, has looked deeply into Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes in "Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism" (W.W. Norton).

By David-Elijah Nahmod | September 19, 2018

In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.


By David Lamble | September 19, 2018

"Buddies" is so remarkable a gay drama that viewing it today, in a beautiful new transfer from DVD company Vinegar Syndrome, is akin to getting a queer-themed transmission from deep space.

By Jim Piechota | September 19, 2018

Nicola Griffith's "So Lucky" is a profound work of autobiographical fiction about overcoming life's boundaries, resisting victimization, and discovering long-dormant strengths.


By Jim Gladstone | September 19, 2018

I felt jealous of the gentleman sitting in front of me at a performance of Theater Rhinoceros' "Dead and Breathing" last week. For 10 of the show's 90 minutes, he escaped, drifting off to sleep.

By Tavo Amador | September 19, 2018

Considering Todd Fisher's fascinating "My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie" (William Morrow, $27.99).


By Events Editor | September 19, 2018

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

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.


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