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Meet the new music director

Meet the new music director

By Roberto Friedman

When the San Francisco Symphony announced last week that conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to serve as Music Director Designate effective immediately, there was an almost-audible gasp of relief in the Bay Area classical music community.

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By Events Editor | December 12, 2018

At year's end, consider all the artists whose work you have yet to see, hear and enjoy.

By Jim Gladstone | December 11, 2018

"The past few weeks, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by social media," admits Ben Levi Ross, entirely aware of the irony in his situation.


By Sura Wood | December 11, 2018

"Brassai," an engrossing new show at SFMOMA, leaves no doubt that this artist, who was also an accomplished sculptor and writer, was a great of 20th-century photography.

By Philip Campbell | December 11, 2018

The Adler Fellows class of 2018 appeared in their final concert of the year, "The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert" last Saturday night in Herbst Theatre.


By Jim Gladstone | December 11, 2018

The closing scene of "Dear Evan Hansen" brings us to a clearing. The characters assemble before a bright blue scrim of open sky.

By Philip Campbell | December 11, 2018

Musical iconoclast, mind-blowing performer and minimalist pioneer Terry Riley has always been hard to classify.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 11, 2018

"Love Is Magic," the title track from John Grant's new album, tells a somber tale.

By David Lamble | December 11, 2018

The dark drama "Ben Is Back" begins with the sudden return of a teenage boy, Ben Burns (slyly disturbing Lucas Hedges) to his suburban home.


By Tavo Amador | December 11, 2018

Walking around a bookstore often yields wonderful surprises for shoppers, especially for those looking for solutions to the challenges of holiday giving.

By David Lamble | December 11, 2018

This week a Norwegian film delivers a cautionary revenge-of-nature tale that will be hard for many Bay Area residents to resist. "The Quake" (opening Friday) may strike some as a 106-minute preview of coming attractions.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | December 4, 2018

CBS' Nov. 29 episode of "Murphy Brown" took a cinema verité approach to Trump's "enemy of the people" mantra.

By Jim Gladstone | December 7, 2018

Mona Mansour's emotional colloquium of a play "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" draws much of its appeal from the warm relationship between its two main characters.


By Events Editor | December 5, 2018

Whatever holidays you celebrate, enjoy the classic, traditional and irreverent arts events at venues around the Bay Area.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.


By Philip Campbell | December 4, 2018

There is a real need for moments of live musical entertainment and personal reflection amidst the ubiquitous soundtrack of Christmas cheer.

By Roberto Friedman | December 4, 2018

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.


By Jim Gladstone | December 4, 2018

Straightforward, familiar and enormously satisfying, "A Bronx Tale" is the relatively rare contemporary musical that exudes winning sincerity more than winking self-consciousness.

By Tim Pfaff | December 4, 2018

Tchaikovsky-savvy consumers will grock what's going on right from the cover of the new Paris Opera and Ballet pairing of Tchaikovsky's one-act opera "Iolanta" and two-act ballet "The Nutcracker" (BelAir).


By Brian Bromberger | December 4, 2018

James "The Amazing" Randi's life and mission are profiled in the entertaining documentary "An Honest Liar."

By David Lamble | December 4, 2018

December 2018 at the Castro Theatre is a collection of the fabled cinema palace's greatest hits that should have something for every movie fan.


By Sura Wood | December 4, 2018

An undisputed titan of cinema, Fritz Lang was a genius at luring unsuspecting audiences into his claustrophobic, nightmarish universes.

By Philip Campbell | December 4, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony recorded Berlioz's "Romeo et Juliette" live at Davies Symphony Hall in June 2017.


By Philip Campbell | November 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.

By Events Editor | November 28, 2018

Heading into the last month of the year, we can't resist the oncoming holiday-themed events, World AIDS Day commemorations, Golden Girls, wildfire victims benefits, and ... two Queen concerts?


By Sura Wood | November 27, 2018

"Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey" opened recently at the de Young Museum.

By Sari Staver | November 27, 2018

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and guitarist Ry Cooder will perform their rendition of the music of Johnny Cash on Dec. 5-6 at the War Memorial Opera House.


By Roberto Friedman | November 27, 2018

We've turned the corner into the holiday season, so last week Out There attended shows perfect for this time of year.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

The impresario and titular star of "Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce" sashayed downstage to lead his Curran Theater congregation in a rousing rendition of "Oh Holy Night."


By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Odd to say about a play that touches on the Holocaust, but with its poignant take on family, fiction and hope for the future, "Everything Is Illuminated" offers a lovely welcome to the holiday season.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Nilaja Sun plays four men and five women in her fast-paced, always entertaining solo show "Pike St.," now at the Berkeley Rep.


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