"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Forever Changes" (Rhino/Elektra) by Love remains one of the most highly regarded albums of the 1960s.
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."
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).
In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.
"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.
Nicola Griffith's "So Lucky" is a profound work of autobiographical fiction about overcoming life's boundaries, resisting victimization, and discovering long-dormant strengths.
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.
Considering Todd Fisher's fascinating "My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie" (William Morrow, $27.99).
Classy concerts, merry musicals, paintings to ponder. The arts await you.
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.
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.
The pairing of Italian operas "Cavalleria Rusticana" ("Rustic Chivalry") and "Pagliacci" ("Clowns") has been famously successful for more than a century.
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.
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.
The San Francisco Symphony's 107th season opened last week with typical flair and excitement.
"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.
The most compelling miniseries of the new fall TV season has been, without question, the hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
It's been almost a year since Jackie Hoffman turned in what may be the most widely seen performance of her career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.
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.
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.
Catch him if you can: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit.
On the first page of the program for Shotgun Players' production of Guillermo Calderón's "Kiss," "A Note from the Director" is subtitled, "Spoiler Alert: Please read after the show!"