Arts & Culture

Old friends reunite onstage

Old friends reunite onstage

By David-Elijah Nahmod

Broadway superstar Audra McDonald and Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky will appear together at the Herbst Theatre on Jan. 20 for a lively evening of conversation and song.

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By Philip Campbell | January 22, 2019

The San Francisco Opera announced season repertory and casting for 2019-20 this week, and positive first impressions were confirmed in a conversation with General Director Matthew Shilvock.

By Sura Wood | January 22, 2019

Harlem's temporary loss is a gain for San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, the first stop for "Black Refractions," the largest touring exhibition The Studio Museum in Harlem has ever undertaken.


By Jim Gladstone | January 22, 2019

The versatility of solo theater as a form, and the diversity of the Bay Area artists who explore it, are being showcased between tonight and Feb. 10 in the second annual Solo Performance Festival produced by PlayGround.

By Roberto Friedman | January 22, 2019

There was a certain electricity in Davies Symphony Hall last Friday night as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the San Francisco Symphony for the first time since his appointment as Music Director Designate was announced at the end of last year.


By Tavo Amador | January 22, 2019

Eddie Muller's 2019 Noir City film festival includes pictures that show how national paranoia damaged society. It runs at the Castro Theatre Jan. 25-Feb. 3.

By David Lamble | January 22, 2019

The 2019 San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) returns (Jan. 30-Feb. 14) with a bevy of challenging films that include two outstanding LGBTQ narratives.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | January 22, 2019

Fox will air a new, live production of the classic musical "Rent" on Sun., Jan. 27.

By Jim Gladstone | January 22, 2019

Jordan Tannahill was 23 when he wrote "Late Company," the emotionally explosive drama now in a regional premiere production at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.


By Tim Pfaff | January 22, 2019

"Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants" (New Directions), written in French in 2010, is an intoxicant of a different kind, even if the named intoxicants in it are of manifold kinds.

By Brian Bromberger | January 22, 2019

In his debut "Eighth Grade" (Lions Gate DVD), filmmaker Bo Burnham shows how early teens must cope with body changes, acne, awakening sexuality and social awkwardness, yet also reveals their personalities in embryonic form.


By Events Editor | January 16, 2019

Winter wonderlands of art, theatre and music offer warming thoughts, sounds, images and ideas.

By Sura Wood | January 15, 2019

After rebelling against the constraints and realism of street photography in 1974, Steve Kahn commenced what became known as "The Hollywood Suites."


By Philip Campbell | January 15, 2019

The New York Philharmonic's new music director Jaap van Zweden made his second appearance at DSH with his own strong-minded interpretation of Bruckner's Symphony #5.

By Roberto Friedman | January 15, 2019

In every community there is an artist who best captures the zeitgeist of that place, that time, and what it was like to live there then. For AIDS activist-era San Francisco, that artist was Jerome Caja.


By Tavo Amador | January 15, 2019

Olivia de Havilland (b. 1916), the last living star from the 1930s, published "Every Frenchman Has One" (1961) about her life in France following her marriage to Paris "Match" editor Pierre Galante, but has yet to write her memoirs.

By Jim Gladstone | January 15, 2019

Uplifting. Optimistic. Inspiring. You've likely heard these characterizations of "Come From Away," the hit Broadway musical now making its San Francisco debut at the Golden Gate Theatre.


By Jim Gladstone | January 15, 2019

"Paradise Square," the ambitious, long-aborning musical, is now in its latest stage of gestation at Berkeley Rep.

By David Lamble | January 15, 2019

Cannes award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski recalls the European Communist-era relationship of his composer dad and singer mom in "Cold War."


By Tim Pfaff | January 15, 2019

I know I'm leading with a tautology here, but I've never before read a book anything like "What's Left of the Night" (New Vessel Press).

By Jim Piechota | January 15, 2019

Lambda Award-winning author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore draws from her time spent living in Boston in 1995 to inform "Sketchtasy," a coming-of-age novel.


By Victoria A. Brownworth | January 15, 2019

We try to give TV series three episodes before we decide a show is irredeemable. We're trying to give 2019 at least a month before we make the same decision, but this new year doesn't look so shiny and fresh.

By David Lamble | January 15, 2019

In the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition, 12 films from around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.


By Sari Staver | January 11, 2019

SF Sketchfest, the nationally recognized comedy festival born and bred in San Francisco, brings more than 700 shows to stages around town for 18 days beginning Jan. 10.

By David Lamble | January 11, 2019

The Sundance Film Festival was the brainchild of Hollywood star Robert Redford.


By Tim Pfaff | January 11, 2019

Writing his final opera "Death in Venice," Benjamin Britten, who knew he was dying, looked at his life's work and stripped it bare.

By Events Editor | January 9, 2019

Winter wonderlands of art, theatre and music offer warming thoughts, sounds, images and ideas.


By Sura Wood | January 8, 2019

German artist Johannes Brus delivers a rare and welcome jolt to the jaded in his first American solo exhibition, now at SFMOMA.

By Philip Campbell | January 8, 2019

The San Francisco Opera's 2018 fall season and holiday events have ended, but preparations for the 2019 summer season are ongoing.


By Roberto Friedman | January 8, 2019

Before the holiday season was over, Out There was offered an overnight stay at a landmark San Francisco hotel to add to our continuing investigation into excellent places to indulge in a Bay Area staycation.

By David Lamble | January 8, 2019

"Stan & Ollie" opens in 1953 when, long past their prime, their comedy gems languishing on TV, Laurel & Hardy made a farewell tour through the music-hall circuit.


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