Arts & Culture

'Breaking the Rules' — Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown at the Crocker Art Museum

'Breaking the Rules' — Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown at the Crocker Art Museum

  • ART
  • by Robert Brokl
  • Jun 6, 2023

Sacramento's new dual exhibit, "Breaking the Rules," benefits by the association that Crocker Art Museum curator Scott A. Shields had with both gay artists during their lifetimes.

Fathers figure: Andrew Pearson's 'Abbale'

Fathers figure: Andrew Pearson's 'Abbale'

  • DANCE
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 6, 2023

The word 'abbale' is the Hebrew word for father. It's a word that means a lot to dancer-choreographer Andrew Pearson. His show, titled "Abbale," will be performing at the ODC Theater June 15-18.

Circus Center's 'The Secret Garden' - tumbling with acrobatic designer Evan Tomlinson Weintraub

Circus Center's 'The Secret Garden' - tumbling with acrobatic designer Evan Tomlinson Weintraub

  • THEATER
  • by Mark Willian Norby
  • Jun 6, 2023

San Francisco Circus Center's upcoming productions of "The Secret Garden" will recreate the classic children's book through acrobatic storytelling, designed by longtime circus artist Evan Tomlinson Weintraub.

Gina Yashere: the 'woman king of comedy' returns

Gina Yashere: the 'woman king of comedy' returns

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 6, 2023

On Saturday June 17, British comic Gina Yashere returns to San Francisco with her new show, "The Woman King of Comedy."

Going Out, June 1-9, 2023

Going Out, June 1-9, 2023

  • CULTURE
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 1, 2023

While you may not yet have your full-tilt Pride on, never fear. June is already filling up this first week with fun arts and nightlife events. Get going out.

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 30, 2023

We're off to see...the movie? That's the question that's been cycloning around my mind ever since last April, when American Conservatory Theater first announced its planned production of "The Wizard of Oz," now in previews with opening night June 7.

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

Imagine if John Hughes made a vampire movie, set in Sweden. Well, that's what's on the menu — along with big gulps of stage blood — at Berkeley Repertory, in the National Theatre of Scotland's mystifying production of "Let the Right One In."

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

  • DANCE
  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 30, 2023

From unique interpretations of classic plays and musicals, to fusion music concerts and site-specific performances, summer performing arts experiences offer a chance to immerse yourself in the spirit and energy of San Francisco.

June bugs: The Lavender Tube on Pride programs, pickets & comedies

June bugs: The Lavender Tube on Pride programs, pickets & comedies

It's Pride Month! Happy 'What has the GOP done to take away more of our rights' month! Fortunately, some LGBTQ shows finished shooting before the Writers Guild strike.

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 30, 2023

Anastacia-Renee is an award-winning writer. Her fascinating new book of poetry is called "Side Notes from the Archivist," a historical document that provides insight into five decades of American history.

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

  • BOOKS
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 30, 2023

In Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans,' intelligent millennial characters argue with each other about race, power, politics, and especially class, trying to ascertain how social forces have shaped their identities, which seem in constant flux.

'The Little Mermaid' - Disney's 'meh-made' remake

'The Little Mermaid' - Disney's 'meh-made' remake

  • MOVIES
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 30, 2023

Disney's Oscar-winning 1989 animated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" launched a whole new era for the studio. But the live-action remake seems like just more vault-raiding.

Country music crossovers

Country music crossovers

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 30, 2023

Country music artists are regularly crossing genre boundaries, some even recording covers of Stephen Sondheim musical numbers. Here are four new outstanding audibly artistic diversions.

Going Out, May 25 - June 1, 2023

Going Out, May 25 - June 1, 2023

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 25, 2023

June 1 kicks off Pride Month, but we've got a lovely bouquet of rainbow-licious arts and nightlife events in the last week of May as well. Get going out.