Arts & Culture

Noir Town: stage meets screen in A.C.T.'s 'The Headlands'

Noir Town: stage meets screen in A.C.T.'s 'The Headlands'

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 21, 2023

The stars of 'The Headlands,' local playwright Christopher Chen's San Francisco mystery, now playing at A.C.T.'s Toni Rembe Theatre, are the scenic and projection design by Alexander V. Nichols.

Remembering Olympia Dukakis: late star's brother mounts tribute at Strand Theater

Remembering Olympia Dukakis: late star's brother mounts tribute at Strand Theater

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 21, 2023

Known for her Oscar-winning performance in 'Moonstruck' and as Anna Madrigal in 'Tales of the City,' the late Olympia Dukakis will be honored in a multimedia production at The Strand theater produced by her brother.

Catherine Russell: singing the test of time

Catherine Russell: singing the test of time

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 21, 2023

"Before I record something," explained Catherine Russell, who plays the Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room February 26 as part of the Bay Area Cabaret Series, "I always test them out with live audiences, just to see if they work. Luckily, they usually do."

Q-Music: more solos and sides

Q-Music: more solos and sides

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 21, 2023

Lesser-known reissues from a folk rock great, plus new albums from bands you know, or don't, make up our eclectic listening playlist.

Missing, kissing, & dissing: The Lavender Tube on love in Paris, missing Black girls and more

Missing, kissing, & dissing: The Lavender Tube on love in Paris, missing Black girls and more

It's Lent, again. So if you are giving up candy or other sweets for this period of self-abnegation, we recommend some televised confections that won't break your flagellant commitments, but will still be fulfilling.

Rebecca Makkai: author discusses 'I Have Some Questions For You'

Rebecca Makkai: author discusses 'I Have Some Questions For You'

  • BOOKS
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 21, 2023

Novelist and straight ally Rebecca Makkai has created some of the most unforgettable queer characters in contemporary fiction. She shared insights on new novel, 'I Have Some Questions For You.'

One Night Only REAF concert with 'Mean Girls'

One Night Only REAF concert with 'Mean Girls'

  • MUSIC
  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Feb 14, 2023

Cast members from the touring production of "Mean Girls" gave rousing performances at the One Night Only REAF benefit concert, held at the Marines' Memorial Theatre February 13, with guest performers D'Arcy Drollinger and Shawn Ryan.

Claybourne Elder: gay Broadway star plays two Bay Area shows

Claybourne Elder: gay Broadway star plays two Bay Area shows

  • MUSIC
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 14, 2023

In advance of his concerts in Napa and San Francisco, Claybourne Elder, star of 'Company,' 'The Gilded Age' and more, shared a few remarkable stories of his Mormon upbringing and theatrical good fortune.

Sargent and Spain: John Singer Sargent exhibit graces the Legion of Honor

Sargent and Spain: John Singer Sargent exhibit graces the Legion of Honor

  • ART
  • by Robert Brokl
  • Feb 14, 2023

Like a swank ocean liner of a bygone era, the John Singer Sargent exhibition, "Sargent and Spain," at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from the National Gallery in Washington, is a welcome arrival, full of his trademark bravura paintings and drawings.

Sargent's 'Grand Affair' - biography of the painter brings new light on his life

Sargent's 'Grand Affair' - biography of the painter brings new light on his life

  • ART
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 14, 2023

Paul Fisher, professor of American studies at Wellesley College, begins his full-scale biography, "The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World," with a confession that Sargent, a great American artist (1856-1925), is also an abiding enigma.

'Justice: A New Musical' - composer and lyricist on their Supreme Court show

'Justice: A New Musical' - composer and lyricist on their Supreme Court show

  • THEATER
  • by Marijke Rowland
  • Feb 14, 2023

The Marin Theatre Company staging of "Justice: A New Musical" will technically be its second production after its world premiere last spring in Arizona. But real-life changes have inspired an updated version.

'Of An Age' - a freewheeling sensual, wistful romantic odyssey

'Of An Age' - a freewheeling sensual, wistful romantic odyssey

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 14, 2023

The new Australian dramedy "Of An Age" by Macedonian-born, Melbourne-raised writer-director-editor Goran Stolevski is that happy exception to overdone and often clichéd coming-of-age stories.

'BABA: The Life and Death of Stana' - new opera explores gender identity

'BABA: The Life and Death of Stana' - new opera explores gender identity

  • MUSIC
  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 14, 2023

Written, composed and directed by Karmina Silec, "BABA: The Life and Death of Stana' conveys stories of Balkan sworn virgins (women who live as men after taking vows of chastity and celibacy) in a new interpretation of epic story-singing traditions.

Billy Porter: from Broadway to 'Brady'

Billy Porter: from Broadway to 'Brady'

  • MOVIES
  • by Tim Nasson
  • Feb 12, 2023

Billy Porter stars as a Super Bowl half-time show choreographer opposite Oscar winners Sally Field, Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, and Tony winner Lilly Tomlin, in the feel-good comedy "80 For Brady."