Arts & Culture

'English' at Berkeley Rep: What have we learned?

'English' at Berkeley Rep: What have we learned?

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 11, 2023

Our theater critic gives Sanaz Toossi's "English," set in an Iranian ESL class and now playing at the Berkeley Rep, a solid B. But three of its cast members deliver A-plus performances that elevate the entire production to honor roll status.

'Summoning Sylvia' — ghosts, laughs and a witch

'Summoning Sylvia' — ghosts, laughs and a witch

  • MOVIES
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 11, 2023

"Summoning Sylvia" is a new, independently produced horror comedy that's currently available via Video on Demand. It's a zany laugh fest that offers ghosts, a self-professed witch, and even a little social commentary about homophobia.

What's Enough? Pianist Stephen Hough's new memoir

What's Enough? Pianist Stephen Hough's new memoir

  • MUSIC
  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 11, 2023

Designated one of the 20 living polymaths, Stephen Hough has, in recent years, added to his discography and busy concert schedule a welter of new musical compositions, and books, including his new memoir.

'Little Richard: I Am Everything' - documentary of the rock music icon tells all

'Little Richard: I Am Everything' - documentary of the rock music icon tells all

  • MOVIES
  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 10, 2023

In the new documentary, "Little Richard: I Am Everything," the truth that the pioneering rock musician had always proclaimed is made staggeringly clear. He was one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

Ocean film fest to feature trans bodysurfer

Ocean film fest to feature trans bodysurfer

  • MOVIES
  • by Marijke Rowland
  • Apr 5, 2023

When two people met in the water near the Manhattan Beach Pier, their shared love of surfing overcame their outward differences and became the basis for a new short documentary about the sport and trans joy.

SF Filmfest's faves

SF Filmfest's faves

  • MOVIES
  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 4, 2023

The 66th San Francisco International Film Festival includes a wealth of Bay Area filmmakers across all sections. Stories from 37 countries will be featured.

'Merrily We Roll Along' - a rewinding Sondheim revival at 42nd St. Moon

'Merrily We Roll Along' - a rewinding Sondheim revival at 42nd St. Moon

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 4, 2023

An enjoyable production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Merrily We Roll Along," now being staged by 42nd Street Moon, is well worth catching in one of its final five performances before closing after Sunday's Easter matinee.

Sights and sounds: The Lavender Tube on shootings, shrinks and 'Swarm'

Sights and sounds: The Lavender Tube on shootings, shrinks and 'Swarm'

Our TV columnist takes on coverage of the Covenant School mass shooter's identity, 'Swarm,' 'Shrinking,' the 'Ted Lasso' and 'Shadow and Bone' gay characters and more.

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Black history

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Black history

  • MUSIC
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 4, 2023

On April 15 & 16 the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus will perform "True Colors," their Spring concert, including a performance of the song "My Heart Be Brave," which the chorus describes as "an important contribution to music in the Black tradition."

Yvonne Zipter's 'The Wordless Lullaby of Crickets'

Yvonne Zipter's 'The Wordless Lullaby of Crickets'

  • BOOKS
  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 4, 2023

Author, poet and retired University of Chicago Press manuscript editor Yvonne Zipter has released her captivating new collection of poetry with a penetrating eye for observation and a big heart.

Gerardo Samano Cordova's 'Monstrilio'

Gerardo Samano Cordova's 'Monstrilio'

  • BOOKS
  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 4, 2023

Grief for the death of a child manifests in some horrific ways in queer author Gerardo Samano Cordova's smashing debut, "Monstrilio."

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

  • THEATER
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Drag artist Sasha Velour takes to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on April 6 with a new show that's also a celebration of the publication of "The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag," her first book.

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

  • THEATER
  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 28, 2023

New Conservatory Theatre Center, never afraid to take on hot-button topics, is once again about to touch the third rail of homosexuality vis-à-vis Catholicism with the West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez's "Locusts Have No King."

Q-Music: The art of rock

Q-Music: The art of rock

  • MUSIC
  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 28, 2023

You know the old adage: don't judge a book by its cover. But what about an album? What happens when the music on the record is as cool as the cover art? That sounds like a win-win situation for everyone.