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 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.


By Gregg Shapiro | January 8, 2019

When it comes to LGBTQ music, the present, as well as the past and future, are female.

By Brian Bromberger | January 8, 2019

Colette (1873-1954) was a renowned bisexual French novelist, journalist, and actress best remembered for her 1944 novella "Gigi," about the training of an adolescent courtesan.


By Sura Wood | January 8, 2019

Here's a sneak peak of art just around the bend.

By Roberto Friedman | January 4, 2019

When composer Bryce Dessner was named one of the collaborative partners who will be joining Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony in 2020, his name rang a bell with Out There.


By Events Editor | January 2, 2019

Love the arts this year with renewed passion, dear flowers, er, followers.

By Jim Gladstone | January 1, 2019

A threesome of historical musicals, two shows apiece by two buzzy playwrights, and a festival of one-handers. Here are a few of the forthcoming shows we're most intrigued by as a new year of theater blasts off. 3-2-1!


By Brian Bromberger | January 1, 2019

2017 was a historic year for Finnish film, as the country produced its first three LGBTQ movies, "Tom of Finland," "Screwed," and "A Moment in the Reeds."

By Brian Bromberger | January 1, 2019

The new film "1985" is just released on DVD by Wolfe Video, a winning Showcase feature at this year's Frameline.


By Tim Pfaff | January 1, 2019

His music may seem to say otherwise, but Claude Debussy came to a bitter end of an ill-tempered life begun in poverty and ended in complications from rectal cancer.

By Philip Campbell | January 1, 2019

2018 was busy at the San Francisco Opera. Not really surprising, since it was the first season fully programmed (with one exception) by the administration of general director Matthew Shilvock.


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