Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 39 / 25 September 2014

Dance - The edge of Expressionism

The dance world here is teeming with remarkable performers. Indeed, the level of training is so high, it's not in question that any show you see will be well-danced, even if the artists involved aren't famous and they're performing in a dive somewhere. In fact, if they're dancing in a dive, like Randee Paufve's guerilla series 8x8x8, which happens in nightclubs, odds are excellent it'll have a lot going for it. The real questions will be: what's the rationale, did it achieve its goals, and how much should you care? (read more)

Fine Arts - Anderson Collection
has a new home

Stanford University's riches keep accumulating but, this time around, rather than an announcement of a staggering increase in their endowment or the construction of a sports arena worthy of a prince, they've received the core of what many consider one of the finest privately-held collections of 20th-century post-war art. The Anderson family, who live in an affluent neighborhood near the university, has given Stanford 121 primo works by some 86 artists, from Clyfford Still, Philip Guston, Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Lobdell to Squeak Carnwath, Mark Rothko, Wayne Thiebaud and Frank Stella, which are now housed in a new, donor-funded, 33,000 sq. ft. campus building that opened to the public this week. (read more)

Out There - All's hopping
on the Western front

Servicemen, Cockettes, tales from deepest Hollywood and the coalmines: it was a hopping full week for Out There. (read more)

Music - Barbra & the boys

"Hello, Gorgeous!" That's what you'll say when you hear the first sounds of Barbra Streisand's voice on her new album of duets, Partners . (read more)

Out & About - Fall faves

The festive array (more like an onslaught) of premieres, openings, and artistic engagements continue at a pace, and while we'd love to recommend them all, time and page limits can't accommodate. (read more)

Theatre - Clowning around the town

There are somethings old and somethings new in Old Hats, with "old" and "new" taking on multiple meanings. (read more)

Film - Once upon a time in Vietnam

I was excited to watch a film about Vietnam, but bored watching it. (read more)

Music - Have brunch with
SF Gay Men's Chorus

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus kicks off its 37th season with Crescendo: Brunch with the Boys on Sunday. (read more)

Film - Appreciating James Gandolfini

"Are you doing something desperate, something we can't clean up this time?" (read more)

Film - 11 up

A new doc from Down Under challenges viewers to remember how it felt to be a "tweener" straddling the perilous slope between kiddom and the horrors of early adolescence. (read more)

Music - Beethoven, Bates & Brant

One of the advantages of regular concert attendance at the San Francisco Symphony is the insight it provides into the logic of programming choices for subscription series programs. (read more)

Books - Flawed gay theologian?

Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45)? (read more)

Television - The face of domestic violence: the NFL

We like writing about fun TV stuff, like the hot new ad for "My Burberry" perfume with sexy supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. (read more)

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