by Sura Wood
It's hard to believe, but the fall arts season is upon us. This year's slate is noteworthy for the absence of SFMOMA and MoAD; both are closed for renovation, and the Berkeley Art Museum follows suit on Dec. 21. September is a banner month that heralds the arrival of a portion of the Anderson Collection, amassed by Menlo Park collectors Hunk, Moo and Putter Anderson. Their gift of 121 post-war modern, abstract expressionist artworks to Stanford University is housed in a newly constructed, 33,000 sq. ft. building that opens to the public on Sept. 21. (read more)
by David Lamble
For the serious film buff, Labor Day kicks off an intense season when American filmmakers, studio-based and indie alike, compete like drunken sailors for the eyes and ears of every North American filmgoer. From now until Oscar time (February 2015), Hollywood studio flacks will swear that they care only about "serious cinema." Even queer-identified filmmakers will convince themselves that God, Oscar, or Harvey Weinstein will anoint them as this season's film flavormeisters. (read more)
Welcome to the first of two issues of fall arts previews in
the Arts & Culture pages.
If Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, had a fault, it
was in caring too much.
It's a personal prejudice of mine that I believe well-made fiction films are often far more accurate and truthful portraits of our messy human tribes than even the most scrupulously produced documentaries. (read more)
Those of us who live in gay meccas sometimes forget that others don't have it as easy as we do. (read more)
A mere 59 years after its successful premiere at Florida State University in 1956, 87-year-old composer Carlisle Floyd's opera Susannah opens at San Francisco Opera on Sept. 6. (read more)
If you're among the lucky folks who get one or more days off from work – heck, if you're among the lucky folks to be employed! – take some time off to appreciate some lovely luscious leisure. (read more)
Has anyone ever seen the kind of home-movie snippets of Barbra Streisand that turn up on TV bios, like those of Lucy and Desi clowning around the pool, or Bogie and Bacall mugging as steaks grill on the barbecue? (read more)
At the dawn of the television era (ca.1950), many Hollywood stars looked askance at the new medium. (read more)
Summer is over in a few days, and come September, the
TV season begins.