Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 9 / 26 February 2015

Fine Arts - Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

A fantasy city where hedonism, transgression and sin, if you'll pardon the quaint term, were permitted, even encouraged; a world apart where men left the onerous social constraints of daily life behind, shed their identities, and entered a realm of the senses. The same thing could have been said of San Francisco in its more freewheeling days, but the description actually applies to Edo (now Tokyo), a center for Kabuki theatres, brothels and other singular entertainments... (read more)

Theatre - Judy Collins intersects with Stephen Sondheim

When it comes to the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Judy Collins has planted a flag marking her territory. "You know, I own a piece of the property, so I'm very happy now to be filling in the landscaping," she said on the phone between sniffles of a receding cold. The legendary folk singer-turned-popular chanteuse will debut her new Finding Sondheim show in San Francisco on Feb. 28 and March 1, with a CD and a PBS special in the works. (read more)

Out There - Trying on alternative lives

Biographies can be great reads. They let you walk a mile in another woman's shoes. (read more)

Music - Jazz theater
from tragedy

There's nothing symbolic about the DVD of Fred Hersch and Herschel Garfein's jazz theater piece My Coma Dreams except the eight dreams themselves. (read more)

Out & About - Popul-airy

You have a few days left to vote for your favorite arts venues, dance and theatre companies and in other categories in our fifth annual Besties. (read more)

Theatre - Paperboys pummeled by penurious press

The sun will come out in one day more when you can consider yourself part of the newsies family. (read more)

Film - You're in
the Army now

Queen and Country opens in 1952 as a handsome pup, Bill, gets his notice to report for two years as a conscript (or draftee) in "the King's Army." (read more)

Music - Glass Etudes
come to Davies Hall

"I filled in for Maki at the very last minute," recalls pianist-composer Timo Andres about when he subbed for the indisposed Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa at London's Barbican in 2013. (read more)

Film - D-i-v-o-r-c-e

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (opening Friday at Landmark Theatres) is an eloquent and imaginative staging of institutionalized – in fact, mandatory – misogyny in Israel. (read more)

Music - More music from stage & screen

Here's the best part about listening to the two-disc deluxe edition soundtrack for Disney's Into the Woods (Walt Disney Records): you don't have to watch the movie connected to it. (read more)

Television - Wheel of
LGBT fortune

Where to begin? Season finales, series finales, new shows, Neil Patrick Harris, SNL 40, and some news we wish we weren't seeing. (read more)

Follow The Bay Area Reporter
facebook logo
facebook logo
Newsletter logo
Newsletter logo
ISSUU logo