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


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