Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 22 / 28 May 2015

Dance - Ballet beat

Does Oakland need a ballet company, or San Francisco a ballet school? "O, reason not the need," as King Lear said to his maddening daughter. "If to go warm were gorgeous, thou needst not what thou gorgeous wearest, which scarcely keeps thee warm." But if Oakland wants a ballet company – and it certainly did look that way last Saturday afternoon, at the Oakland Ballet Company's 50th reunion, which had the Paramount Theater close to full and vibed to the hilt on nostalgia and civic pride – chances are looking better that they could make the comeback after the Loma Prieta earthquake laid them low. And across the Bay, the students of the San Francisco Ballet School looked very impressive indeed in their annual graduation exercises. (read more)

Theatre - Her heart
belongs to Broadway

Nobody likes to be pigeonholed, but is it a dangerous career move to be too un-pigeonholed? After all, Laura Benanti has Broadway, movie, television, concert, cabaret, and writing credits – and she even danced with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

"If my goal was to be a famous person, then it probably would be a detriment to me," Benanti said of the versatility conundrum. "But my goal is to be a happy person – being a versatile actor who also gets to be a pretty normal person is perfect for me." (read more)

Out There - Frameline 39 is coming to town

Last week at a press conference held at Oasis nightclub, Frameline senior staffers announced the details for Frameline 39... (read more)

Out & About - Soar

As we head into June, arts events are busting out all over with rainbow pride. (read more)

Theatre - Mean girls
take the stage

Research for reviewing Heathers: The Musical was handled backwards. (read more)

Theatre - Gifted with feminine glamour

No one is beheaded in Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty. (read more)

Film - Cinema silent
& green

Silent films are an extinct art-form, alas, like the sonnet or dithyramb. (read more)

Film - A jump too far

I approached Marah Strauch's exhilarating new bio-documentary Sunshine Superman with a certain amount of mixed feelings and downright confusion. (read more)

Music - Symphony fortnight delights

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has been back on the podium at Davies Symphony Hall for the past two weeks... (read more)

Music - Extreme playing

The problem with cult musicians is that they're hazardous to your friendships. (read more)

Film - Shadow government of criminal minds

I confess to being a huge fan of William Friedkin's 1971 adrenaline-fueled rogue-cop thriller The French Connection. (read more)

Books - Homerun hero

A companion volume to the riveting, multi-perspective 2010 documentary Out: The Glenn Burke Story... (read more)

Books - Secrets unlocked

Mark Merlis is right up near the top of my personal pantheon of favorite gay writers. (read more)

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