Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 33 / 17 August 2017

Theatre - That old Shakespearean razzle-dazzle

A typical bio in the "Who's Who" section of a Playbill rattles off the cast and creative team's various theater credits. For Karey Kirkpatrick, who co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for "Something Rotten," his entry reads, "Broadway theater credits: none (please don't judge). Regional theater: nope!" But he is a co-creator after all, writing the songs with his brother Wayne, and getting help on the script from John O'Farrell. And their total combined theater credits: still zero. (read more)

Fine Arts - Getting the big picture at CAS

For the last four years the California Academy of Sciences has been hosting an annual Natural World Photography Competition and displaying the winners and finalists in their "BigPicture" show, where each color photograph is more spectacular than the next. One cannot fail to admire the industry and inhuman patience of these intrepid photographers from around the world who trek to remote parts of the planet. (read more)

Out There - Troupers enliven winery ruins

Transcendence Theatre Company is currently in the midst of its "Broadway Under the Stars" 2017 summer season performed in the Winery Ruins... (read more)

Books - Cuban life

The 10 vivid short stories in talented Cuban novelist Achy Obejas' new collection "The Tower of the Antilles" present a narrative about belonging and longing for the security of community. (read more)

Out & About - Arts events, Aug. 17-24, 2017

Coordinate your interests, timing, hats, whatever; just get out and see some of the lovely arts offerings this week here in the Bay Area. (read more)

Music - Reprising his Broadway role

Tony winner Levi Kreis will be puttin' on some glitz when he appears in "Help Is On the Way: Puttin' On the Glitz" at the Herbst Theatre on Sun. (read more)

Music - Primal emotions

Proust's love of Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Piano and Violin was such that some researchers have called it the prototype of the Vinteuil violin sonata in "In Search of Lost Time. (read more)

Books - From Rin Tin Tin to My Fair Lady

The impact early-20th-century Jewish immigrants had on American movies has long been noted, but David Thomson's fascinating... (read more)

Film - Post-human post-entertainment

Do computers get impatient? If a robot watches a movie, does it care about suspense? As long as data is transmitted, maybe that's enough... (read more)

DVD - Destructive decadence

A select few live amidst elegant opulence, isolated from the struggles faced by most members of society. (read more)

DVD - Ove the grouch

Schmaltz is a Yiddish word that originally meant melted chicken fat, but since the mid-1930s has been used to characterize artistic works.../ (read more)

Film - Cruising for a NASCAR caper

If you're cruising for a late summer caper film that's deeply rooted inside Trump Nation, "Logan Lucky" fits the bill to a T. (read more)

Music - Brexit music

Galloping in a couple of years after Oxford's Foals' breakthrough disc Holy Fire, What Went Down(WB) does a remarkable job of sounding alternately massive and intimate, sometimes even in the same song. (read more)

Music - Cover to cover

There is a lot to love about "What in the Natural World" (Paradise of Bachelors) by Jake Xerxes Fussell. (read more)

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