Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 7 / 16 February 2017

Theatre - Getting Bootycandy

When he was in the third grade and an ink pen burst in his pants, his classmates told him he was having his period. Robert O'Hara knew a period was what came at the end of a sentence, but he figured it must also mean something else. When he got home, he asked his mother, who said, "Look it up, that's what I bought you that dictionary for." It became a scene in his play Bootycandy, which continues with the boy asking his mother, "What's a blowjob?" "Look it up," she says. "I did." "And?" "It wasn't in there." "Then it must not be a word, and you shouldn't say things that ain't words." (read more)

Film - Savvy British offerings

In any given month, the calendar is packed with local film events, many of them very good, but the Mostly British Film Festival, established about a decade ago by former Chronicle movie editor Ruthe Stein, seems to get better every year. That impression is borne out by Stein's savvy programming of mostly though not exclusively British classics and new releases, and the festival's opener, Their Finest, a well-appointed wartime comedy from Lone Scherfig, director of An Education. It's set in England when the country's movie industry is gamely pursuing uplifting, heart-rending stories designed to soothe a weary public pummeled by the Blitz. (read more)

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Out There - Opera on the radio

The San Francisco Opera and Bay Area classical radio station KDFC continue their monthly broadcasts of performances captured... (read more)

Out & About - Blips

What to say about the enthusiastic crop of arts events this week? Go, see, because before you know it, that award-winning play will close, a beloved singer's tour moves on. (read more)

Theatre - Cruelty in Kabul

Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns is a multi-generational novel that, unless you're pulling a Nicholas Nickleby, needs to be... (read more)

Theatre - Puppet mayhem

The question may be the same, but the deliveries couldn't be more different. (read more)

Books - Winter reading list 2017

There are some long, dark, cold nights ahead of us, and books are a tried-and-true means of escape when the world outside is unwelcoming. (read more)

Books - Mystical master of love poetry

Rumi, Rumi, everywhere. Not only is Rumi the best-selling poet in the United States thanks to the popular Coleman Barks translations... (read more)

Books - Sacks partner

A decade ago the film Chris and Don: A Love Story, about Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bacardy, shed a welcome light on the sheer possibility of an authentic relationship across a 30-year age gap. (read more)

Film - Polish mermaid back-up singers

I have a vague recollection of the movie I'm about to review, and I blame the movie. (read more)

Film - The music & the musicmakers

The 25th version of San Francisco's Noise Pop festival, Feb. 16-27 at the... (read more)

Film - Forbidden love

The new British-produced docudrama A United Kingdom is a slow-building but powerful example of history informing our current problems. (read more)

Music - Blomstedt & the glories of the Ninth

Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony and SFS Music Director for a decade (1985-95), turns 90 this year. (read more)

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