Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 5 / 29 January 2015
 
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Dance - Kicking off
the ballet season

For the first time in 30 years, San Francisco Ballet's opening night gala disappointed me. It's always been a community festival. In the late 1980s, we'd leave the auditorium and find more dancing going on in the lobby – Russian folk dancers, Savoy-style lindy-hoppers, with little combos playing so you and your date could dance yourselves, or climb the stairs to the mezzanine and look down over the balustrades... (read more)

Fine Arts - Distant memories
of South of Market

Janet Delaney: South of Market, now on show at the de Young Museum, is a photographic essay that documents the city's brush with redevelopment, gentrification, the wages of progress, and their casualties in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As such, it has parallels with 21st-century San Francisco that are difficult to miss. And what have we learned, you might ask, as history seems to be repeating itself with the current tech boom? (read more)

Out There - Do-it-yourself North Bay getaway

The small picturesque town of Healdsburg in the North Bay is in the midst of its inaugural Hands on Healdsburg program, set to run through Feb. 28. (read more)

Out & About - Curtains call

Theatrical entertainments lure you into other worlds, with performers flinging their bodies into the air, jumping through hoops, or simply reading beguilingly fascinating poetry. (read more)

Theatre - Portrait of a lady

Tom Stoppard is a bright guy. You won't get much argument with that. (read more)

Theatre - Medium rare

It's no surprise when Angela Lansbury gets a round of applause as she makes her first entrance in Blithe Spirit. (read more)

Theatre - Are you ready
for some football?

A docudrama about head concussions sustained in professional football sounded about as enticing as a docudrama on pedestrian safety... (read more)

Film - Captivating cinema
in Germanic languages

The 19th edition of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and seven other nations, plays at several locations from Jan. 29 - Feb. 3... (read more)

Film - Timbuktu goes Hollywood

The name Timbuktu is synonymous with faraway places, having a Neverland allure to rival Hollywood's for anyone who's never actually been there. (read more)

DVD - Classic
lesbian film returns

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-82) was the best-known filmmaker during the New German Cinema period. (read more)

Books - Game-changer
about a winter journey

It's usually a performance rather than a book that changes minds about a piece of music. (read more)

DVD - Teenage trouble

As with his nuanced 2004 masterwork Mysterious Skin, queer filmmaker Gregg Araki's latest, White Bird in a Blizzard, is the writer/director's adaptation of a novel. (read more)

Books - Chilly scenes of Gore Vidal

"I used to be the handsomest man in Rome. Now I'm just another ruin," quipped writer Gore Vidal when he was 50. (read more)

Television - Crystal-clear homophobia

And 2015 had been going so well. (read more)

Film - Like mother,
like son

Okay, I'll admit it, as a gay boy growing up on the East Coast, I was definitely "Daddy's boy." (read more)


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