Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 17 / 24 April 2014
 
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Film - International perspectives

The San Francisco International Film Festival is 57 years old, and still the city's most reliable guide to cutting-edge international cinema. This year's slate, unspooling April 24 through May 8 at the Castro Theatre, New People Cinema and AMC Kabuki Theatres, has special guest appearances by Texas auteur Richard Linklater (Founder's Directing Award), Isaac Julien (in conversation with critic B. Ruby Rich, 4/27) and critic David Thomson (to introduce the Preston Sturges classic comedy The Lady Eve ). (read more)

Music - Opera Parallele
marries Weill & Poulenc

"Some people thought it was a bit inappropriate to write something light after the war," Opera Parallele music director Nicole Paiement notes. The subject? Gay French composer Francis Poulenc's first opera Les Mamelles de Tiresias (The Breasts of Tiresias), which he wrote in 1944. "Poulenc was a very vocal and outspoken individual who wrote about things he believed in," she continues, speaking rapidly and with enthusiasm. "It's extremely powerful dramatically." (read more)

Out There - Bestival festival news!

With this week's opening of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, our thoughts are full of film festival news. (read more)

Music - Two epic productions

The San Francisco Opera is giving Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein II's beloved and groundbreaking operetta Show Boat the full grand-opera treatment when it opens the summer season on Sunday, June 1. (read more)

Film - Adolescence
lost & found

It's exceedingly rare in my job to feel that a good film could have been so much better if only it had been a tad longer. (read more)

Books - Ladies
of the stage

The book's name may sound frivolous. But Nothing Like a Dame isn't, not by a long shot. (read more)

Theatre -
Heart of hearing

Nina Raine's play Tribes starts off like an expletive-laden, modern-day version of You Can't Take It With You. (read more)

Theatre - Pen
pal-ling around

He is in prison for fleecing investors. She is in an institution after suffering traumatic brain injury. They become online pen pals, and thus fairy tale is born. (read more)

Out & About -
April 24 - May 1, 2014

You're going to have to travel outside your comfort zone to find some of the most amusing and interesting plays and art this week. (read more)

Lavender Tube -
She kissed a girl

Here's when we'll know we have full LGBT equality: When we see dozens of promos for a network series show of two teenage boys kissing. (read more)

Music - Boy George reclaims his crown

After a 20-year absence from recording original material, and a history of substance abuse played out in the public arena, you might think that Boy George's return to recorded music, might sound like Marianne Faithfull's Broken English. (read more)

Music - Tradition
with a lesbian twist

Isle of Klezbos might not be invited to perform at weddings or bar mitzvahs in the insular world of Orthodox Judaism, but the lesbian musical group has definitely built up a following elsewhere. (read more)

Music - Stations
of the cross

There's more than just two centuries separating two settings of the defining Good Friday hymn Stabat Mater, recently released on two superb CDs. (read more)


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