by Richard Dodds
Emotions run high whenever Charles Busch returns to San Francisco. And even though it was more than 40 years ago that he made his local debut at Valencia Rose, it was a transformative experience. "It was the first time both the public and the critics were taking me seriously," said the playwright-performer. "My big dream had been to play San Francisco, and I worked very hard at somehow finding a way to perform there. It turned out to be so affirming."
When Busch returns to the city on Sept. 25-26, he'll find himself in the plusher surroundings of Feinstein's at the Nikko, and now as a performer already held in high regard by critics and audiences. (read more)
by Philip Campbell
The San Francisco Opera opened the second production of the new season recently with a stunningly theatrical production of American composer Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Cast from strength and handsomely staged, I can see it making year-end "best of" lists already.
The Biblical Apocrypha story of a young woman wrongly accused and crushed by religious hypocrisy resonated again in modern times when Floyd wrote his powerful first opera during the peak of the McCarthy era, and its themes unfortunately still ring true today. (read more)
At the Out There desk, we have put away our white shoes. (read more)
Nothing goes right in An Audience with Meow Meow, but in her world, everything that is wrong is right. (read more)
The largest leather SM festival in the world takes place Sunday, and if you didn't know that, now you do. (read more)
When Michael Bartlett's play Cock was produced in New York in 2012, its title, by general mainstream media consensus, became The Cockfight Play. (read more)
The German Expressionist film masterpiece The Cabinet of Caligari is 94 years old, but the title character... has been around since at least the Middle Ages. (read more)
The subject of Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling's home-movie-like documentary This Ain't No Mouse Music! is a true American original, 80-year-old musicologist Chris Strachwitz. (read more)
"The Smallest People Alive," the brilliant title story in Cincinnati author Keith Banner's 2004 debut collection of stories, won him a distinguished O. Henry Prize and additional accolades. (read more)
The dance music world was dealt a tragic blow when legendary producer and songwriter Frankie Knuckles passed away in March. (read more)
Henry James' 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw seems like unlikely material for stage or screen... (read more)
In the swirl of hoopla attending the much-anticipated opening of the Anderson Collection in its sleek new facility at Stanford University, the Cantor Arts Center... should not be overlooked. (read more)