Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 42 / 16 October 2014

Theatre - Light in
the heart of the blight

In a sleeveless patterned sundress, incongruously set off by a pair of heavy-duty hiking boots, Carey Perloff enthusiastically guided a contingent of hard-hatted journalists through the emerging reality of the revamped Strand Theater. Right now, it's mostly scaffolding and concrete outlines, but you can see what ACT's audacious undertaking amid the long-blighted Mid-Market corridor will look like. Perloff, ACT's artistic director, is famous for her contagious enthusiasms, and it's easy to get swept up in her glowing predictions. But now there is the physical evidence to support the vision. (read more)

Fine Arts - Provocative women

Two new exhibitions put female artists front and center, where they belong and deserve to be in far greater numbers.

Annie Kevans: Women and the History of Art at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery addresses the disparity between the representation of female artists and their male counterparts in public consciousness and the sexist annals of art history. Kevans, a hot British painter in her early 40s, was spurred to tackle this subject, in part, by discovering that only 5% of London galleries allocate equal space to male and female artists. Generally speaking, the majority of precious exhibition real estate, in both museums and galleries, remains the province of men. Fine art is certainly not the only male-dominated arena – the film industry and the paucity of female directors comes to mind – but that doesn't make the statistics any less disgraceful in our supposedly enlightened modern era. (read more)

Out There -
Aromatherapy reading

As we've no doubt told you before, Out There is a most promiscuous reader. (read more)

Out & About - Seasonalities

Pick your faves, as fall arts events are fleeting by faster than you think. (read more)

Theatre - Fat chance

Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale starts off more like a minnow, as a series of short scenes, and the blackouts between them... (read more)

Theatre - Dressed
to kill & thrill

Like a gathering of cumulonimbus clouds, Angela Arden seems to make each entrance billowing in ever more chiffon. (read more)

Film - Humiliating hazing over a drum kit

Survivors of abusive relationships develop their own peculiar coping skills – among other things, a thick hide, and sometimes, paradoxically, an unusually tender heart. (read more)

Film - Italian masterpieces in four flavors

This weekend, the sharp-as-nails Castro Theatre programing staff offers a four-film, day-long marathon tribute to the still-active Italian master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. (read more)

Music - Busting the ivories

Bats and batons are still swinging furiously, both exciting and amazing San Francisco sports and music fans, as the SF Giants and SF Symphony rave on in an Oktoberfest to remember. (read more)

Music - Music & equality matter

As a rule, Dame Annie Lennox prefers not to use her prestigious title. (read more)

Music - Superstars of the repertoire

The two hottest properties in opera today are Jonas Kaufmann and Joyce DiDonato. (read more)

Books - How a life became art

If doubts remain about who America's greatest playwright is, John Lahr's masterful Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (Norton, $39. (read more)

Music - Happiness is a chat with Storm Large

The title of Storm Large's new album Le Bonheur (Heinz), loosely translated from the French, means happiness. (read more)

DVD - Body heat

"I wanted above all to film bodies," writes the director/writer Christophe Honore in the press notes for his titillating film Man at Bath, recently released on DVD by TLA/Canteen films. (read more)

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