Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 38 / 18 September 2014

Theatre - Charles Busch goes plush

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)

Music - 'Standing O' for 'Susannah'

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)

Out There - Bah humbuggery in high heels

At the Out There desk, we have put away our white shoes. (read more)

Theatre - Cat nipped

Nothing goes right in An Audience with Meow Meow, but in her world, everything that is wrong is right. (read more)

Out & About - Vanilla sky

The largest leather SM festival in the world takes place Sunday, and if you didn't know that, now you do. (read more)

Theatre - Bizarre
love triangle

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)

Film - Caligari
is ever with us

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)

Film - Underground roots
of authentic music

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)

Film - Rude, crude & brattily lewd

What I have for you today is not the meaning of life, but rather how to enjoy, as best you can, the gross and sometimes inexplicably vulgar humor of contemporary German comedies. (read more)

Books - Smooth storytellers

"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)

Music - Autumn
dance party

The dance music world was dealt a tragic blow when legendary producer and songwriter Frankie Knuckles passed away in March. (read more)

DVD - Gothic horror
for grown-ups

Henry James' 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw seems like unlikely material for stage or screen... (read more)

Music - September soul

Devonte Hynes didn't need the extra publicity. (read more)

Fine Arts - Stranger
in a strange land

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)

Music - Opera's
new love couple

Since their winning appearances in San Francisco Opera's La Traviata last July, opera's newest heterosexual love couple... have taken their duet show on the road. (read more)

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