Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 47 / 20 November 2014

Fine Arts - The Kings of Cartoons

If you're still reeling from the dismal results of the midterm elections and are more bewildered than ever by the sanity and wisdom – or lack thereof – of the American electorate, you can find needed relief from the absurdity of it all with Slinging Satire: Masters of Political Cartoons at the Cartoon Art Museum. Sure to elicit moments of laughter and nods of recognition, the show's collection of 60 biting editorial cartoons by 20 award-winning, pull-no-punches artists proves that – to fracture an old cliche – a picture with a damning caption is worth a thousand words. (read more)

Music - Vainglorious personalities

Gioachino Rossini's second-most popular opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella, for easier ID) opened recently as the second-to-last offering in the San Francisco Opera's fall season. A refurbished staging of the oldie-but-goodie (or "classic") production originally created for the company by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle in 1969 still delights after an astonishing 45 years. (read more)

Out There -
Smoking the good stuff

High Maintenance is a web series that follows the adventures of a pot home-delivery man, unnamed and referred to only as "My Guy," played by series co-creator Ben Sinclair, on his rounds through NYC. (read more)

Books - Sexy time

The latest batch of erotic offerings from Berkeley-based Cleis Press includes an edgy, diverse collection of 22 lesbian sex tales... (read more)

Out & About,
Nov. 20-27, 2014

New takes on classics, new exhibits of departed local legends, and some unusual theatrical duos prove that there is no shortage of innovation in our arts offerings. (read more)

Theatre -
Red hot Romeo, et al.

Somehow the idea of Romeo and Juliet has become the equivalent of romantic slush, a dewy and tragic tale of first love that burns too brightly. (read more)

Theatre -
Wonderful world of Lucy

Lucille Ball continued getting standing ovations whenever she turned up on late-night talk shows, despite the fact that audiences had soundly rejected her final TV series and movie. (read more)

Music - Rousing finale
to opera season

The final presentation in the San Francisco Opera's fall season is a brand new co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company of Giacomo Puccini's evergreen La Boheme. (read more)

Theatre -
Spectacular wonder

The latest spectacular from Cirque du Soleil reaches into the upper limits of its majestic tent, which is no less than what we expect in a Cirque du Soleil spectacular. (read more)

Film - Wrestling with ulterior motives

In the intriguing new sports drama Foxcatcher from director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), two adult brothers are debating what will prove to be a pivotal crossroads in their lives. (read more)

Film - Deep in
the Indiana wilderness

Pondering my mixed feelings about The Better Angels, a beautifully lensed but rather precious docudrama about the log cabin childhood of our 16th president... (read more)

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