Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 16 / 17 April 2014

Theatre - State-censored sex drives

A biography of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the saga of Monica Samille Lewinsky collided in playwright John W. Lowell's mind to create The Letters, a play first heard at a San Francisco playwrights' workshop 15 years ago and that is now receiving its first professional Bay Area production thanks to Aurora Theatre. (read more)

Fine Arts - What's up
in the April galleries?

To enter the realm of prolific African American artist Romare Bearden is to surrender to the rhapsody of color, an exuberant concert enlivening Romare Bearden: Storyteller, a show at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery featuring an array of dazzling collages, watercolors and prints from the 1970s and 80s. (read more)

Out There - The cook, the tramp & the barihunk

If you're like Out There, you appreciate male pulchritude, especially when it comes attached to the baritone register. (read more)

Theatre - Kosher Comedy presents Muslim comic

Shazia Mirza was raised in a strict Muslim environment. Raised in London by Pakistani parents, she's a trained biochemist who likes to make people laugh. (read more)

Dance - Maelstrom of classic & modern dance

Oh, for a lookout point from which the important dance events of the last two weeks could be seen, assessed, and described! (read more)

Books - Mommy dearest

Caretaking for an elderly parent is an inevitability for many of us. (read more)

Music - Brighter side
of brilliant

Why do runners keep running faster, jumpers jump higher, billionaires get younger? It's late in the game to be flirting with notions of human perfectibility, but the evidence is mounting – or is it just the information age? (read more)

Music - The soul of spring

Pharrell Williams may not have won the Oscar for the giddy "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 (it was an honor just to be nominated, right?), but that shouldn't spoil his mood. (read more)

Film - The unmotivated undead

Time passes even when you're not having fun. (read more)

Film - Unsavory characters

Bad Words is a flawed but intelligent new comedy about impressionable minds exposed to dirty tricks and profane language by an embittered middle-aged man competing in a national spelling bee. (read more)

Books - Spring poetry roundup

Poetry, in all its varying forms, encompasses the art and grace of creating words with passion, of conveying a wave of intimate feeling with an economy of lines and phrasing. (read more)

Books - For young adults
of all ages

Gay writer Tim Federle knows that readers come in all ages. (read more)

Books - Shaking up
the church

Upon reading the title of the provocative new book by Jay Johnson, a professor at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, one asks, What are "peculiar faith" and "queer theology?"

(read more)

Books - Zubro works
in mysterious ways

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of popular and prolific mystery writer Mark Zubro's award-winning first book, A Simple Suburban Murder. (read more)

Out & About - You-foria

While many folks celebrate various religious events this week, be sure to also celebrate yourself. (read more)

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