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Entries by George Heymont from 12/2011

Big in Bollywood (That's What Friends Are For)

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Arts

People spend a lot of time obsessing about funding for the arts, the political controversies surrounding provocative works of art, and the myriad challenges of building new and younger audiences for the arts. What often gets overlooked in these discussions is the pure joy that artists create for their audiences.

Stars of a Golden Age

| Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts

In many ways, The Artist resembles A Star Is Born. One film star's career begins to crash and burn while another's takes wing against a background of tremendous churn in the film industry.

Blow Out Your Candles, Laura

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Arts

2011-12-08-Screenshot20111208at10.41.01AM.jpg In preparing for the Marin Theatre Company's production of The Glass Menagerie, director Jasson Minadakis was determined to take a much different approach to the text.

Basking in the Multiple Charms of The Secret Garden

| Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts

If the crassness of the current social, political, and economic climate has you down in the dumps, I can't recommend a lovelier, more charming, experience.

Have Yourself a Less Than Merry Christmas

| Posted 12.15.2011 | Arts

Many children go to bed on Christmas Eve dreaming that Santa Claus will come down their chimney (even if they live in an apartment building) and leave presents for them under the family's Christmas tree. As most adults know, that just isn't how things work.

Muppets Rule

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Arts

2011-12-19-Screenshot20111219at10.25.27AM.jpgWhat do you say to a Muppet who looks you in the face and asks: "Is that your hand up my ass or are you just glad to see me?"

11 Cultural Highs From San Francisco's 2011 Arts Calendar

| Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts

The San Francisco Bay area has such a vibrant arts community that prioritizing events can become a mind-numbing exercise. Here is a slideshow of the 11 most thrilling events I attended in 2011.

Strangers in Strange Lands

| Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts

While the playwright has an interesting point to make, The Internationalist demands a tremendous amount of work for a very limited return on investment.

Follow Your Dreams

| Posted 12.29.2011 | Arts

The first time I saw one of Bill Plympton's animated shorts was at one of the Spike & Mike Festivals of Animation. It wasn't long before Plympton's hallucinogenic adventures in storytelling were delighting audiences at the Sick and Twisted Festivals of Animation.