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Entries by George Heymont from 01/2012

Something Spaetzle in the Air

| Posted 01.02.2012 | Arts

With the New Year freshly ushered in, a look at the San Francisco arts calendar shows the first film festival of the year to be German Gems 2012 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Castro Theatre.

So Little Time, So Much Intrigue

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Arts

The mere thought that you can dominate others (or that you are at someone's beck and call) can provide the spark which leads to something more intense than makeup or revenge sex.

What Part of the Word "Verboten" Did You Not Understand?

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts

Whether experimenting with sexual freedom or being obsessed with a forbidden type of love, it helps to keep certain basic guidelines in mind.

This Is Your Life

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Arts

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to "write what you know." But when dramatists and screenwriters reach a certain level of success, they sometimes opt to vent their professional frustrations in a creative work that bears an uncanny resemblance to their personal lives.

The Myth of the Deadly Diva

| Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts

From biblical temptresses to blood-sucking vampires, from the sirens of Greek mythology (whose seductive singing lured many a sailor to his death) to the succubi who appear in men's dreams, women have been portrayed as man-hungry predators throughout the history of literature.

Girls on Top

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Arts

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a new musical quite as much as Bring It On: The Musical, which played San Francisco as part of an extended pre-Broadway tour.

The Soft Core Within The Iron Lady

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts

It's been fascinating to see how critics have reacted to The Iron Lady, a new film inspired by Margaret Thatcher that has been directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Meryl Streep stars as the former British Prime Minister in a script written by Abi Morgan.

Once More With Feeling

| Posted 01.26.2012 | Arts

Few actors, when asked during an audition "What else can you do?" can honestly answer "I can tap dance dressed as a gorilla."

The Ghost Walks at Midnight

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts

This month, the Berkeley Rep presented the regional premiere of Ghost Light, a fascinatingly messy and mesmerizing dramedy that becomes curiously courageous and cathartic as its protagonist bounces back and forth between moments of insight and intransigence.