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Entries by George Heymont from 04/2012

The Battle Hymns of the Republic

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts

During the final 20 minutes of silent film Napoleon, theatre's organ joined forces with the Oakland East Bay Symphony to acoustically anchor an unforgettable cinematic experience.

All Things Being Relative

| Posted 04.05.2012 | Arts

The struggle to overcome one's doubts, fears, and family's expectations is a theme that ran deep through three short films recently screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

How Are Things in Patagonia?

| Posted 04.08.2012 | Arts

Patagonia Rising is filled with beautiful footage of the Patagonian alps as well as bucolic scenes of Chile's gauchos, farmers, and ranchers who would become the victims of Endesa's huge power grab.

Sending the Bard a Birthday Card

| Posted 04.12.2012 | Arts

Not only have Shakespeare's works survived directorial updating and near-villainous tampering with the text, they are still taught in high schools and colleges around the world. What has changed is the wealth of teaching tools now available in the classroom and on the Internet.

You Can't Fix Stupid

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts

One of the most memorable characters in American literature is stupid in the oldest and truest sense of the word. Although he appears to be warm, human, and inhabits the body of a man, his mind and personality never progressed past childhood.

Suburban Nightmares

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Arts

2012-04-19-pullquote.jpgAlthough the play certainly has its flaws, it's based on an interesting conceit which takes the audience within a stone's throw of The Twilight Zone.

When Patience Becomes an Artistic Necessity

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Arts

How does one get from standing in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History and looking up at a life-sized model of a 94-foot long blue whale to creating an animation sequence for Monstro the Whale? It takes lots of talent -- and even more patience.

Miss Coco Peru Has Some Advice For You

| Posted 04.26.2012 | Arts

Beloved performer and gay activist Miss Coco Peru returned to S.F. for a double header with a new wig and good reason to celebrate. This year marks Clinton Leupp's 20th anniversary as Coco, bringing truth and sarcasm to people everywhere.

Searching for a Balance With Nature and Self

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Arts

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is balanced between the story of a remote and complex father and capturing the fine art of making sushi and photographing it in the immediacy of its freshness. It is also filled with surprises -- like watching how someone gets a live octopus into a plastic bag!