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Entries by George Heymont from 12/2012

The Way We Were

| Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts

As we commemorate World AIDS Day, it's timely to notice how three recent documentaries about the AIDS crisis have helped to focus attention on the raging epidemic that should never have happened -- a plague that has now claimed more than 35 million lives around the world.

The Book of Mormon Takes San Francisco by Storm

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts

One of the blessings of having an unfettered imagination is a willingness to take greater risks than many other artists. When it was first announced t...

Take Me to Your Leader

| Posted 12.06.2012 | Arts

Most audiences for major symphony orchestras are accustomed to guest conductors appearing on the podium at various times during the year. It's assumed that while new faces may come and go, the basic orchestra remains intact. That's not the case at music conservatories.

Taking Note

| Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts

While Shirley Jones did none of the scooping some performers rely on late in their careers, her hit-and-miss approach to many phrases was the aural equivalent of watching a pilot try to land a plane in strong crosswinds. No skid marks, but many moments of alarm and uncertainty.

The Care and Feeding of the Lovable Schlemiel

| Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts

Most actors develop their versatility by training to perform in comic as well as tragic roles. But, as the old saying goes, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."

Timing Is Everything

| Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts

While art is often said to mirror life, what about those uncanny incidents in which a prescient artist foreshadows real-life events? What about major disasters that appear in fictional form years before shocking the world in real time?

Hiding In Plain Sight

| Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts

While some Americans assume that their religious freedom gives them the right to trample the rights of others, all too often the oppressor doesn't realize what true freedom can mean to someone.

Life's Different for the Super Rich

| Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts

Earlier this year, OpenTab Productions presented the West Coast premiere of Enron 2012. Using some superb puppets designed by Miyaka Cochrane, the production was directed by Ben Euphrat with a fury appropriate to the greedy tale of what happened to "the smartest guys in the room."

The Hosts With the Most on the Ball

| Posted 12.27.2012 | Arts

Whether that person is a cuddly intellectual or an old-fashioned stereotype of a mincing pixie, one's storytelling ability is often what keeps audiences coming back for more.