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Temporary Contemporary Lifts the FOG

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Raiser

Fantasy and reality continued to meld throughout the show, which highlighted a broad swath of 20th-century and contemporary modern design galleries, artists and concepts. The satisfying result was as cool as a cloud of San Francisco fog.

Golden Girls, Trannyshack Style

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 02.17.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

I am a huge Golden Girls fan. The ladies were crass, brass and full of sass. When I heard that Trannyshack was putting on their version of the sitcom, I thought, "Who better to bring these over-the-top old ladies back than four fabulously talented Queens?!"

Mary Zimmerman Back in Berkeley With Visually Radiant White Snake

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Brought together through Mary Zimmerman's unique perspective, White Snake is one more exhibition of a visionary's genius. Zimmerman doesn't simply fashion engrossing plays; she creates theatrical magic.

The Bride of Death Comes to Life By the Thrillpeddlers

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 01.08.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Halloween is over, but if you are a fan of John Waters, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick, Shocktoberfest is for you. The Thrillpeddlers have put on another campy, trampy and scary good time.

Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Saint Etienne at the Fillmore, San Francisco

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 01.05.2013 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

On Friday night, '90s UK act Saint Etienne brought their unique blend of electronic dance music to the Fillmore in support of their new album Words and Music by Saint Etienne.

Olympia Dukakis: Role in A.C.T.'s Elektra Is Downright Riveting

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Olympia Dukakis returns to San Francisco in ACT's ambitious production of Sophocles' Elektra. The show chronicles the seemingly inescapable depths into which its lead character plunges as she grapples with love and revenge.

How to Connect the Tribes?

Carey Perloff | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

If the arts in San Francisco go under, there is far less incentive for startups and tech companies to relocate here. Let's not make the assumption that the success of the tech industry is unique and separate from the rest of the city.

Photos: Grizzly Bear at the Fox Theater in Oakland

SF Critic | Posted 12.12.2012 | San Francisco
SF Critic

Visually, Grizzly Bear looked right at home; however, this was Grizzly's first time (forgive me) occupying Oakland. They dove right in with new tracks from their critically acclaimed Shields.

The Legendary Ballet Master Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

Reflecting Nureyev's lifelong obsession with the details of fabric, decoration, and stylistic line, the costumes in this exhibition represent every period of his long career.

Gettin' Some Love From Grouplove

Molly Fosco | Posted 10.03.2012 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

If the Grouplove's relationship is a testament to their success, then I guess what they say must be true... the best relationships start as friendships.

Punk Rock Trio Death Grips Have No Regrets

SF Critic | Posted 10.03.2012 | San Francisco
SF Critic

While many heavy metal or hardcore hip hop groups also toy with the sounds of rage and lunacy, it becomes clear that the key factor behind Death Grips' unique appeal does not rest in the anger spoken, but lies in the way the emotions are portrayed.

Suicidal Farmers on Film

George Heymont | Posted 11.26.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

At the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, a series of films documented foreign farmers driven to suicide by their failure to pay off their debts. Watching wealthy Americans handle debt only reaffirms the rigged system.

Normal Heart Opens ACT Season With Rage, Compassion and Love

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.25.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Rage. Frustration. Terror. Helplessness. Determination. Persistence. Larry Kramer embodied all those emotions and more when he wrote The Normal Heart, which runs through October 7 at the American Conservator Theater.

UK Singer Paloma Faith Rocks SF's Rickshaw Stop on First U.S. Tour

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.20.2012 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

With two albums, a string of hit singles and growing list of television and film credits, Paloma Faith is already a star in her native United Kingdom. Now the fiery-haired beauty is ready to make a splash in the United States.

Pro Wrestling Takes Center Stage in Aurora's Flashy, Physical Satire

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.05.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The play uses professional wrestling as a metaphor for all sorts of perceived American sins, and treats promoters and athletes alike as partners in a flashy scam whose spectacles separate enthralled and willing suckers from their cash.

Brimming With Art: BONHAMS

Sally Fay | Posted 10.21.2012 | San Francisco
Sally Fay

What sets Bonhams apart from the two other leading auction houses is its commitment to "economies of scale. It understands that a collection comprises items of varying values.

The Kinsey Sicks: Electile Dysfunction Rises to the Occasion

Greg Archer | Posted 08.16.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Politics is always a festive target for comedians and performers, but leave it to a gaggle of famous drag queens to impregnate 2012's election fodder with some of the best if not fertile material around.

Outside Lands 2012: Playing to 'Em All

Patrick Pfeiffer | Posted 10.14.2012 | San Francisco
Patrick Pfeiffer

The spectrum of choices at Outside Lands Festival this year were quite excellent, allowing all generations to live in their element, or to experience a taste of the future or past.

Technology and Fashion Meet to Bring the World of Jean Paul Gaultier to Life

Mary Hall | Posted 10.01.2012 | Style
Mary Hall

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on display at San Francisco's DeYoung Museum until August 19th. Put this exhibit on your list.

The Thrillpeddlers Talk Revolution in Marat/Sade

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 09.17.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

The past helps us understand the present, and what better way to do that than through theater? Marat/Sade, on view now at Brava Theatre, is a story of class wars and revolution, remarkably close to our current world.

Betty's (Little Basement) Garden: Excerpt

Laurel Dewey | Posted 08.12.2012 | San Francisco
Laurel Dewey

"I'll cut to the chase. There are a lot of smart, innovative people out there who grow cannabis.It's not all a bunch of burned out stoners and hippies. There's a shit load to know about growing the herb."

Are Roman Times Returning? A Review of Cum & Glitter

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.07.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

There is a reason I live in the sexual bubble that is San Francisco. In San Francisco, free sexual expression runs rampant through our streets, with free thinkers like the folks at theater company Cum & Glitter.

New Plays Join the Fight for Equal Rights

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Lauren Gunderson

"The phrase Marriage Equality has become a political talking point for liberals and conservatives alike. The goal with the Marriage Equality Plays is to share a human side of a polarizing political issue."

Silent Film Festival Announces 2012 Line-up

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.15.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Here is the line-up for the 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which is set to take place July 12-15. Many of the prints set to be screened are restorations. All programs feature live musical accompaniment.

Who Wants a Mustache Ride? An Evening of Tourette's Without Regrets

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 07.08.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

When was the last time you spent an evening with your jaw dropped? With your head sore from laughter while listening to words so offensive you couldn't help but react?