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Faust: A Film for the Ages

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Corinna Clendenen

Faust- mein Gott! The story's still kicking! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's classic has been produced yet again, this time in cinematic form, in a film that is as wondrous as it is strange.

You Bet Your Life!

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people simply can't resist the chance to make a bet or the challenge to meet one. Whether that bet involves traveling around the world in 80 days or transforming a poor Cockney flower girl into a woman of poise who could charm the Queen of England, no prize is as delicious as the satisfaction of planning one's triumph.

Regain the Courage to Be Good

Zilong Wang | Posted 12.28.2013 | College
Zilong Wang

A recent conversation with friend woke me up to a surprising realization: I seem to have regained the courage to be good, after years of hiding behind the cover of evil.

Dog Ears Music: Ghosts and Candy

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by David Condos, Big Maybelle, Faust, Elliott Smith, The Bar-Kays, Ra Ra Riot, and more.

Bondage and Leather and San Francisco Opera's Mephistopheles

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I happened to mention Tracy's plans to someone and laughed, saying, "So she's going to experience the widest range of what San Francisco has to offer today." The woman arched an eyebrow and said to me, "Have you seen this opera?"

San Francisco Opera Opens 2013 Season with Boito's 'Mephistopheles'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.12.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The Opening Night Gala this past Friday night at San Francisco Opera was nothing short of a fiery blast. And given the overflow of opulent scarlet couture among the throng of Fashionistas, it was a hellzapoppin' frolic from here to Kingdom Come.

Revisiting the Classics

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival recently offered audiences a chance to wonder just how well they knew two classic tales which, over the years, have acquired so many cultural imprints and branding opportunities that people assume they know these stories upside down and inside out.

'Faust' For The Atomic Age

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Devil certainly gets his due in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gounod's Faust, which returned for the first time this season Thursday nigh...

Renowned Photographer Gets A Big Birthday Surprise

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

"I can't believe it. I never expected this, ever." The famed Houston Street Wall was the site of a sidewalk surprise birthday party Saturday for phot...

Magic on the Screen at Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.17.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

There is a folk tale / fairy tale feel to this month's San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The festival's upcoming winter event, a now annual day-long series of screenings at the Castro Theater, takes place on Saturday, February 16.

First Nighter: At the Theater, 'Tis the Season to Be Discerning

David Finkle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There are sentimentalists out therehappy to spend much of the Christmas season looking for It's a Wonderful Life screenings. For them, Anthony E. Palermo has adapted the beloved screenplay as a one-hour radio play.

The Met Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect From March to May

Opera Teen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

Bow to the Met Season! It is your leader!

UFO Crashes at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

UFO 907 & W. Thomas Porter Unveil Giant Wooden and Metal Sculpture With 34 Eyes "I think this is the kind of art work that people can step up to and ...

Trombone World Record, Sound Scene, Drag Ball Game: HuffPost DC Top 5 For June 1-3

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 06.01.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 1 1. Trombone World Record At Nationals Park This is the way to promote a show. "The Music Man" is currently being performe...

Chuck Brown Viewing At Howard Theatre: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 29, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.29.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, MAY 29 1. Chuck Brown Viewing At Howard Theatre Give your respects to the Godfather of Go-Go. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., all ages, ple...

PHOTOS: Germany's Fairy Tale Railroad

Jim Calio | Posted 07.08.2012 | Travel
Jim Calio

In fact, every year on April 30, local villagers get dressed up like witches and devils and ride the rails from town to town in celebration of Walpurgis Night.

The Met's New Faust

Howard Kissel | Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

For a star-studded -- Jonas Kaufman, Marina Poplovskaya and Rene Pape -- new production of Charles Gounod's Faust, Met managing director Peter Gelb continues his habit of bringing directors from the contemporary theater. In this case it's Des MacAnuff.

Venice Results Are In: And The Golden Lion Goes To...

AP | SHERI JENNINGS | Posted 11.10.2011 | Home

VENICE, Italy — Russian director Aleksander Sokurov's "Faust," a new take on the German legend about the quest for knowledge at all cost, won th...

A Pound Of Flesh: Extraordinary Literary Debts

flavorwire.com | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Today marks the release of David Graeber’s new book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. In this red-bound tome, Graeber explains the concept of debt and c...

Movie review: The Social Network

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Social Network satisfies in ways great and small, as it tells a small story with big implications.

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

Obama Takes a Meeting With Mephistopheles

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

"You've probably already gathered why I called this meeting," Obama says. "I've spent 18 months in office, and I can't help but notice -- you're not holding up your end of the bargain."

OPERA: Teatro Colon's Operatic Drama Offstage

nytimes.com | ROBERT TURNBULL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

BUENOS AIRES -- An Argentine poem tells of an unsophisticated gaucho named El Pollo stumbling into an opulent production of Gounod's opera "Faust" in ...

Dog Ears Music: Volume 116

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's column includes songs by Red Nichols, Harper Simon, Motel Bed, Brother Joe May, and more.

Sen. Roy Ashburn Is the Latest to Succumb to Faustian Legend

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Ashburn's public acknowledgment this week that he is gay gives him the tragic distinction of being added to the cocktail party punch line of public officials guilty of the vilest hypocrisy.