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'A Particle of Dread': Sam Shepard's Oedipus At Cucamonga

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The perils of parenthood are myriad and have been the subject of countless tragedies and comedies in the theater for over 2,500 years. Sam Shepard has...

Is He a Good Father, Katie?

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

My cinematic crème de la crème takes many forms. It may be one line of dialogue all on its own, or an entire scene's worth. It might be a look or a gesture from one character to another, or to no one in particular. It might be as simple as the quality of light the director captured at a window in early morning.

Horror and Suspense at the Deauville American Film Festival: From Vampires to "Sin City"

Karin Badt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Over a third of the 14 films in competition at the Deauville American Film Festival this year were genre pieces -- thriller or suspense or horror -- from Ana Lily Amirpour's vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to the political thriller A Most Wanted Man featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Conversations With Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCullouch, LP and Harry Dean Stanton, Plus a Nida/Schumann Download

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ian McCulloch: It's great when you like the actual stuff you've influenced. With Arcade Fire I find myself thinking, "God, I wish we sounded like that." People will say they sound like us.

Popcorn Preview: August: Osage County

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

August: Osage County (2013) Cast includes: Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Ewan Mc...

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

Out Of The Furnace: A Fiery Thriller

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Corinna Clendenen

This raw, unrelieved portrayal of the underbelly of America is not an easy picture to take, but has an authentic if harrowing Appalachian ring. No spring in sight here (except perhaps at Oscar night).

Casey Affleck Explores the Explorers Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Casey Affleck has a youthful intensity: he's too vulnerable to go to the deadly places he explores as a fighter to prove himself in the testosterone f...

This Week, Don't Forget the Side Dishes: Giving Thanks For Actor Ed Harris

John Farr | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

This Turkey Day happens to land on a criminally and perennially underappreciated actor's birthday: Ed Harris. Main course or side dish, first billing or second fiddle, Ed Harris is a truly gifted actor deserving of more recognition. So let's give it to him.

What Sam Shepard Taught Me About Families

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

What Shepard does through his characters is to help us know and understand there are unchanging family elements which influence us our entire lives. What we do with that information is entirely up to us.

Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic Seeks the Sublime With Bloodhoney* Book Project

Michael Juliani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Juliani

After some success with his short film, In the Name of the Son, Harun kept crisscrossing the country, traveling ceaselessly as he'd done since landing in the United States, taking pictures of landscapes and skies.

Americana in Revival

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Bay area audiences recently had an opportunity to experience revivals of two celebrated works which, several decades after their world premieres, seem to have lost some of their appeal. Though something was missing at the core of each show.

Shepard & Dark, The Backstory of Paris, Texas: A Conversation Between Lauren Wolkstein and Treva Wurmfeld

Treva Wurmfeld | Posted 12.30.2013 | Arts
Treva Wurmfeld

The characters played in Wim Wender's Paris, Texas have a lot in common with Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark. I find it fascinating that Sam Shepard wrote Paris, Texas and now almost 30 years later this documentary practically mirrors it.

Forget Paris, Go to the Derby: Simpatico Wins It Going Away, Belleville Off-Track

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

You can mistake ordinary politeness for friendship. You can be homesick with no way to get home. Herzog has perfect pitch for the speech of privileged Americans; I look forward to hearing it deployed in a play that's about something.

Awesome First Trailer For Christian Bale's Revenge Thriller

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 07.11.2013 | Entertainment

Christian Bale leads an all-star cast in the thriller "Out of the Furnace," a new film from "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper. Woody Harrelson, ...

Dark Carnival: Ghost Clown Shot in Dunk Tank

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.28.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The carnies were fixing the Ferris Wheel and passing the time talking about bar fights when one started talking about "Ghost."

Live from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Friday, June 28

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film festival's first day -- particularly when it's your first day at a festival you've never attended before -- is always a discovery process (though, of course, discovery is what going to film festivals is all about).

ReThink Review: Mud -- Murky Waters Run Deep and Dangerous

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mud skillfully yet almost casually manages to mix a coming of age tale, a twisty crime thriller, and a tragic love story in the slow-flowing waters of the Mississippi river, producing a masterful film with an edgy, contemporary darkness, yet with the timeless feel of adolescent adventures.

Forget London, Londonderry's Where It's At

AP | Posted 10.25.2012 | Arts

LONDON -- The Northern Ireland city of Londonderry has announced a program of arts events ranging from punk to painting to celebrate its role as the U...

Sam Shepard Brings Surrealism to Familial Dysfunction With Heartless

Andy Propst | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Andy Propst

A fish-out-of-water literature professor finds himself among a quartet of curious women in Sam Shepard's frustratingly enigmatic and yet, fascinatingly dense new play Heartless, playing at the Pershing Square Center.

"Heartless" Review: Sam Shepard's EKG on the Human Condition

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The heart has always been a vital organ in the plays of Sam Shepard, and never more so than in Heartless, a poetic, enigmatic and often humorous explo...

The World Premiere Of Sam Shepard's New Play Opens In New York

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts

Tonight marks the opening of Sam Shepard’s Heartless at New York City's Signature Theatre Company. The world premiere production, which has been in ...

In Times Square, A Theater 'Complex' Sprawls Like A Supermall

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.10.2012 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

With the opening of "Heartless," a new play by Sam Shepard, Signature Theater kicks off its first season in its new home, a complex that spans a city block and comprises three theaters, a café, a bookshop, a cinema, rehearsal studios, conference rooms, and interactive billboards in the lobby. It is the closest thing New York has to London's National Theatre.

Words of Mouths: One Old Crow Production's Cowboy Mouth

Bess Rowen | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

If you're craving something that is part theatre, part performance art, and part concert, listen to word of mouth and head over to Cowboy Mouth.

Sacrificing Baby Ducks for the Arts

Howard Sherman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

News directors, please leave the animal stories and pictures to the Internet, which was apparently built specifically to disseminate such "aw"-inspiring material. And with the time you free up, maybe you can spare a minute for the arts now and then.