New York-based, best-selling writer Jonathan Tropper — coming to the Bay Area this week to promote his latest offering, “One Last Thing Before I Go” — doesn’t necessarily want his fans to read all of his books. “You’ve got to cleanse your palate,” he says, upon learning that an admirer of the new book and his breakout novel, “This Is Where I Leave You,” had acquired several of his earlier works. Read More
Renowned pianist Jon Jang’s premiere of his commissioned work “Central Pacific, Central Subway” — celebrating contributions by Chinese workers who built the first Transcontinental Railroad — is among the highlights of this weekend’s third annual Chinatown Music Festival. Read More
Every half-hour this summer, Westfield San Francisco Centre’s landmark dome comes alive with “Corazon Under the Dome,” a free light spectacle saluting The City, created by Obscura Digital. San Francisco-based Obscura, which has wrapped buildings with fluid blends of sound and image, bathes the elegant three-story space in a seamless blend of era-spanning imagery and music. The Gold Rush, turn-of-the-19th century, Beatnik, psychedelic and disco eras — and the present — are represented in the seven-minute show. Read More
In Filipino culture, fertilized duck embryo, called balut, is a delicacy. It’s also the subject of a popular eating contest at the 19th annual Pistahan Festival in San Francisco this weekend. Presented by the all-volunteer Filipino American Arts Exposition, the Filipino culture and cuisine celebration, and parade, will be held at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, about 10 volunteers from the public will compete to see who can gorge on balut the fastest. Read More
The appearance of Mad comics in the early 1950s and its imaginative satirical drawing style captivated me and my teenage friends. We had never seen anything like it before.
Though there were many varied styles, what stood out most were the caricatures of public figures — political, criminal and movie stars. For example, then-President Eisenhower’s jaw, in reality not severe, was drawn sharp and firm. Likewise, mild-mannered Gary Cooper was illustrated with his teeth outrageously gritted. We were enormously impressed by the creativity of these combinations. Read More
The American Bach Soloists’ annual Festival & Academy, a summer music camp in the heart of The City, is taking over the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 11 days and nights.
Beginning Thursday, the all-Baroque affair will combine lessons, workshops, master classes, public discussions, rehearsals, recitals and performances led by music director Jeffrey Thomas. American Bach Soloists members will act as teachers, coaches and performers at the events, which offer a generous opportunity to music lovers. Read More
American writer-painter Henry Miller, known for his distinctly original, powerful prose in “Tropic of Cancer” and “Tropic of Capricorn,” will be in the spotlight in The City next week in what promises to be a memorable benefit for Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library.Supporting the cause is celebrated composer Philip Glass, who will grace the Warfield stage on June 25, along with singer-songwriter-harpist Joanna Newsom and violinist Tim Fain. The ever-busy Glass admits to having a full schedule this summer, but he says committing to the benefit was a no-brainer. Read More
Nobody told actor and comedian Jay Mohr that his stand-up gig at Cobb’s this weekend coincided with the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade and celebration.
“That is fantastic,” he says. “I’m not gay, but I am certainly on the waiting list. I’ve got my Rufus Wainwright CDs, I have my Hermés man-bag, and I’m very much aware that bear Alec Baldwin is much hotter than twink Alec Baldwin.“ Read More
2012 Hope Gala: Dr. Napoleone Ferrara and Dr. Anthony P. Adamis of Genentech were honored Saturday by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at its annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton in The City. The doctors were recognized for their achievement in developing a treatment for patients with diabetic macular edema, the leading cause of vision loss for people living with diabetes. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward continuing JDRF’s mission to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes. Read More
Hungry dinosaurs are on the prowl at the Conservatory of Flowers — and if you’re lucky, you won’t be lunch.“Plantosaurus Rex,” which runs through Oct. 21, is a chance to see what the big guys ate. It’s a small exhibit, but one that brings to mind the strange and wonderful plants drawn by Dr. Seuss. The giant ferns, exotic cycads and monkey puzzle trees would be right at home in the land of the Lorax. Read More