America’s Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon was arrested along with husband Jim Toth during a suspected DUI incident in Georgia on Friday. According to The Huffington Post, she is “deeply embarrassed” for her behavior, which really was quite legally blonde. Read More
If the big-box jukebox musicals leave you full but unsatisfied, you might want to try the creative and tuneful sampler “Show Me Yours” at the Alcove Theater.
Subtitled “Songs of Innocence & Experience,” the focus of this collection is original works by Pen and Piano, the Alcove’s resident company of composers, lyricists and hyphenates of the New Musical Theater of San Francisco.While the subject matter — vagaries of romantic relationships — is hardly new and not every song is a winner, the approach is frequently fresh and engagingly played. Read More
Oakland-based Ensemble Mik Nawooj is known for breaking traditional musical boundaries and taking audiences beyond labels such as jazz, classical and even hip-hop.
The concept comes to the fore in “Death, Love & Life: A Chamber Hip-Hop Orchestra,” which debuts Saturday at Brick & Mortar in The City.
Unraveling along a lush musical landscape of a seven-piece chamber orchestra, two rappers and an opera singer, the work delves into emotional and psychological waters as it chronicles joy, suffering — and the possibility of transcending beyond the mundane. Read More
Rapper DMX is hoppin’ mad at Oprah Winfrey Network TV host Iyanla Vanzant for asking him questions about his drug use. TMZ has the video of DMX being interviewed, during which he appears to be behaving like someone under the influence. His eyes have trouble focusing and his movements are jerky. Read More
The detritus from “John and Kate Plus Eight” continues to fall, this time with Kate Gosselin vowing to sue ex-husband John as well as Robert Hoffman, the author of the tell-all e-book “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World.” Read More
In the proud tradition of “my famous relative is a gazillionaire and I live in my own filth,” Justin Bieber’s grandpa has spoken to the British press about the squalor he is surrounded with no thanks to that no-goodnick grandchild of his. Read More
For a woman who’s just written a book about the human digestive system, Mary Roach is surprisingly cheerful.
The acclaimed Bay Area science writer seems perfectly happy to wade into subjects that would make most of us say “ick.”
In her new book, “Gulp: Adventures Along the Alimentary Canal,” Roach delves deeply into how we eat — and what happens after.
Informative and often hilariously funny, the book combines history, weird facts and up-to-the-minute interviews with physicians, researchers and other experts about events no one discusses in polite company. Read More
The City’s infinite microclimates can make it hard to experience seasons, but a Bay Area gem near Suisun Bay offers the perfect springtime ticket.
Running through April 28 — and possibly later, depending on Mother Nature — are the Western Railway Museum’s 12th annual Spring Wildflower Train Rides. Read More
Its title and story may stem from “Snow White,” but “Blancanieves” is nothing like the soulless, effects-laden action spectacles that the thought of yet another fairy tale-rooted movie brings to mind.
This Spanish melodrama is a modestly scaled, exquisitely black-and-white, emotionally rewarding take on the Brothers Grimm fable.
It is also a classy, quirky salute to silent-era cinema.
Written and directed by Pablo Berger (“Torremolinos 73”), the film, like “The Artist,” celebrates silent movies and presents itself in the form of a silent movie. Read More
Many documentaries have been made about the movies, but none of them are quite like “Room 237.”The film is a work of criticism, scholarship, obsession and paranoia — all devoted to one movie: Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”
Director Rodney Ascher interviews five people — journalist Bill Blakemore, professor Geoffrey Cocks, author and playwright Juli Kearns, performer and musician John Fell Ryan, and hermetic scholar Jay Weidner — who have one thing in common: an unhealthy obsession with “The Shining.” Read More