It’s one thing to complain about all that darn attention, but the minute it’s gone it kind of sucks. Just ask Paris Hilton.
The heiress told The Sun that she’s decided to turn her back on fame -- but someone needs to tell her that her audience turned its back on her about five years ago. Paris’ last ego-driven reality show tanked, and she’s lucky if anyone follows her aroundBeverly Hills with a camera while she pouts over $2,000 mini-dresses. Read More
When Kanye West rants about being a celebrity and dealing with the paparazzi he sort of sounds like Amanda Bynes when she begs to be left alone yet consistently seems to scream out for attention.
The Huffington Post dissects West’s most recent show in New York, noting that though he famously shuns interviews, he tends to pepper his performances with insights into his psyche. Read More
Unabashedly intellectual San Francisco producer Kastle hears a huge “Boom!” from somewhere close to his Dolores Park apartment.“That was big,” he says. “I thought this was a nice neighborhood.” Read More
In one corner is Cindy Shih’s Bill O’Reilly-inspired, impish watercolor. In the other, Mido Lee’s upside-down, nude self-portrait with a riveting personal message.
They are on view at SOMArts Cultural Center in “underCurrents and The Quest for Space,” featuring a wide variety of works by 30 Asian-American women.
The exhibit aims to counteract common stereotypes about Asian-American women, artists say, and their “continued invisibility.” Read More
Director Becky Kemper based her version of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” now at African-American Shakespeare Company, on the chitlin circuit, the network of theaters and clubs where black performers entertained black audiences during segregation.
To that end, she set it in the 1950s (represented by some songs and by Linda Tucker’s period-appropriate costumes) and created a loosey-goosey, raucous atmosphere with actor Amy Lizardo as an assured and vivacious emcee. Read More
Cutting-edge neo-soul stylist Janelle Monáe, who dreamed of having an entire orchestra as the wind beneath her futuristic songwriting wings, is overjoyed to be performing with the San Francisco Symphony Thursday night. The concert will feature intricate, Fritz Lang-inspired tracks from her records “Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase)” and “The ArchAndroid,” and perhaps an upcoming third, “The Electric Lady” (already known for the new single “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badu). Monáe, who typically wears a dress suit, will be perfectly attired for the occasion. Read More
For Daryl Hall and millions of others, living with Lyme disease is serious business. But the mood was lighthearted as the pop singer, minus partner John Oates, blasted through his hits at a benefit for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation at a gorgeous Portola Valley estate.
About 300 people attended the fun and lavish dinner bash Sunday at the home of Laird and Sherry Cagan. Sherry Cagan, one of several founders of the foundation, also has Lyme disease. Read More
Six years after Michael Smuin’s death, Smuin Ballet continues to carry his torch, performing his works and new pieces he would have loved.
“Bouquet,” the mixed spring program with two local premieres onstage this week at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, shows the company at its adventurous best.
Helen Pickett’s “Petal,” an anticipated West Coast premiere, is fervid and furious. Pickett, a California native who danced with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt for more than 10 years, reflects both his influence and her individual ambition in the work. Read More
In a good example of life imitating art, no one wants to pay for Melissa Joan Hart’s movie “Darci’s Walk of Shame.”
The ‘90s teen-sitcom star took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to try to raise $2 million to make the film in which she would star. But the effort was abandoned after only 315 people donated a total of about $51,000, according to The Huffington Post. Cue descending trombone sound byte. Read More
Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller is rehabbing at the Betty Ford Center right now, but her twin sons by Charlie are staying with Sheen’s other ex-wife, Denise Richards. The state granted Richards temporary custody, but if Mueller has her way the kids will go with her brother instead, according to RadarOnline. Read More