Everybody’s favorite nanny flew into the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday.“Mary Poppins,” the Broadway musical based on P.L. Travers’ classic children’s book and the 1964 Disney film it inspired, is making its first Bay Area appearance, bringing the umbrella-toting British icon to life in a vibrant, kid-friendly production. Read More
San Francisco-based house-DJ duo on the rise Bells & Whistles returns to South of Market nightclub Harlot today, part of the busiest year ever for young Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Rieffel. Bells & Whistles plays the “Sound” night at the swanky club alongside Lisbona, supporting PBR Streetgang. Expect good times, fierce-looking ladies and some deep house, Yakovlev says. Read More
South Africa’s infamous apartheid regime is often considered one of the worst human-rights injustices of the 20th century. During the segregation policy’s early days, it had few opponents in government, but there was a lone female who spoke against it, making her mark on the South African history books.
That woman was Helen Suzman, and she is honored in “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” a pictorial history exhibit at the Katz Snyder Gallery at the Jewish Community Center. Read More
Sometimes discretion is simply the better part of valor — just ask Paula Cole. After winning a 1997 Grammy for best new artist — and composing the addictive theme song to “Dawson’s Creek,” “I Don’t Want to Wait” — the Berklee-schooled singer-songwriter saw the writing on the wall. “There was a huge change in the culture,” she says. Read More
It was a tough opening night for the cast of “Talk Radio” at Actors Theatre of San Francisco. Anyone unfamiliar with Eric Bogosian’s acerbic play might not have known that lead actor Christian Phillips was valiantly trying to correct a technical glitch of the radio station set at the beginning of the show.
With expert, seamless ad-libs, Phillips, in radio talk-show host mode, asked for a sound engineer and gamely tried to keep things going before finally breaking that fourth wall and stopping the show for a few minutes. Read More
On her BRIT Award-winning 2007 debut, “Made of Bricks,” Kate Nash was a Strawberry Shortcake-faced English teen who traded in whimsical sung-spoken folk ditties.
She’s grown up.
Now 25, she’s got a new fashion sense, a Rogue-from-“X-Men” hairstyle, a bratty all-female backing band, a punk album called “Girl Talk” (penned after her breakup with The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman), and an acting career in movies such as “Syrup,” “The Powder Room” and “Greetings From Tim Buckley.” Read More
The singer for the Grammy-nominated band As I Lay Dying has been arrested in a murder-for-hire scheme to allegedly off his wife, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Tim Lambesis was busted in a sting carried out by undercover officers, but he’s obviously never watched true crime on A&E because if he had, he would know that stuff like that never works out. Read More
Red Rocker Sammy Hagar has won a defamation suit that a former Playboy Bunny brought against him.
The woman, known as “Jane Doe,” accused Hagar of impregnating her in the 1980s, though she says the baby died soon after it was born. Read More
Former child star Wade Robson is blaming repressed memories on why he is now coming forward with molestation claims against the late Michael Jackson.
Details of the alleged abuse are sealed, but accusations of gold-digging are of course coming up--especially from lawyers for the Jackson estate. Read More
Sutton Foster, who officially opens the new Feinstein’s at the Nikko nightclub today, is a charming contradiction to the George Bernard Shaw maxim, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”
Foster clearly can do. She racked up five Tony nominations in the past decade — for all but one of her past six Broadway gigs — and won twice, for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” Read More