Author: Leslie Katz

San Francisco Examiner’s arts and entertainment editor Leslie Katz has been assigning, editing and/or writing news stories about the Bay Area’s rich cultural scene since 1997. Reach her at (415) 359-2727 or lkatz@sfexaminer.com.

Robert Greenberg, Alexander String Quartet cleverly bring classics to the 21st century

Things have changed since the last time Oakland musicologist-composer Robert Greenberg presented his Saturday morning San Francisco Performances concert-lecture series…

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2018: The best in arts

In chronological order, these were the year’s most notable moments in the arts, from this editor’s highly personal perspective. “Vietgone”…

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At long last, Carol Leifer returns to Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Southern California comedian Carol Leifer couldn’t more thrilled about returning to San Francisco’s Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, for the third…

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SF Ballet’s 2018 ‘Nutcracker’ underway with good cheer

In Wednesday’s opening of San Francisco Ballet’s 74th year of “Nutcracker” -- the 14th production of artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s…

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Calming holiday journey in ‘A Noh Christmas Carol’

In Theatre of Yugen’s entrancing and enchanting “A Noh Christmas Carol,” it’s not Scrooge, but Sukurooji, who undergoes the dramatic…

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‘Evan Hansen’ boldly takes on digital age disconnection

The turn-off-your-cellphone announcement at the beginning of the national tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Curran theater in San…

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TheatreWorks’ ‘Tuck Everlasting’ warms the heart

For the holidays, TheatreWorks’ offers a handsome production of “Tuck Everlasting,” which will warm, or maybe even break, your heart.…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen named San Francisco Symphony director

The San Francisco Symphony’s next music director, its 12th in 107 years, will be Esa-Pekka Salonen. The acclaimed Finnish conductor…

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