James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Anais Nin are about to hop into bed together — creatively, that is. Celebrating “Left Bank Bohemia” and the enchanted 1920s, nine local authors will read the works of some of history’s most fascinating writers — as those writers — when Litquake’s Cabaret Bastille unravels in The City on July 14. Read More
It’s official: Bravo’s “Flipping Out” is far out. The new round of the popular series returns Wednesday. Last season, the fourth of the series, showed a major spike in ratings.San Francisco native Sarah Berkman, comrade in arms to the show’s star, Jeff Lewis (Jeff Lewis Designs), credits the “cast’s” authenticity and how “real” this reality outing actually is.“It is nonscripted and extremely organic,” Berkman says — more than people might realize. Berkman is Lewis’ sister-in-law. Read More
Be careful what you wish for. That’s one of the themes you can find floating around “Wish We Were Here,” now in its West Coast debut in The City at the New Conservatory Theatre.The new comedy, written by award-winning playwright and solo performer Michael Phillis, might be one of the more hilarious tales to emerge out of Pride month. Read More
Space may be the final frontier, but how do you go to the bathroom once you’re there?
That and a provocative array of other questions sparked bestselling Oakland author Mary Roach (“Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers”) to pen the compelling read, “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.”
“I got this idea that you can go to space without leaving the Earth, which is probably the way I’ll ever get to do it,” Roach says of the book’s genesis. Read More
While few would have thought it was possible, Pia Zadora managed to emerge from the ashes of her post-“Butterfly” brouhaha decades ago with some class. Expect her to bring that attitude to the Rrazz Room stage this week. It’s fitting, too, that her signature song is dubbed, “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish.”“How you get through the rough times is, really, by the seat of your pants,” Zadora says the bumpy roads of yore. Read More
Now that the television shows “Glee,” “American Idol” and the new hit “The Sing-Off” have gone nuclear, attention on real-life singing groups has never been higher.Enter the Whiffenpoofs. Yale University’s famed a cappella group (not to be confused with another Yale choral group, the Baker’s Dozen, which was involved in an infamous 2007 assault case in San Francisco) — hits The City this week in a rare performance at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.Four words: Gleek your heart out. Read More
Oh, these are wonderful times for Armistead Maupin — and imagine the tales he’ll be telling a year from now.
But on the eve of the world premiere of the lavish “Tales of the City” musical, based on the author’s seminal literary works, Maupin’s emotions are, quite naturally, high. Read More
Marilu Henner enthusiastically sums up the secret to her longevity: “The key to your life is how well you deal with Plan B.” The actress-singer-dancer-author-health advocate admits to having plenty of those.
“‘Taxi’ was a Plan B,’” she says of the popular 1970s TV show that launched her celebrity. “My whole health career — that totally changed my life and that was a Plan B.”
In any case, Henner gets an A for all the B’s. She also wins points for inventiveness, which should be evident in her one-woman show debuting at the Rrazz Room this week. Read More
How do you recover from losing 30 years of retirement savings — nearly $1 million — in the Bernie Madoff debacle?
Deep breaths help, something Geneen Roth discovered when she and her husband found their financial world in ruin several years ago.
But Roth, a writer who lives in Marin and penned the New York Times bestseller “Women Food and God,” began to notice a curious parallel between her beliefs and behaviors surrounding money with those she once had with food. Read More
Pop princess Britney Spears unleashed her magic on San Francisco Sunday in what had to be one of the season’s flashiest media events. So, how did Brit do during the much-hyped mini-concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium? Nobody will hold it against her. Read More
Going ‘green’ is a given on St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of the ‘luck of the Irish,’ explore The San Francisco Examiner’s guide to the merriest Paddy places in the ’hoods: Read More
Roger Ebert may get “thumbs up” for dry wit and “four stars” for intelligence, but even those two rating systems — both of which he helped fertilize — don’t fully articulate the true value of the famous film critic and historian. Read More