Joe Goode looks cute in a wig.
In his new show, “When We Fall Apart,” he wears a number of them, telling sometimes funny, mostly familiar, but not necessarily revelatory, stories in the personas of friends who have unraveled.
While more coherent and satisfying than last year’s “The Rambler,” but not as transcendent as “Traveling Light,” the 2009-10 site-specific work in San Francisco’s Old Mint, “When We Fall Apart,” as in all offerings from the Joe Goode Performance Group, blends words, music, movement and technology in appealing, provocative ways. Read More
Alison Whittaker begins her one-woman show provocatively, telling folks in the audience how they would acquiesce, maybe even with a smile, if she stuck her hand up their private parts. Read More
The diverse and remarkable history of social justice and gay activist Harry Hay comes to the fore in a jam-packed exhibit on view in the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery.“Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay,” curated by Joey Cain, includes amazing documents, photographs and memorabilia covering many varied facets of the gay rights pioneer, who was born in 1912 and died in 2002 in The City. Read More
We Players’ “The Odyssey on Angel Island” is a fun and funky, all-day, interactive theatrical experience that takes its participants on their own personal journeys wonderfully reflective of those experienced by characters in Homer’s epic poem. Read More
“FWD: Life Gone Viral” is about much more than the foibles of 21st-century technology. Both funny and profound, it’s a vivid story about relationships in modern times.The show, onstage at The Marsh, stars local theater veterans Charlie Varon and Jeri Lynn Cohen, playing all of the roles. They co-wrote the piece with longtime friend and collaborator David Ford, who directs with finesse. Read More
Valerie Simpson has got a solid solo act.
On Tuesday, in one of her first performances since the death last August of her husband and musical partner Nick Ashford, the veteran R&B singer-songwriter charmed her Rrazz Room audience, showing no signs of being nervous, though she said she was.
“The hardest thing for me to remember,” she said, “is to keep singing. I’m used to singing half the song.” Read More
What made “The Sixties” so extraordinary comes alive in “The 1968 Exhibit,” a multifaceted, multimedia show chronicling a year in which contradictions in American life came to dramatic crescendos.Society, politics, war, the arts and pop culture get equal play in the vivid, 7,000-square-foot exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California — appropriately, a “museum of the people” which opened in 1969 — including hundreds of artifacts, some serious, some fun, some both. Read More
In his funny one-man show “The Kipling Hotel” onstage at The Marsh in Berkeley, Oakland-bred comedian Don Reed picks up where he left off in his previous offering, “East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player.”Following his late-1970s East Bay teen adventures being the son of a pimp and stepson of a Jehovah’s Witness, his new tale vividly describes his stint in Los Angeles as a UCLA student on a “partial scholarship” (code for “not enough f------ money,” he says) studying speech and debate and trying to get a career going in show biz.Lack of funds led to the single-room occu Read More
Mission accomplished, Bruce.
At the outset of his "Wrecking Ball" 2012 tour stop at San Jose’s HP Pavilion Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen told the capacity crowd, "We're here to manifest the joyous power of rock 'n' roll and shoot it straight to your heart. We're here to take you to higher ground."
Three hours and 20 minutes later, the job was done.
Springsteen, 62, remains a powerhouse and phenomenon bursting with mind-blowing spirit and stamina. Read More
Jo Schuman Silver, the producer of “Beach Blanket Babylon” -- The City’s long-running, wild musical revue -- invites young performers to apply for the annual BBB Scholarship for the Arts award. The deadline is April 27. Can you talk a bit about the honors? Winners in three categories — singing, acting and dance — each get $10,000 scholarships toward higher education. Read More
San Francisco Performances’ upcoming 33rd season opens with concerts by pianist Jonathan Biss focusing on composer Robert Schumann, and continues with a virtuoso violin series featuring Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Midori; a 75th birthday celebration of composer Philip Glass; and West Coast premieres of new works by choreographer Paul Taylor among its dozens of offerings. Read More
Bruce Rosen, a Bay Area writer and investment manager since 1983, talks about his newest book, “If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away.”Would you categorize your book as a memoir? I would call it creative nonfiction. It takes the form of a memoir and goes beyond it. Its themes are both personal and universal. It represents my desire to make sense of what’s going on in the world — but not in a dry, abstract way.So what’s in the book? It has stories important in my life, it’s about the friends I’ve known, the coming apart of my marriage. ... Read More
Outstanding vocal performances are the highlight of “Hairspray,” the fun-loving, Tony Award-winning musical presented by Broadway By The Bay in its 47th season, and first in its new home at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.The vibrant community theater also is celebrating new Artistic Director Amanda Folena, at the helm of this show and the company after the departure of Brooke Knight, who retired in 2011 after leading the troupe for 18 years. Read More
An unlikely spoof of telenovelas, Westerns and even grindhouse fare, “Casa de Mi Padre” is the slight, wacky and even briefly charming new comedy from Will Ferrell and his former “Saturday Night Live” collaborators.
Ferrell nails the Spanish — yes, the film has English subtitles — in this delightfully overblown saga about a Mexican ranching family that gets caught up in drug wars. Read More
In his new movie “Casa de Mi Padre,” opening Friday, Will Ferrell plays a rancher who, in some ways, is similar to another popular character he once portrayed.“Armando kind of has an earnest, lovable quality. He’s like a Mexican version of Buddy the elf,” says Ferrell, who, in just 15 minutes in a recent interview in The City, exudes the same attributes in person. (He also has breathtaking blue eyes that are more piercing in real life than on the big screen.) Read More