In the world of showbiz, it’s sometimes easy to overlook that the second syllable is short for “business.”
That’s not the case with Kim Nalley, who opens a five-week run at the Rrazz Room on Tuesday with “She Put a Spell on Me” featuring the music of Nina Simone.
The accomplished jazz singer knows all too well what’s involved in keeping the doors open from her years running the club Jazz at Pearl’s, which was not necessarily the career boost people might think. Read More
Mark Strong is used to being the bad guy. In 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes,” he played the nefarious Lord Blackwood, a ritual killer who somehow survives his own execution only to plan a hostile takeover of the British Empire.
In last year’s “Kick-Ass,” he starred as a ruthless gangster intent on murdering a teenage superhero wannabe. Read More
AROUND TOWNTheaterSavory circus: The Fury Factory festival welcomes Sweet Can Productions. The circus-arts company presents “Mulchini’s Kitchen,” a family show about the four R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle and rot). [4 p.m., Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St., S.F.] Read More
Who's in townAmy Stewart, the author of the best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities,” gives a slide show and lecture. [6:30 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]Lectures Read More
In the wake of Jeff Conaway’s death, Dr. Drew Pinsky is speaking out about the actor’s struggle with addiction.
According to Dr. Drew, who treated Jeff on “Celebrity Rehab,” the late actor “was a terribly complex case with chronic pain, opiate addiction and severe childhood trauma,” who confronted painful memories of childhood abuse while in treatment. (Jeff’s family consented to letting his doctor publicly discuss his case.) Read More
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Oh, dear. Right after we told you how Lindsay Lohan’s friends were insisting to TMZ that she’s clean and sober comes a report that she was “belligerently drunk” at a club in the wee hours of Sunday. After a fellow reveler attempted to snap her picture, a LiLo pal dunked the camera into an ice bucket, according to Radar Online. 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
Pulling together an international arts festival is no small feat. Artists need venues, accommodations and rehearsal spaces, and organizers face struggles with visa requirements for incoming performers.
Despite kinks in the system, the San Francisco International Arts Festival is in its eighth year of presenting unique, world-class performances that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in the United States. Read More
Thousands of runners will descend on San Francisco for Sunday’s 100th anniversary of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers, but the event will be less of a party than in years past — at least if race organizers have their way. Read More