When John Adams’ “Nixon in China” was first heard at a Herbst Theatre workshop 25 years ago, the repetitive, pulsing music seemed similar to the worst of Philip Glass and Steve Reich; audience and critical response to the subsequent world premiere was similar to mine. Read More
Showcasing art works such as a phantasmagorical winged figure from a temple door, a carved offering shrine and coin images of deities, the Asian Art Museum’s upcoming Bali exhibition seems to be all in motion — different from the static feel that sometimes characterizes museums.In Bali, there is no separation between visual and performing arts, making the title of the show, “Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance,” both descriptive and complete. Read More
Once again, the folks at Boxcar prove they are “the little (theater) engine that could” with their insane, inventive, irresistible “Clue.”
Artistic Directors Peter Matthews and Nick O. Olivero have adapted the screenplay of the foppish 1985 cult film — itself inspired by the perennial board game — and crafted a unique and loving sendup of a sendup. Read More
After two straight quarters with on-time arrival rates hovering near 75 percent, Muni’s performance slipped during the first quarter of this fiscal year.
The department’s transit vehicles recorded a 73.3 percent on-time arrival rate for the first three months of the 2009-10 fiscal year (July, August and September), a fall-off from the 74.4 and 74.5 percent rates recorded in the two previous fiscal quarters, according to Muni’s latest quarterly performance report. Read More