Cathy Bowman

Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)

Sophie Calle ‘Missing’ evokes emotion

French conceptual artist Sophie Calle once received an email from a boyfriend,…

Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)
Adam Langdon plays Christopher Boone in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Golden Gate Theatre. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

‘Curious Incident’ transforms from page to stage

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” follows the journey…

Adam Langdon plays Christopher Boone in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Golden Gate Theatre. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)
Stephanie Styles plays the princess in the new “Roman Holiday–The Cole Porter Musical,” in its pre-Broadway run in The City. (Courtesy Nathan Johnson)

Cole Porter tunes grace new ‘Roman Holiday’

“Roman Holiday,” the eternal love story set in the Eternal City, is…

Stephanie Styles plays the princess in the new “Roman Holiday–The Cole Porter Musical,” in its pre-Broadway run in The City. (Courtesy Nathan Johnson)
David Merino, left, and Aaron Harrington stand out in “Rent” at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Carol Rosegg)

Time is right for ‘Rent’ revival

"Rent” is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the timing couldn’t be better.…

David Merino, left, and Aaron Harrington stand out in “Rent” at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Carol Rosegg)
Ben Lipitz plays the beloved warthog Pumbaa in “The Lion King.” (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Ben Lipitz, aka Pumbaa, hits 5,000 performances in ‘Lion King’

For “Lion King” actor Ben Lipitz, playing Disney’s beloved warthog is just…

Ben Lipitz plays the beloved warthog Pumbaa in “The Lion King.” (Courtesy Joan Marcus)
“Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed” at the California Academy of Sciences showcases findings made by divers using new technology that takes them 500 feet beneath the ocean's surface. (Courtesy Luiz Rocha)

Cal Academy’s ‘Twilight Zone’ takes viewers to unknown depth

The ocean is far easier to get to than space, yet scientists…

“Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed” at the California Academy of Sciences showcases findings made by divers using new technology that takes them 500 feet beneath the ocean's surface. (Courtesy Luiz Rocha)
“Incoming!,” the up-to-the-minute Morrison Planetarium show, delves into the past, present and future of the cosmos. (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences Visualization Studio)

Planetarium’s ‘Incoming’ shows fascinating impact of asteroids

With so much chaos on Earth, there’s never been a better time…

“Incoming!,” the up-to-the-minute Morrison Planetarium show, delves into the past, present and future of the cosmos. (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences Visualization Studio)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater director Robert Battle’s “Awakening” is among the works getting its West Coast premiere at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. (Courtesy Paul Kolnik)

Robert Battle brings local Alvin Ailey premieres to town

The New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to UC Berkeley’s…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater director Robert Battle’s “Awakening” is among the works getting its West Coast premiere at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. (Courtesy Paul Kolnik)
From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)

‘Golden Gate’ reveals untold stories of Chinese immigrants

Thousands of Chinese helped build the American West, but their personal stories…

From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)
Amanda Jane Cooper, left, and Emily Koch play the famous Oz witches in “Wicked.” (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Popular ‘Wicked’ back in San Francisco

Everybody has a back story, but few are quite as interesting as…

Amanda Jane Cooper, left, and Emily Koch play the famous Oz witches in “Wicked.” (Courtesy Joan Marcus)
“Woman with Cat”, or “The Demanding Cat” is among the bewitching paintings by Pierre Bonnard on view at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Musee D'Orsay)

Felines come to fore in Bonnard masterpieces

Oh, to be a cat in one of Pierre Bonnard’s paintings. Bonnard…

“Woman with Cat”, or “The Demanding Cat” is among the bewitching paintings by Pierre Bonnard on view at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Musee D'Orsay)
Janet Cardiff’s “The Forty Part Motet” is an evocative sound installation in Gallery 308 at Fort Mason. (Courtesy JKA Photography)

Moving ‘Motet’ made from sacred music, modern sound

Canadian artist Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “The Forty Part Motet” lasts just…

Janet Cardiff’s “The Forty Part Motet” is an evocative sound installation in Gallery 308 at Fort Mason. (Courtesy JKA Photography)
Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics to the hit musical “Matilda.”  (Rob Latour/Invision/AP)

Tim Minchin channels Roald Dahl in ‘Matilda’

Tim Minchin’s cheerfulness and modesty belie the enormous talent required to turn…

Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics to the hit musical “Matilda.”  (Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh’s mixed media “Mountains 4” is among the works on view in “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. COURTESY DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY/ VANESSA MARSH

Evocative CJM exhibit urges contemplation of day vs. night

The intersection of space, time and beauty is the focus of a…

Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh’s mixed media “Mountains 4” is among the works on view in “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. COURTESY DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY/ VANESSA MARSH