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South Bay author Mickie Winkler’s one term as Menlo Park’s mayor inspired her new humorous book. (Courtesy photo)

Funny musings from Menlo Park’s former mayor

Mickie Winkler takes on daily life, politics in illustrated collection

South Bay author Mickie Winkler’s one term as Menlo Park’s mayor inspired her new humorous book. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Performances presents Paul Taylor Dance Company, locally premiering “Concertiana” (from left, Lee Duveneck, Eran Brugge and George Smallwood are pictured) on Program A. (Courtesy Paul B. Goode)

Paul Taylor Dance Co. celebrates its late founder

Michael Novak takes reins of acclaimed contemporary troupe

San Francisco Performances presents Paul Taylor Dance Company, locally premiering “Concertiana” (from left, Lee Duveneck, Eran Brugge and George Smallwood are pictured) on Program A. (Courtesy Paul B. Goode)
Catherine Cook reprises her role as Julia Child in a fundraiser for Opera Parallèle at Hayes Street Grill. (Courtesy Brian Staufenbiel)

Catherine Cook plays Julia Child in “Bon Appétit’

Mezzo-soprano sings and bakes in comic opera

Catherine Cook reprises her role as Julia Child in a fundraiser for Opera Parallèle at Hayes Street Grill. (Courtesy Brian Staufenbiel)
From left, Dorcas Leung plays Despereaux and Yasmeen Sulieman is Princess Pea in PigPen Theatre Co.’s “The Tale of Despereaux” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through Jan. 5. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

PigPen Theatre charms with ‘Tale of Despereaux’

Funny, musical fairy tale onstage at Berkeley Rep

From left, Dorcas Leung plays Despereaux and Yasmeen Sulieman is Princess Pea in PigPen Theatre Co.’s “The Tale of Despereaux” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through Jan. 5. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Karina Canellakis leads a Russian program with the San Francisco Symphony on Oct. 24-26 at Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy Mathias Bothor)

Karina Canellakis shares ‘thrilling ride’ with orchestras worldwide

Conductor calls quick rapport with musicians ‘natural’

Karina Canellakis leads a Russian program with the San Francisco Symphony on Oct. 24-26 at Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy Mathias Bothor)
From left, Justin Howard, Chris Ginesi and Ari Rampy are excellent in Shotgun Players’ “The Flick.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

‘The Flick’ takes a tender look at movie house workers

Shotgun Players stage engaging production of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize winner

From left, Justin Howard, Chris Ginesi and Ari Rampy are excellent in Shotgun Players’ “The Flick.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)
From left, Gianna DiGregorio Rivera, Patrick Kelly Jones, Sharon Lockwood, Mohammad Shehata, Anna Ishida and Trish Mulholland appear in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” (Courtesy David Allen)

Lady Bracknell lights up Aurora’s ‘Earnest’

Sharon Lockwood steals show in Wilde’s classic comedy

From left, Gianna DiGregorio Rivera, Patrick Kelly Jones, Sharon Lockwood, Mohammad Shehata, Anna Ishida and Trish Mulholland appear in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Music Director Nicholas McGegan (at podium), soprano Yulia Van Doren, center, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale perform Handel’s “Saul.” (Courtesy Frank Wing)

Philharmonia Baroque players thrill in ‘Saul’

Handel’s epic oratorio gets heroic treatment

Music Director Nicholas McGegan (at podium), soprano Yulia Van Doren, center, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale perform Handel’s “Saul.” (Courtesy Frank Wing)
Haj Ahmad, left, and John Pfumojena are excellent in “The Jungle” at the Curran. (Courtesy Little Fang)

Love tempers immigrant experience in ‘Jungle’

Curran’s West Coast premiere a timely, vibrant true story

Haj Ahmad, left, and John Pfumojena are excellent in “The Jungle” at the Curran. (Courtesy Little Fang)
Front, from left, Ryan Morales, Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari and Susi Damilano, and Craig Marker, onscreen, are amusing in “Yoga Play.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

Materialism abounds in funny ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse

The road to enlightenment is paved with stress and subterfuge in “Yoga…

Front, from left, Ryan Morales, Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari and Susi Damilano, and Craig Marker, onscreen, are amusing in “Yoga Play.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
San Jose Opera’s revival of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s 2010 “Moby Dick” is a winning epic. (Courtesy Pat Kirk)

San Jose Opera’s ‘Moby Dick’ a whale of a show

When “Moby-Dick” made its world premiere at Dallas Opera in 2010, followed…

San Jose Opera’s revival of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s 2010 “Moby Dick” is a winning epic. (Courtesy Pat Kirk)
Louise Lamson is in the versatile ensemble in “Metamorphoses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Ovid’s myths flow in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Metamorphoses’

Myths make magic in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” Moving, dreamlike and thrillingly theatrical,…

Louise Lamson is in the versatile ensemble in “Metamorphoses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Liz Sklar, left front, plays John Wesley Powell, who leads a 19th century river expedition in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Jaclyn Backhaus’ subversive comedy “Men on Boats.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Wild, wonderful women take charge in ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’

The high points of history have always tended to feature men –…

Liz Sklar, left front, plays John Wesley Powell, who leads a 19th century river expedition in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Jaclyn Backhaus’ subversive comedy “Men on Boats.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, Nancy E. Carroll as Anne-Marie and Mary Beth Fisher as Nora are excellent in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Self-realized Nora’s back in ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’

The theater world is filled with slamming doors, but there’s never been…

From left, Nancy E. Carroll as Anne-Marie and Mary Beth Fisher as Nora are excellent in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
From left, Halili Knox,  Myers Clark, Emily Radosevich, Rafael Jordan and Akilah A.Walker are excellent in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Detroit ‘67.” (Courtesy David Allen)

A family bears riotous times in empathetic ‘Detroit ‘67’

The sounds of guns and tanks supply a gripping soundtrack for “Detroit…

From left, Halili Knox,  Myers Clark, Emily Radosevich, Rafael Jordan and Akilah A.Walker are excellent in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Detroit ‘67.” (Courtesy David Allen)
From left, Aysan  Celik,  Jomar  Tagatac and Justin  Howard appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious “The War of the Roses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ actors bring ‘Henry VI,’ ‘Richard III’ to life

When it comes to Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry VI” has always been…

From left, Aysan  Celik,  Jomar  Tagatac and Justin  Howard appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious “The War of the Roses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

‘Sunday in the Park’ colorfully explores meaning of art

Being an artist has never been easy. Consider Georges Seurat, the 19th-century…

John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)
From left, Randy Harrison, Caldwell Tidicue, Benjamin T. Ismail and Carmen Roman appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s riveting “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Berkeley’ Rep’s ‘Angels’ righteous and relevant

There’s a poignant sense of déjà vu in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s…

From left, Randy Harrison, Caldwell Tidicue, Benjamin T. Ismail and Carmen Roman appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s riveting “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Brennan Pickman-Thoon, giving a toast at center, plays the title character in The Cutting Ball Theater’s effective “Timon of Athens.” (Courtesy Liz Olson)

Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’ remarkably timely

“Timon of Athens” is so seldom performed, theatergoers seeing it for the…

Brennan Pickman-Thoon, giving a toast at center, plays the title character in The Cutting Ball Theater’s effective “Timon of Athens.” (Courtesy Liz Olson)
James Seol, front, and Stephen Hu play pals who go on a cross-country motorcycle trip “Vietgone.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

‘Vietgone’ a funny, touching immigrant experience tale

Immigration is such a hot-button issue these days, it’s hard to find…

James Seol, front, and Stephen Hu play pals who go on a cross-country motorcycle trip “Vietgone.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)