Arts & Entertainment

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, appearing in a recorded session, is among the dozens of musicians performing in the online version of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Oct. 3. (Courtesy photo)

A few wise words from Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Texas troubadour takes philosophical view of pandemic’s effects

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, appearing in a recorded session, is among the dozens of musicians performing in the online version of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Oct. 3. (Courtesy photo)
Yaa Gyasi has followed her acclaimed novel “Homegoing” with “Transcendent Kingdom,” about the experiences of a family from Ghana living in America. (Courtesy Peter Hurley/Vilcek Foundation) .

Yaa Gyasi’s ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ is masterful

Sweeping novel addresses hopes, tragedies of Ghanaian family in U.S.

Yaa Gyasi has followed her acclaimed novel “Homegoing” with “Transcendent Kingdom,” about the experiences of a family from Ghana living in America. (Courtesy Peter Hurley/Vilcek Foundation) .
Red Pill and Blue Pill cocktails were served at the Fort Mason Flix drive-in screening of “The Matrix.” (Saul Sugarman/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Enter ‘The Matrix’: Drive-in movies during a pandemic

Though it’s fun to take in a film and drink, I miss watching bartenders make cocktails

Red Pill and Blue Pill cocktails were served at the Fort Mason Flix drive-in screening of “The Matrix.” (Saul Sugarman/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
My incredibly smooth ride, the 2020 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design, had room for everything. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road tripping with Rerun – Part I

A pandemic-era series chronicling a U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger

My incredibly smooth ride, the 2020 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design, had room for everything. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The cover of the remix edition of her new album reveals how Yelle is attached to her home in Brittany by the sea. (Courtesy photo)

Yelle creates techno sounds in 17th century country cottage

Dance-pop artist sings in French in new album ‘L’ere Du Verseau’

The cover of the remix edition of her new album reveals how Yelle is attached to her home in Brittany by the sea. (Courtesy photo)
Gina Rodriguez, left, and Evan Rachel Wood appear in Miranda July’s appealing “Kajillionaire.” (Courtesy Focus Features)

‘Kajillionaire,’ ‘The Artist’s Wife,’ ‘Misbehaviour’

New films explore lives of interesting, powerful women

Gina Rodriguez, left, and Evan Rachel Wood appear in Miranda July’s appealing “Kajillionaire.” (Courtesy Focus Features)
Bruce Dern and Lena Olin star in “The Artist’s Wife,” a drama about a painter dealing with the onset of dementia. (Courtesy Strand Releasing)

Ad-libbing Bruce Dern makes the most of his dialogue

Acting veteran stars as man facing dementia in ‘The Artist’s Wife’

Bruce Dern and Lena Olin star in “The Artist’s Wife,” a drama about a painter dealing with the onset of dementia. (Courtesy Strand Releasing)
Nina Gerber, left, and Laurie Lewis appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass online festival “Let The Music Play On.” (Courtesy photo)

Full lineup of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced

20th anniversary roots music festival streams on Oct. 3

Nina Gerber, left, and Laurie Lewis appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass online festival “Let The Music Play On.” (Courtesy photo)
G.E. Smith, left, and LeRoy Bell’s new album is called “Stony Hill.” (Courtesy John Peden)

Guitar great G.E. Smith finds right vocalist in LeRoy Bell

After cold call, music vets meet, hit it off, make soulful record

G.E. Smith, left, and LeRoy Bell’s new album is called “Stony Hill.” (Courtesy John Peden)
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the “72nd Emmy Awards” on Sunday, September 20, 2020. (Image Group LA/ABC/TNS)

The first ever virtual Emmys were the perfect awards for our times

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times “Succession,” “Watchmen” and “Schitt’s Creek” were…

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the “72nd Emmy Awards” on Sunday, September 20, 2020. (Image Group LA/ABC/TNS)
Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony have reached a temporary agreement with management that allows music director Esa-Pekka Salonen to begin the 2020 fall season. (Courtesy Andrew Eccles)

San Francisco Symphony, Opera musicians settle contracts

Performers’ salaries modified due to inability to play live

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony have reached a temporary agreement with management that allows music director Esa-Pekka Salonen to begin the 2020 fall season. (Courtesy Andrew Eccles)
Philippe Rolet is the estate manager of Bodegas CARO, a 20-year-old project joining Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Nicolás Catena family. (Courtesy photo)

On the Vine: Bodegas CARO partnership blends iconic families, cultures and grapes

French, Argentine winemakers join forces successfully

Philippe Rolet is the estate manager of Bodegas CARO, a 20-year-old project joining Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Nicolás Catena family. (Courtesy photo)
Marga Gomez is great in “Spanking Machine,” presented by Brava. (Courtesy photo)

Solo shows by Marga Gomez, Geoff Hoyle work well on Zoom

Master performers create intimacy online

Marga Gomez is great in “Spanking Machine,” presented by Brava. (Courtesy photo)
JAUZ is among the artists who have played Bill Graham Civic Auditorium since Another Planet Entertainment started producing shows there. (Courtesy The Shalizi Group)

When time comes, JAUZ will return to Bill Graham Civic

Promoter marks 10 years of EDM at storied venue

JAUZ is among the artists who have played Bill Graham Civic Auditorium since Another Planet Entertainment started producing shows there. (Courtesy The Shalizi Group)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

S.F. museums to reopen to the public

Visitor capacity limited to 25 percent as safety measure

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
The journey of Stacey Abrams, a Democratic politician from Georgia and voting rights advocate, is covered in the lively, crucial documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)

‘All In: The Fight for Democracy,’ ‘Blackbird’ new at the movies

Timely documentary is important and engaging

The journey of Stacey Abrams, a Democratic politician from Georgia and voting rights advocate, is covered in the lively, crucial documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)
Gaëtan Dugas is the subject of “Killing Patient Zero,” a documentary about a gay flight attendant wrongly accused of starting the spread of AIDS in North America. (Courtesy photo)

Frameline44 revisits LGBTQ+ lessons from the past

Varied film lineup addresses themes that reverberate today

Gaëtan Dugas is the subject of “Killing Patient Zero,” a documentary about a gay flight attendant wrongly accused of starting the spread of AIDS in North America. (Courtesy photo)
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert “Soft-Spoken” streaming live at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 features flutist Stacey Pelinka. (Courtesy Vivian Sachs)

Fall 2020 Arts Online: Classical

Music streams live, on recordings, in podcasts

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert “Soft-Spoken” streaming live at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 features flutist Stacey Pelinka. (Courtesy Vivian Sachs)
Liela Moss’ meditation practices helped her create her second solo album. (Courtesy Paul O’Keeffe)

Liela Moss gets political on ‘Who The Power’

Songwriter finds no topic too grim to tackle

Liela Moss’ meditation practices helped her create her second solo album. (Courtesy Paul O’Keeffe)
This version of the classic Tequila Sunrise is served in a highball glass. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Last Call with Saul: When life gives you orange skies, make orange cocktails

Alien atmosphere gives rise to color-themed drinks

This version of the classic Tequila Sunrise is served in a highball glass. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)