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Cutting Ball's ‘Mount Misery’ a timely, funny take on politics

Former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets hoisted on his own petard…

May 19: U2, female comedians and more

Who's in town Emmy-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her flight from her…

‘Classic Black’ looks at pre-Civil War S.F.

For poet and theater artist devorah major, there’s a lot of San…

‘Cross of Thorns’ details brutality of California’s missions

School students and tourists may have a romantic vision of California’s missions…

Art, theater and dance galore at S.F. International Arts Festival

This year’s San Francisco International Arts Festival offers visual arts exhibits and…

May 18: Earplay, comedy and more

Who's in town Linda Mornell, who received a 2014 award from the…

‘Map of Perceptions’ has lovely views of The City

San Francisco’s architecture is often celebrated for its loveliness – no more…

May 17: Bay to Breakers, Justin Roberts and more

Something to read Daughters of the Samurai: By Janice P. Nimura ($26.95)…

‘Fury Road' delivers ‘Mad Max’ action and more

It's startling to think that "Mad Max: Fury Road," the fourth movie…

‘I Am Big Bird’ goes under the feathers

Mushy at times but likable all over, “I Am Big Bird: The…

‘Saint Laurent’ exposes designer’s dark side

Before preparing to play late designer Yves Saint Laurent, French model-actor Gaspard…

May 15-16: Smiths singalong, comedy and more

A great hike Ghost story: Located in the high desert of the…

Boz Scaggs compiles obscure juicy covers on ‘A Fool to Care’

Bay Area rock veteran and nightclub impresario Boz Scaggs doesn’t take any…

Cutting-edge Dutch designs combine form and function

Tableware made from potato scraps, a 3D-printed chair containing a living fungus…

Heather McDonald loves making ’em laugh

When Heather McDonald was in her mid-twenties and still a virgin, little…

Hillbarn’s ‘Curtains’ sings to a different tune

After 74 seasons, it’s curtains for Hillbarn Theatre. Well, actually it’s “Curtains,”…

Jesus and Mary Chain revisits ‘Psychocandy’

Three decades ago, few things were as startling as “Psychocandy,” the white-noise-meets-Beach-Boys…

May 14: RayKo Photo Center show, Geshe Thupten Jinpa

Who’s in town Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s main English translator,…

May 13: 3D Web Fest, Bombino and more

Who’s in town Poet Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the sudden loss of…

New works light up Smuin Ballet’s ‘Unlaced’

Smuin Ballet is closing its 21st season with a program aptly titled…