Fine Arts

Vivid image: Artist David Linger’s provocative scenes of Russia

Linger’s romantic images have sinister undertones

On the one hand, works in David Linger’s “Narratives in Porcelain” on…

Vivid image: Artist David Linger’s provocative scenes of Russia
Vibrant scene: Camille Pissarro’s 1882 “The Marketplace” is among the many bright

‘Pissarro’s People’ at home at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor

Among many unforgettable people from the brush of the painter Camille Pissarro,…

Vibrant scene: Camille Pissarro’s 1882 “The Marketplace” is among the many bright
Royal lives: “Amar Singh I of Mewar submits to Prince Khurram

'Maharaja' at the Asian Art Museum offers a glimpse inside India's royalty since the 1700s

As Hollywood was during the Great Depression, as Bollywood is for  vast…

Royal lives: “Amar Singh I of Mewar submits to Prince Khurram
Memorial show: Paintings by the late Nathan Oliveira

A colorful, captivating look at Nathan Oliveira

A memorial exhibition of work by Nathan Oliveira at John Berggruen Gallery…

Memorial show: Paintings by the late Nathan Oliveira
Lucas Meachem sings the title role and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Giovanni.” (Courtesy photo)Lucas Meachem sings the title role and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Giovanni.” (Courtesy photo)

Seduction factor low in SF Opera's 'Don Giovanni'

Few composers survive varied interpretations and levels of performance quality as well…

Lucas Meachem sings the title role and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Giovanni.” (Courtesy photo)Lucas Meachem sings the title role and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Giovanni.” (Courtesy photo)
Richard Serra (Getty Images file photo)

Famed sculptor Richard Serra displays lesser-known drawings at SFMoMA

Artist Richard Serra is famous for his gigantic steel sculptures. What he…

Richard Serra (Getty Images file photo)
Getting ready: Papergirl SF volunteers roll up art for delivery. (Courtesy photo)Getting ready: Papergirl SF volunteers roll up art for delivery. (Courtesy photo)

Roll and ride with Papergirl SF Gallery Show

Art doesn’t stay in one place for long. It moves from trend…

Getting ready: Papergirl SF volunteers roll up art for delivery. (Courtesy photo)Getting ready: Papergirl SF volunteers roll up art for delivery. (Courtesy photo)
Escape artist: Harry Houdini’s famous feats included freeing himself from straitjackets

Jewish Contemporary Museum presents exhibit on Houdini — man of mystery

In 1923, a man strapped in a leather straitjacket was hoisted upside…

Escape artist: Harry Houdini’s famous feats included freeing himself from straitjackets
Charm and humor: Erin Yarbrough-Stewart dances with John Speed Orr

Smuin Ballet’s 2011 Fall Season is sassy and serious

There are always two good reasons to see Smuin Ballet. One is…

Charm and humor: Erin Yarbrough-Stewart dances with John Speed Orr
Site-specific: Katie Faulkner’s troupe

Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company in search of place to belong

If you happened to be strolling through Union Square recently and saw…

Site-specific: Katie Faulkner’s troupe
Serene view: Photographs of Japan by Michael Kenna

Arion Press makes art books the old-fashioned way

The Arion Press building — where deluxe, limited-edition books are hand-produced and…

Serene view: Photographs of Japan by Michael Kenna
Courtesy photoDance season opener: The Mark Morris Dance Group performs “Dido and Aeneas” at Cal Performances

The Mark Morris troupe brings ‘Dido’ back to Cal Performances

Once the famed bad boy of dance, Mark Morris is now known…

Courtesy photoDance season opener: The Mark Morris Dance Group performs “Dido and Aeneas” at Cal Performances
Grand finale: Iréne Theorin sings the title role and Marco Berti is Calaf

'Turandot' ushers San Francisco Opera into autumn

If it be “Turandot,” let there be a surfeit of it. Strangely,…

Grand finale: Iréne Theorin sings the title role and Marco Berti is Calaf
San Francisco Opera's production of "Heart of a Soldier." (Courtesy photo)Chaos and crisis: Designer Peter J. Davison created the sets

History into drama in 9/11 opera 'Heart of a Soldier'

"Heart of a Soldier" is a mighty effort to do the impossible.The…

San Francisco Opera's production of "Heart of a Soldier." (Courtesy photo)Chaos and crisis: Designer Peter J. Davison created the sets
Maria Manetti Farrow (Drew Altizer/Special to The Examiner)Maria Manetti Farrow (Drew Altizer/Special to The Examiner)

San Francisco Opera’s 89th season under way with glamour

The San Francisco Opera kicked off its 2011-12 season Friday at the…

Maria Manetti Farrow (Drew Altizer/Special to The Examiner)Maria Manetti Farrow (Drew Altizer/Special to The Examiner)
Jessica ValeriJessica Valeri (Courtesy photo)

Jessica Valeri is coach of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Centennial players: In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The…

Jessica ValeriJessica Valeri (Courtesy photo)
Piano virtuoso: Georgian sensation Khatia Buniatishvili

International artists join SF Symphony's centennial jubilation

In addition to welcoming six major American orchestras during its centennial, the…

Piano virtuoso: Georgian sensation Khatia Buniatishvili
Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)

Meet the world-class musicians of the San Francisco Symphony

Here’s a closer look at some of the world-class musicians of the…

Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)
Composer John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” is among the world premieres in 2012’s American Mavericks series. (Courtesy photo)Composer John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” is among the world premieres in 2012’s American Mavericks series. (Courtesy photo)

New and unusual sounds take center stage in centennial season

For 11 years, the question Michael Tilson Thomas has heard most often…

Composer John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” is among the world premieres in 2012’s American Mavericks series. (Courtesy photo)Composer John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” is among the world premieres in 2012’s American Mavericks series. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Symphony centennial season starts smashingly

The San Francisco Symphony began its 100th season Wednesday in Davies Symphony…