Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 13 / 29 March 2018

Theatre - Frozen Cirque

It's been 20 years since Cirque du Soleil introduced its reputation-crowning production O. That spectacle, still running at Las Vegas' Bellagio, augmented the company's earth- and air-bound traditions with a new performance medium: water. Now, within a month of Adam Rippon gliding into the fantasies of many a gay man, drama queens delighting at the arrival of Disney's Frozen on Broadway, and Alison Janney winning the gold as Tanya Harding's own Mama (F)Rose, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with what seems like an inevitable next iteration of its trademark stagecraft: Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience. (read more)

Theatre - LGBT time travel

St. Louis in 1944. Hollywood in the 1950s. New Orleans in 1973. Uganda in 1999. New York in 2018. These are some of the destinations where New Conservatory Theatre Center will explore LGBT issues in its just-announced 2018-19 season. Artistic Director Ed Decker calls the upcoming season a "smorgasbord" of productions "with historical relevance and contemporary urgency" while also offering "an escape from the daily slog." Six of the seven shows are San Francisco premieres, with "Avenue Q" returning for its sixth holiday production. Here's a look at NCTC's new season. (read more)

Dance - Jerome Robbins forever!

There has not been a more entertaining evening in the Opera House for years than last week's Jerome Robbins show danced by the San Francisco Ballet. (read more)

Out There - Living for the city

A new paperback edition of "Insomniac City – New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me" by Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury) comes emblazoned with a blurb from a B. (read more)

Music - Shimmer & shake

Recently returned from hiatus, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas joined with the San Francisco Symphony... (read more)

Arts events, March 29 – April 5

Whether seeking an inner reflection of yourself or people and worlds far outside your own experience, arts events offer journeys in both directions. (read more)

Film - April approaches at the Castro Theatre

April finds Castro Theatre programmers at no loss for offbeat and sometimes spine-chilling double bills and career retrospectives. (read more)

Theatre - That uncertain someone

Most of us would quickly, but carefully, take our leave of Georgie Burns. (read more)

Film - Old Irish man talks peace

Padraig O'Malley is not a household name. (read more)

Film - Chinese checkers

Is there a fitting new genre in which to toss "The China Hustle?" Spanning the globe from... (read more)

Music - Lavender scare on the opera stage

It seems like it was only yesterday (it was 2015) that I read and was horrified by Douglas M. Charles' "Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI's 'Sexual Deviants' Programs." (read more)

Music - Queer sisterhood is powerful

Co-produced by Allison Zatarain and legendary songwriter-producer Richard Gottehrer, the 10-song vinyl LP Instant Love Volume 1... (read more)

Fine Arts - Faces behind the masks

How well can we ever truly know another person? There's the private self vs. (read more)

Fine Arts - He loves the nightlife!

Renowned local photographer Gooch, who prefers to be called by a single name, unveiled his latest photos in a new show at Ravot Gallery in the Richmond District. (read more)

Television - 'Versace' finale was full of darkness

If you're reading this, Trump hasn't blown up the planet. (read more)

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