Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 21 / 25 May 2017

Theatre - Naturally absurd

When it comes to genres – well, it's best to forget genres when talking about the plays of Jen Silverman. "Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops" is populated with five wildly different variants on Betty Boop on a collision course with the contemporary world. "The Moors" starts out like a gothic potboiler, at least until a newly hired governess finds herself in a topsy-turvy Bronte world of women. And the kitchen-table setting of "The Roommate" is, in Silverman's description, "like naturalism on speed." (read more)

Music - Farewell to Nadja

New Century Chamber Orchestra turned silver last week with a three-concert 25th Anniversary Festival, celebrating an amazing Bay Area legacy of quality performances, adventurous programming and enthusiastic public support. It also marked a bittersweet farewell to Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, making her final appearances after nine seasons enjoying (in her words) "a marriage that works." (read more)

Fine Arts - May gallery walk

May is the gateway to summer, and the following shows at galleries in San Francisco and Oakland are a harbinger of the footloose season to come. (read more)

Out There - Venus de Market St.

It will probably come as no surprise that Out There has definite opinions about public art. (read more)

Out & About - Bloom

The arts in summer (June 1 is summerish enough for us) bloom in abundance. (read more)

Theatre - Messing with Texas

It probably only seems like every gay man outside of North Korea has seen "Sordid Lives," the kind of movie that... (read more)

Theatre - Stormy weather

The leading players of the romantic subplot in "Monsoon Wedding" get the final bows, and that's appropriate for the interest they generate, but not quite right... (read more)

Books - Brutality of bullying in the village

The problem with The End of Eddy is the beginning of The End of Eddy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). (read more)

Books - Pill-popping protection

"I love PrEP. I love it, love it, love it. It allows me to go into each new dating or sexual situation with absolutely no fears about HIV." (read more)

Film - Experiment in group living

The new Danish film The Commune is by no means a comedy, but I can barely get a sentence into this review without a giggle. (read more)

Film - Mexploitation at the Roxie

Current events sometimes provide Hollywood the fodder for films that can be promoted on the basis of their political relevance. (read more)

Film - More summer movies to look out for

More reminders that summers are no longer a dead zone at the movies for adults. (read more)

Television - Haunting portrait of Michael Jackson

Lifetime's new biopic about the final two years in the life of pop superstar Michael Jackson tells a sad... (read more)

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