Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Music - Loving two Janises

A new show featuring jazz, rock, and folk arrangements of the iconic performers Janis Ian and Janis Joplin will premiere at Ashkenaz, the Berkeley community music and dance cafe, on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Featuring vocalist Kyra Gordon with pianist Larry Steelman, "Loving Janis" will also bring back the 60s with a light show created by Kitty Crowe, who performed with the Grateful Dead. (read more)

Music - Soloists shine

Two chamber ensembles with brilliant soloists doing double duty as conductors made for some agreeable listening recently in bookend concerts in San Francisco. Leading British violinist Daniel Hope brought the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra together last Friday at Herbst Theatre. American superstar Joshua Bell warmed Davies Symphony Hall the prior Sunday with the renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. (read more)

Fine Arts - Patented Rube Goldberg

An award-winning, self-taught artist; a punch line; a canny social satirist and raconteur: The many facets of cartoonist Rube Goldberg, a man whose name is synonymous... (read more)

Out There - Magazine wrack

Out There is always reading print media. (read more)

Arts events: March 22-29

Films, faves, fabulous and fun. (read more)

Theatre - Transplanted lives

It's hard to imagine that there are many angles left to explore about the Vietnam War, but playwright Qui Nguyen is... (read more)

Film - Vineyard roots

The new film "Back to Burgundy" will best be appreciated by true wine-lovers, but even if you are, like me, a dedicated Diet Coke-head, there's a lot to savor... (read more)

Film - Vintage workers' woes at the Roxie

Hollywood has at times articulated the nation's social woes. (read more)

Film - Forced to live in darkness

In 2007 John Kapellas, a gay man who lives in the Mission, was forced to permanently retreat to his apartment after... (read more)

Books - Spiritual ecstasy in retreat

Stephen Hawking died a few days ago confident that, regarding his personal future, "This is it," and the Internet hasn't shut up about God since. (read more)

Books - Intimate access to Elizabeth Bishop

There are few lesbian couples who are as famous, highly regarded, and talked about in Rio de Janeiro as American Pulitzer and National Book Award honoree poet... (read more)

Film - Along the spectrum

In "Keep the Change," New York City-based writer-director Rachel Israel expands an earlier short film. (read more)

DVD - Everyday people in captured images

Few people have embodied a lifelong passion for images more than 89-year-old Agnes Varda, described as the grandmother of the French New Wave... (read more)

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