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Dancing at movement fest with, and at, Grace Cathedral
Jan 23 • 5 min
Students from the San Jose Dance Theatre perform during the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, which brought dozens of dance companies and solo artists representing a variety of dance dance styles to Grace … more Students from the San Jose Dance…
Picture of a presidency that functions in chaos
Jan 22 • 5 min
Author’s photo of the lobby wall in the San Francisco Federal Building, January 11, 2018. Author’s photo of the lobby wall in the San Francisco Federal Building, January 11, 2018. Author’s photo of the lobby wall in the San Francisco Federal Building,…
SF Ballet’s impressive 2018 season reflects Helgi Tomasson’s aesthetic
Jan 19 • 6 min
As he prepares to launch his 33rd repertory season, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson finds himself in a unique position in American dance. His reign over the San Francisco Ballet has been the longest of any of the major company directors who spent part of…
2-year forced stay in drug rehab home inspires art exhibition
Jan 18 • 4 min
Artist Phillip Lewis’ installation “Synonym” at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito explores his forced two-year stay in a Synanon group home for drug rehab as a teenager. Artist Phillip Lewis’ installation “Synonym” at the Headlands Center for…
Dog on a journey to I don’t know where
Jan 17 • 5 min
We had a veterinarian’s appointment with Dr. Grossbard set for Tuesday morning, and we knew what he would say. So on Monday night, I wanted one last normal dinner for Krypto, so I stopped at Canyon Market and got chicken.For the boys, I picked up their…
Remembering Martin Luther King 50 years after assassination
Jan 16 • 9 min
Jerry Varnado, who was one of the founders of the Black Student Union at San Francisco State - the first BSU in the country in fact, stands for a portrait at his home on Wednesday January 20, 2010 in Oakland, … more Jerry Varnado, who was one of the…
For ‘Versace’ actor Darren Criss, SF childhood still shines brightly
Jan 16 • 2 min
Far left: Darren Criss in SHN’s revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which opened in in 2016. Left: Annaleigh Ashford (left), Darren Criss and Nico Evers- Swindell in the FX miniseries “The … more Far left: Darren Criss in SHN’s revival of “Hedwig and…
Oprah Winfrey, advocate for women’s rights and Weight Watchers
Jan 12 • 4 min
I guess it seemed only natural to see the nation’s latest presidential prospect hawking the Weight Watchers Freestyle program on an ad broadcast with CBS’ morning show at the start of Tuesday, Jan. 9. Oprah Winfrey, that was an inspiring Golden Globes…
A place where women can speak their minds
Jan 11 • 5 min
That’s What She Said was created last February in response to the… A rainstorm washed down Geary Boulevard on Monday evening but inside the Social Study, a brick-walled cafe and bar on the edge of San Francisco’s Fillmore district, the future looked…
Spoken-word event for MLK a political affair
Jan 10 • 6 min
In its 21st year, Youth Speaks’ annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might feel different. But not entirely.Running at the Nourse Theatre on Monday, Jan. 15, the show — a gathering of poets, spoken-word artists and performers in honor…
For 3 must-see comedians at SF Sketchfest, it’s more than just stand-up
Jan 9 • 6 min
For 3 must-see comedians at SF Sketchfest, it’s more than just stand-up With dozens of shows spread over 18 days and 16 venues, SF Sketchfest provides the opportunity for comedians and other artists to shine in various settings. “One of the most fun…
Recalling the night rock ’n’ roll woke nobody
Jan 8 • 5 min
It’s Jan. 7 — my birthday — so I’m gifting myself with a break from pounding away on my trusty (and quite rusty) Royal typewriter, as you can see me doing on the HBO documentary about Rolling Stone, “Stories From the Edge.” I’m turning today’s column over…
Nightcaps and further childhood cures
Jan 5 • 5 min
It starts with the sniffle, the drip in your nose, the scratchy throat that you hope you can sleep off, but instead it intensifies and lingers. “But I was just sick,” I howled over winter vacation. My husband took up the complaint a few days later; he…
To drive, or not to drive
Jan 4 • 4 min
We were gliding along Interstate 5 last week, heading down to San Diego for a short vacation. My wife was beside me in the passenger seat, eagerly criticizing my driving while staring at the barren scenery.“Only 320 miles to go,” I chirped. “At 75 miles…
Pay heed Oscar voters: These seven 2017 performances should not be overlooked
Jan 3 • 5 min
Bob Odenkirk (center, background) brings a sharply focused newshound sensibility to his performance as Ben Bagdikian in “The Post.” Other cast members are Tom Hanks (foregound) and (from left) David Cross, … more Bob Odenkirk (center, background) brings a…
Timing has to be right for DJs on New Year’s Eve
Jan 2 • 5 min
It was 11:55 p.m. when DJ Adrian A stood amid the massive crowd at Bootie SF’s New Year’s Eve party at San Francisco’s DNA Lounge. The plan had been for Adrian A and Trixxie Carr, two of the vocalists for the club night’s mashup band Smash Up Derby, to…
‘A Secret Sisterhood,’ by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
Jan 1 • 6 min
“A cottage-dwelling spinster; an impassioned roamer of the moors; a fallen woman, shunned; a melancholic genius” — these perceptions of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, respectively, are beguilingly questioned in “A Secret…
Sibling rivalry
Dec 29, 2017 • 5 min
Even as far back as when I was pregnant with Gege and Didi, people warned that I’d have to choose. If my twin sons ended up going to different colleges, and if their graduation ceremonies fell upon the same day, I was told, I’d have to decide which one to…
Oakland becomes Land of the Sweets for ‘Nutcracker’ fans
Dec 27, 2017 • 4 min
For Oaklanders, a sure sign that Christmas is fast upon us is sighting the 19th century balloon taxi that whisks heroine Marie to the Land of the Sweets. That glorious contraption was spied at the Paramount Theatre Saturday, Dec. 23, when the Oakland…
Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Dec 22, 2017 • 5 min
At first, we disagreed. Although my husband wanted to instill the tradition of Santa Claus, I hesitated.“It’s fun!” he said. “And I don’t want them to feel left out, when other kids are talking about it at school.”“I don’t like lying to them,” I said.…
After Kevin Spacey, actor Christopher Plummer steps into Getty role and saves film
Dec 21, 2017 • 5 min
Christopher Plummer is sitting in the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills, talking about his performance as John Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World,” a performance that, two months ago, did not exist, and that he won’t see until the movie’s premiere. “I…
On TV, Dec. 19: End of ‘The Long Road,’ Groban sings on CBS
Dec 20, 2017 • 3 min
Russell Peters stars in the series “The Indian Detective,” available on Netflix today. Peters plays a detective investigating a murder while visiting his father in India. Also on Netflix, the standup special, “Russell Howard: Recalibrate.”HBO launches a…
Giants introduce Baker as manager, 1992
Dec 19, 2017 • 5 min
Here is a look at the past. Items have been culled from The Chronicle’s archives of 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.Dec. 17: The Giants wrapped their newly appointed manager Dusty Baker in pomp and circumstance that included the mayor, Barry Bonds and some…
The perfect gift — togetherness, Art Hoppe, 1961
Dec 18, 2017 • 4 min
Here Christmas is, just around the corner, and I’ll bet there’s a lot of good folks who haven’t figured out yet what to give the kiddies. You know, something that’ll make their eyes light up on this, the most wondrous of all days.Well, thank goodness for…
Husband’s ‘business’ with partner should have wife concerned
Dec 14, 2017 • 3 min
Dear Abby: My husband met a gal 33 years younger than he is at a doctor’s office. It seems they “became close,” so they bought real estate together in another state. They spend weeks at a time together there alone. When they are both in town, they have…
Parents’ good timing is best birthday gift
Dec 13, 2017 • 5 min
When I am king, one of my first acts will be to outlaw sexual intercourse during the month of March.That may sound harsh, but it is for the common good, and that’s what being a good king is all about. I can think of no other way to protect future…
Years of bailouts fail to help sister who’s drowning in debt
Dec 12, 2017 • 3 min
Dear Abby: My only sister has been “borrowing” money from me every month for years. She has a ton of credit card debt and cannot afford to meet her monthly financial obligations. Last year, my husband and I paid her property taxes for her so she wouldn’t…
‘Nutcracker’ opens Paciotti’s 50th season at San Francisco Ballet
Dec 11, 2017 • 6 min
Above: Anita Paciotti (right) watches dancers rehearse the role of Clara in the Nutcracker including Chloe Treanor (far left), 13, Emma Gravel (middle left), 12, and Angela Watson (middle right). Right photo: … more Above: Anita Paciotti (right) watches…
The paradoxes of cognitive dissonance
Dec 8, 2017 • 5 min
In the classic study on cognitive dissonance by social psychologist Leon Festinger, subjects were split into two groups that had to perform monotonous tasks for a long stretch of time — placing 12 spoons into a tray, emptying and then refilling, or…
Drag ball for kids creates space for self-exploration
Dec 7, 2017 • 6 min
Above: Matteo Tucker, 4, checks out his makeup, applied by Panda Dulce (right) at the drag ball for kids, a fundraiser for “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Above: Matteo Tucker, 4, checks out his makeup, applied by Panda Dulce (right) at the drag ball for kids, a…