Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 30 / 27 July 2017

Fine Arts - Resistors: Power to the people!

The Bay Area has a storied history of grass roots agitation and progressive politics, as well a legacy of social movement photography whose leading light, Dorothea Lange, had her epiphany in San Francisco during the Great Depression. So it's inevitable that "Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography," a well-thought-out, handsomely installed exhibition on the subject at the Berkeley Art Center, would come to be. (read more)

Music - Opera triple play

The second event in the Merola Opera Program's 2017 Summer Festival featured three one-act operas performed last week on a single bill, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (read more)

Out & About - Arts Events

So many summertime delights on stages, in galleries and concert halls. (read more)

Theatre - Hiding the gay in luxe St. Tropez

There are occasional opportunities missed in San Francisco Playhouse's production of "La Cage aux Folles," but this musical – which has always had its own share of lumps – continues to transcend enough of all of that to convince us, at least briefly, that these are the best of times, as one of Jerry Herman's inescapable melodies so ardently insists. (read more)

Out There - Five easy pieces

The vulgar Orange Carbuncle disfiguring the backside of the American body politic once insulted our national intelligence by calling the free press "the enemy of the people. (read more)

Books - Building a smarter resistance

Many people are very upset that Donald Trump won the presidential election last year, but few know what to do about it. (read more)

Books - Less happens to be more

If there are beach books in San Francisco – brrr – this summer's ought to be "Less. (read more)

Music - Both sides now

Joni Mitchell and Jessica Molaskey are as different as night and day. (read more)

Film - Maternity ward

In "The Midwife," director Martin Provost ("Seraphine") aims for a tough-minded dramedy about a stiff-necked woman, Claire (Catherine Frot), whose occupation and temperament are all business. (read more)

DVD - Vision in pastels

"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," writer-director Jacques Demy's musical masterpiece, continues to defy expectations. (read more)

Film - Gay classic romance returns

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the classic gay romance "Maurice" returns to Bay Area theaters. (read more)

Film - Spirit of the 1990s

The new social comedy "Landline," opening Friday, is a real treat for fans of smart family dramedies, films that are neither "Father Knows Best" retreads, clueless dad cliches, nor mom-coping-with-womanizing-hubby sagas. (read more)

Television - Brought to you by the letter P

Last week was Russia Week on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (read more)

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