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The Color Purple - SHN Orpheum Theatre review by Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Star power makes The Color Purple bright

The women of The Color Purple have unimaginably hard lives. They’re subject to an unrelenting series of rape, abuse, and racism. The musical (currently on tour to the SHN Orpheum) is touching and uplifting in spite of that, because it’s the story of how they overcome all those forces...
City of the Sun / Mzis qalaqi

‘Tully’ Film Review: Charlize Theron delivers moving portrayal of overwhelmed mother

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFilm) continues to impress as it celebrates 56 years of presenting innovative documentaries and extraordinary films over a two-week period. As part of this annual celebration of film, Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater before the showing of her new film, Tully....
Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 at American Conservatory Theater, San Francsisco

Searching for freedom with Father Comes Home from the Wars

Midway through Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3, at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco), a Confederate colonel sets his Union prisoner Smith guessing his slave Hero’s price. The callous discussion of a human being’s dollar value horrifies Smith (and the audience), but to...
Film Review: 'The Judge' documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival: Erika Cohn’s ‘The Judge’ impresses (Review)

Religious courts in Asia Minor historically banned women from adjudicating domestic and family matters – both the Shari’a courts of Islam and the Rabbinic courts of Judaism. Attorney Kholoud Al-Faqih challenges that history. The Judge is an absorbing documentary about an amazing attorney in Palestine, who became the first woman...
SFCM - Roof Terrace Perspective

Groundbreaking for new San Francisco Conservatory of Music building begins this summer

$185 million performing arts center will open 2020 and house 420 students and feature 2 concert halls.
Night Comes On - San Francisco International Film Festival

Navigating the trauma of foster care in ‘Night Comes On’

Directed by Jordana Spiro, Night Comes On had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. And it was also an official selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival. How child survivors cope with family violence and navigate the additional trauma of foster care is the subject of this...
Scary Mother Film SFFILM Golden Gate Award

SFFILM Golden Gate Award Winners: ‘Scary Mother’, ‘City of the Sun’, ‘Distant Barking of Dogs’ and more

Organizers of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival have announced this year's winners. At an event held at The Lab, Golden Gate Awards (GGA) and $40,000 in prize money were handed out to filmmakers. Ana Urushadze won new directors award in the fiction category for Scary Mother. A special jury...
Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron honored at San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) continues to impress as it celebrates 56 years of presenting innovative documentaries and extraordinary films over a two-week period. As part of this annual celebration of film, actress Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater in San Francisco before the showing of her...
Theater Review: Timon of Athens at Cutting Ball, San Francisco

Shakespeare’s obscure ‘Timon’ sears at Cutting Ball

Shakespeare completionists surely took note when Cutting Ball Theater announced Timon of Athens as part of their 2017–18 season. It’s a difficult one to check off your see-them-all list: a few dozen Hamlets and Macbeths get produced for every time someone is brave enough to mount this “problem play.”...