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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.”...
The Effect at San Francisco Playhouse

The Effect‘s side effects: laughter and angst

How can we trust in love if it’s reducible to brain chemistry?

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Preview: April 5-8, schedule and details (Video)

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is just weeks away. The 11th edition of the famed epicurean event features just about anything an avid foodie, oenophile or wanderlust seeker could ever dream of. The four day experience at Pebble Beach Resorts boasts "interactive cooking demonstrations, rare wine tastings, epic culinary collaborations, musical performances,...
Vietgone Review - ACT Strand San Francisco

Romance, rap and a road trip for refugees of Vietgone

Ilana Walder-Biesanz reviews Vietgone, American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) latest production, now playing at The Strand in San Francisco. Humor is not what you’d expect from a play about the Vietnam War, but Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone consistently had the whole audience in stitches. Inspired by his own family history (“Any resemblance...