Jeanne Powell

Jeanne is a published poet and essayist. She holds degrees from Wayne State University and the University of San Francisco. Jeanne has taught in the CS, UB and OLLI programs at universities in the City. Her books in print include MY OWN SILENCE and WORD DANCING from Taurean Horn Press.
In Review: Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco

In Review: Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco

With this year's annual December concert series, Kitka celebrates 40 years of fearless sonic exploring of haunting music from eastern Europe and Eurasia, along with vocal practices from Armenia, the Ukraine, Georgia (just south of Russia) and Turkey. Included in their impressive repertoire is music from the Balkan countries...
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ an inspiring, absorbing documentary about a very private person

"An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of [a] legendary storyteller and Nobel prize winner".
Film Review: Judy starring Renee Zellweger

Film Review: Finding ‘Judy’

My neighbor Kitty telephones one afternoon and says, “let’s go see Judy.” Since we do not know anyone named Judy, I quickly figure out she is referring to the acclaimed film biography of Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger. OK, I say. Where is it playing? At the Presidio? Oh, I...
Get Out: Film Night with San Francisco Symphony

In Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ with live score by San Francisco Symphony

During its 2019-2020 season, the SF Symphony continues with its popular Film Series, providing a remarkable way to enjoy great American cinema. Each film is stripped of its soundtrack, and the musical score then is recreated and performed live by the SF Symphony. Scheduled for this season are Get Out...
Harriet - Film Review

Film Review: ‘Harriet’ inspires and heals

American film director Kasi Lemmons has been interviewed extensively on her vision for her stirring film biography of Harriet Tubman. Lemmons has said: "She was incredibly strong. She was incredibly tiny….This very small, very strong, very fierce woman was doing this work in incredibly turbulent times….The physicality involved in...
Saha San Francisco - Review

San Francisco Dining: A visit to Saha restaurant

Chef Aboghanem is happy to be offering his signature dishes, rooted in his Yemeni background, to San Francisco diners again.
Downton Abbey Film Review 2019 - Stark Insider

Film Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ a pleasant, glossy experience with beautiful cinematography

From 2010 to 2015 the Downton Abbey television series fascinated American audiences. Created by Julian Fellowes, the miniseries chronicled the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in the early 20th century, after the Great War (1914-1918) and before the Great Depression. Downton Abbey The Movie was made for devoted fans...
OFFICIAL SECRETS - Film Review- Keira Knightley

Film Review: ‘Official Secrets’ a fascinating glimpse into British intelligence

Keira Knightley’s performance is central to the success of the film.
Q Ball Film Review - San Francisco Film Festival

‘Q Ball’ Film Review: Rehabilitation is possible and even essential

Closing night at the 2019 San Francisco Film Festival featured Q Ball, a powerful documentary about basketball with Kevin Durant as an executive producer. This was the premiere showing for the film. A Fox Sports Film release, Q Ball has multiple producers and executive producers. In this film director and...
Leslie Odom with the San Francisco Symphony - Review

In Review: Leslie Odom with the San Francisco Symphony

While Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton musical continues to light up the stage at a SHN theater, one of its original stars lit up the stage at the San Francisco Symphony during the weekend just past. Leslie Odom, Jr., best known to many Hamilton fans as vice president Aaron Burr, is...