Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 38 / 22 September 2016

Music - Earthly concerns & dynastic intrigue

The second production in San Francisco Opera's fall lineup is a world premiere. Dream of the Red Chamber, the collaboration between Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and Tony Award-winning American dramatist David Henry Hwang, opened last week at the War Memorial Opera House after months of intense anticipation. (read more)

Fine Arts - Space oddity

New York sculptor Tom Sachs is clearly having his moment. After two solo shows earlier this year – a retrospective of his riff on boom boxes at the Brooklyn Museum, and his slightly wacky take on the ancient traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Noguchi Museum in Queens – he has landed at YBCA, where he has taken over nearly the entire campus with Space Program: Europa... (read more)

Out There - Dishing it up at the Legion

Pieces from an innovative French porcelain manufactory that served under Louis XV's royal patronage are displayed in a new exhibition at the Legion of Honor. (read more)

Out & About - Artardis

Do the world a favor. Invite one of your younger friends, or someone who's never seen a a classic or contemporary play, to go with you. Take them on a trip through time and space via art. Be The Doctor.(read more)

Theatre - Quest for success

Typecasting is a term widely accepted as a pejorative, but whenever actors are typecast, at least it means they are working. (read more)

Theatre - Insatiable appetite

Little Shop of Horrors is a crowd-pleasing perennial that is having its durability reaffirmed in Ray of Light Theatre's current production at the Victoria Theatre. (read more)

Film - Anna Magnani, diva of humanity

Hard to believe, but in 1946 actual Nazis were being tried for war crimes in Nuremberg at the insistence of the United States. (read more)

Film - Fuller pictures

The Roxie Theater presents A Fuller Life, a multi-film retrospective of an American original, filmmaker Sam Fuller (1911-97), Fri. (read more)

DVD - Philly grit

The search for connection, through sexuality or art, underlies the gloomy film Beautiful Something, screened at last year's Frameline and just released on DVD by Ariztical Entertainment. (read more)

Film - Gay for pay, and that's OK

Actor/filmmaker Charlie David, best known for his work in gay independent cinema, takes on a fascinating, sometimes controversial subject in a new hour-long documentary. (read more)

Music - Queer soundtracks

If you haven't seen the Oscar-nominated 2015 lesbian love story Carol yet, what are you waiting for? (read more)

Film - Armed with her sewing machine

The new Australian film The Dressmaker pivots wildly between slapstick comedy and revenge-orientated tragedy. (read more)

Books - Melodies from the past

On September 13, the Legends of Vinyl institution held its awards ceremony in New York City in a hall-of-fame tribute commemorating... (read more)

Music - Britten's excruciating 'Rape'

Watching Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia has never been a comfortable experience, nor did the great gay composer intend it to be. (read more)

Television - Goings-on in the hospital

We want to begin this week with a thank you to all the readers who tweeted and emailed us while we were in the hospital. (read more)

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