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Christmastime in the concert halls

Christmastime in the concert halls

By Philip Campbell

There is a real need for moments of live musical entertainment and personal reflection amidst the ubiquitous soundtrack of Christmas cheer.

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CBS' Nov. 29 episode of "Murphy Brown" took a cinema verité approach to Trump's "enemy of the people" mantra.

By Jim Gladstone | December 7, 2018

Mona Mansour's emotional colloquium of a play "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" draws much of its appeal from the warm relationship between its two main characters.

By Events Editor | December 5, 2018

Whatever holidays you celebrate, enjoy the classic, traditional and irreverent arts events at venues around the Bay Area.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.

By Roberto Friedman | December 4, 2018

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.

By Jim Gladstone | December 4, 2018

Straightforward, familiar and enormously satisfying, "A Bronx Tale" is the relatively rare contemporary musical that exudes winning sincerity more than winking self-consciousness.

By Tim Pfaff | December 4, 2018

Tchaikovsky-savvy consumers will grock what's going on right from the cover of the new Paris Opera and Ballet pairing of Tchaikovsky's one-act opera "Iolanta" and two-act ballet "The Nutcracker" (BelAir).

By Brian Bromberger | December 4, 2018

James "The Amazing" Randi's life and mission are profiled in the entertaining documentary "An Honest Liar."

By David Lamble | December 4, 2018

December 2018 at the Castro Theatre is a collection of the fabled cinema palace's greatest hits that should have something for every movie fan.

By Sura Wood | December 4, 2018

An undisputed titan of cinema, Fritz Lang was a genius at luring unsuspecting audiences into his claustrophobic, nightmarish universes.

By Philip Campbell | December 4, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony recorded Berlioz's "Romeo et Juliette" live at Davies Symphony Hall in June 2017.

By Philip Campbell | November 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.

By Events Editor | November 28, 2018

Heading into the last month of the year, we can't resist the oncoming holiday-themed events, World AIDS Day commemorations, Golden Girls, wildfire victims benefits, and ... two Queen concerts?

By Sura Wood | November 27, 2018

"Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey" opened recently at the de Young Museum.

By Sari Staver | November 27, 2018

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and guitarist Ry Cooder will perform their rendition of the music of Johnny Cash on Dec. 5-6 at the War Memorial Opera House.

By Roberto Friedman | November 27, 2018

We've turned the corner into the holiday season, so last week Out There attended shows perfect for this time of year.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

The impresario and titular star of "Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce" sashayed downstage to lead his Curran Theater congregation in a rousing rendition of "Oh Holy Night."

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Odd to say about a play that touches on the Holocaust, but with its poignant take on family, fiction and hope for the future, "Everything Is Illuminated" offers a lovely welcome to the holiday season.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Nilaja Sun plays four men and five women in her fast-paced, always entertaining solo show "Pike St.," now at the Berkeley Rep.

By Tim Pfaff | November 27, 2018

The potent new memoir "Amateur" (Scribner) is by Thomas Page McBee, an American trans man whose journey took him to Madison Square Garden — in the ring.

By David Lamble | November 27, 2018

Now in its 22nd year, the 2018 edition of the New Italian Cinema Film Festival returns with a youth-must-be-served theme.

By Brian Bromberger | November 27, 2018

Amazon Prime's new TV series "Homecoming," which started streaming Nov. 2, with its circuitous intrigue, puzzling twists, and Hitchcockian suspense, is tailor-made for our times.

By Jim Gladstone | November 20, 2018

Red noses over respirator masks. That was the unfortunate fashion trend at last Thursday night's opening of "Volta," the latest touring extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil.

By Sari Staver | November 20, 2018

Avant-garde artist and pop music icon Laurie Anderson will present five different concerts in San Francisco beginning Nov. 28, as part of her tenure as Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center.

By Philip Campbell | November 20, 2018

Two concerts with similar intentions brought opposite sides of the Bay in synch recently with the belief that music is a human right.

By Roberto Friedman | November 20, 2018

Our favorite hotel down the Peninsula invited us back for an overnight stay, so we returned to The Clement Palo Alto a few weeks ago. It's a different sort of luxury hotel, as you'll see.

By Sura Wood | November 20, 2018

The bad news first: "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," the new exhibition at SFMOMA, is a bit of a snooze.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | November 20, 2018

The new documentary by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson "TransMilitary" shares the stories of four transgender people who serve in the U.S. military.

By David Lamble | November 20, 2018

In the new culinary film bio-doc "Chef Flynn" (opening Friday), a blond, lightly freckled teenager, Flynn McGarry, is seen working up a head of steam in his family's kitchen.

By Jim Piechota | November 20, 2018

It's a Barbie world where the boys rule on thrones laden with sequined pink fabric.

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