Searing humor, dark wit captivate in ‘Detroit’

In “Detroit,” suburbia’s underbelly is dark indeed. The play — a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2013 Obie winner by Lisa D’Amour — explores the place in the human psyche where psychology meets circumstance in its Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre Company. “Detroit” begins in media res: Mary (Amy
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Excitement abounds at Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party

It’s the Thursday night before Pride weekend, and the line outside San Francisco’s Warfield Theater is filled with bears. And unicorns, giraffes, zebras, dinosaurs, sharks and the occasional Pikachu — basically any animal (real or imaginary) that can be made into a onesie and worn to a slumber party …
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We speak, Hollywood listens

State of the art

Between Supreme Court rulings that upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and the legalization of gay marriage nationwide and the outcry against the Confederate flag’s presence in South Carolina, the past week has exemplified the best of progressive values. Legislation, however, is not the only realm in
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Elvis Depressedly charms in San Francisco show

It’s 7:25 p.m., and the bar phone at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill is ringing off the hook, the line full of fans trying to somehow get last-minute tickets to Elvis Depressedly’s sold-out show. Elvis Depressedly — whose core duo consists of couple Mat Cothran and Delaney Mills —
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‘True Detective’ 2×02: ‘Night Finds You’

Warning: this recap contains spoilers. After last week’s somewhat slow-paced setup, “Night Finds You” shocks us back into interest, employing the less-obvious dialogue, the more-layered characters and the sort cliffhangers that characterized Season 1. Frank Semyon’s (Vince Vaughn) opening monologue reveals a torn past in a somewhat crude attempt to
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‘True Detective’ 2×01: ‘The Western Book of the Dead’

From the red-streaked, eerie opening, it was apparent that although the characters may have changed, much remained the same in the Season 2 premiere of “True Detective,” HBO’s often ominous, always brooding detective series. Season 2 has relocated to sunny Southern California from Louisiana’s muggy bayous, but the feeling of a
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Up in the airwaves

State of the art

Static crackles as you lean forward on the edge of the driver’s seat, nimble fingers fiddling with the round dial. Staring into the block numbers of the analog clock, you try to find a signal, when a voice cuts through the noise. “Thanks for joining us on 89.9 FM KCRW
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