This Week in Arts

Film Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” (1989) is not a movie that calls for popcorn, not only because of its twisted antics — running the gamut of blood, shit and piss — but because it is a bold, serious film. Michael Gambon plays Albert
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre fictionalizes renowned painter

“What do you see?,” grunted an artist in paint-splattered clothing. The question, repeated several times in the first moments of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s “Red,” was directed to his young assistant. There’s clearly an imbalance in the dynamic. The older man’s severe glasses channeled the sheer force of his personality, whereas
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This Week in Arts

Film  A festival of short films made on smart phones,  web cams and Flip cameras? There really is such a thing, and it is The Disposable Film Festival, which makes its San Francisco debut this Thursday at the Castro Theatre. Executive director Carlton Evans and his staff are kicking off their
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The Territory, performed by BearStage.

BareStage offers student-written play exploring love and art

“Somewhere in Montparnasse, down a narrow cobblestone street, across a courtyard and behind a gate with a sign that reads ‘Beware of Dog’ lies … the Territory,” or so suggests the immersive opening strand of UC Berkeley student Elena Wagoner’s original play, “The Territory.” In real life, you can find
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Film This Friday, The Castro Theatre shows Andrzej Zulawski’s newly unearthed “Possession.” This 1981 film has been traveling the repertory circuit, at the BAMcinematek in New York and The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. The film is half body horror nightmare, half poem to broken East Berlin, and a wholly anxiety-filled
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Acclaimed play delves into ‘Scorched’ family history

The road to hell is paved with good conventions,” says the malapropian notary, Alphonse Lebel (David Strathairn), in a relatively lighthearted and seemingly inconsequential moment in Wajdi Mouawad’s, “Scorched,” which opened last week at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Yet nothing, no matter how lighthearted, can be taken
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Film This Friday afternoon, at 3 p.m., the Berkeley Art Museum is hosting Film Forward, a colloquium on the state of film education, curation and criticism. Prominent Bay Area film personalities will be on the panel, including independent filmmakers Tiffany Shlain (“Connected”) and Barry Jenkins (“Medicine for Melancholy”), film journalists
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Film Readers know I have talked about “Melancholia” ad nauseum, but this Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco could be your last chance to see Lars von Trier’s spectacular film on the big screen. It’s kind of a trek, but witnessing “Melancholia” — which stars Kirsten
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