‘Dear Elizabeth’ brings to life the letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters reunite for new play at the Berkeley Rep

A theatrical production that takes its entire script from a 30-year correspondence of letters between two 20th-century poets may not sound like the most appealing of plays for the audiences of today. However, Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters have masterfully crafted together one of the
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‘Man of Steel’ offers a deeper insight into the Superman mythology

Henry Cavill soars in latest Superman reboot, directed by Zach Snyder

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … It’s another film reboot of the classic 1930s comic book “Superman.” While Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” failed to wow audiences back in 2006, director Zach Synder’s highly anticipated “Man of Steel” lays a solid foundation for the future of the franchise. Conceived by
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Tunesday: Good (B)eats

This week’s post is wholly inspired by the fact that Action Bronson’s newest EP Saaab Stories (best album title of the year!) which comes out today and is otherwise dedicated to my undying love for food and rap. Whether these songs are actually referencing food is beside the point —
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Documentary ‘The Sari Soldiers’ shows conflict through the eyes of women

Director Julie Bridgham discusses the process of filming and the focus on female points of view

Julie Bridgham’s 2008 documentary, “The Sari Soldiers,” showcased at the first annual Himalayan Film Festival in May of this year, is not unrealistically hopeful — nor is it wholly disillusioned to the prospect of social change. Rather, it attempts to unpack complexities of conflict by providing a fair scope of
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The Red Wedding: Game of Thrones recap

HOLY S*** WHAT THE F*** JUST HAPPENED?!

It’s a few weeks into summer vacation and you’ve probably already accepted defeat: Your reading list will go unchecked, your body will not magically chisel and you will not make it to the beach unless dragged by your family for a picnic with grandma and grandpa. Instead, you’ll most likely
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Arrested Development: Unmaking a big mistake, or just a hot mess?

The eagerly-awaited fourth season of 'Arrested Development' disappoints

The new season of “Arrested Development” is confusing, hands down. The “Netflix semi-original series” brought everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family back together for one more season after Fox cancelled the cult classic in 2006 due to low ratings. Complete with the requisite inside jokes, flashbacks, scheming and catch phrases that initially
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Queer artists encourage booing at SOMArts show

Bay Area performers present new works on the theme of 'This Is What I Hate'

On the first Tuesday of every month, SOMArts presents The News, a series in which queer Bay Area artists perform new theater pieces. This month’s edition saw the artists ironically dedicating their segments to what they hate most. The audience was encouraged to shout calls of disdain rather than applaud
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Big names and bigger thrills in ‘Now You See Me’

Star cast conjures crime in compelling summer caper

Besides clowns, magicians have the misfortune of being everyone’s least favorite entertainers. They are often cheesy, tacky, deceptive and, above all else, sequined. However, with a dynamic plot as his cape and a star-studded cast as his wand, director Louis Leterrier takes this tired image and makes it disappear. “Now
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