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Blackface betrayal and ‘Black Lies’ in Edgar Arceneaux’s new YBCA installation

ART LOOKS In 1981, Ben Vereen, known for his role as Chicken George in the miniseries Roots, and for winning a Tony in Bob Fosse's "Pippin," performed at Ronald...

SFMOMA’s immersive ‘Sublime Seas’ mixes ‘Blue Planet’ beauty with unfathomable brutality

ART LOOKS Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah grew up in London, near the Tate Gallery. He would go there as a 12-year-old, fascinated by, among other painters, the work of...

A school mass shooting inspires a new play at Berkeley Rep

ONSTAGE After the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, playwright Julia Cho (Aubergine, The Language Archive) was looking for something that would help her understand the murderous rampage which killed...

‘Born Yesterday’—but a 70-year-old play splendidly comments on today

ONSTAGE "It’s amazing how pertinent this feels," a man in front of me at the SF Playhouse told his friend at the end of the 1946 play, Born Yesterday...

Renowned dance company taps street musicians for ‘Bootstrap Tales’

DANCE Dancer and choreographer Robert Moses says he’s inherently optimistic and likes a challenge. So he decided his renowned company, Robert Moses’ Kin, would reach out to foster kids...

Expanding the face of Detroit’s working class with ‘Skeleton Crew’

The playwright Dominique Morisseau has family members and friends in Detroit who lost their houses in the 2008 recession, or got bad buyouts from jobs they’d worked at for...

What does marriage sound like?

ONSTAGE John Kolvenbach wanted to tell the intimate story of a long marriage. So in his latest play at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Reel to Reel (through February 25), he...