Saturday, December 5, 2020

Tag: Rotimi Agbabiaka

Internationally Black series ‘So Soul San Francisco’ opens up global arts discourse

Creator Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and co-host Rotimi Agbabiaka's monthly interview show surveys Black expression worldwide

Arts Forecast: Welcome to the ‘Manifesto’

If people asked me who I'd invite to my dream dinner party, I'm pretty sure James Baldwin, Nina Simone, and Fela Kuti would make the shortlist. On the conversational...

A ‘Macbeth’ that’s equal parts murder and music

Among the many, many disasters of the Trump regime is its failure to give us a satisfying Lady Macbeth. Granted, Trump himself is no Macbeth—whose triumphs on the battlefields...

Secrets, lies, and a roiling harem in ‘House of Joy’

ONSTAGE It is the waning days of the Mughal Empire. The Emperor’s rebellious son is leading an uprising. Famine stalks the land. But you would never know any of this disaster...

Arts Forecast: Frameline Fest gets new executive director, more …

ARTS FORECAST I honestly have no idea how one would wrangle an organization that puts on such a huge annual film festival—more than 60,000 attendees, 100+ films and programs from...

In Rotimi Agbabiaka’s ‘Manifesto,’ a call to visionary black, queer ambition

ONSTAGE Waiting after school for his mother to pick him up after a high school French club meeting, Rotimi Agbabiaka—whose new show Manifesto plays at the African American Arts and Culture...

Pride time: 6 quick picks at the National Queer Arts Festival

Despite the tea on Twitter, Pride month isn’t just about the continued corporate cashing-in on on-normative identity disguised as celebratory hedonism. Case in point: the National Queer Arts Festival....

Seeing Red: SF Mime Troupe is making it a socialist summer

ONSTAGE As someone who grew up watching San Francisco Mime Troupe productions, I can tell you that there is a right and true way to view them. This basic...

The Civil War, from another side, in ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3’

ONSTAGE A historical epic, a taut thriller, a chamber melodrama, a heart-warming comedy, a social scalding: Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrings a lot from her enthralling Father Comes Home from...

2016: Some very bright spots

Good lord, 2016 -- the year the music died, the year the Internet got too real, the year America got majorly oranged. When the Bay Area wasn't showing its...