If you were to list off the top of your head the 10 most powerful people in San Francisco, Sydney Goldstein's name might not come immediately to mind -- but it should. The founder and director of City Arts & Lectures, the country's pre-eminent series of live interviews, Goldstein has brought to the Herbst Theatre's stage (and to public radio stations across the United States) a who's who of cultural and literary figures, from Salman Rushdie to Louis Menand, Susan Sontag to Alice Walker. Other local series bring equally high-profile figures (the Commonwealth Club hosted Al Gore on Monday, for instance) and Bay Area bookstores present an impressive array of readings, but City Arts & Lectures is singular in its focus on the literary intellect and its successful mix of the popular... More >>>