San Francisco Symphony: Barbary Coast and Beyond Friday, May 11, 2012 Davies Symphony Hall Better than: Your grandparents' (but maybe not your great-great grandparents') symphony. When you hear there are gonna be banjo pickers and fiddlers on the stage, you tend to expect a high-lonesome hoedown o ... More >>
It's easy to take for granted that Fela! would be a smash Broadway musical -- that it would make its big-stage debut to critical acclaim ("music that gets into your bloodstream," said the New York Times), that it would garner a slew of 2010 Tony nominations, and that it would revive interest in the ... More >>
79 at the turn of a very prolific decade, Clint tackles Mandela and the Hereafter.
Mystery (Secretly Canadian)
South African art rockers BLK JKS get all kinds of cozy with all sorts of genres-- from post-punk to reggae to arena rock and plenty in between. The Johannesburg act was a minor hit at last year's SXSW, and they're making another long voyage to the states this Spring to stun folks with their freethi ... More >>
Local officials are resisting a federal takeover of the Housing Authority. They should stop.
A South African street fighter finds new life in the wrenching redemption tale Tsotsi
A brooding, booze-sodden storm that's part ballad, part jig
Siamese villagers blast their Burmese oppressors in Bang Rajan
Thomas Jane, as folk hero, robs banks and steals a movie
Our critics weigh in on local theatre
One of the most highly polished entries in a career of fine, neglected plays about race