.Arts Feature

Jul 20, 2022

The Potential of Everydayness: BAMPFA mounts major retrospective of Alison Knowles’ career

Do you have a favorite red object? Would you be willing to part with it in the service of art? If so, you’ll get your chance as part of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) extensive exhibit of groundbreaking artist Alison Knowles’ six-decade body of work. Opening...
Jun 15, 2022

Pamela Z Speaks Out: The multifaceted artist riffs on electronic music

Pamela Z is a polyglot. The realization she speaks simultaneously in multiple languages slaps aside previous definitions I and others have applied to the Bay Area-based composer, vocalist and multimedia artist. The new definition pops up during...
Jun 1, 2022

Serious Clowning: Satirist David Sedaris on life, death and his latest collection of essays

When humorist and writer David Sedaris and I talk about his new collection of essays, Happy Go Lucky (Little Brown), two expected but nonetheless delightful things happen. First, we laugh a lot, and second, it’s impossible to...
May 4, 2022

Native Land, Native Hands: Choreographer Antoine Hunter’s latest turns to Bay Area sculptures

Antione Hunter’s site specific, world premiere production, Native Land, Native Hands, uproots and re-envisions the script on two well-known tree proverbs and slays the dragon that says to see the invisible—to see Deaf people—requires magic. Instead, the new...
Apr 13, 2022

Jazz Like A Woman: Changing the narratives of a timeless musical form

Curious about the “state of the union” for professional jazz musicians in the Bay Area who identify as women, I called for a response from a representative sample composed of three local artists. Separately, each is a...
Apr 6, 2022

Color Commentary: MoAD expands definitions and identities in two new shows

Two artists with footprints in the East Bay, and featured or included in separate exhibits at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, cast their dragnets into bygone eras of art history, expose their catch to illuminating...
Mar 23, 2022

Do Printers Dream of Electric Sheep?: Shotgun Players’s ‘Lost Ballad’ aims at AI anxiety

By now, even non-sci-fi fans know that “AI anxiety” is a real thing. A 2019 Forbes magazine article examined it, saying part of the fear comes from the idea that “The technology will get to a point...
Mar 23, 2022

Holding Space: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Winning Return

All fingers are crossed and Covid-19 safety protocols firmly anchored to prevent anything from marring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s triumphant resumption March 29 of its annual residency at Cal Performances. The dance company’s exuberant energy...
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