Arts & Events

Updated: Mozart Opera at Berkeley Piano Club This Friday

By Ken Bullock
Friday November 16, 2012 - 10:22:00 AM

Cosi fan tutti, the charming Mozart/Da Ponte opera, will be presented for one night only, Friday November 30, by Dazzling Diva Productions, Jonathan Khuner (of Berkeley West Edge Opera) conducting, and Eliza O'Malley producing, directing—and singing the role of Flordiligi—at the Berkeley Piano Club.

The cast also includes Sarita Cannon, Eric Coyne, Nikola Printz and Jonathan Smucker.

Berkeley Piano Club is a choice but small venue—advance tickets are strongly advised: $15-$20 at

Dazzling Divas info: 510-517-1820

Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste (one-way westbound, between Piedmont and College.) -more-

New: AROUND & ABOUT THEATER & OPERA: Inferno Theatre's 'Dracula' Opens; Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' at Douglas Morrison Theatre; Mozart/Da Ponte 'Cosi fan tutte' Friday December 1 only at Berkeley Piano Club; Festival Opera's Unusual Pastiche 'About Face,' I

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday November 28, 2012 - 02:47:00 PM

—Giulio Cesare Perrone—formerly of the Grotowski Institute in Italy and the Dell'Arte School in Humboldt County—has produced some of the more interesting work locally on stage in the past few years with his Inferno Theatre Company: 'Galileo's Daughters' and 'The Iliad,' two completely different kinds of play, at the Berkeley City Club, as well as set designs for many companies up and down the West Coast. -more-

“YOU NEED TO READ POETRY!” Drama in SF in December

By John McMullen
Sunday November 25, 2012 - 09:52:00 AM
Valerie Fachman, Shaye Angelo Acevedo, Gloria McDonald, Melvign Badiola,
                  Geo Epsilanty, Carina Lastimosa Salazar, Azelah Jamison, Gino Rose

PERFORMERS UNDER STRESS presents a raucous cavalcade of American Poetry that answers the question: Why Poetry? Nov 30 through Dec 23 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street, San Francisco. -more-

The Big Picture Opens at the Elmwood, November 16

Reviewed by Gar Smith
Friday November 16, 2012 - 11:51:00 AM

The Big Picture is an engrossing film. Actually, thanks to director Eric Lartigau, it is two magnificent films in one smooth 115-minute package. The original title of this French masterwork (first released in 2011 but only now reaching the US) was L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie ("The Man Who Wished to Live His Life"). It was, in turn, based on The Big Picture, a 1998 novel by American author Douglas Kennedy. -more-