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Queer Evan Hansen

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
"The past few weeks, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by social media," admits Ben Levi Ross, entirely aware of the irony in his situation.

Parisian pleasures

By Sura Wood | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
"Brassai," an engrossing new show at SFMOMA, leaves no doubt that this artist, who was also an accomplished sculptor and writer, was a great of 20th-century photography.

Gifted Fellows

By Philip Campbell | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
The Adler Fellows class of 2018 appeared in their final concert of the year, "The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert" last Saturday night in Herbst Theatre.

Meet the new music director

By Roberto Friedman | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
When the San Francisco Symphony announced last week that conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to serve as Music Director Designate effective immediately, there was an almost-audible gasp of relief in the Bay Area classical music community.

Four hands play Terry Riley pieces

By Philip Campbell | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
Musical iconoclast, mind-blowing performer and minimalist pioneer Terry Riley has always been hard to classify.

John Grant bares his soul

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
"Love Is Magic," the title track from John Grant's new album, tells a somber tale.

'Evan Hansen' & musical therapy

By Jim Gladstone | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
The closing scene of "Dear Evan Hansen" brings us to a clearing. The characters assemble before a bright blue scrim of open sky.

Boy with a problem

By David Lamble | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
The dark drama "Ben Is Back" begins with the sudden return of a teenage boy, Ben Burns (slyly disturbing Lucas Hedges) to his suburban home.

Happy reading for holiday giving

By Tavo Amador | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
Walking around a bookstore often yields wonderful surprises for shoppers, especially for those looking for solutions to the challenges of holiday giving.

All shook up

By David Lamble | Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
This week a Norwegian film delivers a cautionary revenge-of-nature tale that will be hard for many Bay Area residents to resist. "The Quake" (opening Friday) may strike some as a 106-minute preview of coming attractions.

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