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23 Jun. 2014

Tupac Shakur penetrated culture, race and religion

There is much ado about the new Broadway musical, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME. The story set in “Anywhere Urban, USA” meets the powerful rhyme, verse and beat of the late Tupac Shakur, a global icon of hip hop legend. Not unlike the roll call of storied celebrities whose legacy beyond the grave eclipsed their […]

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16 Jun. 2014

Hip Hop on Broadway, Kenny Leon breaks new ground

Monday, June 16, marked the 43rd birthday of the late hip hop, improvisational street poet, inner city legend and international icon, Tupac Shakur. When describing 2Pac, it is convenient to reach for words from contemporary jargon, held beliefs by distant observers; but to know him was to explore his lyrics, his rhymes and poetry, his […]

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09 Jun. 2014

Broadway’s new heyday: McDonald, Leon, Pinkins, Williams & more

There’s no mistaking Audra McDonald for anything but a superstar and this year’s TONY Awards underscore the assertion.  The 43-year old mother, newlywed and perennial Broadway favorite was bestowed her sixth award, a record-breaker. For this momentous distinction, McDonald portrays a snapshot in the life of legendary blues singer, Billie Holiday. The musical’s official title, […]

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02 Jun. 2014

2014 TONY Awards Show goes global

The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be televised live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 8th from 8-11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) to a global audience on CBS, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Broadway’s biggest night is to be hosted by Hugh Jackman and will […]

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28 Apr. 2014

Derrick Sanders explains emotional gait of Wilson’s FENCES

The beauty of the late playwright August Wilson’s prolific canon is its immortality; his protagonists and antagonists live on in perpetuity and–depending on the phase of life you encounter them– your interpretation too may evolve through the ages. Under the direction of Derrick Sanders, one of Wilson’s protégés, a student at his knee as it […]

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22 Apr. 2014

57th SF Intl Film Fest honors Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons, one of world cinema’s most compelling and engaging actors, will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24 – May 8).The Film Society and its year-round exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs will be the beneficiary of the star-studded fundraiser honoring […]

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10 Apr. 2014

“Satchmo” in New York City!

My parents loved Louis Armstrong. Watching him on TV with them is one of my fond childhood memories particularly growing up in segregated Louisiana. To see African Americans on TV– we were “colored” back then— was a rare treat indeed. Enchanted and perplexed, as a child, I couldn’t reconcile Mr. Armstrong’s exaggerated facial expressions that […]

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18 Mar. 2014


If there is one play you cannot afford to miss, it is Marcus Gardley’s HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, closing March 23rd, following an extended run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  I saw the exceptional performance during a capacity house and the audience was enraptured! Photos: Kevin Berne Brilliant staging, costumes, dialect and dialogue all […]

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