March 1, 2013

If A Body Could Grimace

The Joffrey Ballet and The Green Table One of the dance companies I missed most in the past decade or so in the San Francisco Bay […]
February 3, 2013

Quoting Gertrude Stein # 94: Happy Birthday, Gertrude!

  Another Happy Birthday, Gertrude Stein! What is eternally 39 year-old Alice bringing Gertie for her celebration? You bet it’s something she baked, some “entertaining refreshment,” […]
January 14, 2013

Quoting Gertrude Stein says Bye-bye to 2012 and the Summer of Stein

 Bye-bye 2012! BYE-BYE  SUMMER OF STEIN The cartoon by Rick Meyerowitz, “The Girls of Summer,” brings home the sad fact. The year-long Summer of Stein ended […]
January 6, 2013

Happy New Year on Scene4!

Pina Bausch, Alice Waters, John Adams, and Opera on Demand: Everything Old Is New Again Everything old is new again is the topic of the New […]
December 18, 2012

L’Amour à la française

Is there anybody who isn’t curious about how they DO it, the French? Anybody who wouldn’t want to know all about l’amour à la française? An […]
December 9, 2012

Einstein on the Beach — Paris 1976, and Berkeley 2012

I happened to be there, at the première of the  theater event that now seems a landmark of post-modern culture. I saw the revival of Robert […]
December 7, 2012

Moby Dick at the Opera

Literature into opera? San Francisco composer Jake Heggie tried it again, this time with Herman Melville’s whale of a book. Did it work? Read my “minority […]
September 30, 2012

Gertrude Stein in the Movies

How right or how wrong does it get when Gertrude Stein appears in the movies? I had a second look at Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris  […]
June 9, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 91

Why the Witch-Hunt Against Gertrude Stein? Tikkun Magazine It’s fascinating how the story of Stein’s war years and survival refuses to settle into a consistent story […]
June 5, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 90

There or not there? Gertrude Stein Day at the American Literature Association Conference “It’s the critics who thought about form, I thought about writing.” (Gertrude Stein) […]