2-hands21 Dec 2016

Letter to a Man – Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov

A Dark, Arid Exercise of Perfection   Talking about a  new piece by the creative tandem Robert Wilson/Mikhail Baryshnikov without enthusiasm means there has to be some major disappointment. The new collaboration between the two seasoned theatre stars, one of stage direction, the other of dance, follows on the heels of the fantastical The Old Woman (*qv), two years ago. The Old Woman was a mad-cap romp based on an absurdist story by Daniil Kharms,

The First Self-Publishing Summit in Berkeley

The brave new world of e-publishing and self-publishing can be summed up by one sentence you hear everywhere: "There's at least one book in everyone." A frightful thought, apocalyptic even, when you imagine yourself to be the assumed reader. If you are this would-be author, however, it's a different story. You will rather go with the other omni-present statement of the industry: "There's a reader for every published book." No matter how small your niche

Absence and Presence of True Artists

Bringing back John Cranko's 1965 ballet Eugene Onegin for a second season was a no-brainer. There are never enough narrative ballets to satisfy the hunger of audiences, the desire to follow a storyline and see human destinies translated into dance.  And what a storyline, taken from Pushkin's epic poem: young noble country girl Tatyana gets jilted by snobbish and sophisticated neighbor Onegin, who also wreaks havoc in the life of her sister Olga, leading to

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," "effective," "ecstatic," "brilliant," "ravishing" -- in short, a "food of paradise". To be exact: "the food of Baudelaire's Artificial Paradises." Often quoted, often repeated, sometimes verboten, always imitated, the stuff of Urban Legends: here is the recipe. Not just from her famous Cookbook  -- no, here recited by Alice