.Arts Feature

May 4, 2022

Native Land, Native Hands: Choreographer Antoine Hunter’s latest turns to Bay Area sculptures

Antione Hunter’s site specific, world premiere production, Native Land, Native Hands, uproots and re-envisions the script on two well-known tree proverbs and slays the dragon that says to see the invisible—to see Deaf people—requires magic. Instead, the new dance work made by Hunter in collaboration with Epiphany Dance Theater and...
Mar 23, 2022

Holding Space: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Winning Return

All fingers are crossed and Covid-19 safety protocols firmly anchored to prevent anything from marring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s triumphant resumption March 29 of its annual residency at Cal Performances. The dance company’s exuberant energy...
Mar 10, 2022

Everything’s In ‘Place’: Composer Ted Hearne tackles whiteness with witness

A city like Oakland or Berkeley, imagined as a sonic map in the mind of composer Ted Hearne, is not based on a grid of streets, parklands, homes and buildings. Instead, it is a place filled with...
Mar 9, 2022

Songs for Ukraine: Oakland’s Kitka presents a heartfelt response to the Russian invasion of...

While acknowledging the irony and wholeheartedly grieving over the tragedy unfolding daily in Ukraine, during a recent interview, Kitka Executive Artistic Director Shira Cion equates the all-women vocal ensemble’s first days in the country in 2005 to...
Feb 16, 2022

Community and QR Codes: Hueman’s ‘Homebody’ is a return to human connectivity through reality-augmented...

“This is about the collective experience we’ve had in isolation. We’ve all experienced and held this trauma together, this weight and anxiety. I wanted to create this space for healing.” When local Filipina artist, Hueman, announced this...
Feb 16, 2022

An Actor’s Actor: Adrian Roberts tackles two in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

During the 18-month Covid-19 lockdown on live-theater performances that was extended in 2021 due to the Delta and Omicron variants, actor Adrian Roberts did exactly what his well-established career taught him to do. “There’s that saying, handle your...
Jan 19, 2022

Theater Round-up: East Bay Express writers weigh in on 2022’s stage must-dos

Take Care Mike Birbiglia dives deep in new solo show We may not know it by looking at him, but Mike Birbiglia has issues. The comedian, writer, filmmaker and NPR darling specializes in turning his personal problems and family foibles...
Jan 5, 2022

The Artist’s Way: How to look forward and move on in 2022

Saddle up with five days into 2022 and a new year in which, realistically, there will be profound hope and absolute horror, habits to break and others to hold onto, friends and arguments made and lost, positions...
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