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‘Lady Dynamite’ star Maria Bamford performs at Palace of Fine Arts

Maria Bamford did great things without much mainstream notice for years, voicing characters on animated programs including “Adventure Time,” playing a Tobias Funke love interest on “Arrested Development” and [Read entire story]

High Sunn goes from lo-fi to the live stage

What started out as a 14-year-old’s dream has shaped up to be a fun musical journey — and it’s only just taking off. Justin Cheromiah began recording music in his bedroom at his San Bruno home, [Read entire story]

Screen Actors Guild nominations a good sign for ‘Billboards,’ ‘Big Sick’

NEW YORK — In nominations announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift [Read entire story]

‘La Posarela’ reimagines Jesus’ birth as immigrant tale

A couple wanders the streets, no one willing to take them in, despite the fact that the woman is about to give birth. It could be the story of the birth of Jesus, but it could also be a contemporary immigration tale. [Read entire story]

‘Blue Velvet,’ ‘True Romance’ among films in Roxie’s Dennis Hopper tribute

A new documentary on Dennis Hopper, Nick Eberling’s “Along for the Ride,” starts Friday, Dec. 15, and the Roxie Theater is celebrating with a mini-retrospective of the iconic actor and director’s work. [Read entire story]

The Kronos Quartet’s inventive ringleader takes center stage

The Kronos Quartet is a collaborative endeavor, but no rational observer could miss the fact that the group’s character — its restless sense of adventure, its stylistic breadth — reflects the imprint of founding [Read entire story]

Garrett + Moulton celebrate 15-year anniversary with 3 new works

This year, San Francisco choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton mark their company’s 15th anniversary. To celebrate, they present an energetic performance of three new works at ODC Theater in San Francisco. [Read entire story]

The best, last-minute weekend ‘Star Wars’ tickets left in San Francisco

Did you forget to buy tickets to "Star Wars"? Unlike Luke on that little island on Ahch-To, you're not alone. [Read entire story]

‘Verax’: Dark picture of mass surveillance, whistle-blowers, drones and war

In 2013, an unknown former CIA analyst became, overnight, among the most prominent whistle-blowers in U.S. history. Most Americans know Edward Snowden’s name and, on a surface level, what he revealed about the [Read entire story]

‘Cool Yule’ brings retro holiday spirit to Blue Note Napa

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Berkeley Rep’s Temptations musical heads for DC, Broadway

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” will transfer to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., June 19 to July 22 as part of a pre-Broadway tryout, [Read entire story]

Midnight screenings of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ invade ‘Star Wars’ space

Recently on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Mark Hamill called his “Star Wars” films “space westerns.” And that’s exactly right. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s too bad that [Read entire story]

Seasonal sounds from Eastern Europe and beyond

With its 2003 album, “Wintersongs,” the women’s chorus Kitka explored a repertoire of music suited for the colder parts of the year (assuming you don’t live in California, that is). It featured Christmas and [Read entire story]

City Arts & Lectures, Michael Eric Dyson in conversation with Carvell Wallace

As a speaker, writer and ordained Baptist minister, Michael Eric Dyson is known for his passionate, pointed discussion of race in America. Exemplary of his style is his 2016 New York Times opinion piece “Death in Black [Read entire story]

‘The Last Jedi’ heads new movies opening this week, Dec. 15

Aida’s Secrets: This Israeli documentary follows the journey of Izak, who was born in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II and was adopted in Israel. As an adult, he learns from his birth mother, [Read entire story]

Red Hot Chili Peppers spice up Band Together 2 Bay Area benefit concert

If any concert deserves a sequel, it’s Band Together Bay Area. The star-studded bill that brought together such local music titans as Metallica, Dead & Company and G-Eazy raised more than $17 million for the victims of [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Man’s computer illiteracy puts heavy burden on wife

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together for 40 years. Like most people, we’ve had our good times and bad, but we’ve both been committed to the marriage, and so we’ve made it work. Now I’m [Read entire story]

Horoscope for Tuesday, 12/12/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You finally learn why matters fell apart. It's a good thing you didn't know then what you know now or things wouldn't have turned out so well. [Read entire story]

Catch more than 40 local playwrights in a flash

You’ve probably heard by now that the Bay Area is one of the country’s most dynamic and prolific metropolitan areas for the creation of new plays. But if you haven’t yet climbed aboard that train, Playwrights [Read entire story]

Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet Stars of Moscow bring ‘The Nutcracker’ to the South Bay

“The Nutcracker” has it all: a child with her head full of dreams, a villain at the helm of a dizzying mouse army, and a hostess extraordinaire in the Sugar Plum Fairy, serving sweets from every corner of the globe. [Read entire story]