Ann Taylor

SF Station Writer

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Turbulent Waters Run Deep
By Ann Taylor (Nov 04, 2009)
[b]One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran[/b] reveals images of daily life in Iran’s capital city, giving viewers a uniquely layered look inside this ancient yet thoroughly modernized place. More »
By Ann Taylor (Nov 02, 2009)
Whether you are looking for something to put you in the mood or something to provide a little comic relief, the Bay Area presents numerous holiday entertainment offerings. More »
Rollicking and Wrenching
By Ann Taylor (Oct 13, 2009)
[b]Tiny Kushner[/b], in its West Coast premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theater, defies these traditional expectations of drama, providing an evening of incredibly intense yet utterly riveting short plays. More »
Hardly Strictly Politics
By Ann Taylor (Oct 06, 2009)
[b]November[/b] gives viewers a peek at the fact that the president, and all of his compatriots in political arms, is nothing more than a guy in a suit. More »
Horrifying to Hysterical
By Ann Taylor (Sep 23, 2009)
Halloween is undoubtedly my favorite holiday. This time of year is as close to a change in seasons as we get here in the Bay Area, with dead leaves crunching underfoot and weeklong downpours of rain. As nature begins her period of hibernation and the beauty of new life fades into the inevitable, we get a chance to explore the darker side of the human imagination -- finally! And of course, the arts scene furnishes us with some excellent opportunities to contemplate the macabre, the melancholy, the monstrous, and the mystical, from major productions of legendary stories to less well-known, but no less fascinating, shows and original plays. More »
Not the Odalisques of Old
By Ann Taylor (Sep 09, 2009)
The first solo show at the newly opened Fabric8 Gallery, [b]Altered States, Dreamscapes, and Underworlds[/b] exhibits the alluring yet playful works of Ursula Xanthe Young, a native of England and long-time Bay Area resident. A curious combination of street and fantasy, Young’s works feature wide-eyed (though not necessarily innocent), pursed-lipped beauties among backdrops of city skylines and climbing vines. More »
Wildly Wonderful
By Ann Taylor (Aug 18, 2009)
Many of us grew up with Max and his wolf suit, wishing that we, too, could go and rule where the wild things are, far away from the everyday problems of family and school and being a kid. The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s [b]There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak[/b] presents this familiar childhood favorite, and many others written and/or illustrated by Maurice Sendak, in a way that not only reminds audiences of why they loved [b]Where The Wild Things Are[/b] as a child, but also why that book, and Sendak’s work in general, still has relevance -- for adults as well as for children. More »
Funny Page Freedom
By Ann Taylor (Jul 28, 2009)
There is truly no medium that has not been transformed by the freedom and widespread availability of the internet. Music, television, film; even the more traditional media of drawing and painting have crossed previously unimaginable thresholds as a result of the all-pervasive yet intangible world wide web. And now, just as you can get your daily dose of news via your laptop, so, too, can you enjoy the funny pages online. More »
Re-framing Questions of Identity
By Ann Taylor (Jul 06, 2009)
Regardless of the industrial and kitchen metaphors used to describe multiculturalism in America, it remains a fact that each person has his or her own individual and shared experiences, background, and understanding of culture. Any art exhibition, play, film, novel or piece of music is an opportunity for us to share those with one another, thus hopefully creating if not understanding and appreciation, then at least acknowledgement. More »
Delightfully Disturbing
By Ann Taylor (Jun 31, 2009)
Ken Kesey’s famous book, [b] One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest[/b] was published in 1962, at the dawn of the Hippie movement and at the height of the Civil Rights movement. A year later, in 1963, Dale Wasserman published a stage adaptation of the novel, and in 1975 the famous film version was released. Now, SF Playhouse stages its own production of this mesmerizing story, bringing back to the forefront the dangerous side of industrialization and technology. More »
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