If Lear or Macbeth haven’t compelled you to make the trek to Orinda to attend a California Shakespeare Company performance, Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” may be a smooth entre; nothing can beat a warm breeze, a bottle of chilled chardonnay, a picnic and a comedy by a playwright whose style The New York Times once described as a combination of “cheek and chic, pose and poise.”
While Shakespeare’s players strut and fret upon the stage at the Bruns Amphitheater, Noel Coward’s will not so much strut and fret as spark and spar. In this 1930 comedy of manners, a divorced couple find themselves booked into adjoining honeymoon suites. Hilarity ensues.
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Start your weekend off with a laugh—Brüno's favorite Spring 2010 looks via The Moment.
Our local love, Alexander Wang, will be launching a menswear collection sooner than expected. The Cut says to look for it at the end of this month, as part of his T line.
Sure, wedges are in, but these shoes by Celine look more like torture devices to us. Addicted to YSL reports.
It's been a few weeks since we last made our way over to the Mish, so if this news hits you a little late, our apologies. However if you're like us and haven't been to the neighborhood in a bit, you might be surprised to find that Mid-Century Modern furniture boutique Monument is no longer occupying the storefront at 572 Valencia Street. Not to fear, they've just moved a stone's throw away to a new, much larger space literally right across the street at 573 Valencia (former location of Architectural Elements).
We’re sorry, but sometimes we resent the reality that, like, ev-uh-ry second, our cell phones are costing us money. It’s high time they did something to save us a buck. On that front, a new weapon we’re wielding this week turns our cellies into deal-hunters, but stops short of scaring us with the kind of spammy grossness we abhor.
Sacha Baron Cohen, the spectacularly uninhibited gonzo master of put-ons, has been called “the pure, untamed id of movie comedy” and “a genuine comic guerrilla charging right to the front lines of the war against prejudice and sanctimony.” The term “genius” has been applied liberally since Baron Cohen’s Borat (2006) skillfully skewered racism, anti-Semitism and America’s over-developed sense of national pride. Yet his second feature, Brüno, leaves me cold. As social satire, it is boorish and scattershot; as farce, it is obvious and erratic.
Yes, it’s finally here. By now, you’ve probably seen the commercials billing The Hurt Locker as the year’s most acclaimed film to date – no exaggeration, given its enviable score on the all-important Tomatometer – and after two weeks in limited release, it opens in the Bay Area today. Along with Food, Inc., it ranks as the very best of the films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.
1. The Hurt Locker
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week
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