The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

When do we re-start?: ‘Interlude’ World Premiere at NCTC

NCTC world premieres an audio solo play about Black pain during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

Outside of the Routine: 2021 Digital Program 3 by the SF Ballet

We’re all trapped in a routine, so the SF Ballet presents a trio of shows about breaking out.

Monday, 8 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

No Soul, No Glo: ‘Coming 2 America’

Everyone involved in this should be ashamed. EVERYONE.

Friday, 5 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

I Have No Mouth, but I Must Scream

The only thing worse than COVID depression is when additional frustrations are piled on top of it.

Monday, 1 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

Osmosis III: Same as it Ever Was

I bring back my job-hunting column to report on recent frustrations and one wonderful bit of feedback.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Curious Breed: ‘Puppy Love’ – 2021 SFIFF Closing Night Film

The now-virtual festival closes on a down note with a “rednexsploitation” tale starring Sean Penn’s son.

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Image Lasts: ‘Woman of the Photographs’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Quiet character work and stunning cinematography make a fine, small drama from Japan.

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pick up the Pieces: ‘Spare Parts’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Grindhouse flick with four chicks whose arms are chopped off for gladiatorial weapons. What else is there to say?

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Twenty-four Carat Cinema: ‘Girl in Golden Gate Park’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

An intimate story about a changing San Francisco makes for one of the best films of the still-young year of 2021.

Saturday, 20 February, 2021 · Leave a comment