Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chuc Mu'ng Nam Mo'i!

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 by coffeecritic

chinese new year dragon Gung Hay Fat Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Chúc Mù'ng Nam Mó‛i! Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! However you spell it, Lunar New Year is the longest and most important celebration in much of Asia. The Chinese year 4712 ushers in the Year of the Horse, and begins on Jan. 31, 2014. The festivities last for fifteen days, culminating with the Lantern Festival. In Vietnam, . . . more »

Roomful of Teeth?

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 by coffeecritic

Roomful of Teeth What is a roomful of teeth? It is an exciting young vocal ensemble that just won a Grammy for best chamber music/small ensemble performance. The members are classically-trained singers, but they are dedicated to exploring every expressive potential of the human voice. To this end, they've gone to great lengths to study various global vocal techniques, such as Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, Korean p'ansori . . . more »

David Hockney at the De Young

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 by coffeecritic

It's not too late to catch David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. It will be there through January 20. This exhibit is unique in that it was assembled exclusively for the De Young Museum and showcases only his work from this century. The show includes large-scale, multi-canvas oil paintings, digital movies and landscapes created with the ipad, including . . . more »