Bening, Watts and Washington Shine in Rodrigo Garcia’s New Film “Mother and Child” that Looks at the Complexities of Adoption By Steve V. Rodriguez

“They were the cast that I wanted and they really exceeded my expectations,” said Director and Writer, Rodrigo Garcia about his three leading ladies (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) for the new film, “Mother And Child” which opens May 7th. The film centers around these three women and how adoption has profoundly affected […] Click to read more »

“Fela” Receives 11 TONY Nominations! Don’t Miss the Most Progressive Show on Broadway!!

The TONY nominations came out this morning and “Fela” received 11 TONY nominations including Best Musical, Actor – Sahr Ngaujah, Featured Actress – Lillias White, Bill T. Jones – choreographer, Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical with Jim Lewis. Bill T. Jones says, “Here is a chance for people to come to […] Click to read more »

TONY Nomination Predictions: Last Minute Thoughts on Broadway’s Big Awards by Kevin M. Thomas

The Tony nominations are just around the corner (May 4th). And, while I can’t predict them with accuracy like I do the Oscars, it certainly does seem like a good time to remember the great theatre we’ve had this passed season. While I specialize in the musical and see few plays, the buzz surrounding possible […] Click to read more »

“Please Give” Opens Tomorrow April 30th – Chats with Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener, Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall By: Steve V. Rodriguez

Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener and Catherine Keener reunited this week at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of their film, “Please Give” in New York City. The two have worked together for Holofcener’s last four films (“Walking and Talking”, “Lovely and Amazing”, “Friends with Money”) and now “Please Give” which opens this Friday April 30th. Also in […] Click to read more »

The RAY Chair Shines at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco

The current Art exhibit  (“.it Italian Art Today”) at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco features eight Italian Contemporary Artists working in various mediums ranging from video, photography, design and painting. I had a chance to attend the opening reception last week and talk with one of the Artists, Antonio Pio Saracino.  Antonio splits […] Click to read more »

“Please Give” Nicole Holofcener’s New Film About Life’s Amusing Contraditions

“Please Give”, the new film by writer/director, Nicole Holofcener continues her look at our absurdities, contradictions and relations with each other,  always with humor and compassion for her main characters. Similar to her last 3 films, “Walking and Talking”, “Lovely and Amazing” and “Friends with Money”, she creates stories that are real and look deeper […] Click to read more »

“La Mission” Pays Tribute to the Mission District in SF While Grappling with the Machismo Male

Written and Directed by Peter Bratt and starring Peter’s brother, Benjamin Bratt, “La Mission” tells the  story of Che Rivera, a MUNI bus driver, former inmate and recovering alcoholic, who builds low rider cars. Che loves his son, Jes, an academic achiever he has raised on his own. Then he finds out Jes is gay, […] Click to read more »

“Evil” and Christ come to San Francisco’s International Film Festival by Kevin M. Thomas

Film director/writer Joshua Grannell sat down with Progressive Pulse to discuss his feature film debut, “All About Evil,” which premieres at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1 at the Castro Theatre. Besides sharing some stories about making the movie, Grannell gives Progressive Pulse a scoop with breaking news heard here first. Sitting […] Click to read more »

“The Temperamentals” Corrects Important Gay Rights History! Video Interview with Michael Urie

Watch the video interview below with Michael Urie as he talks about the importance of the play, how it’s being received and the end of his other job at “Ugly Betty”. “The Temperamentals” educates its audience and tells a love story of two men in the early 1950’s  in the current Off-Broadway production at The […] Click to read more »

Exit Theatre’s DIVAfest returns to San Francisco by Kevin M. Thomas

What is a diva? Well, this weekend you’re about to find out through Exit Theatre’s DIVAfest, which starts April 8 and runs through May 1. The DIVAfest is a collection of new theatre pieces written by women. According to artistic director Christina Augello, there’s something for everyone – “from Irish ballads to a Tenderloin musical […] Click to read more »