Transparent brings boldness, braveness and brilliance to American television. Presented by Amazon Prime, it’s about a Los Angeles family whose father one day declares, Don’t call me Mort; from now on, I’m Maura. Whoa. I dubbed the first two episodes “Crazy Jews in L.A.” But as the family stories and history unfolded, I came to… Continue reading Transparent

Anthony Hernandez

Fresh Eyes It’s rare when works of art — books, movies, photos — can change your perspective. But Anthony Hernandez, whose photo retrospective is the first special exhibition of San Francisco’s recently re-opened SFMOMA, did just that for me. Like Ed Ruscha, whose retrospective is featured a few miles away at the de Young, many… Continue reading Anthony Hernandez


The B-Side Two sister museums, the de Young and the Legion of Honor, are hosting western-themed exhibits. The star attraction, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, is at the de Young in Golden Gate Park. The B-side, Wild West: Plains to the Pacific, is at the more remote Legion. But like “I Will Survive”… Continue reading IF YOU GO-OH TO SAN FRANCISCO …

Bill Graham

Bill Graham (1931–1991). Most people know Bill Graham as one of the greatest rock concert promoters ever. He opened Fillmore West and Fillmore East as public stages for rock music legends such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones. He partied with the likes of Janis Joplin,… Continue reading Bill Graham

Anders Zorn

Let us introduce you to Anders Zorn. Zorn (1860 – 1920) was a Swedish painter and printmaker in etching. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden and became well known in his time as a portrait painter. He painted portraits of two American presidents, Cleveland and Taft, and he made an etching portrait of… Continue reading Anders Zorn