Erika Milvy writes about popular culture and the arts for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and Time magazine. She served as the Bay Area theater critic for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat for over ten years and the Bay Guardian and the New York Post before that. She was the music reviewer for Parenting Magazine and has written about kids' media for Parents Magazine, Babble, Common Sense Media and other places. Some of her personal essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and her writings on film, TV, performance and culture have appeared in Salon, More Magazine, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 and many other outlets too numerous to mention.
Bill T Jones' Tony-winning dance-theater production charts the phenomenal career of Fela Kuti, an adored icon, a political activist, an agitprop firebrand and the originator Afrobeat music in the late '60s and the '70s.
I wish I could tell you that the new national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened Wednesday, January 27, gut-punches us anew with its wrenching depiction of lives at the crossroads of old ideals and new ideas.