Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel has written widely about music, film, books, art, photography and other cultural subjects. SF Weekly's art critic, he is a former staff writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, and has also written on the arts for Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, The Wire (a London music magazine), Tablet and GlobalPost. He has researched architecture at England's Oxford University, taught music journalism at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and been a juror at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Glen Campbell on the tour bus during the “The Goodbye Tour"

New Documentary Chronicles Glen Campbell’s Farewell

In 2011, after announcing that he had Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell went on a farewell music tour and – volleying among fits of confusion, anger and normalcy – performed the hits that, for 50 years, have burnished his reputation as one of America’s most acclaimed singers. A new documentary about that cross-country tour, Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me, opens in the Bay Area on Friday, November 14.

Chrissie Hynde 2013; Photo by Harmony Gerber, licensed under Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons

Beyond the Bay: 7 Virtual Concerts You Should See This Fall

Ever tempted to just hop on a plane and travel halfway round the globe when your favorite musician is performing in a venue you know will be great? Then you remember that there are only a few bucks left in the bank and maybe you shouldn't max out another credit card... Worry not! These seven concerts cost little to nothing and can be watched from the comfort of your home computer.

Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso performs in the sidelines of the Rio+20 environmental summit on June 13, 2012 at the Fort of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; ARI VERSIANI/AFP/GettyImages

From Brazil and Beyond: a World of Music Around the Bay

For the better part of 100 years, the world has had a love affair with Brazilian music, starting with the samba, segueing to bossa nova, and pivoting to modern rhythms. But Brazilian music has always been its own mix of musical forms, with influences from Africa, the United States, Europe, and other regions. And it’s this beautiful cocktail of origins and influences (and potential influences) that is thankfully on display this fall in the Bay Area.


The Art of Window Displays: How Janay Rose Conquered Haight Street

Every six weeks, Wasteland offers a new thought-provoking display that makes creative use of their clothing while often commenting on the culture at large. Coffins. Beds. Hospital rooms. Dog houses. All of them have appeared in Wasteland’s windows over the years, and all of them have been done by Janay Rose, an Oakland artist who curated the store’s windows for 16 years, from 1998 to May 2014.