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Stark Insider: Celebrating 10 years of San Francisco arts, indie film, music and wanderlust (Video)

10 years ago Loni and I started Stark Insider. I opened up a Netscape browser, loaded something called Typepad and "wrote" this piece of profundity.  I guess we still haven't really grown up, refusing to leave the creative bubble this site affords our lives. It's hard to believe a decade has already...
SF Opera David Gockley 2016

A smashing send-off for David Gockley

After ten years as the general director of San Francisco Opera, David Gockley is retiring. To chronicle his contributions to American opera would take a book, not a blog post (and in fact there is one). But the Celebrating David! gala concert on Thursday night focused on two of...
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San Jose Stage: 2016-17 season takes audiences to Africa, Ireland, the Middle East and back to America

San Jose Stage Company is calling their 2016-17 season a "provocative journey." We can see why. The theater's 34th season (full line-up and details below) aims to take audiences around the world, with stops in Africa, Ireland, the Middle East, before heading home back to America. Phew. It's looking to be...
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Shawn Hook interview, plus concert highlights from Live in the Vineyard (Video)

The Stark Insider summer concert series continues with interviews and highlights from the Live in the Vineyard music festival. Past episodes include Pentatonix, Ben Rector, and previews of Audiodamn!, Daughtry, Ingrid Michaelson. Today: Juno nominated and platinum selling singer-songwriter Shawn Hook. He's got the suit. He's got the coif. And...
The Neon Demon - Los Angeles Premiere

Neon Demon: Ryan Gosling moderates most awkward film panel ever

The Neon Demon premiered in Los Angeles last night, and lots was happening on the red -- purple! -- carpet, with much of it captured on Facebook Live feeds. Director Nicolas Winding Refn continues to double down on his quirkiness. Hard to tell if it's an act, but based on...
Tom Cruise - Risky Business sunglasses

A brief history of eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are really a rather brilliant stroke of ingenuity, if you think about it. Yes, people who wear eyeglasses every day may see them as more of a nuisance than a benefit, but then, imagine having no alternative. Imagine if you couldn't correct your near-sightedness or far-sightedness, even if...
Apple Watch OS 3 WWDC

Apple watchOS 3: Apps to load up to 7x faster

The agony may soon come to an end. Anyone who owns an Apple Watch know the one huge, frustrating issue that plagues the wearable: apps are so very, very slow. As in so slow, many choose never to use them at all, instead using the Apple Watch primarily for notifications...

A look inside the 2016 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Now in its sixth year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has become one of the hottest food festivals in the country. As a love fest for all things southern, they are known for flying in the finest culinary talent from Texas to D.C., all eager to put their...
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