One of Stark Insider's favorite fall foodie and wine events is almost here. Flavor! Napa Valley is an annual event [...]
One of Stark Insider’s favorite fall foodie and wine events is almost here. Flavor! Napa Valley is an annual event that features world‐class Napa Valley wines alongside the Napa Valley’s master chefs and graduates of The Culinary Institute of America’s culinary education programs. Net proceeds from the event support programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA.
Join the fun at this year’s Flavor! Napa Valley, November 19 – 23, 2014, for farm-to-table cuisine and world-class wines, all while enjoying star culinary talent from across the U.S., renowned vintners, and engaging experts.
The festival features many exciting events, ranging from celebrity chef demonstrations to intimate in-the-field workshops to winemaker dinners at celebrated Napa Valley wineries and more for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Some of the new events at this years Flavor! include:
This epicurean adventure showcases a collection of Napa Valley’s most celebrated and innovative vintners and chefs. The evening will feature nearly 100 wineries (representing the region’s 16 iconic sub-appellations) and fare from 25 of the Napa Valley’s superlative restaurants all presented in The Culinary Institute of America’s historic Greystone building in St. Helena.
Celebrated sommeliers and amateurs alike will test their skills at identifying six world-class Napa Valley wines in the Estate Cave at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. Led by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson (as seen in the Stark Insider video segment below, “How to Taste Wine Like a Pro”), this thrilling annual event is designed for both amateurs and professionals.
Chicken: the American dinner staple. CIA alumnus and author of the new cookbook Fried & True: More Than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides, Lee Brian Schrager will host a talented group of Napa Valley chefs showcasing their poultry-prowess in a traditional picnic-style setting, all accented by Napa Valley wines.
The Big Gay Grape Stomp returns! Get ready to get your LUCY on – as only we can do – and join OUT IN THE VINEYARD as we celebrate Grape Harvest in Napa Valley! Kick up those heels & stomp those grapes for a fun filled day like you’ve never experienced in “Our Wine Country” before!
19 (Wednesday) - 23 (Sunday)
Robert Mugabe (l. [...]
Aurora Theatre Company continues its 23rd season with the West Coast Premiere of Fraser Grace’s provocative recent off Broadway hit BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. Jon Tracy, who directed Aurora’s productions of Gidion’s Knot and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, returns to helm BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE, featuring L. Peter Callender (The Soldier’s Tale, Permanent Collection), Dan Hiatt (Wittenberg, The Arsonists), Leontyne Mbele-Mbong (African-American Shakespeare Company, Lamplighters), and Adrian Roberts (TheatreWorks, California Shakespeare Theater). BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE plays November 7 through December 7 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.
First produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005, BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE was inspired by newspaper reports that Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, severely depressed and convinced he was haunted by the ghost of a dead comrade, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Shedding light on Mugabe’s demons, the sessions soon become a precarious power struggle between doctor and patient. Called “[a] taut meditation on guilt and power” by TimeOut NY, and about which The New York Times said, “In Mr. Grace’s capable hands, Mugabe rightfully deserves a seat alongside Macbeth, Richard III and other tragic, power-siphoning Shakespearean antiheroes,” this riveting and incendiary new play explores the conflict between African and European values and delves into the mind of one of the world’s most vilified leaders.
Born in Derbyshire, England, playwright Fraser Grace has written for theaters all over the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose production of BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE won the John Whiting Award in 2006 and a Silver Sony Award when broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service. His first play, Perpetua, was joint winner of the Verity Bargate Award and was produced by Soho Theatre/Birmingham REP. Other works for the stage include Gifts of War, Who Killed Mr Drum?, Frobisher’s Gold, The Lifesavers, King David Man of Blood, and Kalashnikov in the Woods by the Lake. His first opera, Don’t Breathe a Word, written with composer Andrew Lovett, is being developed by the Royal Opera House.
About his work, Fraser Grace says “You try to be accurate and not wildly misrepresent people or their views, but most of all, I try to make sure that what I produce is a genuine drama; the real, living character and their dilemmas have to be explored in a genuinely dramatic way, a way that provokes us to question our assumptions about them without doling out simple judgments.”
Grace happened upon an article in the Times of London around the time of Zimbabwe’s tense 2002 election. The report said Robert Mugabe was holed up in the state house being pursued by the malevolent spirit of a dead comrade and that he had called on a white psychiatrist for help. Whether the article was true or not, the concept and the post-colonial puzzle it presented, piqued Grace’s interest. “When Mugabe was in the news, he was portrayed entirely as a monster. And my starting position was that monsters are made, not born,” said Grace. In BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE, Grace “illuminates the tension between modern ideas and ancient beliefs, and questions how a man who was once oppressed becomes an oppressor.” Ultimately, the play is about the complex nature of the mind and a country in crisis; it is a powerful reminder of the lasting impact of colonialism and dictatorships, and those who still struggle under oppressive conditions.
Bay Area director, playwright, designer, and educator Jon Tracy returns to Aurora Theatre Company to direct BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. In addition to helming Gidion’s Knot and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Aurora Theatre Company, Tracy developed Ron Campbell’s play Sinker as part of Aurora’s inaugural Global Age Project new works festival. Additional credits include productions at Shotgun Players (The Salt Plays Pt. 1: In the Wound, The Salt Plays Pt. 2: Of the Earth), San Francisco Playhouse (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bug, Slasher), Magic Theatre (Terminus, Any Given Day); Willows Theatre (Evil Dead: The Musical), Impact Theatre (See How We Are), Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, TheatreFIRST, New Conservatory Theatre, and Alter Theatre Ensemble, among others. A former Artistic Associate at the Magic Theatre, Tracy is a Company Member of PlayGround, an Associate Artist at Berkeley Playhouse, and an Affiliate Artist with Marin Shakespeare Company.
Aurora Theatre Company has assembled an extraordinary ensemble for BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. Award-winning actor L. Peter Callender, who starred in Aurora Theatre Company’s productions of The Soldier’s Tale, Permanent Collection, and Saint Joan, returns as Robert Mugabe in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company and an Associate Artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Callender has appeared in roles both on and off Broadway. Bay Area and regional credits include roles at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Magic Theatre, Thick Description, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Arena Stage, among others.
Dan Hiatt, who appeared in Aurora’s productions of Wittenberg and The Arsonists, returns as Dr. Peric in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. Recent credits include Round and Round the Garden and 1776 at American Conservatory Theater, Major Barbara at American Conservatory Theater and Theatre Calgary, and Romeo & Juliet at California Shakespeare Theater. Additional credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and Pasadena Playhouse, among others. A veteran of the Aurora stage, Hiatt performed during the company’s inaugural Addison Street season in Knock Knock.
Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, makes her Aurora Theatre Company debut as Grace Mugabe in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE. Credits include productions at African-American Shakespeare Company (Much Ado About Nothing, Medea, A Raisin in the Sun), Lamplighters Music Theatre (Engaged, My Fair Lady, Show Boat), Women’s Will (Macbeth, Richard III), Impact Theatre, and Central Works, among others.
Adrian Roberts makes his Aurora Theatre Company debut in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE as Robert Mugabe’s bodyguard, Gabriel. Credits include productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks (The Mountaintop), California Shakespeare Theater (Hamlet), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company (Ruined), Magic Theatre (Tough Titty), San Francisco Playhouse, and B Street Theatre, among others. Off Broadway credits include Playboy of the West Indies at Lincoln Center.
Following BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE, Barbara Damashek (American Buffalo, Fat Pig) returns to Aurora Theatre Company in January to direct the Bay Area Premiere of Nicky Silver’s viciously hilarious Broadway hit THE LYONS. The company pays homage to Lanford Wilson with “The Talley Trilogy” in April with the Pulitzer Prize-winning TALLEY’S FOLLY, directed by Joy Carlin in Harry’s UpStage, followed by FIFTH OF JULY, helmed by Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross. As a special addition to the 23rd season, and completing the trilogy, Aurora will present readings of Wilson’s rarely performed play TALLEY & SON in April, directed by Jennifer King. Aurora Theatre Company closes its 23rd season in June with the Bay Area Premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s wicked Obie-winning satire DETROIT, directed by Josh Costello.
More information and tickets: auroratheatre.org
(Friday) 8:00 PM
Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, United States
Introducing the San Francisco Vintners Market – the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area. Up [...]
Introducing the San Francisco Vintners Market – the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area. Up to 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring their favorite wines including new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages for you to taste … and buy. No more racking your brain trying to remember the name of that great wine or wasting time trying to actually find a place that sells it. At the San Francisco Vintners Market you’ll be able to both try and buy.
At San Francisco Vintners Market, wine buyers can connect with hundreds of wineries and taste and buy wines direct from the source.
The San Francisco Vintners Market was started by Cornelius Geary and Jeffrey Playter, Founders of Wine 2.0. With market conditions dire for many smaller wineries, Cornelius and Jeffrey realized the need for vintners to get even closer to their customers and offer their wines to larger audiences than can be found in small tasting rooms in wine country. So the idea was born to bring the tasting room to San Francisco and to help smaller brands find even more wine lovers in The City!
Miner Family Winery
Round Pond Estate
SPIRIT HORSE VINEYARDS
Spring Mountain Vineyard
The Vineyard House
TwentyFour by Charles Woodson Wines
Canihan Family Winery
Clouds Rest Vineyards
Ellipsis Wine Company
Expression Pinot Noir
Holme Estate Cellars
Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards
J. Rickards Winery
Kirk and Sweeney Rum
Laurel Glen Vineyard
Leaf and Vine Wines
Old World Vines
Pope Valley Winery
Rowland Tebb Wines
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
The Wine Foundry
Von Holt Wines
Albertina Wine Cellars
Ancient Oak Cellars
Ca’Momi Napa Valley
CESAR TOXQUI CELLARS
Dawn’s Dream Winery
De Novo Wines
Desmond Estate Wines
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Frog’s Tooth Vineyards
Nunes Vineyard / St. Rose Winery
Rebel Coast Winery
St. Barthelemy Cellars
STEINBECK VINEYARDS & WINERY
Three Arches Winery
Vino D’Angelo Wines
White Oak Vineyards & Winery
November 22 & 23, 2014
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
This Fall SFVM will be home to upwards of 150 wineries ready for you to try AND buy their wines on the spot. Many wineries are offering great deals.
22 (Saturday) - 23 (Sunday)
Fort Mason Center
Marina Blvd and Buchanan St., San Francisco, CA 94123
Jeffrey Brian Adams, Monique Hafen in Promies, [...]
If you like Mad Men, you’re in luck.
Infused with the swinging energy of 1968 Manhattan, Promises, Promises is the musical tale of a lovelorn young executive and a romantically troubled waitress, knotted in a twist of sexual affairs and corporate shenanigans. In this apartment, office romances collide with office politics as you’ve never seen them before.
SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE
November 18, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David
Book by Neil Simon
Directed by Bill English
Musical Direction by David Möschler and Kevin Roland
Choreography by Kimberly Richards
(Saturday) 8:00 PM
San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street, (2nd Floor of Kensington Park Hotel) between Powell/Mason
A hundred years ago on the battlefields of France, World War I soldiers on both sides of the lines set down their weapons in an impromptu Christmas ceasefire. They shared [...]
A hundred years ago on the battlefields of France, World War I soldiers on both sides of the lines set down their weapons in an impromptu Christmas ceasefire. They shared handshakes, cigarettes, rations, and soccer games. They sang carols together. Now a World Premiere play by two local playwrights celebrates this historic—and heartbreakingly brief— episode of peace, while offering the age-old holiday wish of peace on Earth. Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, written by Kit Wilder & Jeffrey Bracco and directed by Wilder, runs Nov. 20 throughDec. 21 at 529 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose.
Truce draws on a wealth of historical letters and war accounts. Timeless carols create a poignant backdrop, with new arrangements by musical director George Psarras (who played the title role in Amadeus earlier this year). This sweeping script blends personal stories from both sides of the lines. From England: the gentle soldier-poet Tommy (Drew Benjamin Jones) and his wife Maggie (Allison Meneley) he must leave behind. On the German side: the determined warrior Georg (Max Tachis) and courageous battlefield nurse Anna (Caitlin Papp).
Playwrights Wilder and Bracco have been working together onstage for decades—including both appearing in Art, City Lights’ most recent show—but this is their first joint writing project. Wilder, City Lights’ associate artistic director, has trained in London with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in many Bay Area and regional theater productions as well as ads and films, and has taught master classes in acting, stage combat, Shakespeare, and musical theater. As a writer, he has penned adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, Gabriel Sabatini’s Scaramouche, and original works and Bracco has had a 20-year professional theater career in the U.S. and France, writing or co-writing five plays that have been professionally produced. These include ShakesPod, which was produced in Paris and ran for three seasons before coming to City Lights and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. POE-Pourri had a three-year Paris run and French tour, while Twainheart is in its second season in Paris. Bracco teaches directing, acting, and theater history at Santa Clara University.
History San Jose is City Lights’ nonprofit partner for Truce. The theater will display World War I photos lent by History San Jose, and will donate a portion of ticket proceeds to the organization. In addition, the performance on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, is Veteran Appreciation Night, with a post-show party and $15 tickets for veterans (promo code “Xmas”).
Cast: The Truce cast includes featured actors Drew Benjamin Jones, Max Tachis, Caitlin Papp, and Designers: Ron Gasparinetti (Scenic), Jane Lambert (Costumes), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting), George Psarras (Arranger/Music Director/Sound Design), Pat Tyler (Properties), and Julia Sachon (Language Consultant/Translator).
City Lights Theater Company, San Jose, California
By Kit Wilder and Jeffrey Bracco
Directed by Kit Wilder
Nov. 20-Dec. 21, 2014
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. One Wednesday performance, on Dec. 17, at 8 p.m.
No performances on Nov. 23 & Nov. 27. Dec. 4 is sold out.
(Saturday) 8:00 PM
City Lights Theater Company
529 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112