Culture

This is a spinet on stage, not a baby grand, and what de Waal does with it can make you rethink the possibilities of music.

Live in the Vineyard
Loni Stark
04.21.2015

“None of us are supposed to be perfect. We’re just not. We are all on a path, and we’re learning as we go.”

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Love & Death
BY | 04.21.15

What I like most about Opera San Jose is that you’re never too far from the idea of opera as a very human endeavor. As we get deeper and deeper into our virtual lives, with their exaggerated expectations, it’s that reminder of human activity that means so much.

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Deluge delivered
BY | 04.20.15

A different way to wrap your mind around Head of Passes is to think of it as a variant of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking – re-morphed culturally for the bayou and performed by a cast with killer acting chops.

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West Coast Arts & Events
BY | 04.17.15

Stark Insider round-up of things to do in and around San Francisco.

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Live Events
BY | 04.15.15 VIDEO

Video highlights of Live in the Vineyard. Watch Priory, MisterWives, Greg Holden and Melissa Etheridge rock Napa. Plus: a Duran Duran surprise.

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New York & up to New England
BY | 04.14.15

King’s physical persona – particularly the glasses, head shape and hair – reminded me of Joseph P. Kennedy, gone to seed – which isn’t a bad image to have in the back of your head.

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going hence; coming hither
BY | 04.13.15

Bishop and Fuller worked together, handing puppets back and forth with the deftness of surgical assistant passing a scalpel.

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Live Concert
BY | 04.13.15 VIDEO

Watch special Stark Insider BTS video feature with Priory. Shot during the Live in the Vineyard music festival at the Uptown in Napa. Wild. Over the top. Amazing.

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On Location
BY | 04.08.15 VIDEO

Stark Insider Video Features for April include Katy Tiz, Nong’s in Portland, Greg Holden, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Vincent Kartheiser, and Melissa Etheridge.