Satchmo at The Waldorf

Looking at the cultural cradle that these greats rock out of, we reconstitute ourselves again, not as polarized ions, clinging to one positive or negative charge, but as whole people.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Every move of Felder’s seems carefully calibrated to a degree that would be stagey on a lesser actor. Here, however, it gives rise to a delightful particularity that reveals his respect for his subject and his audience

Raises much-needed funds for Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.
Magic Theatre - Dogeaters

Drag queens. Beauty Queens. Movie Stars. Statesman. Activists. And rebels. Welcome to another evening of theater in San Francisco. Magic Theatre, now in its 49th year and one of our favorite venues around here on Stark Insider, today announced that it will "transform into Manila's mythical Studio 54." Thanks to the eagerly...
Sundar Pichai - Google I/O

Google CEO Sundar Pichai this morning told all, via Twitter, that the company's annual I/O developer conference would take place May 18-20. This time, however, the show, which provides insight into Google's future product plans in addition to hands-on access to early betas and developer tools, will take place in...
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For Brie Larson being trapped in a room wasn't so bad after all. The newly minted Golden Globe winner (best actress) spoke to Stark Insider about the film that's been short-listed by many as one of the best of the past year. "There's so many reference points," she says. "It...
A.C.T. Strand Theater - Lobby

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) today announced the lineup for its first-ever New Strands Festival. Running January 21-24, the festival features "new theatrical pieces, works in progress, readings, and experimental work." In other words, it sounds very much in line with what artistic director Carey Perloff told us she envisioned...
Festival Napa Valley Videovideo

A new year. A new name. So say the people behind Festival del Sole, which has been renamed Festival Napa Valley:   I like the new name and look. Given that the festival is held across multiple venues in the Napa Valley, and is really a showcase for all that Napa has to...
RHCP - BottleRock Schedule

Napa Valley's massive music festival once again returns in 2016. BottleRock organizers have announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Florence+The Machine will headline this year's edition which takes place May 27-29, 2016 at the Napa Valley Expo. "We’re incredibly excited about our all-star lineup and what we...
Central Works Berkeley - Season line-up

Central Works New Play Theater in Berkeley has revealed its 2016 line-up. Organizers tell us they will continue to focus on new work "drawing from history, literature and events in our contemporary world that affect life as we live it." The Central Works 2016 Season opens with the Oedipal family...