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Watch: Short film ‘3 Days in Sonoma’ an unexpected take on the wine country experience

5 years of footage. 9 cameras. And 1 overzealous cameraman who forgets to push record.
3 Days in Sonoma wine video with Jean-Charles Boisset

Stark Insider Presents: A special wine country ESCape (Video)

Because she wanted to get out of town.
Theater Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Aurora, Berkeley

A nineteenth-century housing crisis at Aurora Theatre

Widowers’ Houses is, by Shaw’s own categorization, a “play unpleasant.” No one on the stage is remotely likeable. Certainly not Blanche (Megan Trout), the spoiled young lady with a temper so violent that she beats her maid. Her on-and-off fiancé Trench (Dan Hoyle) is perpetually slack-jawed, a Bertie Wooster without...
Reel to Reel at Magic Theatre, San Francisco

Magic’s ‘Reel to Reel’ an engaging exploration of sound and memory (Review)

Chances are many of your favorite childhood memories are triggered by a certain smell or sound. In my case, like Mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies, perfect for a stormy winter night in Ottawa. Or, my grandfather filling the night sky in the backyard with a whimsical solo on his...
Custom Made Theatre Review - Man of La Mancha

Fighting Windmills at Custom Made Theatre

In Review: Man of La Mancha at Custom Made Theatre Co., San Francisco. Don Quixote has no shortage of adaptations – cinematic, balletic, theatrical, and operatic – and all draw on different aspects of Cervantes’ famous novel. The 1964 musical Man of La Mancha shows Cervantes awaiting trial by the...
Annette Bening - Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool - Film Review

In Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Stark Insider In Culture: reviewing Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. Much has been written about Gloria Grahame (1923 – 1981), the so-called “suicide blonde” and “bad girl of film noir.” Descended from English royalty and bred for acting at an early age, she distinguished herself on film, in stage...
Exit Theatre Fog City Magic Fest San Francisco

San Francisco: EXIT Theatre’s annual Fog City Magic Fest returns

Fans of magic, get ready for some of San Francisco's best. EXIT Theatre has announced its annual Fog City Magic Fest will run January 24-27, 2018. Festival co-founder Jay Alexander (The Marrakech Magic Theater) kicks things off with a performance at the opening night gala on Wednesday, January 24. Magicians and stars...
Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore

A Memorable Evening at SFJAZZ: Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore (Review)

An acknowledged jazz tap maestro, Savion Glover first performed at SFJAZZ (then called Jazz in the City) in 1989 at age 15.
BottleRock Napa Valley - schedule, tickets, information

BottleRock 2018: The Killers, Bruno Mars, Muse to headline Napa Valley music fest

The Killers. Bruno Mars. Muse. Color us interested yet again; very, very interested ... in this bit of electrifying West Coast music news. BottleRock today announced its 2018 lineup. There's a lot here, and pretty much any music fan should be satiated not only with the headliners, but with the depth...