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What’s Happening: Broadway Under the Stars announces summer season at Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park

Transcendence Theatre Company today took the wraps off its upcoming Broadway inspired summer series. Called "Broadway Under the Stars" the lineup features weekend performances from June through September 2018. Shows take place at the (stunning) Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen -- right in the heart of Sonoma...
Night Comes On - San Francisco International Film Festival

Navigating the trauma of foster care in ‘Night Comes On’

Directed by Jordana Spiro, Night Comes On had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. And it was also an official selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival. How child survivors cope with family violence and navigate the additional trauma of foster care is the subject of this...
Scary Mother Film SFFILM Golden Gate Award

SFFILM Golden Gate Award Winners: ‘Scary Mother’, ‘City of the Sun’, ‘Distant Barking of Dogs’ and more

Organizers of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival have announced this year's winners. At an event held at The Lab, Golden Gate Awards (GGA) and $40,000 in prize money were handed out to filmmakers. Ana Urushadze won new directors award in the fiction category for Scary Mother. A special jury...
Blue Ruin - Cannes and Netflix

Netflix vs. Cannes is the tip of the disruption iceberg for re-defining TV and film

What is TV? It's 2018 and I'd say the term is pretty much antiquated. After all, juggernaut Netflix premiers big budget original films on its platform. Some people watch them on televisions. But many more watch them on laptops, smartphones and other streaming-compatible devices. So is it "TV" or a...
Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron honored at San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) continues to impress as it celebrates 56 years of presenting innovative documentaries and extraordinary films over a two-week period. As part of this annual celebration of film, actress Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater in San Francisco before the showing of her...
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What’s Happening: Gavin DeGraw, Citizen Cope, Brandi Carlile, more to perform at Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series

Some incoming west coast music news to share. Organizers today announced the line-up for the upcoming Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series. The 49th edition of the music festival will feature 5 concerts through June and July. In association with BottleRock, the performances will, once again, take place at Robert Mondavi Winery in...
Theater Review: Timon of Athens at Cutting Ball, San Francisco

Shakespeare’s obscure ‘Timon’ sears at Cutting Ball

Shakespeare completionists surely took note when Cutting Ball Theater announced Timon of Athens as part of their 2017–18 season. It’s a difficult one to check off your see-them-all list: a few dozen Hamlets and Macbeths get produced for every time someone is brave enough to mount this “problem play.”...
Berkeley Repertory Theatre season announcement external building

Berkeley Rep Announces 2018-19 Season: Doll’s House Pt. 2, Fairview, Home, Good Book, more

Iconic theater celebrates 50th anniversary with 6 shows under Tonny Taccone's last year of artistic directorship.
The Effect at San Francisco Playhouse

The Effect‘s side effects: laughter and angst

How can we trust in love if it’s reducible to brain chemistry?