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Cal Performances - Ibsen's An Enemy of the People Schaubühne, Berlin

Ibsen, with a side of local groupthink

Is truth more important than democracy? In Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a doctor discovers that a spa town’s water source is polluted. He makes enemies as he tries to spread the news, which is sure to hurt the town economy. The attacks make him realize that the problem...
BlacKkKlansman - Interview with director Spike Lee

Spike Lee and ‘Blackkklansman’: We cannot move forward until we can agree that the U.S. was built on genocide and robbery

Recently at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, celebrated film director Spike Lee made an appearance. Favorable word of mouth and substantial press reviews of his latest film, Blackkklansman guaranteed a good turnout for his interview and subsequent showing of the film, already released nationwide. The Castro Theatre is...
SWEAT Theater Review - ACT San Francisco

Blood, Sweat and Tears at the ACT

The world of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco) is unfamiliar to many coastal theater-goers (certainly to me). It’s a steel town where factory jobs are passed down through the generations. Most people go straight from the factory to the line, where hard work is rewarded with...
Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek Old Man and Gun Film Review

‘The Old Man & the Gun’: Robert Redford shines in true heist account (Film Review)

The Old Man & the Gun is a sweet film, based on the true story of serial bank robber Forrest Tucker. David Grann’s article about Tucker appeared in The New Yorker in 2003 and is the inspiration for the movie. Grann describes Tucker as "one of the most notorious...
Loni Stark BTS shooting video for Stark Insider

The Mission Continues…

Short films shot on location by Clinton and Loni Stark. The Mission Continues... Stay tuned to the Stark Insider channels on YouTube and Vimeo to get automatic updates for new video uploads. We've been shooting scenes and interviews like mad over the past few years. I would travel down to Hell and...
Whole Foods delivery service continues to expand, adds Omaha, Jacksonville, Orlando, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Tampa and more

Whole Foods delivery service continues to expand, adds Omaha, Jacksonville, Orlando, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Tampa and more

Here comes Amazon -- again. Today, 10 new cities have been added to its growing grocery delivery business. The e-commerce giant has moved quickly after its huge acquisition of grocery outlet Whole Foods. Earlier this year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new home delivery service. Much like its Prime...
Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review

Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review: Democracy takes work

Filmmaker Michael Moore fears the consequences of a loss of faith in our country, and says it could be the death knell of democracy.
Waking Up the Vatican tour photos and videos

Travel Tips: How to take photos and videos inside the Sistine Chapel while touring the Vatican in Rome, Italy

This quick travel hack explains how you can get around the usual rules and be allowed to shoot photos and videos without restrictions in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Note: unfortunately it does come at a cost. Planning on touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel? First...
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Watch: So You Think You Can Dance? (Suspiria Edition)

I'm loving the look of the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance? Admittedly, the new format might take some getting used to given the unconventional, non-studio setting. Still I think the producers did a smart thing giving the show a fresh coat of paint. Or maybe better to...