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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?
It's happening—Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country, is coming soon to Netflix! Starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and featuring Tina Fey. Get excited. Get real excited.

Road Trippin’: Amy Poehler to direct, star in ‘Wine Country’ set in Napa Valley

Poehler and friends descend upon Napa Valley to celebrate a birthday party.
Borg McEnroe - Opening night film at Sonoma International Film Festival

What’s Happening: Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

Say hello to Sonomawood! Wine country goes cinematic next week when the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) hits town. The 21st edition of the popular fest runs March 21-25, 2018. As you can imagine, adding the Sonoma backdrop and wines to an impressive list of films is a surefire formula for success. You...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Preview: April 5-8, schedule and details (Video)

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is just weeks away. The 11th edition of the famed epicurean event features just about anything an avid foodie, oenophile or wanderlust seeker could ever dream of. The four day experience at Pebble Beach Resorts boasts "interactive cooking demonstrations, rare wine tastings, epic culinary collaborations, musical performances,...
Vietgone Review - ACT Strand San Francisco

Romance, rap and a road trip for refugees of Vietgone

Ilana Walder-Biesanz reviews Vietgone, American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) latest production, now playing at The Strand in San Francisco. Humor is not what you’d expect from a play about the Vietnam War, but Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone consistently had the whole audience in stitches. Inspired by his own family history (“Any resemblance...
Film Review: A Wrinkle in Time

Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ indeed a love letter for people who are young at heart (Review)

Is there a better message for today’s world? See this film, and prepare to believe.
Thoroughbreds - Film Review

‘Thoroughbreds’ an eye-catching film with haunting images (Review)

Cory Finley’s script, Lyle Vincent’s vivid cinematography and musical interludes chosen by Erik Friedlander combine to offer a witty but devastating portrait of upper-class suburban life where financial wealth outweighs other concerns.

Preview: Pebble Beach Food & Wine (Video)

X was one to remember. And again, like last year, Pebble Beach Food & Wine hopes to entertain, educate, and amaze foodies, travel explorers and wanderlusters alike as the 11th edition of the famed festival kicks off next month. Pebble Beach Food & Wine runs kicks off with an opening night...
Charlize Theron Atomic Blonde Tully San Francisco Film Festival Tribute

Indie Film: Charlize Theron to be honored at San Francisco Film Festival (SFFILM)

Actress Charlize Theron will  be honored at the upcoming San Francisco Film Festival (SFFILM). Organizers say the tribute will take place April 8, 2018 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The Atomic Blonde star and Academy Award winner will receive a special tribute with an onstage conversation followed by a...