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Society Cabaret in San Francisco

In Review: Le Perez performs at Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex

Society Cabaret musical presentations at the Hotel Rex have been called “the essential San Francisco experience,” with quality performers in an acclaimed venue featuring excellent cocktails and food. The Hotel Rex is a “boutique” hotel owned by Joie de Vivre and located near Union Square. A recent visit to the...
Rodrigo y Gabriela Yountville Live Napa music festival

Five for Fighting, Rodrigo Y Gabriela set to headline Yountville Live in Napa

Five for Fighting and Rodrigo Y Gabriela will headline the next edition of the Yountville Live music, food and wine festival. Mark your calendars for March 16th through the 19th. The festival will take place in and around the town of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley. Other artists...
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Review at A.C.T. San Francisco

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ breaks hearts in spite of its flaws

Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two Afghani women, Laila and Mariam. Both end up married to the abusive Rasheed during the oppressive reign of the Taliban, but their friendship flourishes in these harsh conditions. Ursula Rani Sarma’s theatrical adaptation, currently receiving its world...
Damien Chazelle directing on set of LA LA LAND. Photo courtesy: Summit.

BTS La La Land: Damien Chazelle directing Emma Stone

One of the most talked about films in recent memory is La La Land. There's good reason for that. Writer-director Damien Chazelle has done the near impossible: reboot the storied musical for the big screen. And, to boot, there's plenty of agreeable ingredients here: strong performances by leads Ryan Gosling and...
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What’s Happening: ‘LUZIA’ by Cirque du Soleil arrives in San Jose

Good news for those who enjoy the performing arts in Silicon Valley and, in particular, Cirque du Soleil! San Jose. Congratulations. It's now your turn. After a successful run in San Francisco, Cirque du Soleil's newest touring show has moved South down Highway 101 to the capital of Silicon Valley. And...
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On Location San Francisco: Auguste Rodin Centenary Installation at Legion of Honor (Video)

"I don't invent, I rediscover." Likewise we are also so inclined -- in this case, to rediscover the works of a 20th century master. Auguste Rodin has left an eternal mark, not only on the world of art, but modern day culture too. After all, how many artists can say they've had their works...
The Comedian Film Review

‘The Comedian’ Film Review: De Niro leads all-star cast with convincing performance

Director Taylor Hackford has been creating critically acclaimed films for decades, and The Comedian is no exception.  Starring Robert De Niro, Edie Falco, Patti LuPone and an all-star cast, this trenchant comedy profiles an aging comedian at a crucial moment in his fading career – raising questions about where he...
Fun Home Musical Review - San Francisco Curran

A powerful ‘Fun Home’, and a new theatrical home for San Francisco

Fun Home doesn’t need my praise. The show, by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics and book) won rave reviews and the 2015 Best Musical Tony Award for its Broadway run. But I can’t restrain myself: go, go, go see this! I laughed, I teared up, I sunk...

Oscar Watch: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling lead record-tying 14 nominations for LA LA LAND (Video)

"I didn't even know he could dance." That was actress Emma Stone talking about her dashing co-star Ryan Gosling. Turns out that, yes, they both can dance -- exceptionally well. News broke today that La La Land had done what a lot of critics were forecasting: dominated the 2017 Oscar nominations. 14...
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Oscar Watch: Nicole Kidman scores best actress nomination for LION (Video)

Nicole Kidman's understated and riveting performance in Lion has not only won over new and existing fans alike, but also is receiving glowing reviews from critics. And the good news keeps on coming. Now the famed Australian actress can add the Academy to the list of those who feel her performance...