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An icy Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Logical holes undercut the coherence of the plot.
The Long Excuse - Film Review

‘The Long Excuse’ and the refusal to acknowledge loss (Film Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Long Excuse which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa’s thoughtfully woven film is a reflection on the challenges of marriage. Nishikawa’s previous films gave us characters operating in a world of dubious ethics or no ethics at all...
A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story - Lamplighters Review

A delightful Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche

When it comes to musical theater, the only thing more fun than a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. If you agree, you’ll love the Lamplighters’ A Song to Sing, O!, a pastiche of the duo’s shows that tells their creators’ story. Dialogue between songs offers...
San Francisco International Film Festival opening night

Natalia Almada’s ‘Everything Else’ takes top prize at SFFILM 60

Prizes at the 60th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival were revealed this week. Winning films across 12 categories were announced at the "Golden Gate Awards" celebration with nearly $40,000 in prizes awarded to filmmakers. (see below for complete list) Natalia Almada took home the top prize --...
A scene from Rahmatou Keïta's THE WEDDING RING, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

SFFILM: ‘The Wedding Ring’ a welcome and joyous remembrance (Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Wedding Ring (original title: (HAWSA) ZIN'NAARIYÂ!) which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Rahmatou Keïta has given us a delicious and timeless film in The Wedding Ring. It is a 2016 release from Niger, Burkina Faso and France under the original...
Tara Lee and Seána Kerslake in Darren Thornton's A DATE FOR MAD MARY, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

Strong directing and Seana Kerslake win us over in ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ at San Francisco Film Festival

Stark Insider indie film review: A Date for Mad Mary which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Darren Thornton’s 2016 comedy drama was named best film at the Irish Film Academy awards in Dublin earlier this month, and it has been a favorite at the San...
The Wedding Ring - San Francisco Film Festival

Wedding Ring, Long Excuse: On location at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Jeanne Powell is on the ground at the annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Here's her quick look at the influential fest. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) opened April 6, 2017 in the City. This annual two-week event continues to be an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery with...
An American in Paris Touring Company

Broadway musicals ‘Something Rotten’, ‘An American in Paris’ highlight upcoming SHN season

SHN has revealed its upcoming 2017/18 season and it looks like another strong line-up of Broadway musicals. See below for the full schedule and details. Those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will get a chance to see the new show Something Rotten. Those that missed the riotous...
Guy Fieri at Pebble Beach Food & Wine with Loni Stark

West Coast Wanderlust: Pebble Beach Food & Wine, 100 celebrity chefs, 300 wines… this could be good

10th anniversary edition of famed culinary event returns to Pebble Beach.
Theater Review: Needles and Opium at A.C.T. San Francisco

Lepage makes high-tech magic at the ACT

The production’s deft use of technology gives 'Needles and Opium' a major “wow” factor.