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The Strand Theater - Hardhat tour with Carey Perloff

End of a Magical Era: Carey Perloff to depart American Conservatory Theater

Big news today in the world of theater. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced that after 25 years at the helm as artistic director Carey Perloff is departing. A.C.T. is one of the largest and most widely regarded theaters (and non-profits) in the country. It is also a member of the...
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Lana Del Rey’s ‘Love’ could be a music video directed by Lars von Trier

It looks like it might've been directed by the famed auteur but it wasn't. Lars von Trier has a unique style (see: Melancholia) that would surely suit the haunting lyrics and music of Lana Del Rey's "Love" music video. You can watch it above. Rich Lee, in fact, directed the...
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Broadway Backstage: Top Stark Insider videos of all-time on YouTube

Broadway musicals continue to draw massive audiences. Hamilton, no doubt, is the most recent example to demonstrate that we still pine for good song and dance, along with a compelling story. That tickets are so outrageously priced (in many cases) and hard to come by further the notion that perhaps the...
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The Sonoma Artist That Everyone Knows: Bradford Brenner (Video)

Art is a bridge. In this Stark Insider video, The Art of Bradford Brenner, Loni Stark heads to Healdsburg, California to discover the art of an impressionist painter everyone is talking about. Bradford Brenner. Chances are if you live in Healdsburg you know the name. Very well. I first met the...

‘John’ provokes yawns at A.C.T. San Francisco

The American Conservatory Theater’s newest offering, John, is almost a ghost story. Creepy dolls, spooky stories, battlefield lore, flickering lights, and temperamental rooms all feature, but the story stays within the natural (no “super”). That’s not a bad thing: there are plenty of good shows about crumbling relationships. Pulitzer...
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour at Broadway San Jose

‘Rent 20th Anniversary Tour’ highlights Broadway San Jose 2017-18 season

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour. Andrew Lloyd Weber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. And Disney's Little Mermaid. Just a few of the highlights of the upcoming 2017-18 season at Broadway San Jose. In total six productions comprise the lineup. “Broadway San Jose is proud to present another season that represents the...
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Stark Insider Oscar Picks: La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, more (Plus Interviews)

The 89th Academy Awards are moments away. Here's Stark Insider's picks for winners in the top Oscar categories. Plus video interviews with some of the nominees. Don't forget: Subscribe to the Stark Insider YouTube channel to get automatically notified of new episodes with host Loni Stark. It's the biggest night...
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...