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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...
Wine Review: Grgich Hills 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Review: Grgich Hills 2014 Cabernet, because you get to do what you get to do

Sometimes little things deserve a celebration. Sure, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve are all grand occasions and worthy of uncorking something special. But why not take some time out every now and again to recognize an everyday accomplishment, however minor? In this case, that would be...
All it does it make more money - The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Lost films byNWR: ‘Nest of the Cuckoo Birds’ is definitely quack love

Stark naked drama, to be sure. Checking out the holy grail of lost films on new streaming platform byNWR.
Red Room - David Lynch Festival of Disruption, Los Angeles, 2017

Latest Short Films: Vatican, David Lynch, 3 Days in Sonoma (Video)

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes. Join the adventure on Stark Insider.
Review: Common with the San Francisco Symphony

In Review: Common with the San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony will launch its bold new 2018-2019 season with an opening night gala on September 5th, featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman. Proceeds from that gala will benefit the Symphony’s many artistic, education and community programs. The first week of September also will include the “All San Francisco...

Director Terry Gilliam turns to crowdsourcing for movie poster votes

Terry Gilliam (Brazil) finally got his dream movie made. The director's infamous Quixote project had many well-reported starts and stops. But somehow, someway The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is here. Yes, it's a real movie. It screened at Cannes -- to mixed reactions, with most either loving it or...
Night Comes On - Film Review - San Francisco Film Festival

‘Night Comes On’ a somber, tender debut for director Jordana Spiro

Attending the San Francisco Film Festival is always an enjoyable experience, but the opportunity to discover talented new directors and writers is a separate delight and education. How child survivors cope with the trauma of family violence is as relevant today as ever, and makes for a wrenching but...
Complicit - San Francisco Green Film Festival

What’s Happening: San Francisco Green Film Fest

Indie film fans, we've got an interesting event to check out. And all in the name of a great cause. Green Film Fest returns September 6 - 13, 2018, for a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark green ideas and connections. Organizers say this year’s festival...