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Twin Peaks, streaming and the challenges of old school TV ratings

In the age of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, does things like Nielsen ratings matter anymore?
Twin Peaks Album - A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

Twin Peaks fans inspired by return share imaginative artwork

A look at some of the creative artwork being created for David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks The Return (aka Season 3) now playing on Showtime. Twin Peaks has returned, some 25 years later, and that alone is cause for celebration. But there's something else too. As I've discovered there's...
Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford on set

Blade Runner 2049: A Roger Deakins masterclass in cinematography

New featurette gives us closest look yet at upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
Pixar in Concert San Francisco Summer Concert Series 2017

What’s Happening: San Francisco Symphony announces summer line-up

"Summer with the Symphony" runs July 4-29. Highlights include Pixar in Concert, Ben Folds with the SFS, A Night at the Moulin Rouge with Storm Large, and an all-American program with music of Bernstein and Gershwin with Rhiannon Giddens.
Toxic Avenger Musical - San Jose Stage Company

The Toxic Avenger: Freakish, wild, entertaining musical pushes all the right buttons

Andrew Lloyd Weber this is not. And that's largely the point. Think of it more as Joan Crawford... the one later in her career (Strait-Jacket?).
Danielle de Niese - Interview Festival Napa Valley

An interview with Danielle de Niese, “opera’s coolest soprano”

Her life as a superstar soprano keeps her traveling around the globe. I had a chance to catch up with Danielle in advance of her opening night appearance at Festival Napa Valley.
Film Review: Mali Blues

Film Review: ‘Mali Blues’ a standout documentary

Director Lutz Gregor's film was a special highlight at the Mendocino Film Festival.

Backstage at ‘Luzia’ by Cirque du Soleil (Now in Denver)

Cirque du Soleil's newest creation, Luzia -- A Waking Dream of Mexico, is now playing Denver (Pepsi Center). In this special episode, Stark Insider goes backstage to explore the show that's all about light ("luz") and rain ("lluvia"). As you'd expect from Cirque, the visuals and acrobatics are, once again,...
The Force Documentary - Mendocino Film Festival

Preview: 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival

The 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival invites you to “travel the world from the edge of your seat,” with venues this year in Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg and Philo. Running from June 1st to 4th, the festival features 65 films from 23 nations. Guest curators in 2017 include Larry Laboe (from SXM...
Cirque du Soleil Luziavideo

Cirque du Soleil’s new show ‘Luzia’ heads to Denver, Colorado (Video)

Light. And rain. That's the idea behind Luzia, a stunning new touring production by Cirque du Soleil. After stops in San Francisco and Seattle, the show along with the White Big Top hits the road once again. Look for Luzia next in Denver, Colorado where it will run for about a...