San Francisco Bay Area

The Whisky Richards delighted the Taste of Sonoma crowd at MacMurray Ranch.
Wine Country
BY | 08.28.14

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Like wine country? Farm-to-table? Exploring appellations and learning from winemakers? This annual event is for you.

Theater Review: Water by the Spoonful at TheatreWorks
Arts & Culture
BY | 08.26.14

Zilah Mendoza’s nuanced performance of Odessa stands alone; so many threads of so many people run through this character and Mendoza does justice to them all.

Michael Urie - Buyer & Cellar
No Malibu Barbra
BY | 08.22.14

These old timey shoppes are taken straight out of Streisand’s 2010 book “My Passion for Design”, which one imagines the diva dictating and photographing while in an extremis Martha Stewart moment.

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State of Wine
BY | 08.20.14

If wine is a central part of your life–for a wine writer, sommelier, wine collector–this report can help you understand what you gain or give up by living in a particular state.

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Theater & Arts
BY | 08.19.14

Seventeen different voices, each with a different perspective, sketch out unexpected boundaries of moral culpability in Oakland.

From left, Weston Gaylord, Courtney Walsh and Tom Freeland appear in Stanford Repertory Theater’s “War of the Worlds,” based on works by Orson Welles and H.G. Wells
Grab your death ray!
BY | 08.18.14

Only afterwards does it dawn on you that your mind was transported from one place to another along such a smooth continuum that you arrived where you intended with only a limited sense of how you got there.

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Arts & Culture
BY | 08.15.14

An early look at what to expect at the Mill Valley Film Festival, including 3 world cinema entries, and video previews.

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West Coast Events
BY | 08.14.14

Sights and sounds from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Stark Insider is on location for the 2014 automotive spectacle. Doc ‘Racing Through the Forest’ premieres.

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Stark Insider
BY | 08.12.14 VIDEO

An out-of-body experience in Napa. Craig and Kathryn Hall give me a tour of their art collection at Hall Wines. But not without a surprise or two.

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What's Happening
BY | 08.08.14

Jerry Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. He’s best known for playing himself in the sitcom ‘Seinfeld’ (1989-1998).