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Andrew Ripp talks about the music business, finding hope, and the creative process. Watch the interview, plus concert highlights from show at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa.

Wine Country Culture
Loni Stark
06.23.2014

Festival del Sole. July 11-20. Mark your calendars. One of Napa’s cultural gems features another strong line-up of performers. Classical rockstar Joshua Bell headlines the opening night gala.

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Performing Arts
BY | 06.04.14 VIDEO

Shrek The Musical comes to Berkeley Playhouse. Go backstage in “Shrek Unmasked” as an actor preps for the lead role.

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Wine Country
BY | 05.27.14 VIDEO

Video highlights from the annual Russian River Valley Pinot Classic and Paulée in Sonoma. Including a tour by Jean-Charles Boisset of the 18th century appointed grounds at DeLoach Vineyards.

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West Coast Foodie
BY | 05.21.14 VIDEO

Eat just once at El Rey del Taco in Loreto, Baja, and you’ll be forever hooked. Watch as I pay a visit to one of the Baja’s most popular taco stands.

In Gia Coppola's Palo Alto (based on the the book of short stories by James Franco) teens smoke, fail to communicate, and pursue nihilism. GLEE this is not.
Indie Film
BY | 05.13.14 VIDEO

First time director Gia Coppola (PALO ALTO) sits down with Stark Insider to talk about meeting James Franco at a deli, the willingness to fail and … cheeseburgers.

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Culture & Arts
BY | 05.09.14 VIDEO

“Nobody wants to be the outsider,” says comedian/actor Brian Copeland. In NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN he tells his story of overcoming the odds, finding laughs along the way.

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The Arts
BY | 04.30.14 VIDEO

“These sincerely deluded, tragicomic figures inhabited characters of their own making, to personal peril and kindling for public legend.”

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The Arts
BY | 04.29.14 VIDEO

Bay Area native Greg Proops weighs in on a far ranging list of topics: late night talk shows, wealth in America and the “Oligarchy”, deciding to become a comedian, and … BlackBerry?

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Wine Country
BY | 04.15.14 VIDEO

Watch video of a wine cave being excavated in Napa Valley. Monster machines drill into earth’s core. Is this the set of ALIEN?