Monica Turner

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Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad - Magic Theatre - San Francisco

In San Francisco: ‘Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad’

Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad is set to open this month in San Francisco. Magic Theatre is expected to host the new play directed by maverick artist Raelle Myrick and written by Ashely Smiley from February 28 – March 17, 2024. More from the press release: DIRTY WHITE TESLAS MAKE ME...
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In Theater: San Francisco Playhouse to stage ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Some news out of the San Francisco theater scene. San Francisco Playhouse has announced it will stage The Glass Menagerie this spring. The Tennessee Williams' masterpiece will be directed by in-demand theatre artist Jeffrey Lo and is scheduled to open Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Per the announcement describing the memory play: Tom longs...
Lights, camera, fabulous! One-night only musical extravaganza at Davies Symphony Hall featuring 300 members of The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

What’s Happening: ‘Drag Me to the Movies!’ by SFGMC headed to Davies Symphony Hall

Mark your calendar for a cinematic "extravaganza" headed to San Francisco. The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) has announced Drag Me to the Movies will headline at Davies Symphony Hall. A one-night special event, the show features the 300-member chorus in addition to artistic director Jacob Stensberg, the Lollipop Guild,...
Cirque du Soleil Kooza - Wheel of Death

In San Francisco: Cirque du Soleil raises iconic Big Top for ‘Kooza’

It's back -- for the first time since 2019. If you noticed something different about the San Francisco skyline this week it might just be because of something called the Big Top. The massive outdoor tent that can sit over 2,500 people will host the new Cirque du Soleil production Kooza. Running...
KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine - Front Control Panel - Close-up view
Philips 1200 vs. 3200 vs. 4300 espresso machine comparison, recommendation

On Sale: Philips 1200/3200/4300 espresso machines deals, discounts are here

Patience does pay off. If you've been waiting for a deal to finally buy that Philips espresso machine you've been eyeing now might be the time. Philips has slashed prices on some of its move beloved models. Look for significant savings across the board, including the following deals: Philips 1200...
BroadwaySF presents "Unscripted: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz"

BroadwaySF to host an unscripted evening with Fran Lebowitz at the Curran

Iconic social commentator Fran Lebowitz was once famously hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. From there her career would reach soaring heights, and feature remarkable milestones, even appearing on the television drama Law & Order from 2001 to 2007. Now, her one-of-a-kind stories are coming live to...
Hedwig and The Angry Inch - Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Cult musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ headed to Berkeley

If there's one musical that might be able to match the midnight madness of something like The Rocky Horror Picture Show it would surely be Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Featuring iconic musical numbers, fourth-wall breaking, stand-up comedy, and outlandish costumes, the cult favorite is now headed to Berkeley. Shotgun Players...
Day of the Fight - Mill Valley Film Festival

‘Day of the Fight’ to open Mill Valley Film Festival 46

Independent film gets a key timeslot at the upcoming Mill Valley Film Festival. Organizers announced that Day of the Fight (2023) will open MVFF46 on Thursday, October 5. The even marks the North American premiere of director Jack Huston's unique and delicate take on the world of boxing -- "replacing...
San Jose Stage Company Announces 2023-2024 Season

‘Bald Sisters’ leads San Jose Stage Company’s 2023-2024 season

Vichet Chum's Bald Sisters is set to kick off San Jose Stage Company's 2023-2024 season. The play revolves around two sisters who have been at odds since birth and marks its West Coast premiere. Jeffrey Lo directs. In total, five productions are featured in the theater's 41st season including three...