Monica Turner

Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.
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...
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo - San Francisco Bay Area performances, tickets

‘Corteo’ by Cirque du Soleil arrives in the San Francisco Bay Area

Cirque du Soleil's newest show arrives this month in the San Francisco Bay Area with shows running from August 9 through to August 27, 2023. Corteo will be playing dates in August in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco as follows: SAP Center, San Jose – August 9-13, 2023 Oakland...
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine with PID

Price Drop: Breville Infuser Espresso Machine gets 25% discount (BES840BSXL)

Breville has discounted one of its most popular espresso machines and is now on sale on Amazon. With a 25% discount the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine (BES840BSXL) is now selling for only $449 USD. That represents savings of about $150. Better still, you don't need to wait for Prime Day...
Nespresso Vertuo Pop - Review and recommendations, Breville, DeLonghi

Nespresso Vertuo Pop is the one to get

Nespresso has a wind range of models, but its latest one might be just the best yet. The new Vertuo Pop is a relatively compact espresso and coffee machine measuring in at 5.3 by 16.7 by 9.8 inches and weighing merely 7.7 pounds. Finding space on your kitchen counter should...
San Francisco Mime Troupe - Breakdown

San Francisco Mime Troupe brings musical theater to local parks this summer

"Sometimes it’s not all just happening in your mind."
Hit Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" onstage at San Francisco Playhouse (Jun. 22 – Sep. 9)

Broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’ to conclude San Francisco Playhouse 20th anniversary season

San Francisco Playhouse announced that the hit Broadway show A Chorus Line will conclude its 20th anniversary season. In the iconic musical "twenty-four hopeful dancers undertake a grueling audition for eight coveted spots in the back-up chorus of an unnamed Broadway show." A Chorus Line will be directed by Bill English...
California Shakespeare Theater announces lineup for "At The Bruns"

In The Arts: California Shakespeare Theater announces lineup for “At the Bruns” series

Opening with a Sunday picnic, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) today released the details of At the Bruns. Organizers say the new series will showcase music, comedy, and theater. All events are scheduled to be performed at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater from May through October 2023. Full details below as...

Home Gardening Project: Build your own planter box with these simple DIY plans

Build your own garden box and enjoy garden-to-table vegetables with these downloadable DIY plans. Great family project. Fits tight urban spaces.
Myles Frost and cast in MJ

BroadwaySF Season: ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and more coming to San Francisco stage

BroadwaySF has announced its 2023-2024 season with a lineup of six musicals. Full details below. All will play the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatre and include the following productions: The Wiz MJ Funny Girl Company Mrs. Doubtfire The Girl from the North Country "We are thrilled to bring a dynamic season...