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The Book of Mormon: Irreverent, adolescent, sophisticated, brazen, hysterical, and just plain fun (Review)

I was curious and eager to see this show at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco the night before Thanksgiving, having had the good fortune to have seen the original production in New York City.

Shiok! Keeping Singaporean food real, yummy, and in the family

Shiok (pronounced ‘shook’ and meaning ‘feels good’ or in the context of food, ‘tingling tastebuds’) is a Singaporean restaurant tucked away on a small side street in downtown Menlo Park.

Tap-and-go Mobile Payment: What’s the hang-up?

If Japan can offer any lessons here – about 20 percent of its population pays for goods and services using mobile devices – it is that laying the groundwork and support for this type of payment takes a deep-pocketed, influential player with a strong will.

Neo Cocoa: The Sweet Life of a Bay Area Chocolatier

In the few years since founding Neo Cocoa, Christine Doerr has garnered some serious accolades including being most awarded at the 2011 San Francisco International Chocolate Salon including Best Truffle and Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience.

‘Promises, Promises’ a bygone era

Depicting a pre-feminist era when sexual harassment was almost considered acceptable masculine behavior, the story is certainly an eye-opener in terms of the way women were treated 45 years ago.

Theater Review: ‘Reckless’ a welcome break from the usual holiday fare

In its own special way this comic odyssey, which is as dark as it is hilarious, is as wonderful and indelible as anything Frank Capra could have imagined.
Loreto Bay Village Voice

Voices of Loreto: Drenched

Living in the Baja, we fully expect to have periods devoid of phones, Internet, or electricity. For the 3 million inhabitants spread over this skinny half-a-million-square mile peninsula, there are few modern conveniences.

‘Die Fledermaus’ Review – An Operetta in Grand Style

Although the plot involves infidelity, duplicity and revenge, it’s a frothy romp that waltzes its way onto your funny bone and doesn’t let go until the last bottle of bubbly is uncorked.

Loreto, Baja California Sur: Fall Back—Waaaay Back

Surprisingly, in the villages of Loreto Bay in Baja California Sur, Mexico, word-of-mouth is almost as fast as email, Twitter and Facebook.

‘Anything Goes’ – Cole Porter at his best

Stephane Alwyn’s portrayal, both in terms of singing and acting, is a spot on evocation of the style and essence of a debonair leading man of the period.