Giorgio Milos, the illycaffé representative from Italy, recently was in San Francisco to launch a “master barista series” coffee education program and assist in opening Prima Cosa Café at 15 Sutter St. Read More
The latest incarnation of Frankie Navarro’s band 2 Zmooth features his 14-year-old son Christian on trumpet.
“I like the way he plays, except when he goofs up,” jokes Frankie, a few days before a busy performance schedule — including gigs at the Cannery and Union Square — the duo kicks off this month.
But the resident of San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood is quite serious about having his offspring play with him. Read More
San Francisco firefighter RJ Schnelker is a finalist in the Coast to Coast Firehouse Cook-Off on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” He’s in New York to prepare his recipe on the show, airing at 9 a.m. today on KGO (Ch. 7).
How did you come up with your entry’s great name, “Meat Stuffed Meat”? It was from my wife, who wasn’t much of a meat eater. But with beef and pork, meat seemed to take over.
What led you to enter the contest? My wife asked if she could send the recipe and I agreed. Read More
Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons” is onstage at Actors Theatre of San Francisco in an insightful production that builds, and illuminates, the playwright’s primary theme of the importance of taking personal responsibility in the face of social and family pressure.
The show represents a terrific opportunity to see a work by a great American dramatist whose every word rings true throughout a straightforward and elegant presentation. Read More
The South San Francisco resident is a contestant on “The Price is Right” airing at 10 a.m. Thursday on KPIX (Ch. 5). What led you to be on the show? I’ve been a fan since the Bob Barker days. My oldest brother was on seven years ago. I went down to Hollywood with friends and family. We had group tickets. Read More
The chairwoman of the San Francisco Symphony’s Black and White Ball organizing committee is preparing for this year’s bash Saturday. The event benefits Adventures in Music education programs for schoolchildren.
Have you held this position before? Yes, in 2005 and 2008.
What does the job involve? I oversee about 100 volunteers — for about two years — as we lead up to the event. Read More
Tony Bennett doesn’t mind telling the story behind “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
“My music director Ralph Sharon found it in a clothes drawer,” he said on the phone recently, in a chat to promote his appearance Saturday at the Black & White Ball, San Francisco Symphony’s big fundraiser for Adventures in Music, its acclaimed music education program for elementary school children. Read More
Pamela Z says the fact that she’s been lugging odd pieces of luggage around for years was among the first notions that led to her new show “Baggage Allowance,” opening at Theater Artaud today. Read More
Jeannie Llewellyn is a mom who defers to her teenage son when it comes to glass blowing, an art they both practice.
Both pursue the endeavor at Public Glass, San Francisco’s center for glass art, but only Chris is contributing a piece that will be up for sale at the organization’s annual benefit auction gala called “Artists & Artisans” on Saturday. Read More
Kasey Anderson’s new, critically acclaimed album “Nowhere Nights” is filled with deeply personal songs describing his own life — except one.
“It’s not about me,” says Anderson, referring to “I Was a Photograph,” a tune he wrote after seeing a graphic photo and reading an article in Rolling Stone magazine about James Blake Miller, a U.S. soldier in Iraq who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and was dishonorably discharged. Read More
With its 2010 spring program, Smuin Ballet happily continues founder Michael Smuin’s mission of presenting quality dance in varied, accessible and often-fun packaging.
Onstage through the weekend at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — and moving to Cupertino, Walnut Creek and Carmel thereafter — the show’s three pieces are performed by 17 dedicated dancers looking great as they sneak classical moves into three equally enjoyable, contemporary-leaning pieces on a highly musical program. Read More
Every so often, it’s worth taking a moment to recognize the good things in life: “Beach Blanket Babylon” is one of those things.
Something simply must be right in the 21st century, with San Francisco’s most fun institution not just alive and well, but still kicking booty in the best of all ways.
Happily ensconced on its very own boulevard in the heart of North Beach, “BBB,” about to celebrate its 36th birthday in June, is somehow more than a musical revue with goofy costumes — it’s a living, breathing organism.
Creator Steve Silver, who died in 1995, must be tic Read More
Surrounded by the bustle of actors, technicians and a makeup artist touching up her look, Audra McDonald is an oasis of calm and focus during a break from shooting the medical drama “Private Practice.”
She’s ready to wrap the season and move on to her next projects, which include a concert Monday at Davies Symphony Hall.
Though born in Berlin by the happenstance of her father’s military career, McDonald is an as all-American as you can get. At least that’s what she thought until she applied for her first passport as an adult. Read More
Singer Klea Blackhurst has somewhat of an unusual claim to fame: a lifelong relationship with Ethel Merman.
“My mom’s a performer. It was always there,” says Blackhurst, describing the record albums in her home. “Access to Merman’s voice makes you captive. I’d also like to point out that she became famous in 1930 for being heard in the last row of the balcony — without a mike.” Read More
For Linda Eislund, renovating her Noe Valley Edwardian into a light-filled modern dwelling was a labor of love.
Eislund, a psychologist, and her husband Eric, an entertainment producer, both grew up in custom homes.
“We always looked forward to the day we could design and build our own house,” says Eislund, mother of two young sons, Seth and Drew. She adds, “It was so exciting when I got the opportunity to implement my own design and got to choose every single material that went into the house.” Read More