For Daryl Hall and millions of others, living with Lyme disease is serious business. But the mood was lighthearted as the pop singer, minus partner John Oates, blasted through his hits at a benefit for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation at a gorgeous Portola Valley estate.
About 300 people attended the fun and lavish dinner bash Sunday at the home of Laird and Sherry Cagan. Sherry Cagan, one of several founders of the foundation, also has Lyme disease. Read More
Nashville, Tenn., musicians Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr and their writing partner created their new album, “Finally Home,” with at least one major goal.
“We didn’t want it being perceived as Kenny Loggins doing a country album,” says Burr, one-third of Blue Sky Riders, who play the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Friday. Read More
Max Thieriot is slightly concerned that people may take “Disconnect” the wrong way.
“I don’t want people to think that it’s a movie that says the Internet is bad,” the actor says. “It’s a wake-up call, showing how disconnected we are from each other in general, how we’ve lost touch.”
In the intriguing indie film directed by Henry Alex Rubin, Thieriot plays a charismatic teen who sells sex on an adults-only website. He comes to the attention of a news reporter looking for a juicy story. Read More
John Murry is hoping his CD release show Sunday at the Make-Out Room is unlike a lot of concerts these days.
“It seems like musicians aren’t giving emotionally to the audience. I want to do that, I want to get it right — to get it rightly wrong, perfectly ragged and real,” says the Oakland-based singer-songwriter, who was born in Tupelo, Miss., and has a sweet tinge of a Southern accent. Read More
Teacher Esther Wojcicki doesn’t know for sure, but she thinks one of her former students — or influential parents of her former students — may be the reason she and her immediate family are being recognized by the Commonwealth Club for their extraordinary contributions to society. Read More
Oak trees, snow geese, night herons eating Chinese takeout, a mastodon excavation, a brilliant coral reef, redwoods, roadkill, river otters and creeks are just a few of the wonders about to fill the Oakland Museum of California’s newly renovated natural science gallery.
Director Lori Fogarty, senior curator Douglas Long and exhibit developer Don Pohlman recently led a nifty behind-the-scenes preview tour of the 25,000-square-foot space, where plenty of work still needs to be done before the gallery’s reopening May 31-June 2. Read More
Packed with photographs, a diverse selection of paintings and other contemporary fine art, as well as historic papers, a mind-blowing exhibit showcasing hundreds of years of black Americans’ rich cultural contributions to the United States is at the Museum of the African Diaspora in The City.
A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1862 is just one among dozens of fascinating, heartrending and thought-provoking objects, documents and artworks on view through May 19 in “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey — Where Art and History Intersect.” Read More
Ray Liotta, Mary Louise Parker and Demián Bichir are the stars gracing the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, opening Wednesday and running through April 14.
More than 100 films, including seven premieres, will screen at various locations in and near Sonoma’s center plaza, where local merchants are offering wine and gourmet fare. Read More
Playwright Neil LaBute continues to address the question: Why are positive character traits associated with people who are physically attractive?
It’s one of the themes in “Reasons to Be Pretty,” opening this week in an SF Playhouse production following runs in New York, both off- and on Broadway.
The show, the third in a trilogy that includes “The Shape of Things” and “Fat Pig,” deals with how body-image issues affect people and their relationships, and follows a template similar to its predecessors. Read More
According to Bob Gaudio, one of the original Four Seasons whose lives are chronicled in the hit musical “Jersey Boys,” the typical fan has seen the show three times.
As a new member of the club, this writer can vouch for the show’s ongoing appeal. The national tour of “Jersey Boys,” onstage through April 28 at the Curran Theatre in The City, is as exciting — if not quite as sharp or thrilling — as ever. Read More
Despite thoroughly amusing claims, Steve Seabrook’s motivational course “Better Than You” isn’t likely to significantly change anyone’s life.
It’s also both the beauty, and conundrum, of Kurt Bodden’s one-man show onstage at The Marsh in The City.
Bodden is pitch-perfect as the smooth-talking Seabrook, who heads up a weekendlong personal growth workshop in which he offers confoundingly true philosophical gems like, “People who are no better than you are more successful than you.” Read More
Despite thoroughly amusing claims, Steve Seabrook’s motivational course “Better Than You” isn’t likely to significantly change anyone’s life.It’s also both the beauty, and conundrum, of Kurt Bodden’s one-man show onstage at The Marsh in The City. Bodden is pitch-perfect as the smooth-talking Seabrook, who heads up a weekendlong personal growth workshop in which he offers confoundingly true philosophical gems like, “People who are no better than you are more successful than you.” Read More
Bob Gaudio calls the creation and success of “Jersey Boys” the
“It was one of those situations where it just all came together — everything worked,” says the guy who, with Bob Crewe, wrote the songs in the 2006 Tony Award-
winning musical that tells the story of hitmakers Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Read More
Yosephina Peters is ready for her moment in the spotlight.
This weekend, the 12-year-old is appearing in “Bells Are Ringing” presented by the San Francisco Arts Education Players. It’s her third appearance with the youth musical theater troupe, whose members come from 24 Bay Area schools. Read More
As The Who’s appearance Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland once again made clear, Pete Townshend achieved his goal in creating a rock opera for all time with “Quadrophenia.”
Forty years later, played live, The Who’s 1973 double album sounds big, majestic and eminently musical — truly classic, from the waves crashing in “I Am the Sea” to the booming climax of “Love Reign O’er Me.” Read More