Arts & Entertainment

Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Enjoying Ohio: The urban to rural experience

Great museums, a famous prison and the Amish among Buckeye State’s charms

Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Vin Diesel, left, is joined by John Cena in “F9,” to unimpressive effect. (Courtesy Universal)

‘F9’: Fallen from chase

Despite slick stunts, ninth ‘Fast and Furious’ flick requires big forgiveness

Vin Diesel, left, is joined by John Cena in “F9,” to unimpressive effect. (Courtesy Universal)
Train’s livestreamed “Soul Vacation” concert is at 6 p.m. June 25. (Courtesy Mike Corrado)

Pat Monahan, Train marking decade milestones

‘Drops of Jupiter’ turns 20, S.F. wine company is 10

Train’s livestreamed “Soul Vacation” concert is at 6 p.m. June 25. (Courtesy Mike Corrado)
A new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” directed by Matthew Ozawa and designed by Alexander V. Nichols will be onstage at the War Memorial Opera House in October. (Courtesy Alexander V. Nichols)

SF Opera announces transitional 99th season

Company returns to Opera House with downsized schedule, no fall ball

A new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” directed by Matthew Ozawa and designed by Alexander V. Nichols will be onstage at the War Memorial Opera House in October. (Courtesy Alexander V. Nichols)
Annemarie MacLeod is the narrator in Pear Theatre’s production of “Late Wedding.” (Courtesy Squirrel Visuals)

‘Late Wedding’ a zany show about marriage and more

Pear Theatre stages, streams Christopher Chen’s puzzling play

Annemarie MacLeod is the narrator in Pear Theatre’s production of “Late Wedding.” (Courtesy Squirrel Visuals)
Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)

Sweet sounds, extra space at Stern Grove

Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña play first free concert since pandemic hit

Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)
Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)

Larkmead Vineyards helping shape Napa Valley’s future

Historic winery’s operations are a role model for responsible viticulture

Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)
The Jenny Thing, reunited after more than 15 years, released “American Canyon,” its most philosophical recording yet. (Courtesy photo)

Berkeley’s The Jenny Thing is back

Frontman of 1990s group reflects on why fame eluded the band

The Jenny Thing, reunited after more than 15 years, released “American Canyon,” its most philosophical recording yet. (Courtesy photo)
Felix Lefebvre, left, and Benjamin Voisin give evocative lead performances in “Summer fof 85.” (Courtesy Music Box Films)

‘Summer of 85’ a French heartbreaker, Moreno shines in ‘Just a Girl’

Movies are opening in-person, in theaters

Felix Lefebvre, left, and Benjamin Voisin give evocative lead performances in “Summer fof 85.” (Courtesy Music Box Films)
Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)

What’s in a name? Asian American magazine fights to keep its identity

An investor-backed media group laid claim to the moniker of SF’s long-running Hyphen magazine, sparking a conversation about writing over community history

Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)
“Luca” is said to be inspired by director Enrico Casarosa’s childhood in Italy. (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)

Monster splash: Pixar’s ‘Luca’ is sunny and funny

It’s a pleasant summer flick, not a profound masterpiece

“Luca” is said to be inspired by director Enrico Casarosa’s childhood in Italy. (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)
Russell, left, and Ron Mael are the subjects of Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers.” (Courtesy Anna Webber/Focus Features)

Sparks Brothers get their due at last

Edgar Wright’s documentary is a fun tribute to under-appeciated rock pioneers

Russell, left, and Ron Mael are the subjects of Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers.” (Courtesy Anna Webber/Focus Features)
Jomar Tagatac is excellent as Gordon Hirabayashi in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Hold These Truths.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

‘Truths’ tells story of a Japanese-American resister

SF Playhouse returns inside with sensitive solo show about man who defied 1942 executive order

Jomar Tagatac is excellent as Gordon Hirabayashi in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Hold These Truths.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Juneteenth discussion “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female.” (Courtesy Jawan Scott)

MoAD celebrates Juneteenth with music and more

Holiday marking slaves’ freedom gains momentum with Black Lives Matter

Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Juneteenth discussion “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female.” (Courtesy Jawan Scott)
Versatile Brian Posehn does standup at Cobb’s this week. (Courtesy Seth Olenick))

Brian Posehn relishes role as dork on demand

Comic traces his success back to the Bay Area

Versatile Brian Posehn does standup at Cobb’s this week. (Courtesy Seth Olenick))
Devin A. Cunningham plays Baby Boy in Theatre Rhinoceros’ world premiere of Kheven LaGrone’s “Pillow Talk.” (Courtesy Tanika Bapatiste)

‘Pillow Talk’: a real encounter between two Black gay men

Actors shine in Theatre Rhino’s 1995-set premiere

Devin A. Cunningham plays Baby Boy in Theatre Rhinoceros’ world premiere of Kheven LaGrone’s “Pillow Talk.” (Courtesy Tanika Bapatiste)
Tina D’Elia is excellent as shop owner Peggy Caserta in “OUT of Site: Haight-Ashbury.” (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

Haight history comes to life in theatrical walking tour

Show pays tribute to characters from the 1960s-70s

Tina D’Elia is excellent as shop owner Peggy Caserta in “OUT of Site: Haight-Ashbury.” (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short bring their musical comedy show to the Mountain Winery on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)

Mountain Winery announces 2021 season

The Mountain Winery, the beautiful state historic site in Saratoga, has announced…

  • Jun 14, 2021
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short bring their musical comedy show to the Mountain Winery on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)
Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Wagging tails and happy trails in Santa Ynez Valley

Six pet-friendly towns offer parks, hikes, wine and fine dining

Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is back

Local artists play outdoor shows in 20th free summer series

Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)