Talking Pictures: Grotesquely Awesome

Called the most frightening movie to hit theaters in years, Hereditary, from first-time director Ari Aster, has not only thrilled film critics and unsettled millions of moviegoers, it’s accomplished a feat that, with very few exceptions, few modern horror stories are able to achieve: it’s given nightmares to those whose profession is scaring people. “I…

Review – “Illyria” in Santa Rosa

In a world of musicals based on movies and TV shows, why not Shakespeare? Such is Illyria, a melodious adaptation of Twelfth Night first produced Off-Broadway in 2002 and now running at 6th Street Playhouse. Don’t let the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘musical’ alarm you. Peter Mills has written a book and score that takes the…

‘Coco’ to screen on Angel Island

The Mill Valley Film Festival will be teaming up with the Angel Island Conservancy to present an open-air, early-evening screening of Pixar’s magical ‘Coco’ on Angel Island on Saturday, July 21. A fundraiser for the Conservancy – which assists in facilitating various upgrades to Angel Island, a National Park, and which also sponsors a scholarship…

Pet-a-Llama Comedy Festival to Launch This August in Petaluma

Petaluma already has its own film festival, beer festival, art and garden festival, spoken word festival (keep reading), and even its own festival dedicated to a popular 70s movie about the 1960s. Now, thanks to Dominic Del Bene and his Petaluma-based record label and production company Blonde Medicine, our little town will be getting a…

Interview: Craig Miller on leaving 6th Street Playhouse

After seven years in Santa Rosa—making him the longest-serving artistic director in the company’s 13-year history—Miller has accepted a job at the University of Idaho, where he’ll become an assistant professor of acting and directing, beginning this fall. Miller will officially depart 6th Street on July 13. “Because of my in-the-trenches, real-world work as a…