Changes Ahead at Sonoma Arts Live

Sonoma Arts Live is making a few New Year’s resolutions. Earlier show times… a higher number of performances spread more widely throughout the year… an immediate transition from the former alliance of different theater troupes into a single theater company… and a decided move toward more artistic and thematic consistency in its choices of plays…

The Age of Reason

[SPOILER ALERT: Anyone who believes in Santa Claus, still writes letters to and receives letters from Santa Claus, or would prefer not to hear stories about how other people came to believe that there was no Santa Claus, should be warned that, um, stuff is about to be said that might change the way they…

Object Lesson

“Oh my God! Look! It’s Han Solo. Frozen in carbonite!” I think it was 20 years ago. Maybe more. I honestly can’t remember the exact year, but the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at the Marin Civic Center was hosting a massive exhibition of props, models, sketches, costumes and scenery pieces from the archives of Lucasfilm and…

Talking Pictures: Dennis Muren on making ‘Star Wars’ glow

“Everybody wants to know about the lightsabers,” says Dennis Muren, standing before a full house at the Century Cinema Theater in Corte Madera. Muren—a legendary special effects artist and veteran of Industrial Light & Magic, having worked on all of the original Star Wars films, and many other high-profile projects—is clearly still intensely enthused about the films…