Review: “Run”

You’ve got to be of a certain age or a cinephile to understand the term “B” movie. Originally used to identify the second feature on a double-bill (the first being the “A” movie), some studios maintained “A” and “B” production units, while other studios – like Monogram and Republic – produced nothing but low-budget features…

Review: “Hillbilly Elegy”

When J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy was published in 2016, there was some controversy as to whether Vance’s take on Appalachian culture as embodied by his family was truly representative. Others latched on to Vance’s memoir as a guide to understanding red state politics and the rise of Trump.   The Ron Howard-directed film adaptation,…

Review: “Uncle Frank”

It’s been a while since a movie has ripped out my heart out and repeatedly stomped it into the ground while still giving me a sense of hope. Such a film is Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank, available now on Amazon Prime. Part family drama, part road-trip movie, part coming-of-age story, and part coming-out-late-in-life tale, it’s…

KSRO Interview – “Heart O’Mine”

Guests on the host-less Thursday, November 12 theatre segment on KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon were Sonoma County-ans Emily Cornelius and Brooke Dengler from the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! virtual concert Heart O’Mine, an Irish-themed concert with works by Victor Herbert and his Irish grandfather Samuel Lover. Click below to listen:   **********

Marquee Theater Journalists Association Announces 2020 Award Recipients

The Marquee Theater Journalists Association has annouced the recipients of the 2020 MTJA Awards program. The Association recognized the exemplary work of Sonoma County theater artists with awards in eighteen categories whose nominations were culled from the thirty-five pre-pandemic productions attended by MTJA members. The qualifying season for the awards program usually runs from September…

The dead rise in Napa!

Ok, North Bay horror fans. Here ya go. Napa Valley College Theater Arts will present a live stream virtual performance of Night of the Living Dead: The Rising, a co-production of NVC Theater Arts and The Streaming Theatre on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 p.m. Set in a rural town amidst global civil unrest,…

Marin Theatre Company Announces 54th Season

Marin Theatre Company artistic director Jasson Minadakis has announced MTC’s 54th Season lineup including the third installment of the Lauren Gundeson/Margot Melcon Christmas in Pemberley series. Initial programming for the 2020/2021 season will be offered digitally while theatres remain closed due to COVID-19. They hope to return to live, audience-attended productions in their Boyer Theatre…