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…

Dynamic Duet: Dani Beem & Julie Ekoue-Totou team up for one-night-only concert at Lucky Penny

For one night only, this weekend, Daniela Innocenti-Beem and Marin County’s Julie Ekoue-Totou will bring their long-running two-woman show, ‘”Dynamic Duet,” to the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center in Napa. The pair have been performing the cabaret-style musical revue for over seven years. Most recently seen in Lucky Penny Productions’ entertainingly off-the-wall musical/pickup truck contest…

With ‘Natural Shocks,’ Lauren Gunderson’s act of theatrical activism strikes a nationwide chord

By David Templeton On Friday, April 20, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) acknowledged the 19th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, with a casual but keenly poignant reading of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s one-woman-play, Natural Shocks. On the same evening, all across the country, hundreds of schools, theaters and nonprofits gave simultaneous readings…

Mozart through the mind of Salieri; Cinnabar tackles ‘Amadeus’

“Salieri is a great villain.” So suggests actor Richard Pallaziol, describing the 19th Century Italian composer — and rumored poisoner of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “Unlike Shakespearean villains,” he says, “who always eventually recognize their villainy, Salieri believes that he is the aggrieved party. He’s not the villain. He thinks he’s the victim.” Pallaziol is currently…