Review: “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” in Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. The musical with book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by Claibe Richardson runs in Sonoma through May 8. It’s co-directed by Larry Williams and SAL Artistic Director Jaime Weiser Love. The Borscht Belt is an…

Sonoma International Film Fest Recap

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Sonoma International Film Festival. The festival, which celebrated its 25th year, ran for five days March 23 through March 27. More than 120 films were screened with more than 80 of them premiering at the festival. Films were screened at seven different venues, all within a…

Review: “Master Class” in Sonoma

The name Maria Callas means little these days to people unversed in the world of opera, but to those in the know the American-born Greek soprano will always be “La Divina”. Callas passed away in 1977 at the age of 53. Memories of her might have faded completely from the stage but for playwright Terrence…

North Bay Theaters Get $ome Relief

Theaters throughout the North Bay have finally started to receive disbursements from the Federal Government’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, was signed into law in December 2020. It offers substantial grants to producing organizations and entertainment venues to replace lost revenue as a result of COVID-19…

Sonoma Arts Live Reveals 2021/22 Season

At a fundraising event held Friday night at the Sonoma Community Center, the Sonoma Arts Live Theater Company revealed its selections for their 2021/22 season. Their seven-show season opens on September 24 and concludes on July 31, 2022. All seven shows will be presented on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community…