"Crimson Shore" is a highly satisfying addition to the long list of Agent Pendergast thrillers by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and sees the unusual hero and his ward dealing with the locals, including monsters, in Massachusets. Read John Orr's review.
"The Martian," by Andy Weir, is one of our favorite reads in a long time. An astronaut is injured and stranded on Mars, with no working communications and not enough food to last the years it would take a rescue mission to come get him. A very impressive, fascinating book. Read John Orr's review.
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THEATER & DANCE
San Jose Stage Company
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Michael Barrett Austin as Robert, in back, gets a workout in Act II of "Boeing Boeing" as Allison F. Rich as Gretchen, one of his friend Bernard's three fiancées, exercises in San Jose Stage Company’s production of the hilarious French farce, "Boeing Boeing." The show runs April 6 through May 1, 2016.
"Boeing Boeing" is a madcap, hilarious French farce from 1960 that starts as male fantasy involving sexy stewardess, but in which the women eventually get the upper hand. San Jose Stage is filled with laughter for its production of the comedy. Read John Orr's review.
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Peter James Meyers as De Guiche, left, watches a rollicking song performed by the Gascony Guards, including Darren Bridgett, Steven Muterspaugh, Christopher Reber, J. Anthony Crane (with guitar, as Cyrano), Kit Wilder, and Michael Gene Sullivan, from left, in "Cyrano." The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production plays April 6 through May 1, 2016, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
"Cyrano" in an efficient and charming new translation of the Rostand classic is getting an excellent production by TheatreWorks in Mountain View. Don't miss it. Really. John Orr reviews.
The Pear Theatre
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Dante Belletti, Michael Champlin, and Nicolae Muntean, from left, in "The Beard of Avon," running April 7 through April 24, 2016, at Pear Theatre in Mountain View.
"The Beard of Avon," a rollicking satire by Amy Freed, could have gotten a smoother production than it got on opening night at The Pear in Mountain View, but it was still lots of fun, and most of the cast is quite good. Read John Orr's review.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
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Rami Margron, Mia Tagano, and Frances McDormand, from left, as the three witches in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," running February 19 through April 16, 2016, at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre.
"Macbeth" at Berkeley Rep is one of the most eagerly anticipated productions of the 2016 theater year in the San Francisco Bay Area year. Tony Lacy-Thompson was there to review. Read on, McDuff!
Review: Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn'
Galleria Borghese, Rome
Raphael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn" is on view at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, through April 10, 2016.
Raphael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn" is on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, during its first visit to the United States in its 500 years. It is magnificent. Anna Koster reviews the exhibit, which is on view through April 10, 2016.
For ears and eyes
Kate Davis covers Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" with Post Modern Jazz, and wow! How do we love it? Let us count the ways! Oh, nevermind, we can't count that high. Just go watch and listen to the video on YouTube.
Puddles the Pity Clown performs an amazing cover of Lorde's "Royals." Yes, it's a weird act, but ya know, whatever works. This guy's done plenty of interesting work as an entertainer, including under his real name, Mike Geier. Check out his fabulous video.
Judy Garland was an amazing talent, unmatched in many ways. Want the proof? Lend eyes and ears to her singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in a poor quality recording from the ancient days of TV. Fabulous.
Some guys singing "Bad Romance." It's so much fun.
Molly Bell is amazing. We have a profile of her here in Regarding Arts, but here's a favorite video of her performing in Divas for Life. Find out more about Divas for Life.
Lake Street Dive is a band formed by Rachael Price, who is a wonderful vocalist. I love this tune, which I heard on A Prairie Home Companion. Then I found this video.
"Laundry Room." Another from The Avett Brothers. Here is another tune that delves deep into emotion and yearning.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Fabulous band performs in 2004 to honor George Harrison upon his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Steve Ferrone, Dhani Harrison and Prince. Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers does the early solo stuff. Prince shows up and takes over.
Tim O'Brien: "Hey, Joe," at Celtic Connections 2009, Glasgow Scotland.
Trucks & Tedeschi Band: "Midnight in Harlem," at the 2010 Guitar Festival.
Van Morrison: "Real Real Gone."
OK Go: "This Too Shall Pass." Incredible Rube Goldberg machine video.
Willie Dixon: "I'm Nervous." Funny and charming video of the great songwriter, singer and bassist.
John Lee Sanders: Fabulous musician. Give a listen to "Midnight in New Orleans".