The Bay Area Books Festival kicked off its inaugural event June 6, 7, 2015 in Berkeley, and Cy Ashley Webb was there. Read her report.
With book of three, so ends this trilogy
"The Book of Life" is the highly satisfying end of Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, and makes John Orr hope that she is planning to write more stories about the witch Diana Bishop and the vampire Matthew Clairmont. The entire trilogy is fascinating it is a thinking person's magical vampire romance. Read the review of "The Book of Life."
in the Stone Age
"The Spirit and the Skull" is a fascinating stand-alone from one of our favorite writers, J.M. Hayes, about an indian spirit man who has murders to solve. And who finds himself traveling, in spirit dreams, 15,000 years into the future. Read John Orr's review.
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THEATER & DANCE
City Lights Theater Company
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""When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way." From left are Jeremy Ryan as Diesel, Darrell Hubbard as A-rab, Josiah Frampton as Riff, Sean Okuniewicz as Action, and William Corkery as Baby John. At City Lights in San Jose, July 16-August 23, 2015.
"West Side Story" doesn't get produced every day. It's big, it's involved, it requires fabulous singers and dancers. And yet, City Lights has managed to cram a very, very good production into its small theater in San Jose, and an audience of 100 at a time get to watch a fine cast of singers and dance move and sweat just feet from the faces. Thrilling. Read John Orr's review.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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Ross Lekites as Brian, a doctoral student in 2011, has a moment with Megan McGinnis as Sarah, a seamstress in 1911, in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's world premiere of "Triangle," playing July 8 - August 2, 2015, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
"Triangle" proves to be an excellent new musical, with comedy, pathos and romance combining with beautiful tunes in the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production. Read John Orr's review.
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Bass player Greg Rzab, left, and music legend John Mayall at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
John Mayall, one of the earliest British blues musicians and certainly one of the most influential, is still bringing the goods at age 80. Tony Lacy-Thompson saw him a few days ago at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, and reviews the show.
Robin Trower may be 70 years old, but he's still a master of the Stratocaster and blew the doors off The Catalyst in Santa Cruz last week. Tony Lacy-Thompson was there, and reviews the great show.
Asleep at the Wheel
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Ray Benson, center on the couch, and Asleep at the Wheel.
Ray Benson's been rockin' that Western Swing with Asleep at the Wheel for more than 40 years. Tony Lacy-Thompson interviewed him. Read the story.
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".