"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
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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Jessica Lynn Carroll as Maddie, the daughter of a presidential candidate, left, reveals a secret to Richard Prioleau as journalist Will in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's world premiere of "Confederates," playing at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, July 13 through Aug. 7, 2016.
"Confederates," by Suzanne Bradbeer, in its world premiere at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, is getting a find production that very clearly posits some tough ethical dilemmas. It's serious, it's funny, it's thought-provoking. John Orr reviews.
City Lights Theater
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The cast of "Green Day's American Idiot" lets it rip at City Lights in San Jose, where the show is running July 14 through August 21, 2016.
"Green Day's American Idiot" is a powerful bit of musical theater, and is a big hit for City Lights in San Jose. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews the hard-rockin', thrilling show.
Ray Renati / Pear Theatre
Marjorie Hazeltine as Karen Weston, left, with Betsy Kruse Craig as Barbara Fordham in the Pear Theatre production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," playing June 24 through July 10, 2016, in Mountain View.
"August: Osage County" is getting a powerful production at Pear Theatre in Mountain View. A great cast is bringing Tracy Letts' brilliant play to life with excellent performances. John Orr reviews.
San Jose Stage Company
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In a scene from "The Wild Party" at San Jose Stage are, standing from left, Keith Pinto, Allison F. Rich, Joshua Hollister and Nathaniel Rothrock. Mike Birr is on the ground. The show runs June 4 through July 24, 2016. www.thestage.org
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
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Lyle Lovett croons a tune with His Large Band at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on July 5, 2016.
Lyle Lovett and a lot of singers and other musicians were great at Mountain Winery in Saratoga the other night. We know this is true because Tony Lacy-Thompson was there and wrote about it. Read his review.
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.
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.
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".
"D.W. Washburn" is a terrific song. So is "Saved." Here, they are performed as part of the revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe." The tenor in the lead for "D.W. Washburn" is fab.
"Let's Go Get Stoned" is the first thing the friend of a friend said when he got off the plane from Vietnam in 1967 or so. It's also the title of this fab song by Ray Charles.
Haley Reinhart is fabulous. What a voice! Here, she teams up with Post Modern Jukebox for "Creep." Fabulous.