Cecile McLorin Salvant will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival this weekend, following performances at San Francisco's SFJAZZ Center last week. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Cecile McLorin Salvant performs on stage at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Dianne Reeves performs during The Nearness Of You Benefit Concert at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images) Courtesy of Christian McBride Bassist Christian McBride brings his trio to Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa and Oakland's Yoshi's this week. Courtesy: Kuumbwa Jazz Center Joe Giblin/Associated Press archives Bill Frisell performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin) Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz … [Read more...] about 7 crazy-fun SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, Sept. 21-23
Michelle Wolf of "The Break with Michelle Wolf" on Netflix is a frequent headliner at the Comedy Cellar in New York. (Marcus Russel Price)Natasha Leggero speaks at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Natasha Leggero (J. Dennis Thomas/Comedy Central)Hannibal Buress (Fernando Leon/Comedy Central) Think of it as the United Colors of Benetton. Of Comedy. That’s how Craig Nyman characterizes Life is Beautiful’s seriously beefed-up lineup of comedians this year. “We have everything represented,” says Nyman, head of music and live performances for the festival. “That was a big goal for us going in, the range of it.” With Hannibal Buress as the top-billed act, LIB’s expanded comedy offerings are deep and diverse: More than 15 acts are scheduled to perform over the fest’s three days. There’s “Late Night With Seth … [Read more...] about Life is Beautiful festival steps up its comedy lineup
Dan Fogelman has been building towards Life Itself for around a decade now. Having cut his teeth as a screenwriter on the undeniably enjoyable family friendly fare “Cars,” “Fred Claus,” “Bolt,” and “Tangled,” Fogelman moved into more dramatic and weighty, but still always funny, territory with “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Last Vegas,” “Danny Collins” and, most successfully, with his hit show “This Is Us.” “Life Itself” takes the themes and tones of Fogelman’s recent output and intensifies them to the nth degree. Set over various generations of people in New York and Spain it merges the stories of Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde and Annette Benning with that of Laia Costa, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Antonio Banderas and Alex Mooner and then, for good measure, that of Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin, and Jean Smart, too. … [Read more...] about Dan Fogelman wants ‘Life Itself’ to remind people how beautiful the world is
The DCPA Theatre Company’s Oklahoma! had me from the moment Antoine L. Smith’s Curly stepped onto the stage singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.” No overture: just the figure of a cowboy, the weathered wood of the sparsely furnished set and clouds scudding across the clear blue of an Oklahoma sky, along with the sheer joyousness of that open-hearted song and the pleasure of Smith’s warm, rich voice and presence.This is the first production helmed by new artistic director Chris Coleman, and there’s been a lot of discussion about his decision to go with an all-black cast. In interviews, Coleman has described his fascination with the role of African-Americans in Oklahoma, and the black towns that existed there around 1906 — the time period of the musical. The casting is intriguing. It gives those who mentally populate Oklahoma! with traditional movie cowboys like John Wayne and Gary Cooper (or Gordon McRae, who played Curly in the movie) a way … [Read more...] about Review: Oh, What a Beautiful Production of Oklahoma!
A.D. Thompson Special to USA TODAY 10Best Published 7:00 AM EDT Sep 16, 2018 On precipitous hikes, particularly in sections where single file is the necessary order, you are often at the mercy of your fellow climbers. And so when the man just ahead of me started having trouble, my outdoorsy elation was put temporarily on hold. I paused, wary. "This is crazy," he said to his companion, hushed, increasingly edgy, head swiveling – a cornered animal looking for an escape hatch. It was an exercise in futility. "This is crazy. This is crazy…!" She seemed fine, but concerned. As was I. As were the next few people behind me, because all of us were clinging to chains on the side of a mountain, a thousand feet above the canyon floor, and his mounting panic was something we all could smell. It’s not altogether dissimilar from what you sense in a zombie movie, when a group tries to maneuver undetected among the dead. And everything is going swimmingly. Until one of them … [Read more...] about Hiking the dangerous, beautiful Angel’s Landing Trail