BOOKS

"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
Robert Kelley
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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley describes the company's 2018-19 season during a session Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018-19 season lineup was announced on Monday, and it's a really promising bunch of plays and musicals that are likely to entertain and illuminate. John Orr writes about the season.

San Jose Stage Company
Allison F. Rich
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Buckets of blood! Allison F. Rich as Mrs. Lovett in San Jose Stage Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” running February 7 through March 18, 2018, at The Stage.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is getting an excellent production at San Jose Stage Company through March 18, 2018. Get your tickets soonest! Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
"Our Great Tchaikovsky" is the latest of Hershey Felder's brilliant, great composers series to come to TheatreWorks. John Orr reviews.
Hershey Felder
Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents
Hershey Felder portrays and performs as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is bringing the show for its Bay Area premiere to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 10 through February 11, 2018.
Hershey Felder is a proven treasure of music and theater, with his brilliant, inimitable, one-man shows about great composers. He is bringing his "Our Great Tchaikovsky" to TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and took the time to talk with John Orr about it. Read the story.

Hillbarn Theatre
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What happens when fish swim through water full of starstuff? They turn into mermaids and perform a Broadway style song-and-dance number, in "Peter and the Starcatcher," at Hillbarn Theatre. The show runs January 18 through February 4, 2018.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" can be a great, hilarious show. The production of it at Hillbarn Theatre has its moments of greatness and hilarity, but also has some bits that just don't work. John Orr reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Hershey Felder
Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents
Hershey Felder portrays and performs as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." TheatreWorks SIlicon Valley is bringing the show for its Bay Area premiere to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 10 through February 11, 2018.
Hershey Felder is a proven treasure of music and theater, with his brilliant, inimitable, one-man shows about great composers. He is bringing his "Our Great Tchaikovsky" to TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and took the time to talk with John Orr about it. Read the story.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Max Tachis
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Max Tachis as Crumpet, a Christmas elf in Macy's SantaLand, in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of "The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris. The one-man show plays December 5-23, 2017, at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. Theater-goers get to pose in Santa's big chair before the show.
"The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris is a holidays treat for adults by the great David Sedaris. Max Tachis is hilarious as Crumpet the elf in the TheatreWorks production at the Lohman Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

ART
Review: 'Over the Top: Math Bass & the Imperial Court SF'
Math Bass
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Math Bass, center, speaks with a journalist before the exhibition opens to the public. Her apple sculpture "Elizabeth" (ceramic with lacquer and wood, 22 x 22 x 22 inches) and untitled ladder (wood, 67 x 36 x 18 inches) are in the foreground. Both were created in 2017 for this exhibition. Portraits of monarchs from the Imperial Court SF's 62-year history hang on the wall. A selection of Empresses' and Emperors' banners hang above.
"Over the Top: Math Bass & the Imperial Court SF" is a fascinating story that blends modern works by Math Bass with historical artifacts from a 62-year-old LGBTQ society in San Francisco. Anna Koster has seen the show and reports. See her review.

MUSIC VIDEOS

For ears and eyes

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.
Asylum Street Spankers: "Monkey Rag," and "If You Want Me to Love You."
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".
"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.

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