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
Keith Pinto
WolfKlain, Pinto
Tracy Martin / Diablo Theatre Company
Melissa WolfKlain, left, and Keith Pinto in "Singin' in the Rain," at Diable Theatre Company in 2013.
Keith Pinto is a song-and-dance man who has been excellent in musicals all across the nation and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's just finishing up a stellar performance in "Cabaret," is next to direct "Altar Boyz" and there will be more shows to come. Read John Orr's profile of Keith Pinto.

Hillbarn Theatre
Kit Kat girls
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Entertaining at the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" are, from left, Catrina Manahan, Noelani Neal, Gabbi Traub, Melissa Wolfklane, Rachelle Abbey, Jessica Maxey, Jessica Whittemore and Christine Baker. The show runs January 19 through February 5, 2017, at Hillbarn Theatre.
"Cabaret," one of the greatest, most important musicals of the 20th century, is getting a fabulous production with an excellent cast at Hillbarn Theatre. John Orr said he wished he had more eyes in his head to see it all. Read his review.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Marx, O'Hara
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Lizzie O'Hara, right, as Babe, and Joshua Marx as Barnett Lloyd in "Crimes of the Heart," presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley January 11 through February 4, 2017, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
"Crimes of the Heart" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for good reason. It's a beautifully written tale of sisters supporting sisters, with love, drama and humor. Director Giovanna Sardelli and an excellent cast bring it alive for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Read John Orr's review.

Maiberger, Carley
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks
Hilary Maiberger as Jerusha Abbott, left, describes her fight for women's suffrage in a letter to Jervis Pendleton (Derek Carley) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of "Daddy Long Legs," playing November 30 to December 31, 2016, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
"Daddy Long Legs" is a completely charming, funny and romantic musical, you are well advised to go see the TheatreWorks production at the Lucie Stern Theatre. John Orr reviews.

Hillbarn Theatre
Ambler, McGinty, Batchelder, Lopez, Boger
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Jim Ambler as Bert, Caitlin McGinty as Mary Poppins, Darlene Batchelder as Queen Victoria, Ron Lopez Jr. as policeman, and Noah Boger as Neleus, from left, in "Mary Poppins," playing November 25 through December 18, 2016, at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.
"Mary Poppins," which lives forever as a Disney movie, is getting a very lively, excellent production at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Director Dan Demers has assembled an awesome cast, and the show is delightful from start to finish. Read John Orr's review.

Ambler, McGinty
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Jim Ambler as Bert, left, and Caitlin McGinty in the title role of "Mary Poppins," playing November 25 through December 18, 2016, at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.
Caitlin McGinty, all six feet of her, flies into Hillbarn Theatre today (November 25, 2016) in the title role of "Mary Poppins," and we are expecting a delightful show. John Orr got to talk with her the other day, and believes she may be, in fact, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Read the story.

Buljan, Silverstein, Krolick
Courtesy of Hillbarn Theatre
Liz Buljan with Hillbarn Theatre’s 2016 Bravo! Award recipient, Lori Silverstein, and Christine Krolick, from left, at Hillbarn Theatre’s gala, When You Wish Upon A Star, at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, on Nov. 5, 2016.
Wish Upon A Star BRAVO! 2016 gala was a lot of fun for attendees, and also raised a nice bunch of money for Hillbarn Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson was there and reports on the gala.

ART
Preview: Anne & Mark's Art Party 2016
Birds
Courtesy of Sara Friedlander
"Birds-of-Immigration-Amsterdam-to-NY," three-dimensional mixed media panels by Sara Friedlander, will be shown at Anne & Mark's Art Party 2016.
Anne & Mark's Art Party 2016 is likely to be an all-out blast of creativity. Anna Koster tells us what's planned. Read her story.

MUSIC
Valerie Vigoda review
Valerie Vigoda
Tony Lacy-Thompson / Regarding Arts
Valerie Vigoda performs a solo show at the home of Kevin Surace and Erica Rogers in Sunnyvale, on Dec 2, 2016.
Valerie Vigoda is well known to Bay Are theater fans, especially for the musicals "Striking 12" and "Sleeping Beauty Wakes," which she performed at TheatreWorks while in the power trio GrooveLily. Recently, she performed a solo show in a house concert and was terrific. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

MUSIC VIDEOS

For ears and eyes

Wilkie Ferguson provides the charming vocal and tap dances with Sarah Reich in Postmodern Jukebox's delightful cover of Usher's "I Don't Mind."
Haley Reinhart is magnificent when she sings the Postmodern Jukebox cover of Radiohead's "Creep." Amazing. Here is the black and white studio version, and here is a color version from a concert. Magnificent.
Kate Davis covers Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" with Postmodern Jukebox, 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" with Postmodern Jukebox. 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.
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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