California Wine Country in Winter

    Some of the best times to be had in Napa and Sonoma are during the winter months of “low season.” Wine country travel in Northern California can be wonderful in the winter for those coming from other states, and especially so for Bay Area locals and  ...

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Four survivors sit huddled around a fire, which provides the only light on the scene. They're dressed in grungy grays and tans. Matt (Daniel Desmarais) is recreating a story from the past: an episode from “The Simpsons”. Jenny (Leah Urzendowski) occasionally interrupts or adds a line. It’s an eerie view  ...

San Francisco Ballet 2015 Gala

The 2015 San Francisco Ballet Gala marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as Artistic Director. All three events of the evening, the pre-performance dinner, performance and after-party, were sold-out weeks in advance, and the event, which rallied members of San Francisco’s wealthiest social set, opened with Martin West,  ...

Rubens and His Legacy, London

The Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) used to be known as "the Prince of Painters and the Painter of Princes." In a century overloaded with artistic talent, Rubens reigned supreme. But whereas the reputations of his contemporaries, including Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Velasquez, have continued to the present day, Rubens'  ...

Gunmetal Blues, San Diego

Welcome to the Red Eye Lounge, where the lights are low, booze bottles near empty and a woman with a past is about to meet a man with no future in the satisfying musical “Gunmetal Blues,” onstage at the North Coast Rep. A take-off on 1940s film noir, the  ...

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

  In his New York Times op-eds, Charles Blow sometimes single-mindedly elevates discourse of volatile topics to sane discussion. He punctures long held cultural narratives about race, religion, politics, poverty, class, gender, sexuality. Now, in his first book "Fire Shut Up in My Bones | A Memoir" Blow writes  ...

Grantchester, Season 1, PBS

The U.K.’s newest mystery hit from ITV makes its first U.S. appearance on Masterpiece in six episodes starting January 18. With its winning combination of a delightful and appealing amateur sleuth, Anglican priest Sidney Chambers (James Norton, “Mr. Turner,” “Death Comes to Pemberley”), articulate writing, engaging mysteries to solve, and  ...