Jimmy Eat World
Music Review

Jimmy Eat World + Verno = A Perfect Sunday Show

Reviewing a show is easy when the band is good. Rarely is a show perfect, for there’s often a point or two of constructive criticism that can be included. And if the reviewer is doing nothing but gushing like a fanboy, it can often feel like a fake account of what happened. Maybe the writer...

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in a production still from Late Night
Film Review

New Films: Late Night, Shaft, Men in Black: International

Late NightDirected by Nisha Ganatra and Written by Mindy Kaling The most interesting and appealing of the new films this week is “Late Night” starring Emma Thompson as long time talk show host Katherine Newberry who’s lost her edge and her ratings, but not her “Devil Wears Prada” style of...

California Roots
California Music Festivals Review

Sustaining a Decade of California Roots

The 10th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival (Cali Roots) took over the Monterey County Fairgrounds for a magical, elevating and powerful Memorial Day weekend. With musical headliners Stick Figure and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on Friday night, Dirty Heads and Slightly...

New film: Rocketman
Film Review

New film: Rocketman

RocketmanDirected by Dexter Fletcher “Rocketman” is the film that “Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t, despite the great acclaim it received. Where ”Bohemian Rhapsody” was an enjoyable, sanitized, and entirely conventional biopic about the life and career of Freddie Mercury, “Rocketman” is, by comparison...

An Intimate Weekend at Lightning in a Bottle
California Music Festivals Review

An Intimate Weekend at Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle (LIB), had a change of scenery after calling Bradley, CA, home for four years. The Do Lab hosted LIB at their new home, Buena Vista Lake, over May 8-13. The new location is about a four hour drive down I-5 from Sacramento, and provided a much more intimate and accessible...

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Film Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Directed by Chad Stahelski In 2014, “John Wick” burst onto the scene as one of those seemingly quite simple ideas, in which somebody wrongs the wrong somebody. In this case an ex-hitman who values his car and dog more than most people. But there was more going on...

Review Theater

It’s Slipper Time for Ballerinas and Genies

The Sacramento Ballet will end its first season under new artistic director Amy Seiwert with a series of performances this weekend at The Sofia arts complex. The program will include a world premier dance created by Seiwert and accompanied by live music composed and performed by violist Christen...

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