Susan Swartz is a journalist and author living in Sebastopol. Her commentary can be heard every Friday on KRCB-FM Radio 91.1/90.9 and on www.krcb.org.
She appears every other week in the Sonoma West Times and News, Healdsburg Tribune and Windsor Times. You can also read her at www.juicytomatoes.com
Destination Shopping - April 12, 2013Mr. Selfridge, the Masterpiece Theater series about a grand department store in London, brings back some downtown shopping memories, says Susan Swartz.
North Bay Report
The North Bay Report is a daily in-depth look at an issue, event, person or activity in our region, prepared by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson, a veteran journalist who has been covering Sonoma County since 1985.
These reports provide another view of news and events in our area, a way to look beyond the headlines and hear directly from the people who are shaping the present and future of Sonoma County and northern California.
Topics recently covered on The North Bay Report include the regional real estate market, offshore oil drilling on the Sonoma Coast, school testing, local theater projects, homelessness, affordable health care, women's history, protecting the Tiger Salamander, and interviews with foreign exchange students, combating invasive weeds, the proposed Living Wage ordinance in Petaluma, grade school gardening projects, quarrels over gravel quarries in the west county, and election season political issues.
The North Bay Report is heard Monday through Friday at 6:06 am and 8:06 am, repeating at 5:30 pm, on KRCB FM, 91.1 and 90.9 FM.
Surveillance Drones - May 17, 2013Surveillance drones, threat or protection?
At the mention of drones - remotely guided unpiloted aircraft - many people think of war-torn lands… but what about over Wine County? Law enforcement agencies and private companies around the country are expressing interest in drone technology and what concerned citizens are doing about it.
Hear more at Trevor Timm’s talk tonight at the local ACLU chapter. Find out more at “aclusonoma.org.” See more news at the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB.org/news. You can comment, share and like us there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.
Second Row Center
Cue the music. Hit the lights. With KRCB's early-morning news segment, Second Row Center.
Sonoma County theater critic David Templeton (North Bay Bohemian, Theatre Bay Area Magazine) yanks open the curtain on the best (and worst) of Bay Area theater, giving theater-loving listeners the upbeat lowdown on which plays are happening where, what they're all about and whether they're worth the trip. With unexpected insights, snappy observations, and pithy contextual analysis (yep, sometimes it's even educational!), David's weekly commentary will bring the Bay Area stages right into your car, workplace or living room. Cue applause.
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May 17, 2012 - "Funny Girl"The North Bay’s spring season of on-stage blockbusters, which kicked off last weekend with Rohnert Park’s monster hit ‘Young Frankenstein,’ has another massive musical production leading the way into the summer.
But unlike "Young Frankenstein," unlike "Singing in the Rain" (opening next month at 6th Street playhouse), unlike "Shrek: The Musical" (opening next month at the JC’s Summer Repertory Theater), the show that opened at the Napa Valley Opera House last weekend is not based on a hit movie.
On the contrary, a star-making hit movie from 1968 was based on it.
It’s "Funny Girl," the show that made Barbara Streisand a superstar.
With sensational music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, "Funny Girl" has not been performed on stage much in the last couple of decades, primarily because it’s such a big show, and not a cheap one to produce.
But there are few actresses on the musical theater stage today who do not cite "Funny Girl" as one of the childhood inspirations that made them want to sing and dance on stage. Those star-struck little girls included Napa’s Taylor Bartolucci, who recalls dancing through her house singing those songs - "I Am the Greatest Star," "Don’t Rain on My Parade," "People," dreaming of the day she’s get to sing those songs on stage in her very own production of "Funny Girl."
Cue Lucky Penny Theater, which has pulled out all the stops to bring that dream to life, for Bartolucci and a generation of theater fans who’ve had to wait a very long time to see this show brought back to life.
Directed by Barry Martin with an emphasis on the roiling emotions beneath the glitter, the production makes first-rate use of the elegant Napa Valley Opera House. "Funny Girl" is an old-fashioned tale of theater in the 1920’s, and the experience of watching it gets a boost from taking place in a historic theater like the Opera House.
"Funny Girl" is story of pioneering comedienne Fanny Brice, whose love life never matched her on-stage success, and it features some of the most enduring songs ever written for the stage, In showcasing Brice’s career as a headliner with the famously glitzy Ziegfield Follies, the play has plenty of tap-dancing, show-girl feathering, tuxedoed-tenor singing glamour, and lots of opulent ear and eye-candy.
As Fanny’s dancer BFF Eddie, Anthony Martinez is superb, one of his best performances to date. And James D. Sasser, as Fanny’s gambling heartthrob Nick, is spot-on, classy and cool with a touch of the conman. The supporting chorus is first-rate as well, dancing and singing through a series of costume changes that keep the dazzle going non-stop, despite the occasional off-key bleat from an otherwise energetic live orchestra.
But ultimately, it’s Taylor Bartolucci’s jaw-dropping, heartbreaking performance as Fanny that supercharges the show. Not only can she belt a song, she never lets us forget the insecure little girl beneath the rising Broadway superstar, the funny lady who wants nothing more than to love and be loved, and ends up making all her dreams come true but one.
This is the best kind of Broadway musical: one with as much heart and humanity as glamour and spectacle. It’s easily one of the best, most memorable shows of the year.
"Funny Girl" runs Friday-Sunday through May 19 at the Napa Valley opera House, info at luckypennynapa.com.
A daily five-minute interview about events, issues, activities and people in and around Sonoma County. Hosted by Roland Jacopetti at 9:00am Monday through Friday on KRCB-FM 91.1/90.9.
Friday May 17, 2013Musaic joins Cantiamo in an a cappella concert entitled "Let's Do It!"
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 5:00pm
Glaser Center - Santa Rosa, CA.
Featuring musical selections from the pop, folk, jazz, and gospel
Tickets: General $ 15; Student/Senior $ 10
Purchase tickets online here: http://goo.gl/woJad
Tickets available for most Cantiamo Concerts at Corrick's Santa Rosa
For more information, contact us by phone at: 707-542-0452 or email
Glaser Center - Santa Rosa
547 Mendocino Avenue - Santa Rosa, CA
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KRCB Live - August 22nd, 2012KRCB Live presents:
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Mouthful, the Wine Country's Most Delicious Hour
Sunday Evening 7 - 8 pm
Host: Michele Anna Jordan
We like to think of Mouthful as a conversation around a dinner table, so pour yourself a glass of wine and join us every Sunday evening. Our discussions with winemakers, farmers, cookbook authors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, nutritionists, chefs, restaurateurs and environmentalists take unexpected, surprising and delicious turns as we explore how we eat, drink, grow and celebrate our food, and feed each other. We take the time to get to know our guests, we go beyond sound bites, and we look at food, wine and agriculture in the larger context of our lives. We're sometimes political, always passionate, often lighthearted and sometimes silly. If you eat, you'll enjoy Mouthful.
Mouthful is a three-time James Beard Award Nominee for Electronic Journalism.
Click on "food and wine" on the left side of the home page to find Michele’s three columns, Seasonal Pantry, Pairings and Mouthful. You can also search the archives for dozens of her articles and recipes.
Michele is a regular contributor to Savor magazine, currently published quarterly.
All things Michele
Deborah Madison - May 5, 2013Deborah Madison joins host Michele Anna Jordan in conversation at the new SHED in Healdsburg to discuss her new book, Vegetable Literary. The conversation was recorded in April, during Deborah's national book tour.
Word By Word
"I like the vitality of in-studio, roundtable interviews," Gil says, "when you have several authors sitting at the same table and focusing on the same theme, you get real conversations. It’s fun, exciting, and often unpredictable."
On the new Word by Word programs, Gil will be inviting a different guest each month to share their unique perspective on a "Great California Writer."
Gil Mansergh should be familiar to many KRCB listeners. His movie review columns appear in four Sonoma County newspapers, and his Cinema Toast radio show has been a Thursday morning staple on KRSH-FM for seven years. Author or Book Doctor of over 50 books, manuals and curriculums, Gil was honored as a Freelance Success by Writers Digest Magazine. He honed his interview skills during five years as Director of the prestigious California Writers Conference at Asilomar. "I’m excited to have this opportunity to share my conversations with authors with KRCB’s listeners," Gil says, "and I appreciate your comments."
May 1, 2013 - The Orphan Master's SonTo honor Adam Johnson’s Pulitzer for his novel The Orphan Master's Son, KRCB-FM's Word By Word is reprising the conversation with Gil Mansergh which was originally broadcast April 4th 2012.
A Novel Idea
Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Rosemary Manchester and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. It’s a novel idea.
April 10, 2013 - Johah Raskin; Alison Owings- Jonah Raskin with his book James McGrath: In a Class by Himself
- Alison Owings and Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans
- Barbara Quick’s review of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend
WordTemple on KRCB features Northern California poet Katherine Hastings in discussion with poets and writers. The program showcases authors by presenting interviews and readings of their work, and exposes the KRCB community of listeners to a wide variety of voices and styles. Reconstructions highlighting the work of poets and writers posthumously will also be featured. From the Beats of San Francisco to Russia's Ratushinskaya, WordTemple will feature some of the most interesting work and stories in the world of literature.
More information at wordtemple.com
Elizabeth Bradfield and Camille Dungy - May 15, 2013WordTemple host Katherine Hastings presents an evening of poetry recorded while in Boston. Elizabeth Bradfield and Camille Dungy give separate readings and then talk together, responding to each other's work.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work, which won the Audre Lorde Award and Approaching Ice, a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the American Academy of Poets. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. A naturalist who lives on Cape Cod, Bradfield spends time on expedition ships around the world. For 2012-2014, she is the Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.
Camille Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Book Prize; Suck on the Marrow; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She is the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry; co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great; and assistant editor of Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. A two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, Dungy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Caven Canem, the Dana Award, and Bread Loaf.
Charles Sepos interviews performing, visual, and literary artists. Recent guests include Jeffrey Kahane, David Grisman, Kronos Quartet, Anonymous 4, Michael Brecker, Flora Purim, Malcolm Bilson, John Corigliano, François Girard, Marga Gomez, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Curtain Call - May 17, 2013Curtain Call host Charles Sepos chats first with pianist Antonio Iturrioz. They'll talk about his upcoming concerts, starting on May 26 at JB Piano in San Rafael and concluding on July 18th at the Querceto International Piano Festival in Tuscany.
Next, Del Sol String Quartet talk about their new CD "ZIA."
Finally, violinist Tom Stone previews Cypress String Quartet's Saturday evening concert for Redwood Arts Council Chamber Music in Occidental.
Percussion Discussion focuses on percussionists, drummers and percussion instruments used in all genres of music from big band and smooth jazz and Latin to rock, country and World tunes. Host Jim Laveroni is a drummer and percussionist for over 40 years, and plays with two bands.
Thomas Lang - April 25, 2013“To play the unplayed”, that is the self proclaimed lifelong aspiration of multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, educator, and award winning drummer Thomas Lang. Thomas has dedicated his life to the exploration of all things drum. A native of Vienna, Austria, Thomas took up the drums at the tender age of five. He is the founding member of the Los Angeles-based progressive/avant garde metal trio, Stork.
As a session musician, Thomas has played for such artists as Falco, John Wetton, Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner, Kelly Clarkson, Mick Jones, The Commodores, George Michael and Bonnie Tyler just to name a few.
Despite his grueling touring and rehearsal schedule, Thomas remains committed to a rigorous daily practice schedule. “I religiously follow a constantly evolving practice routine. It’s not glamorous, but for me daily practice is a principle source of growth and inspiration in my playing,” says Lang.
Your Average Abalone - Johnny Bazzano
Fiddling Zone - Gus Garelick
Lady Spins The Blues - Mary Carroll
Mindy's Mix- Mindy Berrett
Flashback - Bruce Robinson
The Moth Radio Hour
Something Completely Different - Roland Jacopetti
Crossing Borders - World Music
Second Row Center - David Templeton
Word by Word - Gil Mansergh
A Novel Idea - Rosemary Manchester
WordTemple - Kathryn Hastings
ArtsID - Local arts
Connections - Doug Jayne/Allegra Broughton
Pillow Storm - Josh Staples/Josh Drake
Reel Time Film - Diane McCurdy
Climate One - Climate Change Lectures
Freight Train Boogie - Bill Frater
On the Road Again - Linda Seabright
Kaleidoscope - Jan Stephens
Percussion Discussion - Jim Laveroni
Another Voice - Susan Swartz
Curtain Call - Charles Sepos
Out of the Box - Shafiq Spanos
This American Life
Rhythm and Roots - Mark Nicholas
Beyond and Back - Hillary Culhane
Red Shoes Rodeo - Michele Jordan
Radio Free Sonoma
Weekend Edition Saturday
West Coast Live
Thistle & Shamrock
Our Roots Are Showing - Robin Pressman/Steve DeLap
L.A. Theater Works
Blues Before Sunrise
Weekend Edition Sunday
The Choir Loft
Saint Paul Sunday
Santa Rosa Symphony
From the Top
Mouthful with Michele Anna Jordon
Open Space District - John Katchmer
The Night Traveler - Linda Coffin
Music From the Hearts of Space
North Bay Report - Bruce Robinson
Sonoma Spotlight - Roland Jacopetti
All Things Considered
Jim Hightower Commentary
Earth and Sky
Every Day Poems
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