Scenes from a marriage: Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon

Lucy and Desi. Archie and Edith. Roseanne and Dan. Ralph and Alice. One of the evergreen pleasures of pop culture is the chance it gives us to eavesdrop on other people’s relationships. When we listen to beloved, long-enduring couples and hear them tease and , it not only entertains us, it reassures us.  We can […]

This weekend at Feinsteins: What’s your crooner IQ?

Michael Feinstein himself returns to the Nikko this Thursday through Sunday with his salute to “The Crooners”—Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.  While Michael’s performances will be chockful of little known stories behind the songs and their singers, we know that our most devoted clubgoers are big fans of Great American […]

What’s your crooner IQ?

This Thursday through Sunday, Michael is back in town with a terrific new set called The Crooners.  It’s a celebration of the deceptively relaxed and casual—what today’s whippersnappers might describe as “chill”—singing style featured on some of the most famous recordings by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.  As always, Michael […]

Jarrod Spector’s SF culinary high notes

“I live in New York, and its a great food town,” says Jarrod Spector. “but I am still so appreciative of what’s available in San Francisco.” Spector has had the opportunity to do a fair share of tasting during his past visits here. Spector has spent a total of more than a year living in […]

Jarrod Spector: A Broadway Baby Grows Up

This past Sunday, Jarrod Spector arrived in town. But unlike most Feinstein’s headliners, who fly out shortly after their final performance, Spector is fixing to stay for a spell. Starting next week, he’ll be in tech rehearsals at the Golden Gate Theater for the pre-Broadway run of Roman Holiday (The rehearsal process got underway in New […]

How well do you know Bernadette Peters?

Last week, in anticipation of Bernadette Peters’ upcoming concert at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on May 13, we posted a challenging trivia quiz about her life and career. Here, as promised—along with a recap of the questions—are the impressive and sometimes surprising answers. Hope to see you on the 13th.       […]

Bernadette Peters: Broadway baby, multimedia star

On Saturday May 13, Feinstein’s at the Nikko presents a rare San Francisco concert performance by Bernadette Peters at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater. While best known for her work in the theater, a look back at Peters’ career reveals that she’s also made formidable marks in the worlds of film, television, recording and even […]

Rita Rudner on the craft of comedy

My husband came home with a staple gun the other day. He staple-gunned everything. There is nothing loose in our home anymore. There are a few major changes. For instance, now we have to bring the food to the cat.   “I always try to do the stapler and the milk in the refrigerator,” says […]

Stunning new album from a Feinstein’s favorite, Betty Buckley

Audiences lucky enough to catch Betty Buckley’s stunning performances at Feinstein’s last year were treated to an abbreviated version of the concert captured on her new double album, Story Songs, recorded at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. While many live albums amount to little more than […]

STEVE TYRELL: Late-blooming crooner

While Steve Tyrell regularly sells out shows at Feinstein’s at the Nikko and the Cafe Carlyle in New York, he never planned on a life in the spotlight. “I never wanted to be a singer,” recalls the native Texan and longtime Los Angeleno. While he played in rock bands as a teenager outside of Dallas, […]