Small Business Saturday (and RIP Black Friday?)

It’s been quite a Thanksgiving Weekend so far! A kitchen plumbing catastrophe prevented us from cooking a traditional holiday meal for our family on Thanksgiving Day. I’d been looking forward to that dinner for months. But a pesky pipe plug resulted in one of my most memorable Thanksgivings ever. On a lunch of chips, salsa, […]

EXCLUSIVE! Andrea Bocelli Promises Reunion With David Foster, Preps To Celebrate Christmas During SF Concert

San Francisco is days away from experiencing the wonder of Andrea Bocelli for the first time. The legendary singer will perform at the Chase Center on December 5, marking his first performance in the city by the bay. He will perform with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. Bocelli is sure to sing selections from […]

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” Was The First “Friendsgiving” — and a Shout Out To Franklin’s “Mom”

I’ve always known that Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz was far ahead of his time. Just take a look at A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, or It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, and their searing indictments of the commercialization of the holidays, and you’ll not doubt it, either. But last […]

Mannheim Steamroller Bringing Christmas Show To Modesto Nov 30 — A Preview

Mannheim Steamroller is bringing their Christmas show to the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto this weekend, on Saturday, November 30. I’ve been a fan of their holiday recordings for years, but have never experienced them live. According to the Gallo Center’s website: “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday […]

Trump Signs Animal Cruelty Act, Maintains Cruelty To Humans

Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 724, into law. The PACT Act had previously breezed through the House and Senate. According to the Animal Wellness Action’s press release, the Act establishes “the first federal anti-cruelty law in American history.” “We have a responsibility to […]

EXCLUSIVE! Johnny Mathis Talks Christmas Shows In Stockton and San Jose, Warbling with Warwick, and Shares His Personal Christmas Wish List

He shares his connection to Christmas, talks about warbling with Dionne Warwick, and gives fans an inside peek at his personal Christmas list!

Watch! Ventriloquist Terry Fator In Modesto — A Review

I used to describe America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator as a ventriloquist. In doing so, I did him a woeful disservice. After last weekend’s show, I now know that Fator’s a multi-hyphenate entertainer. He’s a canny comedian, a skillful singer, and an artful writer. And all of his gifts were on full display on […]

Chick-Fil-A Pledges To Stop Funding Anti-LGBTQ Groups. And In Other News, Popeyes Is Selling A Lot Of Sandwiches To LGBTQ Folk

The Chicken Chronicles continue! Chick-Fil-A announced today that the chain would cease contributions to anti-LGBTQ organizations at the end of 2019. And in other news, Popeyes must have sold a ton of sandwiches to homos. Why wait until the end of the year? Yes, I understand how philanthropic giving works. The fiscal year often corresponds […]