“We’re a quartet plus one,” joked tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens. After a slightly erroneous introduction of the jazz quintet, Stephens and pianist Taylor Eigsti, trumpeter Mike Olmos, bassist Zach Ostroff and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath began their otherwise flawless performance at a Stanford Jazz Festival concert on July 28 at Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
While seeing the Golden Gate Bridge or riding the cable cars may top the list of many tourists visiting San Francisco for the first time, the city also offers a wealth of lesser-known alternatives to explore. Here are our picks for the best things to do off the beaten path in San Francisco this summer.
If classic circus shows are what the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has done and continues to do best, then why change?
Directed by Len Wiseman, “Total Recall” is yet another Hollywood remake that has succeeded at nothing but crashing and burning.
On the surface, “Curse of the Starving Class,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, is the story of an American family that slowly deteriorates thanks to a fraudulent land speculator who toys with their lives in the countryside. However, the play also addresses many deeper, modern issues, such as poverty, overbearing corporations and alcoholism.
In the past few years, Zac Brown Band has been best known for its sad but touching acoustic singles that consistently achieve the top spot on the Billboard country charts. However, its latest album, “Uncaged,” connects more with the band’s roots: relaxed and upbeat music that brightens the soul.