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A Bay Area entertainment podcast created by the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook section - with interviews and discussions related to current news and features. Hosted by the critics, editors and reporters of Datebook, who interview celebrities and newsmakers, recap and preview big events and break down the latest Bay Area entertainment news.

A Bay Area entertainment podcast created by the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook section - with interviews and discussions related to current news and features. Hosted by the critics, editors and reporters of Datebook, who interview celebrities and newsmakers, recap and preview big events and break down the latest Bay Area entertainment news.
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A Bay Area entertainment podcast created by the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook section - with interviews and discussions related to current news and features. Hosted by the critics, editors and reporters of Datebook, who interview celebrities and newsmakers, recap and preview big events and break down the latest Bay Area entertainment news.

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Episodes

Datebook Talks Oscars - Academy Awards Conversation with Mick LaSalle, Tony Bravo, Otis Taylor Jr. and Mariecar Mendoza

2/21/2019
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Episode 28 of Datebook podcast is a live recording of the Feb. 20, 2019, Datebook Talks Oscars event, featuring an Oscars rundown with San Francisco movie critic Mick LaSalle, Style reporter Tony Bravo, East Bay columnist Otis Taylor Jr. and senior digital A&E editor Mariecar Mendoza. The group talks about the upcoming Academy Awards, Oscars of the past, fashion, the no-host awards show coming up on Feb. 24, 2019 and how The Chronicle covers the Academy Awards. Produced by King Kaufman and...

Duration:01:27:04

Movies with Mick LaSalle: Academy Awards Should Win/Will Win Episode

2/18/2019
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In Episode 28 of Datebook podcast, Mick LaSalle talks about what should win and what will win for the upcoming Feb. 24, 2019, Academy Awards. LaSalle is joined by Chronicle editor Leba Hertz. Their Movies with Mick LaSalle discussion leads to talk about "colonoscopy movies," Christian Bale's surprising English accent and why the worst thing for a journalist writing about the Oscars is two different movies being honored for Best Director and Best Picture. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is...

Duration:00:36:24

Theater with Lily Janiak: Actor Caleb Cabrera

2/12/2019
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In Episode 27 of Datebook podcast, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews local actor and pedicab driver Caleb Cabrera as part of The Artist's Life series, a recurring feature that spotlights the talent who help make up the rich tapestry of the Bay Area’s cultural life. We talk about his recent role in Shotgun Players' "Women Laughing Alone with Salad," his upcoming role in Crowded Fire's "Transfers" and what it's like to shuttle tourists and baseball fans around the Embarcadero on three...

Duration:00:33:23

Adam Shankman interview - "What Men Want"

2/5/2019
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In Episode 26 of Datebook podcast, Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub interviews Adam Shankman - director of the new comedy "What Men Want." Shankman got his start as a dancer and choreographer, and his directorial debut was the San Francisco movie "The Wedding Planner." He talks about making films in the Bay Area, the surprise comedy genius of Taraji P. Henson and his epic meeting with John Waters when Shankman was hired to direct a "Hairspray" remake. Produced by Peter Hartlaub....

Duration:00:28:02

Entertainment Deals, Part 2: Classical Music and Visual Art, with Joshua Kosman, Charles Desmarais and Peter Hartlaub

1/29/2019
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In Episode 25 of Datebook podcast, San Francisco Chronicle classical music critic Joshua Kosman, art critic Charles Desmarais and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats. After talking about some of their own early deals - and Charles Desmarias' scoop about free entry at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, Joshua, Charles and Peter name some favorite bargains. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue...

Duration:00:39:05

Oscar nominations breakdown with Mick LaSalle, Tony Bravo and Peter Hartlaub

1/22/2019
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In Episode 24 of "Datebook" podcast, Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle, Style reporter Tony Bravo and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub break down the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. LaSalle focuses on the best picture, best actress and best actor categories - and then Bravo answers the question: Are the Academy Awards still a fun and relevant spectacle. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot Sessions Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:32:15

Movies with Mick LaSalle: The Excellence of January Movies

1/17/2019
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In Episode 23 of "Datebook" podcast, Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle talks about why he likes January movies, which have traditionally been looked at as a dumping ground. He discusses his "Glass" empty chair review in the Chronicle, and closes with a discussion with arts and entertainment editor Leba Hertz about the good movies that come out of hard political times. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot Sessions Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:32:38

John C. Reilly interview - "Stan & Ollie"

1/7/2019
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In Episode 22 of "Datebook" podcast, Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub interviews actor John C. Reilly about his role in "Stan & Ollie," the new biopic about comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Reilly talks about the difficulty and responsibility taking on the role of Hardy, who is on his final tour near the end of his life in the film. Reilly also talks about the research involved - which still continues even as the movie is about to be released on Jan. 11, 2019. Produced by...

Duration:00:31:07

Theater with Lily Janiak: Christian Cagigal Interview, Ghost Hunt Walking Tour Guide

12/31/2018
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Lily Janiak talks to local magician, storyteller, solo performer and now San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour guide Christian Cagigal. We talk about how he got into leading tourists, local history buffs and fans of the supernatural on a one-mile nighttime jaunt through Pacific Heights, some of the lore he shares along the way, whether ghosts are real, what makes a good ghost story, and why so many ghost stories happen to take place in Pac Heights. Produced by Lily Janiak. Music by Steven...

Duration:00:36:05

Theater with Lily Janiak: Siobhan Doherty interview

12/28/2018
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In episode 21 of Datebook podcast, Chronicle theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local actor Siobhan Doherty as part of The Artist's Life series. In January, Siobhan will perform in Cutting Ball's revival of its 2012 hit, "Tenderloin," which she cowrote. We talk about the variety of gigs she takes to make it work as a Bay Area artist, including entertaining passengers at SFO, working with incarcerated youth and training future doctors, teachers and police. Produced by Lily Janiak. Music by...

Duration:00:42:52

When critics get surprised - Chronicle reviewers share their stories

12/20/2018
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In Episode 20 of "Datebook" podcast, Joshua Kosman and Lily Janiak join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about when critics get surprised, and how it fuels their work. Janiak talks about a presentation of "Our Town," Hartlaub recalls a Snoop Dogg concert that went from routine to unforgettable and Joshua Kosman recalls some classical music surprises - and talks about a recent pleasant surprise at the S.F. Symphony. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot...

Duration:00:34:49

Movies with Mick LaSalle: Top 10 movies of 2018

12/17/2018
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In Episode 19 of "Datebook" podcast, Mick LaSalle returns to Movies with Mick LaSalle to present his Top 10 list of 2018. The Chronicle's movie critic declares 2019 one of the best years for movies in recent memory, and reveals a list that includes "First Reformed" and "Blindspotting." LaSalle is joined by Leba Hertz, who also talks about her 10 favorite movies of the year. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot Sessions Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:58:50

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" directors Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti

12/11/2018
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Episode 18 of Datebook podcast is an interview with "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" directors Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti. The filmmakers worked on the animated superhero film for more than three years, operating mostly under the radar, before the film was screened for critics and became a critical hit. The team joined host Peter Hartlaub in the archive podcast studio at the San Francisco Chronicle. "Spider-Verse" opens to wide audiences on Dec. 14. Produced by...

Duration:00:25:53

Filmmaker "Sandi Tan" interview - "Shirkers"

12/4/2018
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Filmmaker Sandi Tan joins Chronicle senior digital arts editor Mariecar Mendoza to talk about "Shirkers," a Netflix documentary about a film that was stolen from Tan when she was a teen. Tan was 19 years old when she made the movie in Singapore. Her professor and mentor figure stole the footage and disappeared. "Shirkers" tries to solve that mystery, and make sense of a senseless act. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot Sessions. Learn more...

Duration:00:28:55

The Rolling Stones and stadium shows

11/29/2018
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With the Rolling Stones returning to the Bay Area in 2019, we've called an emergency podcast - to talk about the band, their history playing in San Francisco and the pros and cons of stadium shows. Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and assistant metro editor Mark Lundgren join pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub. Lundgren is a longtime Rolling Stones fan who has seen the band 89 times since 1972, and plans to go to six shows next year. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G minor by Blue...

Duration:00:30:42

Theater with Lily Janiak: Jon Tracy interview - can theater artists make minimum wage?

11/20/2018
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In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews TheaterFirst Artistic Facilitator Jon Tracy about his company's new policy of $15 per hour for everyone, no matter the job title - an almost unheard of phenomenon in theater, especially outside the biggest companies. We talk about why theater artists usually get paid so poorly, and why TheaterFirst thinks it might succeed where other companies have failed. We also talk about how the policy is playing out with TheaterFirst's December...

Duration:00:43:20

Movies with Mick LaSalle: Holiday film preview

11/15/2018
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In Episode 14 of the Datebook podcast, movie critic Mick LaSalle is joined by arts and entertainment editor Leba Hertz to talk about holiday movies. They also discuss the 25th anniversary release of "Schindler's List," and reveal why Dec. 14 will be a great time to take the day off and watch a string of movies. Produced by Peter Hartlaub Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:17

Entertainment Deals, Part 1: Music, theater and comedy bargains in the Bay Area

11/8/2018
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In Episode 13 of Datebook podcast, San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub, pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and theater critic Lily Janiak share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats. After talking about the rising prices for some bigger shows - and researching The Chronicle to find out what big shows cost in the 1970s and 1980s - Peter, Aidin and Lily name some favorite bargains. Organizations mentioned include Endgames Improv, PianoFight, The Rickshaw Stop,...

Duration:00:32:13

Theater with Lily Janiak: "Miss Saigon" redux

10/30/2018
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In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews local Asian American theater directors Jeffrey Lo and Nikki Menez about a question she raised in her review of SHN's production of "Miss Saigon": When is a show too problematic to be produced? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:08

Theater with Lily Janiak: Lauren Mayer interview

10/25/2018
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In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local music director, cabaret performer and parody writer Lauren Mayer as part of our Artist's Life series, a recurring feature that will shine a spotlight on the talent who help make up the rich tapestry of the Bay Area's cultural life. In addition to performing at Feinstein's at the Nikko, teaching at the Conservatory of Music and writing and directing for Stanford's Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, Mayer has written, performed and...

Duration:00:40:31