Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 28, 2021: Carl Hiaasen – Alla Kovgan

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Carl Hiaasen is a novelist best known for writing humorous and satiric crime thrillers set in Florida. His latest novel, Squeeze Me, satirizes life in Palm Beach during the era of the last president, and features a thinly disguised Trump waddling through his digs at Mar a Lago, here called Casa Bellacosa. He is also a regular columnist for The Miami Herald, appearing every Sunday to discuss political and social issues. He is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

In this in-depth interview, he discusses the writing of Squeeze Me and how difficult it has been to create satire during the Trump years, his views on the current Governor of Florida, and the process of writing comic thrillers. Complete 44-minute interview.



Alla Kovgan, director and writer of the film “Cunningham,” about the choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

“Cunningham” takes us from the 1940s to early 1970s in the work and career of Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), with many of his dances recreated in 3D. In this discussion, Alla Kovgan talks about the difficulty of translating dance to film, and how this film came to be created.

Variety: “Shot in glorious 3D that makes the technical mode feel indispensable (like in Wim Wenders’ comparable dance documentary “Pina,” sure, but also Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and even James Cameron’s “Avatar”), Kovgan’s ode to choreography master Merce Cunningham is sensational in every sense of the word.”

Currently, “Cunningham” is available streaming on Hulu, and can be rented via Amazon, Apple TV, and other streaming services.

:The complete 41-minute interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links


Bay Area Book Festival Dan Rather, Tuesday March 9, 6 pm.
Books Inc Devon Price, January 28, 7 pm. Judd Winick, February 2, 5 pm.
Book Passage. Sherry L. Smith & Peter Coyote, January 30, 4 pm. Alex Davies, January 31, 4 pm. Chang-Rae Lee, February 6, 4 pm. March 23, 6 pm: Jacqueline Winspear. April 10, 1 pm: Elizabeth George.
The Booksmith   Debut author panel, January 28, 6 pm, free RSVP.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Kiese Laymon, February 4, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books See webpage for listings.

American Conservatory Theatre Place Here, Time Now: Conversations with artistic director Pam MacKinnon streaming.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, starts on April 9th.
Berkeley Rep 10 episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, episode four drops February 2. What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
Brava Theatre Center: Events to be announced.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Truth & Meaning at Play: Faedra Carpenter January 29, 5:30 pm
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming.
Cinnabar Theatre. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, streams January 22-31, 2021.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre The Last Five Years, February 12-15, 2021. Video on demand.
Curran Theatre: To be announced.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. Third Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. Virgin Play series: Unseen by Mona Monsour, January 7, 7 pm; Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too, August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett, January 14, 7 pm. Artists Roundtable, January 21, 7 pm; Nanay by Molly Olis Krost, Janury 28, 7 pm.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan 26 – Feb 28, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Warplay, filmed 2017 dress rehearsal, Jan 26-Feb 23, streamed free. In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website. Interlude by Harrison David Rivers streams March 1 – 24.
Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd,.
Ray of Light: See website for listings.
Remote Theater. see website for listings.
San Francisco Playhouse. Zoomlet:Funeral Attire by Lee Cataluna, February 1, 7 pm.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Shotgun Players. 30th Season starts in March: Every Time I Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm. Divine Madness by Lynne Kaufman,  Saturday January 30, 7:30; Sunday January 31, 2 pm.
Theatre Rhino The Review, or How to Eat Your Opposition by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, January 22-31, 2021, live stream 8 pm; Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays. January 28: Broke and Outta Work. Pride of Lions by Roger Mason, February 2, 7 pm, register for Zoom.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder live from Florence: Before Fiddler, February 7, 5 pm; Puccini, March 14, 5 pm; Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021.

National, Misc:
Juan Castro. Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight, zoom concert. January 30, 6 pm.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Five Concerts: February 13, March 6, March 20, April 10, April 24, all 7 pm.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. African Caribbean Mixfest, thru January 29, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Home Winter Festival, See website for date and times (shows stream on different days and specific times). Free, with reservations: Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel; Yes, Reflections on Molly Bloom based on Ulysses by James Joyce; The Weir by Conor McPherson; Love, Noel; Belfast Blues by Geraldine Hughes; Give Me Your Hand: A Stroll Through England’s National Gallery; A Touch of the Poet by Eugene O’Neill; On Beckett with Bill Irwin; Meet Me in St. Louis. Jan 26 – Feb . 23.
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.

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