Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 3, 2021: Flynn Berry – Jacques D’Amboise

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to on-line and streaming local theater & book events

Richard Wolinsky interviews Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle about “Dream State: California in the Movies,” Tuesday June 8, 7 pm Pacific on Zoom. Tickets and information.


Flynn Berry, whose latest thriller is “Northern Spy,” set in contemporary Northern Ireland, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Recorded via zencastr on May 12, 2021.

Flynn Berry is the author of two other novels, “Under the Harrow,” which won the Edgar Award for best first novel, and “A Double Life.”

“Northern Spy” takes place in Northern Ireland as the tension between Catholics and Protestants has ratcheted up several notches. A single Catholic mother of an infant son, working as a producer in Belfast’s BBC studios, finds herself increasingly drawn into dealings with the IRA through her sister, who had lived a double life for the previous seven years.

In this interview Flynn Berry discusses how she came to write the novel, her writing process, and her history as an author of thrillers.

Complete 36-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Jacques d’Amboise (1934-2021) in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, April 6, 2011, during the tour for the memoir, “I Was A Dancer.”

Jacques d’Amboise, who died on May 2, 2021 at the age of 88 following complications from a stroke, was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet from 1953 to his retirement in 1984. As such, he was considered the living embodiment of the choreography of the great George Balanchine.

In 1976, he founded the National Dance Institute to teach dance to children. In time, he became one of the most famous dancers in America, appearing as one of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and as the male dancer in the second act ballet in Carousel in those respective 1950s films.

The complete 46-minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Streaming Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival Richard Flanagan, June 3, 7 pm. Keenan Norris, June 15, 7 pm. Gina Frangello, June 24, 7 pm. Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival.
Books Inc.  Kirsten Mickelwait with Meredith May, June 6, 3 pm. Cassandra Hartt with Julia Drake, June 8, 5 pm. Cameron Lund with Katharine McGee, June 10, 5 pm. Justin Barker, June 24, 5 pm.
Book Passage.  Ben Rhodes, June 8, 5:30 pm. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the making of “In the Heights,” June 15, 5 pm.  Ocean Vuong with Robert Jones Jr., June 17, 7:30 pm. Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey, June 20, 1 pm. Calendar for June.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco. Stacey D. Flood with Caitlin Chung, June 3, 6 pm. Matthew Clark Davison with Paul Lisicky, June 8, 6 pm. Yang Huang with Kaitlin Solimine, June 9, 6 pm. Calendar for June.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Keenan Norris, June 10, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, see website for details.
American Conservatory Theatre Animal Wisdom, a film produced by ACT and Woolly Mammoth, created by and starring Heather Christian, streams through June 27. Communion by by Christopher Chen, featuring Stacey Ross, directed by Pam McKinnon, streams through June 27. Tales of the City: the musical, recorded in 2011, streams June 21-27.
Aurora Theatre Benefit reading: Sisters Matsumoto by by Philip Kan Gotanda, Friday June 4, 7 pm. That’s What We’re Waiting to Find Out by Cleavon Smith, Saturday, June 5, 5 pm. Aurora Connects conversations every other Thursday at 5 pm.
Berkeley Rep The Waves in Quarantine by Lisa Peterson, extended through June 30, 2021; 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, all episodes available now.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required.
Brava Theatre Center: The Break-Up! A Latina Queer Torch Song, June 3, 8 pm live; June 13, 2 pm, encore recorded performance. Son Jarocho Festival Encore Concert Performance, streaming through June 13. Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla, streaming through June 30. The Palacios Sisters, streaming through June 30. Who’s Your Mami Pride Edition, June 17, 7 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Staging Matters, a conversation with Sir. Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford, June 5, 11 am. Live at the Bruns: June 2-3: The Masks We Wear. June 4-5: Animal Liberation Orchestra. Cal Shakes returns: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021. Shakespeare in Depth with Philippa Kelly on Zoom.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. See website for upcoming programming.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre See website for upcoming programming.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume November 28, 2021. Taylor Mac videos available on line.
Custom Made Theatre See website for upcoming programming.
42nd Street Moon. Don’t Touch That Dial, June 5-27. 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.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, an audio play streaming through June 18.
Magic Theatre. The Broken Machine by Liz Duffy Adams, June 10, 6 pm.
Marin Theatre Company Brilliant Mind by Denmo Ibrahim, performance streams 7 pm each night, through June 13; closed Mondays. Live talkback, June 1st. The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through Soundcloud.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts See website for upcoming events.
New Conservatory Theatre Center TransNational Cabaret, streaming through June 30th.
Pear Theater. Late Wedding streams June 18 – July 18.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Live Theatre returns to the Playhouse, Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, June 8 – July 3. The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, July 20 – August 14. Starting Here, Starting Now, the songs of Maltby and Shire. August 31 – October.2.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce, every Thursday in May at 6 pm, Best of the series reruns.
Shotgun Players. Let’s Talk About Theatre:June 10, 5 pm: playwright Diana Oh, director Mina Morita and Leigh Rondon Davis, zoom reservation required. June 24, 5 pm: The Cassandra Sessions co-creators Beth Wilmurt & Jack Rodriquez, with Patrick Dooley.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: See calendar for listings.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available, March 2020 – May 2021. Pillow Talk by Kheven LaGrone, June 11-20, check listings for times.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Writing Fragments Home by Jeffrey Loh, live June 5, 7 pm, on demand June 6-9. Season 51 begins in October, 2021, dates to be announced.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.,
Dance Mission Theatre. See website for listings
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: From past seasons, currently streaming:  The Comedy of Errors, streaming June 1 – June 26. Live shows return on July 1 with Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West. July 1 – October 9.
Atlantic Theatre Company. And In This Corner, Cassius Clay by Idris Goodwin, an audio drama, streaming through June 7, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. The Indomitable Irishry, June 14, 2021.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Video: Under the Greenwood Tree. Also streaming: selected concerts from Joe’s Pub.
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.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.

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