Linda Ronstadt releases first live album and it’s a gem

Linda Ronstadt has accomplished so many things over the years.

Yet one thing remained on her check off list during a career that has spanned five decades:

Releasing a live album.

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Finally, however, she has checked that off the list with the recent release of “Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood,” a concert recording that is every bit worth the wait.

The 12-track offering finds Ronstadt at the height of her vocal powers, recorded on April 24, 1980, at the Television Center Studios in Hollywood. The concert was originally filmed for an HBO special.

The disc unfolds like a greatest hits package, as Ronstadt — who was just 33 at the time — illustrates exactly why she was vastly popular at the start of the ’80s. She was supporting “Mad Love,” which would go on to become the singer’s seventh consecutive platinum-selling album.

Her vocals are strong, clear and convincing as she moves through such winners as “It’s So Easy,” “Just One Look” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.”

And the stunning version of “Blue Bayou”? Wow. That’s one for the time capsule.

“Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood” is indeed an important historical document, one that fans should feel grateful for getting the chance to …read more

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10 Mardi Gras events around SF Bay Area

Mardi Gras may be New Orleans’ most famous holiday, but Fat Tuesday is celebrated in the San Francisco Bay Area, too. So don your beads and masquerade masks and join in the fun. Here are 10 Bay Area Mardi Gras events to get you started.

Mardi Gras Seafood Boil: 6:30-11:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Dan Foley Cultural Center, 1499 N. Camino Alto, Vallejo. Dance the night away with Andre Thierry Zydeco Band. Seafood boil consists of crab, shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage. $30-$60. www.dstvallejoalumnae.org

Mardi Gras Warm Up with Harry Vest, Koudmen and Asheba: 8 p.m. Feb. 22, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Bay Area Caribbean musicians come together in a celebration of Kweyol Karnaval. Come dance and celebrate. $15-$20. www.ashkenaz.com/

Mardi Gras Crab Feed: 6-11 p.m. March 1, St. Anne Catholic Community, 2800 Camino Diablo, Byron. All-you-can-eat salad, pasta, fresh-cracked crab and more. Prizes for best Mardi Gras table decoration and costume. $55.02-$60. http://bit.ly/2HYSche

New Orleans Mardi Gras Ball – 1872: 7 p.m. March 2, Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Vintage ballroom dance lesson at 7 p.m. Formal dancing with Franklin Beau Davis and the Brassworks will follow. 18th or 19th century costumes, Mardi Gras or fantasy costumes or modern evening dress is admired but not required. Light refreshments and no-host bar. $20-$25. www.peersdance.org/mardigras.html

Mardi Gras by City Nights: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. March 2, 715 Harrison St., San Francisco. Masquerade mask and beads give-away, balloon drop, stilt walkers, street performers, two dance floors, hip-hop and top 40 music and more. $20-$299. http://bit.ly/2tdXGKL

Mardi Gras Celebration: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 3, Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, 35660 Cedar Blvd., Newark. Family event includes fresh beignets and other food, live jazz and kid-friendly crafts, such as mask making. Free admission. http://bit.ly/2Bv4Lex

Fat Tuesday in the …read more

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Review: ‘King of the Yees’ a delightful romp about SF’s Chinatown, family politics

It’s fairly obvious from the beginning of “King of the Yees” at San Francisco Playhouse that there are some kind of shenanigans afoot.

It’s no surprise that when playwright Lauren Yee introduces her father onstage, there are actors playing each of them. This is a play, after all. But frequent theatergoers might notice that these actors are in fact not the actors cast as Lauren and father Larry in the play. And indeed, soon another Larry Yee comes barging into the theater, talking loudly and cheerfully on his cell phone. As Lauren struggles to get things back on track in the face of Larry’s all-consuming charisma hijacking the proceedings, she’s soon sucked into a madcap metatheatrical adventure to save her father.

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A multi-generation San Francisco native, Yee is a rising young playwright on the national scene who won a Glickman Award for best play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2015 with her last play with SF Playhouse, the tragicomedy “in a word.” Locally her plays have been seen everywhere from Impact Theatre to AlterTheater to Z Space, and her “The Great Leap” is coming up later this season at American Conservatory Theater.

“King of the Yees” stars the phenomenal Francis Jue, a fellow San Francisco native who recently starred in “Soft Power” at the Curran and has played Broadway in “Pacific Overtures,” “M. Butterfly” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” (Amusingly, this isn’t the first time he’s played …read more

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Ryan Adams’ album release pulled amid misconduct allegations

Ryan Adams recently announced he’d have three new albums out this year, but that number looks to be rapidly shrinking. The first of his planned 2019 releases, “Big Colors,” which was to have come out April 19, has been “put on hold,” according to sources close to the situation.

Retailers began reporting Thursday night that they’ve been notified the album has been yanked from the schedule by Universal Music Group. Adams has his own label, Pax-Am, which has a distribution deal with UMG’s Blue Note (whose president, Don Was, co-produced “Big Colors”). Representatives for those labels could not be reached for comment Thursday night. Adams’ Pax-Am label has deleted its own pages devoted to pre-orders for the CD and LP.

On top of the album being put in limbo, three companies that manufacture gear for musicians have publicly severed ties with Adams and announced that the products bearing his name will be taken off the market or out of development.

An amplifier company, Benson, was among those disassociating themselves from the artist. “We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in the New York Times,” Christopher Benson said in a statement. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment, and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model. We have no further comment at this time.”

Adams’ signature Benson amp was announced at the NAMM convention in February 2018, but it’s not clear how far along in development it was. As of September, Christopher Benson was signaling that the amp had hit a snag, saying that “we’re still kind of working it out with him and his management.”

Two other Adams signature products were already available in stores but are being withdrawn from further sales, according to …read more

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