Monday, May 20, 2013 1:40 pm
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 am
Where did you go to High School?
Friday, April 19, 2013 7:09 am
With a mandolin and vocals, Central California band Poor Man’s Poison is joining into the folk-Americana craze that has become popular since bands like Mumford & Sons started winning Grammys. Poor Man’s Poison is opening for Darius Rucker in Stockton on April 25, and musician Tommy McCarthy took a few minutes to share about the band and their music.
Friday, January 11, 2013 7:03 am
Jolene Jones has been singing her entire life. But now, working between her hometown and Nashville, Jones is making a name for herself with her country album “Where Angels Go to Cry.” Jones, whose biggest inspiration was her father, shares about her journey as a musician and what she likes to do in Lodi.
Monday, December 17, 2012 3:44 am
(NAPSI)—A trio of new video games can easily revitalize your family game night, whether your family prefers to battle it out as their favorite superheroes, adventure through magical worlds or cut a rug.
Friday, September 7, 2012 7:30 am
It’s September, so as far as I’m concerned we are now in the midst of the holiday season. (Yes, I start celebrating a tad earlier than most, and I’m having to resist the urge to bust out the Christmas music before November.) For me, the first leg of this four-month celebration involves the viewing of as many horror movies as humanly possible — a valid goal year-round, to be sure, but particularly pertinent as we approach Halloween.
Friday, July 27, 2012 8:03 am
Country music star Martina McBride is bringing her signature soprano range and crooning ballads to the Central Valley for an intimate concert she says is a treat for her die-hard fans.
Friday, June 29, 2012 7:50 am
I typically preface reviews of Pixar films with a disclaimer stating that, while I admire their consistently engaging and often groundbreaking work, I do not share the majority opinion that they are the end-all and be-all of contemporary animated entertainment.
Friday, June 22, 2012 7:31 am
It has occurred to me that I discuss my personal goings-on a bit less than my fellow News-Sentinel columnists do, but in the interest of partial disclosure, I must confess that life has gotten significantly more difficult for me in the past few months. I’ve started a new job that requires many long, grueling, thankless hours in an undesirable environment. The possibility of complete physical and mental collapse is now very real.
Friday, May 4, 2012 12:00 am
Friday, March 16, 2012 7:48 am
As we begin the countdown to the start of the summer movie season (which, as per tradition, actually begins well before summer), I offer a brief preview of the remaining spring titles.
Friday, January 20, 2012 7:37 am
Typically, I spend the first six weeks or so of each new year
playing catch-up with all the Oscar bait that was released around
Christmas. But as it turns out this awards season didn’t produce as
many true prestige pictures as expected, so starting next week
we’ll be returning to new releases with a look at Steven
Soderbergh’s acclaimed action flick “Haywire,” followed by a review
of the Liam Neeson vs. wolves survival thriller “The Grey” (I’ll
also briefly return to the 2011 awards contenders with a piece on
“The Artist,” if it ever opens in the Lodi-Stockton area).
Friday, January 13, 2012 7:43 am
Hope you all enjoyed my top 10 list last week, and gleaned some
useful recommendations. This week I’ll take a very quick look at
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” which made my “most promising films I
didn’t see” list but ended up being one of the most spirit-crushing
disappointments of the year. I honestly don’t have much to say
about such an empty film, so I suppose I might as well squeeze in
my predictions for the Oscar nominations, set to be announced on
Tuesday, Jan. 24, at which point you will surely marvel at my
peerless prognosticative abilities.
Friday, January 6, 2012 10:07 am
I could go on a rambling, ill-tempered rant about the shocking
lack of worthwhile films released in 2011. I could easily wallow in
righteous indignation, and throw up my hands in disgust and defeat
as I impotently curse Hollywood’s artistic bankruptcy and offer my
own theories as to why last year saw the worst theater attendance
numbers in 16 years. And I’d be right to do it. But this time of
year, I prefer to ignore the crazed, rampaging elephant in the room
and instead celebrate the few diamonds in the rough that kept me
from completely losing my mind over the course of the past 12
months. So let’s get to it:
Friday, December 30, 2011 7:37 am
Hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the final
hours of 2011. My holiday season has been quite relaxing indeed,
with the exception of the screening blitz I’ve been embroiled in
since I realized the first draft of my year-end top 10 list was
woefully inadequate. I’m trying to cram in as many movies as I can
before my list is due for publication next week, and the experience
has been mind-reeling but, of course, invigorating in its own
Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00 am
Sacramento Master Singer concert
Sunday, December 4, 2011 7:06 pm
The Lodi Community Band's annual Christmas Concert was a
wonderful lesson in musical styles. They played jazz, orchestral,
pop and traditional hymns, just to name a few.
Friday, December 2, 2011 8:01 am
How quickly things can change. Just a week ago, I was so
desperate for a movie to review that I actually sat and watched
“The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn: Part 1” for two hours. (I’ve
broken bones, suffered through mono, gotten tattooed and had a
wisdom tooth wrenched out of my head without Novocain, but
honestly, all pale in comparison to the sheer unpleasantness of the
Friday, September 30, 2011 7:54 am
The unrivaled cinematic high provided by “Drive” was fun while
it lasted, but now it’s time to start the long, hard slog toward
awards season. The period between the end of summer and the
beginning of Oscar season proper is typically a bit of a dumping
ground populated by not-quite-ready-for-primetime also-rans, but
there are still some promising titles on the horizon.
Friday, August 12, 2011 8:08 am
Lodi-based Christian band Time Horizon is playing a debut
concert Aug. 20 to celebrate the release of their progressive rock
album, “Living Water.” The event is free to attend, and profits
from album sales go entirely to Living Water International, an
organization that builds wells for drinking water around the world.
Friday, August 5, 2011 7:34 am
Life without music would be like Lodi without grapes
Friday, July 29, 2011 8:27 am
My instructions for this week weren’t very specific — I was
simply assigned to write up something “food-related” to stay with
the theme of this week’s Lodi Living. And when I’m not given
ironclad instructions, I tend to take advantage of the situation
and use it as an excuse to get a little weird. So, I present to you
a painstakingly assembled hodgepodge of awesome food-related things
in movies, in no order and adhering to absolutely no rules or
guidelines. Bon appetit?
Friday, July 8, 2011 6:19 am
1. Veterans summer art auction
Friday, July 1, 2011 7:56 am
Jackie Floyd, lead singer of the local jazz band Swing Shift,
has always been immersed in music. As a student at Tokay High
School, Floyd participated in choir and theater. Here, Floyd talks
about performing with band members Jim Floyd, Pat Teczon and Don
Friday, June 24, 2011 8:19 am
Drake White, 27, is a country boy at heart, and he’s bringing
his flare to Ironstone Amphitheater on Sunday, when he performs
with Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown. Here, the Alabama native
talks about touring with one of his favorite musicians and the road
to becoming a country singer.