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Jonathan Farrell

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Apr 15, 2009
Expertise in Small business, Real estate & construction, Government

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Op-Ed: Ross theater director muses over local production of 'Bus Stop' Special

Ross - The idea of clearing out an old barn and putting on a show is not just something made up in movies like in the MGM Andy Hardy series with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. This is so in Ross Valley; less than a 30 minute drive from San Francisco.

Op-Ed: "1956" book tells of radical change in the air, not 'Happy Days' Special

When people here in the United States think of the 1950s they usually think of the music, the styles and the post-WWII prosperity that accompanied the 'Baby Boomer generation'

Op-Ed: A new magazine for the arts and culture premieres for Marin Special

Belvedere Tiburon - Despite the upheaval to traditional print by digital technology, arts patron, entrepreneur and now publisher, Meredith Browning Griffin is pleased to announce the debut of a new magazine called 'Marin Arts & Culture.'

Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

Review: New book tells that MI6's man was Popov as the real James Bond Special

Watching the latest Bond movie "Spectre" on Netflix had me thinking about who really was the basis for the "007 James Bond persona?" Was it just one person or several?

Op-Ed: Environmental Scientist says 'Materialism will wear out' Special

Golden - The recent presidential order to have the EPA's climate change page removed from the web has sent shock-waves thru the various social circles of environmentalists and scientists.

Op-Ed: Ancient Grains get the spotlight at annual Winter Food Show Special

San Francisco - This past weekend, Pereg Natural Foods featured among its culinary delights the ancient grains of Farro and Freekeh. These little-known grains in the West are joining the ranks of popular healthier grain-alternatives like quinoa.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

Sonoma - When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

Op-Ed: Berkeley sociologist spotlights the forgotten conservatives Special

Prominent sociologist Arlene Russell Hochschild presents a very down-to-earth and personal view of the conservative-right population of America. Yet what pulled this reporter to read her new book, "Strangers in Their Own Land", was something different.

Op-Ed: Netflix series 'The Crown' offers star dialogue Special

The new series "The Crown" on Netflix won last night's Golden Globe for Best Drama. It has received rave reviews for its stellar acting and production quality,

Op-Ed: Earthquake preparedness is ever-present, especially for SF Bay Special

San Francisco - As the little ghost town of Bodie was rattled this past December, those who prepare for Earthquakes see the trembler as yet another opportunity to remind people that seismic activity is always present.

Review: 'American Heiress' book about Patty Hearst is riveting reading Special

Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Jeffery Toobin has released a book about the bizarre kidnapping and then trial of publishing empire heir Patricia Hearst in his new 2016 book, "American Heiress."

Op-Ed: A car 'Climbing to the stars' existed before Tony Bennett song Special

San Francisco - The famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" has a verse that says, "to be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars." Decades before Tony Bennett sang that song,

Op-Ed: Metalsmith eager to share her vision at Craneway Crafts Fair Special

Richmond - As the opening day of The Craneway Crafts Fair is approaching fast, metalsmith and artist Aimee Golant is utilizing her talents to promote 'Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness.'

Op-Ed: 'Hanukkah in America' book is well-received, highlights diversity Special

Glassboro - As holiday lights go up and people prepare to celebrate the winter season, among those lights in the many expressions of the holidays are the menorah lights of Hanukkah.

Op-Ed: The softer, holiday-friendly side of Truman Capote Special

As fashion designer Givenchy celebrates a retrospective exhibit which debuted this fall, no doubt author Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" comes to mind when Audrey Hepburn portrayed the unique 'Holly Golightly' in the lead role.

Op-Ed: Podcasts are prolific part of the changing world of digital media Special

For all those out there still skeptical or reluctant about recent technology and its impact, take note of the growing use of podcasts. They are prolific.

Op-Ed: Ron Howard's 'Eight Days' film now out on DVD/BluRay Special

Just in time for the holiday season, the Ron Howard Documentary film "Eight Days A Week" about the Beatles during their touring years is now out on DVD and BluRay.

Craneway Crafts Fair is now namesake of KPFA holiday fundraiser Special

Richmond - Salvaging hardy materials from the discarded or overlooked is not new. Yet recreating and re-imagining a building to house a new purpose is a trend these days.

One Town's Veteran's Day Celebration like so many across the USA Special

Sonoma - While the annual breakfast at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma was "first come first serve" basis, there was plenty of fresh made pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage to go around this past Friday Nov. 11.
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