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Jonathan Farrell

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

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Op-Ed: 'Casablanca' even with its classic magic, endures thanks to tech Special

Publishing a book about an old film may seem to some a moot point. But to author Noah Isenberg in his bestseller "We Will Always Have Casablanca," it says that film as an art form is transcendent.

Op-Ed: San Francisco's Matt Richtel rivals Michael Crichton in new book Special

San Francisco - As technology moves quickly into the third decade of the 21st Century, some people continue to fear it. The future is always unknown. But for one writer embracing tech will help us avoid 'blind spots.'

Op-Ed: CA Legal team says Employment laws are being broken by Uber/Lyft Special

Sonoma - Finally, the 21st Century arrives to the quaint town of Sonoma with the latest in "ride-hailing services." Or as they are officially referred to by the State Public Utilities Commission, "Transportation Network Companies."

Op-Ed: Former Journalist wants America's other coast history known Special

San Diego - A new book, "Franciscan Frontiersmen" has just been published about three little-known trail-blazers. This past May 24, the San Diego History Center invited the author Robert Kittle to speak.

Op-Ed: Writer Martha Conway notes 'genre-bending' new novel Special

San Francisco - San Francisco-based author Martha Conway read from her historical novel "The Underground River" on June 20th at Bookshop West Portal. This reporter talked to her after the gathering.

Op-Ed: Univ of Oklahoma prof views Mexican-American as a point of unity Special

Norman - Robert Con Davis-Undiano’s book, "Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity" (2017) is trying to get the country and even other Latinos to view the Latino community differently.

Op-Ed: A Fan makes documentary of Wrestling in U.S. — his first film Special

Chicago - Wrestling fan and now documentary film maker, Ryan Blake was pleased to see the movie "American Wrestler - The Wizard," which as covered by this reporter had a special local premiere-showing in Petaluma, CA this past May 5th.

Op-Ed: Soiled Dove makes return to The Point in Alameda Special

Alameda - The Point in Alameda is making room and coordinating preparations for The Soiled Dove - the one-of-a-kind 'Barbary Coast'- themed circus-infused dinner theater returning weekends from June 9th to July 1st.

Op-Ed: Bill Gertz 'iWar' book a sobering wake up — Cyber-threat is real Special

With all the fear surrounding news of the WannaCrypt attack on computer systems world wide, the threat of technological tampering in some form or "Cyber-attack" is very real.

Op-Ed: With JFK or not 'Camelot' lives on in the Arthurian Legend Special

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of the movie version of "Camelot" based on the Broadway musical by Lerner and Lowe. It came to epitomize an era in post-WWII America. Even without JFK, Camelot and the Arthurian Legend endures.

Op-Ed: The book that told the story of those HeLa cells Special

When we think of genetic engineering, biotech industry, it is easy to assume it is something relatively recent as within the last 20 to 30 years. But in a 2010 best-seller, author Rebecca Skloot revealed that such engineering had been done earlier.

Review: Sold out premiere of 'American Wrestler' in hometown Petaluma Special

Petaluma - The special premiere of "American Wrestler - The Wizard" at downtown Petaluma's Boulevard Cinema 14 last night was sold out. And for good reason, everyone likes a story of redemption and unexpected outcome when all seemed dim.

Op-Ed: Samurai is where the Western movie copies ancient Asian stories Special

The classic American Western, we still look to them to experience a hero. John Wayne of course comes to mind. But Clint Eastwood and his type epitomize the rugged individual for Baby boomers. Ever so American!

Op-Ed: Evil may stem from the brain, not the heart says engineer Special

When bad things happen it's common to have a pity party and exclaim, "why me!" But on a much more contemplative note when looking upon world events, most people will ask "why did this evil happen?"

Op-Ed: New Americans Center at YMCA is a place of hope for a better life Special

New York - With all the upset lately regarding the current Presidential Administration over immigration and the treatment of migrant and undocumented workers, The New Americans Center at the YMCA of Greater New York helps immigrants aim to a better life.

Op-Ed: Spokane's Brambleberry Cottage, a respite from 21st century Special

Spokane - In this busy high-tech 21st century society it's hard to find time to relax with family and friends. Mother's Day this coming May 13, is perhaps an ideal opportunity to spend time just enjoying each other's company.

Op-Ed: Tea for Mom on Mothers' Day from Petaluma People Services Special

Petaluma - Whether it is said with a greeting card, a phone call or a dinner gathered in her honor, taking some time to express appreciation for the mom in one's life is important.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

San Rafael - With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Op-Ed: Petaluma Peoples Services builds a Bounty to feed families Special

Petaluma - The recent rains and the coming of spring have revealed the bounty of fresh produce and nature’s abundance everywhere. Petaluma People Services Center is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Petaluma Bounty Plant Sale this Sunday, April 23.

Op-Ed: Yachting season celebrates its 100 Anniversary in San Francisco Special

San Francisco - This Sunday, April 23rd, to mark the occasion of the 100th Opening Day on the Bay, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will celebrate in grand style.
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