Culture

Innovative Podcast Musical Releases its First Demo

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Writing and producing a new musical over Zoom sounds like a misnomer, but Alexander Ronneburg, Stanford alumnus and New York-based music director, is creating a show that can be experienced in-full by virtual audiences. Alexander Ronneburg recently released the first demo of his original musical created for the podcast medium. “S.S. Splendor” is a nautical supernatural mystery podcast that features original music and an innovative approach to musical theater storytelling. Ronneburg sat down with the Peninsula Press to discuss his project.

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Downtown Mountain View’s Businesses Seeking Creative Ways to Avoid Shuttering

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Since opening on Castro Street in Mountian View 16 years ago, Opal Event Center has served as a nightclub, a wine bar and a corporate event space for rent, but at the moment, it is closed because of the pandemic and its owners are developing plans to survive. Opal’s 3,800-square-foot space contains two bars and a stage a DJ used to occupy on Friday and Saturday nights. But during the work week, couches and coffee tables arranged over the dance floor made it an appealing spot for companies looking to rent a place for interviews, lunches or holiday parties. The dual-purpose business model proved an efficient use of valuable downtown…

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Tensions rise in "Art" at SF Playhouse

SF Playhouse Returns to Theater and Films Live Performance

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Three actors drank champagne in Zone A. Their director, exhausted but giddy, offered cheers from Zone B. Feeling grateful yet discombobulated, these seasoned actors celebrated their successful completion of the unusual— they had just performed a play onstage. Sure, cameras replaced a packed audience and actors threw props at each other in lieu of a wrestling scene, but regardless, SF Playhouse set a precedent for professional theaters across the country. SF Playhouse performed and filmed a live play in-house, making it the first West Coast theater company to produce an in-person show on an Actors Equity Association contract since COVID forced theaters to shutter over seven months ago. SF Playhouse…

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Drive-in Circus Performers Prove the Show Must Go On

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REDWOOD CITY, California — Rows of cars honked their praise for a trapeze artist and a “human cannonball” at the Zoppé Italian Family Circus’ drive-in show. The circus has performed in Redwood City annually for the past thirteen years but shifted to a new format this time around to adapt to coronavirus public health guidelines. After debuting their drive-in show in Ventura in July, Zoppé brought it to Redwood City, where they will be performing through October 25. The drive-in circus represents a novel way of adjusting entertainment to an era in which large, indoor crowds are forbidden. The entertainment industry has struggled during the pandemic as music, dance and…

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Women of Silicon Valley: A safe haven for women in technology

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SILICON VALLEY — Lea Coligado was 19 years old when she held a summer internship at a small software company in Silicon Valley. While there, she faced comments about how women don’t code because they are better at art and heard insinuations that women’s brains were just not wired to handle the algorithmic complexity that their male counterparts could. Instead of complimenting her code, she received comments about her clothes. 

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