Chanticleers Theatre’s production of Lend Me a Tenor

[Reviewed by Bruce Roberts] Having acted in local theater before, I know it’s rare when a performance goes off without a single hitch. That’s why I was so impressed with the Chanticleers’ flawless performance of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Chanticleers have been performing community theater in Castro Valley, […]

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Poetry by Christopher Bernard

Rag Elite Ah, it’s hard to be an elitist, and not be a defeatist, in this populist purgato-ry. You’ve got to feel swell even as you go to hell, and remember most of literary his-to-ry: there was Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Balzac, Chernychevsky, Baudelaire and Mallarmé, frenzied, tragic, or blasé; there was Thackeray, there was Dickens, […]

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Book Review: Just J’Rie, poetry by J’Rie B. Elliott

[Reviewed by Michael Widman] A pink rose on the glossy cover on Just J’Rie, poetry by J’Rie B. Elliott, leads my mind to matters of romance, but that rose deceives by its looks. Likewise, the backside text on the little booklet from PublishAmerica that I keep on my desk since yesterday speaks about style (romance […]

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Book Review: Boneyard, by Dee Allen (Reviewed by Floyd A. Logan)

[Reviewed by Floyd A. Logan] Boneyard begins its’ dialog with you immediately, through the cover art and layout. The shape of the book; an elongated rectangle, monolithic, tombstone like. The photograph of a sealed  mausoleum is the main feature. This fortressed mausoleum sitting on smooth manicured cemetary lawns is bathed in sunlight, is held in […]

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Poetry by Cynthia Lamanna

Once upon a time, a boy with love enough for all Put his hand in mine, and said he loved me so, And now he loves me even more- Far from this earths shore Once upon a time A boy with curls like golden spools Came into the world With eyes like big black pools […]

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Book Review: The Jade Rubies, by Valerie Lee

[Reviewed by Jennifer Harbourn] It’s all too common for a reader to find themselves snuggled cozily in their home, under blankets within the safety of their predictable world. It’s in such cases that the juxtaposition of a novel such as Valerie Lee’s The Jade Rubies truly shakes the reader. As I watched a tale of […]

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Book Review: Home Made Hell, a Mystery, by J’Rie B. Elliott

[Reviewed by Bruce Roberts] We are all works-in-progress. Every writer, for example, has to start somewhere—and get better. It’s a craft open to development, to improvement, sometimes over an entire lifetime, as the tools and thoughts of a creative writer evolve and mature. And I doubt any writer in history has been absolutely satisfied with “finished” products. […]

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