Datebook

Datebook

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A Bay Area entertainment podcast created by the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook section - with interviews and discussions related to current news and features. Hosted by the critics, editors and reporters of Datebook, who interview celebrities and newsmakers, recap and preview big events and break down the latest Bay Area entertainment news.
Movies with Mick LaSalle: Avengers Endgame first impressions
Apr 23 • 28 min
Less than an hour after seeing “Avengers: Endgame,” Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle is joined by Peter Hartlaub and Leba Hertz to give their first impressions of the big new Marvel movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joseph Young Interview — New Conductor of the Berkeley Symphony
Apr 17 • 30 min
Critic Joshua Kosman interviews Joseph Young, recorded shortly after the 37-year-old was named conductor of the Berkeley Symphony. Young talks about getting the job, and childhood music interests.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: “Shazam,” Superhero Movies and a Detour into the Federalist Papers
Apr 8 • 36 min
Episode 36 of Datebook podcast is Movies with Mick LaSalle, starting with a discussion about “Shazam” and superhero movies, and other new films including “Dumbo,” “The Public” and “The Invisibles.” LaSalle and his co-host Leba Hertz also make a few…
Armistead Maupin interview — “Tales of the City” author drops by his old Chronicle home
Apr 2 • 38 min
Episode 35 of Datebook podcast is an interview with “Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin, returning to the San Francisco Chronicle to Style reporter Tony Bravo and Maupin’s former People section colleague Ruthe Stein. Maupin talks about the…
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij interview — The OA Part II in San Francisco
Mar 25 • 30 min
Episode 34 of Datebook podcast is an interview with Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, co-creators of “The OA Part II.” Marling is the series star and co-wrote the show. Batmanglij co-wrote and directed most episodes. They talk about why they came to San…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Darryl V. Jones interview — on his vision for Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Mar 18 • 36 min
In Episode 33 of Datebook podcast, Lily Janiak talks to Darryl V. Jones, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s new acting artistic director. She asks about his vision for the black theater company — a Bay Area institution, but one that’s faced setback after…
Alex Gibney interview — on making “The Inventor” and faking it in Silicon Valley
Mar 13 • 30 min
Episode 32 of Datebook podcast is an interview with Alex Gibney, talking about Silicon Valley and its role in his new HBO documentary about the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos debacle, “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.” Gibney talks about his own…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: “Captain Marvel,” Spielberg on Netflix and new movies
Mar 8 • 33 min
Episode 31 of the Datebook podcast is Movies with Mick LaSalle. Mick and movie editor Leba Hertz talk about Steven Spielberg’s comments about Netflix, and debate whether Netflix releases should qualify for Academy Awards. They also talk about the new…
Komal Shah Interview — Art Collection and the New Stanford Artist Conversation Series
Feb 27 • 37 min
Episode 30 of the Datebook podcast is a conversation between San Francisco Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais and Bay Area art collector Komal Shah, who along with her husband Gaurav Garg is presenting the Artists on the Future series at Stanford.The…
Datebook Talks Oscars - Academy Awards Conversation with Mick LaSalle, Tony Bravo, Otis Taylor Jr. and Mariecar Mendoza
Feb 21 • 88 min
Episode 28 of Datebook podcast is a live recording of the Feb. 20, 2019, Datebook Talks Oscars event, featuring an Oscars rundown with San Francisco movie critic Mick LaSalle, Style reporter Tony Bravo, East Bay columnist Otis Taylor Jr. and senior…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: Academy Awards Should Win/Will Win Episode
Feb 18 • 36 min
In Episode 28 of Datebook podcast, Mick LaSalle talks about what should win and what will win for the upcoming Feb. 24, 2019, Academy Awards. LaSalle is joined by Chronicle editor Leba Hertz. Their Movies with Mick LaSalle discussion leads to talk about…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Actor Caleb Cabrera
Feb 12 • 34 min
In Episode 27 of Datebook podcast, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews local actor and pedicab driver Caleb Cabrera as part of The Artist’s Life series, a recurring feature that spotlights the talent who help make up the rich tapestry of the Bay Area’s…
Adam Shankman interview - “What Men Want”
Feb 5 • 29 min
In Episode 26 of Datebook podcast, Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub interviews Adam Shankman - director of the new comedy “What Men Want.” Shankman got his start as a dancer and choreographer, and his directorial debut was the San Francisco…
Entertainment Deals, Part 2: Classical Music and Visual Art, with Joshua Kosman, Charles Desmarais and Peter Hartlaub
Jan 29 • 40 min
In Episode 25 of Datebook podcast, San Francisco Chronicle classical music critic Joshua Kosman, art critic Charles Desmarais and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats. After talking about some of…
Oscar nominations breakdown with Mick LaSalle, Tony Bravo and Peter Hartlaub
Jan 22 • 33 min
In Episode 24 of “Datebook” podcast, Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle, Style reporter Tony Bravo and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub break down the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. LaSalle focuses on the best picture, best actress and best…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: The Excellence of January Movies
Jan 17 • 33 min
In Episode 23 of “Datebook” podcast, Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle talks about why he likes January movies, which have traditionally been looked at as a dumping ground. He discusses his “Glass” empty chair review in the Chronicle, and closes with a…
John C. Reilly interview - “Stan & Ollie”
Jan 7 • 32 min
In Episode 22 of “Datebook” podcast, Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub interviews actor John C. Reilly about his role in “Stan & Ollie,” the new biopic about comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Reilly talks about the difficulty and…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Christian Cagigal Interview, Ghost Hunt Walking Tour Guide
Dec 31, 2018 • 36 min
Lily Janiak talks to local magician, storyteller, solo performer and now San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour guide Christian Cagigal. We talk about how he got into leading tourists, local history buffs and fans of the supernatural on a one-mile…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Siobhan Doherty interview
Dec 28, 2018 • 42 min
In episode 21 of Datebook podcast, Chronicle theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local actor Siobhan Doherty as part of The Artist’s Life series. In January, Siobhan will perform in Cutting Ball’s revival of its 2012 hit, “Tenderloin,” which she cowrote.…
When critics get surprised - Chronicle reviewers share their stories
Dec 20, 2018 • 35 min
In Episode 20 of “Datebook” podcast, Joshua Kosman and Lily Janiak join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about when critics get surprised, and how it fuels their work. Janiak talks about a presentation of “Our Town,” Hartlaub recalls a Snoop Dogg concert that…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: Top 10 movies of 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 59 min
In Episode 19 of “Datebook” podcast, Mick LaSalle returns to Movies with Mick LaSalle to present his Top 10 list of 2018. The Chronicle’s movie critic declares 2019 one of the best years for movies in recent memory, and reveals a list that includes “First…
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” directors Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti
Dec 11, 2018 • 26 min
Episode 18 of Datebook podcast is an interview with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” directors Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti. The filmmakers worked on the animated superhero film for more than three years, operating mostly under the…
Filmmaker “Sandi Tan” interview - “Shirkers”
Dec 4, 2018 • 29 min
Filmmaker Sandi Tan joins Chronicle senior digital arts editor Mariecar Mendoza to talk about “Shirkers,” a Netflix documentary about a film that was stolen from Tan when she was a teen. Tan was 19 years old when she made the movie in Singapore. Her…
The Rolling Stones and stadium shows
Nov 29, 2018 • 31 min
With the Rolling Stones returning to the Bay Area in 2019, we’ve called an emergency podcast - to talk about the band, their history playing in San Francisco and the pros and cons of stadium shows. Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and assistant…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Jon Tracy interview - can theater artists make minimum wage?
Nov 20, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews TheaterFirst Artistic Facilitator Jon Tracy about his company’s new policy of $15 per hour for everyone, no matter the job title - an almost unheard of phenomenon in theater, especially outside the…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: Holiday film preview
Nov 15, 2018 • 25 min
In Episode 14 of the Datebook podcast, movie critic Mick LaSalle is joined by arts and entertainment editor Leba Hertz to talk about holiday movies. They also discuss the 25th anniversary release of “Schindler’s List,” and reveal why Dec. 14 will be a…
Entertainment Deals, Part 1: Music, theater and comedy bargains in the Bay Area
Nov 8, 2018 • 32 min
In Episode 13 of Datebook podcast, San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub, pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and theater critic Lily Janiak share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats. After talking about the rising prices for…
Theater with Lily Janiak: “Miss Saigon” redux
Oct 30, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak interviews local Asian American theater directors Jeffrey Lo and Nikki Menez about a question she raised in her review of SHN’s production of “Miss Saigon”: When is a show too problematic to be produced?Learn…
Theater with Lily Janiak: Lauren Mayer interview
Oct 25, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local music director, cabaret performer and parody writer Lauren Mayer as part of our Artist’s Life series, a recurring feature that will shine a spotlight on the talent who help make up the rich…
Beyond the Book: A conversation with Susan Orlean
Oct 18, 2018 • 41 min
Author Susan Orlean joins host John McMurtrie in The Chronicle’s basement archive studio to talk about her new novel “The Library Book,” and other topics. Orlean, who wrote “The Orchid Thief,” focuses her new book on events surrounding a 1986 fire that…
Beyond the Book: Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Accessory to War”
Oct 11, 2018 • 41 min
Author and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the San Francisco Chronicle, to meet with host John McMurtrie, book editor of The Chronicle. They talk about Tyson’s new book “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the…
Movies with Mick LaSalle: “A Star is Born”
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
The latest Datebook podcast puts a spotlight on “A Star is Born,” a film that Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle calls “tremendous,” and the best movie he viewed at the recent Venice Film Festival. LaSalle is joined by movie editor Leba Hertz – and they…
Yo-Yo Ma interview
Oct 4, 2018 • 38 min
The latest Datebook podcast is an interview with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Host Joshua Kosman spoke with Ma by phone about playing Bach on his current tour, the relation between culture and politics and economics, and how 62-year-old Ma feels about…
The Artist’s Life: Nathan Marken
Oct 4, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local actor and singer Nathan Marken as part of our Artist’s Life Series, a recurring feature that will shine a spotlight on the talent who help make up the rich tapestry of the Bay Area’s cultural…
Fall movie preview
Oct 4, 2018 • 26 min
Datebook presents the fall movie preview podcast, with pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub, movie editor Leba Hertz and Bad Reporter cartoonist Don Asmussen. We look at fall movies including “A Star is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “First Man” – and give a…
Breaking down the “Crazy Rich Asians” hype
Oct 4, 2018 • 27 min
San Francisco Chronicle arts content editor Mariecar Mendoza and Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua talk about “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast in 25 years. Pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub, who reviewed the movie for…
The Artist’s Life: Denmo Ibrahim
Oct 4, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode, theater critic Lily Janiak talks to local actor Denmo Ibrahim as part of our Artist’s Life Series, a recurring feature that will shine a spotlight on the talent who help make up the rich tapestry of the Bay Area’s cultural life. In…
Dan Hoyle interview
Oct 3, 2018 • 31 min
Chronicle arts and entertainment editor Leba Hertz interviews actor and writer Dan Hoyle, who on July 13, 2018, will debut his latest piece of journalistic theater, “Each and Every Thing,” at the Marsh in Berkeley. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is…
Beyond the book: Lawrence Ferlinghetti interview
Oct 3, 2018 • 26 min
On this episode of Beyond the Book, the literary podcast of The San Francisco Chronicle, Book Editor John McMurtrie interviews Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who co-founded the world-renowned City Lights Books in 1953, ahead of his 99th birthday on March…