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Past articles by Mariecar:

A perfect love story has nothing to do with perfection

Maybe I’m still in that honeymoon phase, but it feels amazing to… → Read More

Dave Chappelle announces two new shows at Punch Line SF

Dave Chappelle is coming back to the Punch Line, and fans need to… → Read More

CupcakKe brings shock and awe to Outside Lands

Proving that Outside Lands still has some edge, Chicago rapper CupcakKe surprised festivalgoers on Saturday, Aug. 10, with a downright nasty set in Hellman Hollow. Starting off hot with her song 'Vagina' — which include lyrics that strung together words like 'slurp,' 'wet' and 'smack' — she attracted many passing by to run over to the Panhandle stage to join... → Read More

Clusterfest 2019: ‘SNL’ alum Tim Meadows, ‘The Office’ stars among guests for Improv Clusterjam

So Tim Meadows, David Koechner and “The Office” stars Oscar Nuñez and Creed Bratton walk into a club. What happens next is anyone’s guess. The comedians are among the special guests announced for the Improv Clusterjam, scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Saturday, June 22, as part of the third annual Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest. Meadows (“Mean Girls,” “Saturday Night Live”), Koechner... → Read More

BottleRock crowds flock to Thomas Keller’s $60 bucket of chicken

Dozens of hungry BottleRock Napa Valley festivalgoers have been lining up all weekend for Thomas Keller’s famed Ad Hoc buttermilk fried chicken. While the James Beard Award-winning chef’s food isn’t new to the Napa music festival, this year is the first time Ad Hoc has offered a bucket full of the moist yet crispy fried chicken with a sprinkling of... → Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ star to spin at BottleRock Porta-Party

DJ Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor on “Game of Thrones” is scheduled to perform at BottleRock Napa Valley. Photo: Daniel E. Porter, The Chronicle There’s no party like a Porta-Potty party, because a Porta-Potty party is … weird. But that’s the point. Monkey Shoulder whisky is hosting Porta-Party, a “speakeasy”-like activation at BottleRock Napa Valley that will feature sets by six… → Read More

Songs for the moonstruck: A soundtrack to the 2019 lunar eclipse

Dance in the moonlight with The Chronicle's lunar eclipse-inspired playlist. From David Bowie, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell to Grimes, Kid Cudi and Frank Ocean, tune into this eclectic mix of songs during this year's special night sky event. The super wolf blood moon will be visible in the Bay Area on Sunday, Jan. 20, astronomers say, but cloud cover... → Read More

Jon Stewart sounds off on state of the union at Clusterfest

Jon Stewart has come to slay the dragon, and he plans to do it during his first stand-up set on the West Coast in 15 years during the last night of Clusterfest in San Francisco. "It ends here," Stewart declared, dramatically pausing as the crowd that filled the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium roared in laughter and applause. The dragon in question, of course, is President Trump, who was the butt of… → Read More

Clusterfest 2018: The Lonely Island shows Bay Area love, ‘Double Dare’ makes a comeback and other moments from Day 1

The second annual Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest in San Francisco aims to celebrate all things comedy with a mix of music, pop culture and more. The three-day festival kicked off Friday, June 1, with plans to close out the weekend with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart for his first West Coast stand-up show in more than a decade. Here are some of the best moments at Clusterfest so far:… → Read More

T-Pain delays Clusterfest performance due to small crowd

Will T-Pain perform at Clusterfest? When there's a bigger crowd, he said. The Florida singer and rapper, best known for being the Auto-Tune king of hip-hop, was scheduled to perform at the second annual Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest on Friday, June 1, as the opening musical act on the main stage from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. But well into the first hour of the comedy and music festival, he was a… → Read More

Trisha Yearwood makes BottleRock debut, plans to release new music next year

Country superstar Trisha Yearwood made her BottleRock Napa Valley debut this year, but not to belt out her hits. Instead, Yearwood showed off her cooking skills - and even a few basketball tricks - on the William Sonoma Culinary Stage on Sunday, May 27, with members of the Harlem Globetrotters. The cooking demonstration worked as a teaser to a forthcoming episode featuring the ballers on her… → Read More

Snoop Dogg sets a record, brings out strippers for BottleRock 2018

A Guinness World Record and strippers - that's how Snoop Dogg stole the show at BottleRock Napa Valley during the festival's second day. On Saturday, May 26, the Long Beach rapper shocked festivalgoers with two BottleRock history-making sets that focused on what he knows best: drinking, smoking and rapping about "the good life." During a closing set on the Midway Stage, competing with headliners… → Read More

BottleRock 2018: The most awesome — and awesomely weird — moments from the festival

BottleRock Napa Valley is offering three days of music, food and more over the Memorial Day weekend, and The Chronicle is on the field keeping track of all the highlights. Here is a list of the most interesting things our team saw and heard at the sixth year of the outdoor festival at the Napa Valley Expo: Muse As if Muse's multi-layered space rock jams weren't epic enough, the British trio… → Read More

BottleRock Napa Valley kicks off under cloudy skies

It was a cold start for BottleRock Napa Valley as Wine Country's premier music festival kicked off Friday. Temperatures never got close to 65 degrees, and the threat of rain hovered overhead - but, fortunately for the more scantily clad festivalgoers, it was mostly light sprinkles and mist. "When we bought our tickets, we expected it to be 87 degrees," said Lindsey Lyons of Santa Cruz, who was… → Read More

9 acts to watch at BottleRock 2018

BottleRock Napa Valley brings more than 80 artists to Wine Country for three days of booze and grooves -and that doesn't even include the entertainment at the Culinary Stage. To help festivalgoers sort through that massive lineup, here are The Chronicle's top picks, including where to find our Arts Content Editor Mariecar Mendoza on the field this weekend: Friday Bomba Estéreo: This band hails… → Read More

Krysten Ritter, David Tennant wow fans at Silicon Valley Comic Con debut

"Jessica Jones" star Krysten Ritter reunited with her onscreen nemesis during an hour-long panel on the last day of Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose. But unlike their acrimonious relationship onscreen, Ritter and David Tennant, the "Doctor Who" actor who played Kilgrave (a.k.a the Purple Man) in season one of the Marvel Netflix series, playfully talked about life in the sci-fi TV world and… → Read More

Outside Lands reveals first act set for 2018 festival

Portugal. The Man is just one of the bands performing at this year's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, according to a cryptic tweet by festival officials posted Thursday afternoon. A portion of a photo of a car's grill and "#OutsideLandsClue" showed up on the festival's official Twitter @sfoutsidelands, the same day Eager Beaver tickets sold out. Within minutes, fans identified it as a… → Read More

Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey make surprise appearance at Madlib’s Noise Pop show

Comedian Dave Chappelle made another one of his increasingly frequent surprise appearances in San Francisco, this time popping in on a late-night DJ set by producer Madlib on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1015 Folsom, part of the 26th annual Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival. Chappelle arrived at the nightclub around 1 a.m., fresh from a late set at the Punch Line comedy club, and joined rapper Yasiin… → Read More

Editor’s Picks: Who to watch at Noise Pop fest 2018

At a time when divisive politics permeate just about every aspect of our lives, the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival continues to provide a platform for musicians of all colors and backgrounds. In its 26th year, the multi-venue festival presents a haven for Bay Area music lovers to feel united, if at least for one week in February. So with diversity in mind, in addition to Chronicle local… → Read More

Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash point out lack of Asian nominees at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Girl power was strong at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 21, but the lack of diversity among the nominees continued to be noticeable. During the presentation for the outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series, actresses Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash took a jab at the fact that Asian actors were not prominent among this year's nominees as Nash requested she… → Read More