If you'd ever sat next to Smith at the movies you wouldn't be so appreciative: I found your article terrific ("Intended Consequences," Matt Smith, April 24, on San Francisco becoming the first U.S. city to recognize ID cards issued by a Mexican consulate, which could help pioneer a positive change in national immigration policy)! I'm biased because I'm Mexican, but I want to say thanks on behalf of those who are in the process of getting a voice. We appreciate people like you who say what others would rather keep quiet.
Happenin' Napa: What is Copia? In addition to being a delightful backdrop in which to become better educated and more fully appreciate and enjoy every aspect of wine, food, and the arts (including a wide variety of music and film), it represents true community spirit and effort ("What the Hell Is Copia?," April 10, on Robert Mondavi's new $55 million foodie mecca in Napa). Blue collar, white collar, artists, craftsmen, rich, and famous joined together to dedicate time, planning, dollars, and hard work toward creating this international one-of-a-kind gathering place.
The writer's emphasis on [the negative] is a pathetic excuse for journalism.
Additionally, it is obvious your writer did not actually visit historic downtown Napa (on the Napa River, as is Copia), which is undergoing major restoration and rebuilding, post 2000 earthquake. With its many gracious and charming B&Bs, great new restaurants, soon-to-be-completed Opera House restoration, Riverfront Hotel, shops, Coppola's newly restored theater, art galleries, bookshops, and coffee roasters, Napa's Old Town has become an interesting, energetic, and delightful destination for dining, shopping, and strolling.
A music story missing a few notes: I enjoyed seeing coverage on local old-time group the Crooked Jades ("Walk a Crooked Mile," Music, April 24), but I have one suggestion for SF Weekly writers: When you're writing about a band, be accurate and include all members of the group. You minimized the contributions of "nucleus" Lisa Berman and totally neglected to mention the very talented fiddle (and banjo) player Stephanie Prausnitz. The core of this old-time band is half women. While [Jeff] Kazor primarily maps the course for the journey of the Crooked Jades, the group's sound is the result of the talents contributed by all of its members (and several honorary crew [members] they pick up along the way). It's not only noteworthy, but part of the synergy and passion this group brings to the music.
But a good review is special: Thanks for your review ("Mr. Williams Pays a Call," Stage capsule, April 17). Although our production values cannot equal an ACT or Berkeley Rep, we like to think that we do challenging material that offers theatergoers an interesting alternative.
Our thanks to whoever is responsible. Since we are primarily a group of actors, any mention of our craft is welcome, but a positive review is helpful, since we are trying to build an audience. Yours is the first [review], so it is special.
Class Act Theatre
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