Kepler’s Books. Nicole Krauss, “Forest Dark,” with Elizabeth Rosner, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Stephanie Perkins, “There’s Someone Inside Your House,” in conversation with Nina La Cour, “We Are Okay,” 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Paul Madonna master class, 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Diane Keaton, “The House That Pinterest Built,” 4-6 p.m. Oct. 12, $83.79 (includes book, service fee); signing only, no author presentation, no pictures. Irvin Yalom, “Becoming Myself,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Zach and Kelly Weinersmith, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. David Eagleman, “The Runaway Species,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.keplers.com.
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Eric Inman, former Willows artistic director, has been keeping busy. He just completed directing a very successful production “Little Me” for 42nd Street Moon and is currently hard at work writing a miniseries about an innocent man convicted of murder, set to film in October. He’s also been busy rewriting his play “Bound by Blood,” which premiered in San Francisco last October, into a screenplay. Principal photography begins in February 2014. Concord’s Annual Bay Area KidFest comes to town over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27. This year’s family activities include zip lining three stories above the action, animal attractions, a variety of sports activities, lots of music and much more. It all takes place at Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. in Concord. For more information, call 925-671-3287 or go to www.kidfestconcord.com.
As always, Bates — a mop-topped guy, casually dressed all in black — was back in the percussion section with his drum pad and laptop, He’s the soloist, triggering beats along with whooshed and buzzing digital effects that flash through the varied orchestral landscapes, (The effects are broadcast through speakers that ring the orchestra.) His physical mojo is fun to watch — very different from that of the more buttoned-down musicians around him — and his treatment of dance beats is fascinating, They emerge naturally, as extensions of the orchestra, though I suppose you could also flip the ballet slippers gel polish dnd perspective to imagine the orchestra as an organic extension of the beats..
The backlash against the recently-released “Ghostbusters” film has proved that the internet can be much scarier than ghosts. Many expected the female-led remake of the 1984 male-led classic would prove to be controversial in certain spheres (ahem, Reddit). But ever since the first trailer for the film dropped earlier this year, a barrage of pointed judgements and hate from superfans of the original film (the most outspoken of which are men) have littered “Ghostbusters'” path with slime.