Marcus Crowder

Marcus Crowder is a Sacramento-based music and theater critic.

Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire, Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey, California, 1967.

Rock and Roll Through Jim Marshall’s Lens

Bay Area photographer Jim Marshall may have been self-taught, but he captured some of rock’s biggest artists at their brightest moments during his storied career.

Two visitors snap a selfie in the glow of Bruce Munro’s sparkling installation.

Wine Country Gets Lit

Wine countries the world over are becoming canvases for artists’ most Instagrammable works.

Jazz singer Paula West’s career has been one of brilliant peaks separated by long, flat pauses. “I just try to look at the glass as half full rather than half empty,” she says.

Paula West’s Blues

Straddling the line between cabaret and jazz, Bay Area vocalist Paula West has created a devoted following in the music world. So why isn’t she better known?