Menlo Park resident John Donald looks back on his top entertainment picks for 2016

by John Donald on December 29, 2016

Here’s some of what I enjoyed during 2016:

Music: According to iTunes, my most played new music of the year.
– U-turn, Tegan and Sara
– Dirty Mercy, Gin Wigmore
– Mama Said, Lukas Graham
– He Didn’t Mention His Mother, Eleanor Friedberger
– She Makes Me Laugh, The Monkees
– Boyfriend, Tegan and Sara
– America’s Sweetheart, Elle King
– Birth of an Accidental Hipster, The Monkees
– Through the Darkness ft Chali2na, Butterscotch
– I Was There (and I’m Told I Had a Good Time), The Monkees
Good Times!, The Monkees
The Scotch Tapes, Butterscotch
Phone Power, They Might be Giants
Revolution Radio, Green Day
The Hamilton Mixtape


Concerts: I try to see at least a dozen concerts a year — I fell slightly short.
– The Go! Team (pictured above)
– Poi Dog Pondering
– Gin Wigmore
– Flight of the Conchords
– They Might be Giants
– Frank Turner
– Nacho and the Medicine People
– Jake Shimabukuro
– Also the cover bands Hairstrike and Mustache Harbor

PrintBooks: I hit my goal of reading at least 24 books this year, including these which were most impactful.
All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
Version Control – Dexter Palmer
Walt Disney – Neal Gabler
Underground Airlines – Ben Winters
The Boomerang Effect – Gordon Jack
The Passage Trilogy – Justin Cronin
Aurora – Kim Stanley Robinson

– The Muppets – so bummed it was canceled…
– The Man in the High Castle – on Amazon Prime. So good, so eerie.
– Black Mirror
– Timeless – surprisingly good for broadcast TV
– Westworld
– Stranger Things
– Game of Thrones
– The Walking Dead – but I quit after this fall’s season opener—that was too much for me.
– Supergirl
– The Flash
– Heroes Reborn – I gave it a chance, hoping against hope that it would get better…
– Orphan Black
– House of Cards
– Survivor – I catch about every other season.
– Downton Abbey


– Aladdin at Disney California Adventure for the umpteenth and final time (sad that this show finally closed to make way for a Frozen show)
– Middletown at Los Altos Stage Co.
– The Music Man Jr. at Hillview Middle School
– The Diary of Anne Frank at Hillview Middle School
– Catch 22 at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Batboy at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Assassins at Los Altos Stage Co.
– Circle Mirror Transformation at Los Altos Stage Co.
– The Bunner Sisters at The ACT Costume Shop
– Things Reveal Themselves Passing Away at Z Space

I’m not going to list all the movies I saw this year but we just got back from Moana, and it was really, really good. They were not released this year, but I discovered and enjoyed the indie movies: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Coherence, Ink, The Frame, and I Am Big Bird. I also continued to educate my offspring on the subject of film history; we watched The Truman Show and Gremlins. Gremlins was very dated, but The Truman Show held up.

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