Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ fails to powerfully stir emotions

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With the striking images of journalists clothed in orange jumpsuits kneeling in Syrian sand firmly implanted in the global consciousness, the story of Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” could not be more relevant or salient. In Stewart’s directorial debut, the notorious “Daily Show” satirist adapts Maziar Bahari’s memoir “Then They Came for Read More…

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Fashion Fridays: Back to the ’90s

It’s been building buzz for the past few seasons, but the ’90s revival, led by New York designers such as Alexander Wang, has kicked into full swing this autumn. You’ll find the sartorial legacies of Generation X everywhere in Manhattan, on the runway and on our very own UC Berkeley Read More…

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Treasure Island Music Festival Recap

This past weekend, Treasure Island Music Festival brought a relaxed experience filled with musicians ranging from electronica to hip-hop and indie rock alike. With a stunning view of the city and captivating performances, the festival was its own little party in the middle of the Bay. CHET FAKER Electronica musician Read More…

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‘Swan Lake’ stuns with engaging aesthetics at Zellerbach

Passion, betrayal, madness and tragedy: This is the recipe for Graeme Murphy’s revamped version of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” which ran at Zellerbach Hall with the help of Cal Performances last week. Despite major departures from the classic ballet, it does not disappoint. Founded in 1962, the Australian Ballet is still Read More…

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BareStage’s latest hints at a glimmer of hope in judicial system

We can change. It’s an inspiring thought — one that should be kept in mind while watching BareStage Productions’ “12 Angry Men.” Centered on revealing the injustices of the American legal system, the play bears a powerful message that has carried over decades. This message, modernized and with a renewed Read More…

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‘The Tempest’ opens to thunderous applause

“The Tempest” is Shakespeare’s last play, and it’s his strangest. It dives headfirst into the stormy waters of magic, colonialism, the age of exploration and the dehumanization of enslaved people. Nancy Carlin’s production of this fascinating work, presented by the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, is fearless. It confronts Read More…

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Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic play intimate show at BAM

The Berkeley Art Museum played host to man buns, grizzled bears and tattoo sleeves last Friday for an intimate show with folk artists Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic. In the vast, concrete art space, Banhart and Cabic played a low-key, sway-inducing set list, encouraging audience members to shout out song Read More…

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Ai Weiwei explores freedom of expression on Alcatraz Island

On a cool weekday morning just an hour after dawn, Alcatraz Island lay suspended in the bone-chilling San Francisco Bay, partially obscured by a thin veil of fog. Cold and gray and completely silent, it is the embodiment of imprisonment. Alcatraz served as home to some of the nation’s most Read More…