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FSM celebrated in world premiere of local play

“Students do have power, and people getting together do have power,” said Lynne Hollander of the Oakland-based production for the new play “FSM.” “I hope that showing people their history will help people to see this, to empower them.” This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement Read More…

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What to look out for at Mad Decent Block Party

Ravers, underground dance lovers and basically everyone who thought Electric Daisy Carnival was too expensive will attend Mad Decent Block Party this weekend at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Mad Decent was created in 2008 for the Philadelphia community, but the music effort grew into a cross-continental tour. The tour’s Read More…

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Burning irony in Burning Man literature

“It was art for art’s sake, art in its purest form, a Dadaist dream on steroids cut with a tab of acid,” explains Will Chase, editor of the Burning Man blog, in “Burning Man: Art on Fire.” After closely examining this text, I looked up to an image of Pepe Read More…

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Read Rosemarie: Summer jams have me in a rut

I spend a lot of time thinking about what Carly Rae Jepsen is doing at any given moment. How much time is “a lot”? Well, that’s relative. I’d say I think about her maybe, like, once every two days, which is certainly more than anyone’s ever consistently thought about her Read More…

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Big Gigantic talks EDM and San Francisco’s Summersalt festival

Rounding out the West Coast music festival circuit, San Francisco’s annual Summersalt will transform the historic Pier 70 into a daylong dance floor for the Bay’s alternative EDM community. From Diplo to DJ Shadow, Summersalt has featured the biggest names in trap and alternative dance music. Heavyweights Keys N Krates, Read More…

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Mayhem Festival to musically educate the Bay

In its second year, Mayhem Festival (formerly Oaktown Music Festival) is still searching for the best music coming out of Oakland right now. A juried music video and song contest culminating with a two-night festival that features contest winners, Mayhem Festival exists to celebrate and encourage Oakland’s music scene. Through Read More…

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Feminist charm prevails in ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

Drawing on a timeline of works from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Dr. Phil, Gina Gionfriddo’s play “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is a fireball of quick wit and high stakes around the most thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman with options in a society that makes one feel guilty Read More…