Pentatonix thrill at Warfield

From soul to hip-hop to dubstep and to reggae, vocal sensations Pentatonix effortlessly cross and blend genres, revitalizing a singing style seldom heard outside of churches or choir halls.  The five-part a cappella group took the stage at The Warfield in San Francisco on Sunday night, voicing their rallying call,
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Yo-Yo Ma graces Zellerbach

What does one expect from a Yo-Yo Ma concert? Most likely a classy experience. It goes without saying that it takes a cultivated ear to find most classical music compelling. The experience could easily be underwhelming — after all, what is a child prodigy when he is an adult? Thursday
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Art Siriwatt’s Picks of the Week

  1. ‘Bullet to the Head’ opens in theaters Considering that the title of this movie is “Bullet to the Head,” I doubt there will be any confusion on what this movie is about. Starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Walter Hill, whose last decent action movie was “The Warriors,”
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‘Rage is Back’ by Adam Mansbach relays NYC graffiti story

For all the recent institutional attention to graffiti, its natural habitat remains the grimy-glorious concrete jungle. “Rage is Back,” a new novel by Berkeley-based Adam Mansbach, author of children’s-book-turned-viral-sensation “Go the Fuck to Sleep,” knows it: “Don’t ever mention Haring to a graffiti writer by the way, or Basquiat either.
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Rival Sons rock Cafe du Nord

The Cafe du Nord was furnished by the quintessential imagery of a concert circa 1970-something with tight corduroy pants, glorious facial hair and weed emanation. Except with iPhones ever-present. How did this apparent time travel happen? Because classic rock revivalists Rival Sons were in the house this past Friday. Formed
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Bleeding Rainbow

Bleeding Rainbow: Yeah Right

First, let’s establish something — Bleeding Rainbow is one of the coolest band names ever. After deciding that PBS lawsuits were not worth the trouble, the band formerly known as Reading Rainbow decided to add a simple, clever and slightly morbid twist to their name and avoid awkward questions like,
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Ballet sweeps across Zellerbach stage

After more than a decade away from Zellerbach Hall, the Joffrey Ballet’s performance on Saturday night (put on by Cal Performances) began with an empty stage. Regal red curtains hung in the background, recalling the stately grand ballrooms found in the novels of Jane Austen — a place where men
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ArCATypes: Show me your anima

If you’ve ever seen a dramatization of high school on screen — or even attended high school — you’re probably familiar with labels. There’s always the meathead jock. Occasionally, a misanthropic goth. And if you’re really lucky, a witty freak who makes it okay to falter on the social hierarchy
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Caitlin Kelley’s Picks of the Weekend

Girl with a Pearl Earring at the de Young After nearly 20 years outside of the U.S., Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” will open in San Francisco’s de Young Museum on Saturday. Spawning a fictionalized book and subsequent movie, much has been said about the girl
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