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SF International Film Festival

Much Ado About Nothing When one thinks of Shakespeare, the mind doesn’t naturally bend toward the sci-fi/supernatural wunderkind Joss Whedon. Known primarily for his forays into television (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) and recent comic book box-office success with “The Avengers,” it seemed a slight surprise when it was announced
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Sperry hosts concert on the Glade

SUPERB brings Sperry Top-Sider’s Vacationland concert to UC Berkeley

The Sperry Top-Sider Vacationland College Tour, presented by ASUC SUPERB Productions, hit Memorial Glade on Friday, featuring performances from Geographer and Rogue Wave. Sponsored by Sperry, the multicampus tour made its final stop at UC Berkeley, after traveling through UC San Diego, University of Oregon and other West Coast schools.
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‘Papers, Please’ now in beta

Video game offers odd gaming experience with a Cold War vibe

“Papers, Please” is a strange game in the absolute best sense of the word. It’s Soviet Union meets Berlin Wall, distinctly Slavic and decidedly communist. It’s tense and addictive. In the words of its creator, Lucas Pope, it’s a “dystopian document thriller.” “Papers, Please,” named for your character’s “catchphrase” of
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AJ Kiyoizumi’s Picks of the Week

SFIFF Master Class: Making the Music Doc Rock with Lian Lunson Not many people can claim that their job is working with figures such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Willie Nelson. Australian actress-turned filmmaker Lian Lunson will speak about her unexpected and intriguing career in this master class for
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Threaded Souls Project presents fashion show

Student fashion show explores clothing as means of self-expression

How do we use fashion as a form of expression? What are we intentionally and unintentionally telling others in our dress? Kristin Aquino and Darrin Wallace, the creators of the Threaded Souls Project, aimed to address these questions at last week’s fashion show held in UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center.
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Clochella music fest rocks Cloyne Court

Student co-op hosts local bands for all-day concert

Clochella held at Cloyne Court this Saturday demonstrated that the local, independent music scene is alive and well at Cal. An all-day event held from noon to 1 a.m., Clochella delivered as a music festival by constantly providing energetic live music throughout the day. Much like its namesake, Clochella had
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Daughter: If You Leave

Heartbreak and loss — these are the experiences that remind us, more than anything, that we are human and that we are fragile. Daughter’s debut album revolves around these themes, and it’s definitely not an easy listen. Nevertheless, it remains captivating throughout. This is probably not the album you will
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Psychedelic Science

Recreational drug users and academics join in conference

This past weekend, the Psychedelic Science 2013 Conference, co-hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), took over two floors of the Oakland Marriott City Center, with attendees spilling into bars and waiting areas. Though the illicit thrill of psychedelics (written in rainbow letters on the conference bric-a-brac) was
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On the Up and Up

Richmond rapper Jay Ant is making a name for himself in Bay Area rap

California has always been a dominant player in rap throughout the genre’s history. Whether in the Los Angeles region or the Bay Area, some aspect of hip-hop on a national scale has always revolved around the activity of the West Coast. The state has unfortunately remained dormant for the last
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Alvin Ailey reinvigorates modern dance

Dance company performs at Zellerbach

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is quintessential American dance, balancing new and traditional, embracing color, new movement, props and humor. Under new artistic director Robert Battle, the company has become particularly more contemporary, concentrating less on the Negro spirituals that defined its repertoire before him. However, this more contemporary
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