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Rihanna: Unapologetic

Another year, another Rihanna album. The latest, Unapologetic, is more collaborative, less danceable and speaks more to the singer’s consistency than it does to her creativity. Ever since Rihanna shimmied out of Barbados and onto MTV with “Pon de Replay” in 2005, she orchestrated her commercial ascent by doing two
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This Week in Arts

MUSIC It’s the last week of classes, so you’re going to want some music for those study sessions and some concerts for distractions. The Wu-Tang Clan and D-block, who together to form Wu-Block, are releasing their debut self-titled record this week. The soulful Alicia Keys will be releasing her album
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Rob Delaney: Live at the Bowery Ballroom

If you’re on Twitter and you’re not following Rob Delaney, you’re really missing out. From jokes about bodily functions (of the anal-genital variety, mostly) to jokes about politics (see: mittandrob.tumblr.com), there’s very little Delaney doesn’t joke about. He’s Twitter’s consummate funnyman, the No. 1 troll of verified accounts and a
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Polish pianist Emanuel Ax awes at Zellerbach

As soon as Emanuel Ax stepped onto the Zellerbach Hall stage, the anxiously chattering crowd quieted down, took their seats and burst into boisterous applause. The concert hall was filled to the brim for the world-renowned Polish pianist on Nov. 13, a testament to the artist’s acclaim. Even before the
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This Week in Arts

FILM If you’re not on a flight home come Wednesday evening, you might want to check out the Castro Theatre’s Jeff Bridges double feature. What better way to ring in the holiday season than with The Dude himself? Things get started at 7 p.m. with a screening of “The Big
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Crystal Castles: III

When Crystal Castles staggered onto the music scene with their debut in 2008, one of their most captivating qualities was the bipolar nature of their music. A danceable eight-bit sensibility framed their songs collectively, but individually, they leaned toward either melodic chip-tune pop or screechy electro-punk. With their third self-titled
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‘Guardians’ rises above limits of animated films

In the opening scene of DreamWorks’ newest animated release, “Rise of the Guardians,” an adolescent floats in icy-cold water as a melancholy voiceover tells of his mysterious origin. It almost doesn’t feel like a children’s movie but a surreal, existential universe. When the Danny Phantom-esque boy flies out of the
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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ predictable but sweet

Sometimes life throws you curveballs so large, all you can do to keep from falling apart is to look for the silver linings. This is the life philosophy of “Silver Linings Playbook” star Pat Solatano, a former history teacher diagnosed with bipolar disorder who has recently lost his job, house
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Final ‘Twilight,’ breaking patience

How to begin? For four years now, “The Twilight Saga” has been around — a delightful enchantment for devotees and an abhorrent plague for those opposed. There is no middle ground for the film adaptation of the epic love story between Edward Cullen, the besparkled vampire suitor, and Bella Swan,
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