Easy Pickin’s: Hardly Strictly Preview

FRIDAY: BEN KWELLER, 3:25 p.m., Rooster Stage From the young age of 15, Ben Kweller has been making audiences swoon with his infusions of musical genres. The San Francisco native first emerged in the music scene with his childhood garage band Radish back in the early ‘90s — although, without much
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UC Berkeley alum Tomine starry-eyed in ‘Drawings’

The story of the New Yorker, the renowned arts and culture magazine, is an interesting one in and of itself, but it helps to start with Rea Irvin. Rea Irvin was the magazine’s art editor at its inception. Transplanted to the Big Apple from foggy San Francisco in 1906, Irvin
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This Week in Arts

Our lead critics recommend the latest and greatest in culture.  MUSIC: A wide variety of albums await your ears this week — at least for those who haven’t already started torrenting them. Both the Berkeley-based hip-hop indie rock group Why? and Oakland’s own Zion-I will be releasing albums this Tuesday.
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‘Stand Tall Pt. III’ features diverse set of artists

As artists entered Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery last week, they were met with a narrow strip of white wall outlined by blue masking tape. They found their spots — labeled with their names scribbled on used-up BART tickets — and got to work installing their pieces. Over the course
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Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’ charges into Zellerbach

Imagine striding along the grand-rue of a tranquil French village, whereupon you suddenly cross paths with an agitated, stampeding rhinoceros trampling everything in its way. What would you think? In essence, this is the question asked by Eugene Ionesco in the first act of his supremely absurdist play “Rhinoceros,” performed
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Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier on their danceable new album and undefinable sound

Widely known for reinventing themselves with every new record, San Francisco’s Deerhoof continues to merge the far-flung and the unexpected in their new album Breakup Song, which they describe as “Cuban-flavored party-noise-energy music.” Now well into their 11th album, Deerhoof occupies the curious space of a big-name band within a
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