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Underground culture and politics merge at Hoodstoccupy Oakland

Roberto Miguel had a vision to diversify the racially segregated music scene that he saw in Oakland, and create an integrated art community where genres overlapped and artists from all backgrounds collaborated. A musician and artist himself, he saw his vision manifested last year when he became involved in Hoodstock,
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Violinist Gil Shaham dazzles at Davies Symphony Hall

A deep-seated anticipation permeated the atmosphere of San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Symphony Hall in the moments before violinist Gil Shaham walked onstage. Then, simultaneously with the excitement of an overeager child and the confidence of a brilliant performer, the Israeli violin virtuoso entered to spirited applause. After a friendly nod
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Mobb Deep: Black Cocaine

Over the last few years, ‘90s hip-hop artists, particularly those from New York (the genre’s mecca), have capitalized off of the enduring quality of their now timeless albums, crafting critically acclaimed sequels — see Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (2009) — and coming together for what feel like
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Iconic hip-hop duo Black Star graces the Mezzanine

On Nov. 16th, Black Star — rappers Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli — hit the Mezzanine in San Francisco. Known for their thought-provoking and introspective lyrics, Black Star has managed to stay in demand even though their last album came out over a decade ago.
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Aurora Theatre adapts classic work to contemporary politics

Greed and corruption are currently at the center of American discontent. With occupations from Wall Street to UC Berkeley, our attitude towards wealth has become the forefront of daily political conversation. The Aurora Theatre’s latest play, “The Soldier’s Tale,” based on Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 musical work, continues this dialogue by
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