Picks of the week: Back to school basics

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The first week of school is mostly for awkward introductions and passing out syllabuses. Nonetheless, treat yourself with these fun (and somewhat educational) events before the onslaught of work consumes you. Thursday: Multitudes, an exhibition of paintings by Andres Waissman Attention philosophers and visual arts enthusiasts: Philosophy and politics intersect
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UC Berkeley alumna, Oakland indie scene staple Angelica Tavella discusses new projects

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Angelica Tavella describes her sound as “synthfolk fuckrock,” and no phrase can really describe it more perfectly. The UC Berkeley alumna, singer and multi-instrumentalist croons folksy vocals over fuzzed-out guitars and eerie synth effects, all with rock ‘n’ roll at its core. It’s an unexpected mixture, but on Showdown, the
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Tunesday: Golden hour glow

The summer sun is waning, giving way to the muted, orange-hued tones of autumn. So whether you sit on a blanket unfurled upon a four-story rooftop, lay supine on one of the countless meadows strewn throughout campus or simply spread out on your apartment’s prickly bedroom carpet, set aside the
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Tunesday: Relationship stages

A relationship travels through dynamic stages. There is the sudden meeting where that special someone takes your breath away, and those heavily intimate sessions where sexual desires run wild. But relationships don’t always last. They can travel in a number of directions, from becoming toxic to just not working out.
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Tunesday: Late nights, broken hearts

Maybe you’ve just finished a long day at work or writing a paper — either way, you can feel the tiredness in your bones. You are driving back home, blasting music through your car’s speakers one red light after another. As you listen, you can feel your mind shifting or your
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Picks of the week: Blasts from the past

  Who says newer means better? This week, take the time to revisit some of the best music, cinema and visual art from centuries gone by. After all, they’re called classics for a reason. Any time: “I Remain: A digital archive of letters, manuscripts, and ephemera” Ever wondered about Albert
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The Seshen’s Oakland love affair

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“I feel like we’re kind of in the middle of a musical renaissance in the East Bay right now,” mused Mirza Kopelman, percussionist of Oakland electro-soul band the Seshen. The seven-piece band has members spread out all over the East Bay, but “Oakland is where we cut our musical teeth,”
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Tunesday: ’70s Soul-cial change

It’s time to take a trip back to one of the most fascinating and formative decades in U.S. history. Hot on the heels of the tumultuous end the ’60s — rife with social upheaval, anti-war demonstrations, race riots and political assassinations — early ’70s soul music exhibited a dichotomy of
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