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‘The Hunger Games’ satisfies with faithful adaptation

On Thursday night, downtown Berkeley was flooded with teenagers. Lined around the block from the United Artists movie theater, these kids meant business. They had the long-wait-in-line blankets at the ready, they had provisions packed and of course, some sported fan-made shirts (“Team Peeta” vs. “Team Gale”). Save for the
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Sample Sundays: Boy meets Tech N9ne

What up y’all? Sunday again (that happens once a week I guess), so sample time is here. For this week’s edition I thought I would break out one of the more obscure samples I’ve heard in the last few years. It comes to us from an animated short from 1938,
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The Return of “Mad Men”

With “Mad Men” returning this Sunday with a two-hour premiere, some may be wondering how to celebrate the return of the Emmy dominating show after 17 months. After such a dramatic ending of season 4 and equally dramatic negotiations about the return of the show on AMC, the pressure is
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Onstage: The Art World in Theater

As I talked about in This Week in Theater, John Logan’s “Red” is currently showing at the Berkeley Rep today. “Red” is a two-character drama about the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and his apprentice. As many of you probably know, Rothko is the influential artist most famous for his
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Daily Cal Street Style: Gearing Up For Spring Break

Howdy y’all, It’s springtime, break has officially started, and summer is just around the bend. My fellow scholars, things are lookin’ up. And if you thought things couldn’t get any better, here are some more great shots from your trusted and aromatic style-photographers (who are also in the market for
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This Week in Sound: Rancid Returns and Disco Days

This week, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s will release Rot Gut, Domestic. Although the band was initially categorized as chamber pop, they have been gravitating in an alternative rock direction, so it’ll be interesting to see if they decide to continue this route with their latest release. Aural
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The Mysterious Timothy McSweeney: if you haven’t heard

When I picked up the 38th edition of “Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern,” it wasn’t because I had any prior knowledge of a publisher named Timothy McSweeney. It also wasn’t because the book was perched under a best-seller shelf with a paper screaming “read me” tucked between the pages. I had
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Sample Sundays: Ghostdini is…Cool Breeze

“Hey yo, this (post) is like ziti!” What does that mean? I’m not really sure. It sounds cool though, and it’s a quote from the hip-hop track on this edition of Sample Sundays (minus the ‘post’ of course). So, without delay (or anymore slang that only a select number of
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