An interview with Werner Herzog

In the Thursday, November 10 issue of The Daily Cal, I wrote on German director Werner Herzog’s latest film, the documentary “Into the Abyss.” In addition to seeing the film, I also had the pleasure of speaking with the director at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. Here you will
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New track from hip-hop local act: The Bins

Local Bay Area artist The Bins released a new single as a free online download recently. This marks the group’s second release following up their debut EP, Every Minute of the Day Back. I had a chance to talk with Clark Barclay—the man behind the music—this past summer.

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Gold Panda electrifies The Independent in San Francisco

With the crowd’s welcoming applause Derwin Panda walked on stage,  scarcely showing a smile from under his heather gray hoodie — his image embodied that of the exact young urban recluse that would produce the cryptic yet hopeful electronic sound that defines Gold Panda.  After a few twists of the
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Sample Sundays: Michael McDonald

It’s Sample Sunday time people, and you can be “any geek off the street” to read, listen and enjoy. This week’s sample comes from one of the originators blue-eyed soul (white people singing soul music) – Michael McDonald. Over his career, McDonald has sung back-up vocals for Steely Dan, been
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How parents can be cool: ‘Rad Dad’ book tour

What is that thing called parenting? How does one go about doing that today? How about in a way that is politically conscious and maintains the right values? “Rad Dad: dispatches from the frontiers of fatherhood” explores those questions and more. Released in September from Microcosm, the book is a
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The Bay Area weekend in film

Tonight marks the beginning of another year of our of our lucky area’s favorite film festivals, Cinema by the Bay. This festival showcases the work of filmmakers, local and beyond, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of these films were shot and made here, and others
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Pinays keepin’ it bold and sassy on stage

Girl power is best served brash and proud, and this theater group knows how to pack a punch. PMSTA (Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Art) is a Filipina American women’s theater group and performed the closing night of its latest production, “Death of a Player,” this past Saturday at Bindlestiff Studio.
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Some Halloween magic and mystery

Feet bolted in stocks, he is slowly lowered upside-down into a chamber filled with water. Two minutes. His body writhes back and forth as he scrambles to escape. The orchestra lifts into an eerily calm rendition of “Asleep in the Deep.” Blood rushes to the brain and lungs begin to
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The Residents get theatrical at Berkeley Marsh

Halloween, while fun, does bring out the eerie and the eccentric among us. In the world of avant garde, experimental music, those eccentrics would be the longtime art collective known only as the Residents.