A touch of class

Bay Area Classical Music

If you ask a typical college student what his or her plans are for the weekend, chances are they don’t include classical music. But what with the San Francisco Symphony kicking off its 2011-2012 season, and with first-rate classical performances coming up at Cal’s own Zellerbach Hall, classical music should
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This Week in Sound: The Misfits and Hugh Laurie?

Hah, got you! O.K., maybe they didn’t play together, but they both are recent topics in the world of music! A couple CD releases include albums from Feist, Jack’s Mannequin, and Mutemath. Seems like a lot of alt rock CDs lately. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but where
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Sample Sundays

“Heeeeyy! Look out now!” What up people? Welcome to the very first edition of Sample Sundays. This is a weekly series where I will be bringing you b-boys and girls the funkiest, freshest, soulful and downright eargasmic samples from hip-hop history. Now, for those of you who do not know
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TV Land: NBC Thursday Round-Up

So, this blog post is usually supposed to supplement the theme of my column that week. But, since I wrote about SNL and the clips of SNL and the commentary on SNL and the sentences that go on and on and on about SNL are interminable, I thought I switch
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TDPS Show, “Attempts on Her Life” to open next week

Be sure to see UC Berkeley’s Theater Department’s latest main stage show, “Attempts on Her Life.” “Attempts,” by British playwright, Martin Crimp, was first seen as a production done by the Royal Court in 1997 and since has been translated into twenty languages.  The play deals with the heavy concept
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Extremely bad and incredibly infuriating

A shoddy trailer does not always accurately anticipate the finished product of a film, but this one’s a doozy of a trainwreck. Stephen Daldry, director of such maudlin fare as “Billy Elliot” and “The Reader” — though I do have a soft spot for “The Hours” — has adapted Jonathan
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Spray on: ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ screening in Oakland

  Abandoned alleyways, bus stops, billboards, art museums, collections and galleries: graffiti seems to be everywhere lately. An art form that was once restricted to illegal, after-dark projects on the streets of major cities now pervades upscale art scenes and pop culture alike. This transition of street art is well
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This Week In Sound: alt rock overload

This week is gonna be a field day for indie/emo/alternative rock fans everywhere! Image source: Sweetlyrics.com Tonight and tomorrow night, Jimmy Eat World will be playing at the Fillmore in San Francisco. They’ll be playing Bleed American in its entirely for both of these nights. Jimmy Eat World are known
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Illustrated Song

The Art of the Music Video

The music video is a delicate and intricate art form. Done right, it has the potential to lift a song to new heights, extend its reach, force and meaning. Done wrong, it can leave an unpleasant taste, like an excess of sugar ruining an otherwise palatable dessert. And while a
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This weekend in Bay Area theaters

This weekend in the Bay Area, you have a variety of opportunities to catch exciting films both classic and current. The 3rd Annual Oakland Underground Film Festival kicks off tomorrow with “Yelling to the Sky,” which was a hit at this year’s SXSW and stars Zoe Kravitz — who really
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