Grace Lovio’s Picks of the Week

“The Family” Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer co-star in an English-language French film about an American mafia family who, after snitching, moves to France under the witness-protection program. Hijinks ensue as the family struggles to control old habits and maintain cover. This cross between “The Sopranos” and the Olsen
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Michelle Lin’s Picks of the Week

Phoenix’s Bankrupt! Monday welcomes the arrival of the new Phoenix album, Bankrupt!, four years after the release of their 2009 breakout record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The 2013 Coachella headliners have since spent two years in both New York and Paris studios crafting this new record, which is sure to impress
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Samuel Avishay’s Picks of the Week

Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown There are only three remaining Japantowns in the United States, and we are lucky to have one in San Francisco. Every year, in each of the three Japantowns, the blooming of the Japanese cherry blossoms, the “sakura,” is celebrated with a festival that attracts hundreds
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Ryan Koehn’s Picks of the Week

‘42’ at United Artists in Berkeley This one is for my fellow fans of America’s favorite pastime. The surprisingly modern take on the famous rise to glory of the MLB’s first African American player, Jackie Robinson, looks like it will score a home run with both baseball fanatics and movie-lovers.
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Ian Birnam’s Picks of the Week

WHY? at the Great Amerian Music Hall Originating in Berkeley, the experimental group WHY? will be playing this Wednesday at the Great American Music Hall in SF with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger as support. The band juxtaposes folk, indie, hip-hop and electronic music styles that make for a bizarre yet
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Erik Weiner’s Picks of the Week

Justin Timberlake releasing new album Tuesday In a contemporary R&B world increasingly obsessed with obscure production tricks and emotional overindulgence (see “PBR&B”), only one panty-dropping powerhouse of Caucasian soul can save the genre from pretension: naturally, Justin Timberlake. Seven years after his massively successful record FutureSex/LoveSounds, JT makes a glorious
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Lu Han’s Picks of the Week

If you have to miss out on Noise Pop or just can’t get enough of riding the chillwave, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi and Young Magic are headlining a free party this Friday.
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