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A saved gem of Oakland: the New Parkway

A new Oakland has emerged around us, an Oakland lit by patio fairy lights and furnished with craftsman teak tables, idiosyncratic in its creative use of mason jars as a primary form of glassware. Perhaps your delight at a new bright coffee shop mingles with dread, and what that means
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One-man show is a disappointment

“The Gospel According to Josh” is no gift from God

There is no one more deserving of an “A for effort” than Josh Rivedal. He wrote and stars in an ongoing one-man show about his life in which he sings and acts as a variety of characters, and he performs without inhibition. It’s the kind of show that people really
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj digs for meaning

Musical collective perform a chamber hip-hop opera, ‘Death, Love & Life’

Ensemble Mik Nawooj — a collective of instrumentalists, rappers and vocalists — is breaking the rules of musical genre in all the right ways. Fusing classical Western European compositions with genres like hip-hop, rock and pop, the act promises an experience that is at once refreshing, innovative and utterly captivating.
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BareStage play spells its way to laughter

‘Spelling Bee’ performance is uproarious

Here’s how to put on a disturbingly hilarious and outrageously entertaining musical in a confined basement-slash-student-theater: Take six socially awkward and sensationally idiosyncratic elementary school students, give them each a Red Bull or two and have them battle it out in a local spelling bee put on by equally strange
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‘Guys and Dolls’ charm at Berkeley Playhouse

Since opening in 1951, Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls,” based on the stories of Damon Runyon, has been hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Director Jon Tracy revives the fun romantic comedy for the Berkeley Playhouse, offering impressive musical numbers, lively dancing and plenty of laughs.
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‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ finds humor in cold hearts

There are many words in the English language that can be used to describe SF Playhouse’s latest production, “Reasons to Be Pretty.” However, “pretty” may not be one of them. Edgy? Yes. Hilariously entertaining? Yes. Pretty? Not quite. Written by American playwright Neil LaBute, the play is a witty and
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