Stories intersect in the desert in Hari Kunzru’s latest novel

In contrast to the standard linear novel, Hari Kunzru’s “Gods Without Men” twitches back and forth between hundreds of years with characters that all relate and complement one another — even if they do not meet. This makes it a thought-provoking novel for the often distracted and difficult-to-impress modern reader.
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Anti-Flag: The General Strike

Take head-thrashing guitar riffs and guttural spasms, drench them in liberalism, swirl them in a massive circle pit, and you will have Anti-Flag’s newest album The General Strike. Like a pack of insatiable hyenas, Anti-Flag tears off society’s fleshy veneer to expose a skeleton of seedy consumerism and capitalistic corruption.
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The Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville

The Ting Tings are back and feeling frisky. The group’s second album, Sounds From Nowheresville, sees them attack their microphones with a rousing barrage of spiky vocals. Arriving four years after their hit debut We Started Nothing, this record hails the much-anticipated return of the U.K. punk-pop duo’s impudent and
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This Week in Arts

Film  A festival of short films made on smart phones,  web cams and Flip cameras? There really is such a thing, and it is The Disposable Film Festival, which makes its San Francisco debut this Thursday at the Castro Theatre. Executive director Carlton Evans and his staff are kicking off their
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‘Sweeping of Giants’ group show encompasses diverse styles

With contemporary artists each pursuing distinctive visions, tracing a unifying thread in a multi-artist exhibition can present a curatorial challenge. Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery in Oakland takes this challenge head on in their new dynamic exhibition, “Sweeping of Giants,” which features works from artists Robert Bowen, Jessica Jenkins, Jeff
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British horror film ‘Kill List’ plays with realism

There are three people on the “Kill List:” a priest, a librarian and a politician. These are the public figures that ex-British soldiers Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) are given nondescript instructions to assassinate. Their employer is a mystery man who knows something about Jay’s past, a shadowy
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“21 Jump Street” blurs comedic high school stereotypes

­I know what you’re thinking,” a disgruntled Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) tells a group of baby-faced cops in an early scene in “21 Jump Street.” “Angry, black captain! Ain’t nothing but a stupid stereotype!” Whatever problems with stereotypes these cops have, Captain Dickson suggests they better start embracing the ones
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Tech N9ne: Klusterfuk

Tech N9ne, one of the hardest working men in the rap game, is back with the six-track EP Klusterfuk — though he never really went anywhere. (His album All 6’s and 7’s debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 last June, and Welcome to Strangeland hit stores in November.)
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