Alternative Press Expo 2012

Comic Book Education The creativity of the art on display in the Concourse Exhibition Center was enough to inspire anyone to pick up a pencil and start doodling. When asked how they got their start, many artists revealed that they were self-taught, but a vast majority had some kind of
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Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

In Greek legend, the halcyon is a bird that can tame the sea, bringing several days of peace and calm before the winter storms.  In the spirit of the myth, Ellie Goulding has crafted an enticing sophomore album named after the bird itself, which lulls you into a calm only
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Grizzly Bear expertly balance old and new material at Fox

One might wonder how a four-piece band like Grizzly Bear would be able to pull off their songs live with the help of only one extra touring member. After all, their songs tend to involve many time-signature changes, multifaceted vocal harmonies and instruments ranging from guitars and keys to woodwinds
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BareStage’s ‘Metamorphoses’ animates classic, Greek myths

One was the face of Nature … A lifeless lump, unfashion’d and unframed / Of jarring seeds, and justly Chaos named,” says Ovid in the introduction to his infamous poem “Metamorphoses.” Completed in the year A.D. 8 and composed of more than 20 episodes of Greek mythology, “chaos” would be
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‘Dishonored’ merges stealth with sandbox

In the world of robotics and 3-D computer animation, the “uncanny valley” refers to the point where human replicas look so uncannily similar to humans such that they become unsettling to the eye. Because the replica is so accurate, any small flaw in the details stick out like a sore
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Jason Lytle: Dept. of Disappearance

Jason Lytle is the bizarro Thom Yorke. Three years after Radiohead’s OK Computer came out in 1997, Jason Lytle’s former California-based band, Grandaddy, released The Sophtware Slump. Both albums dealt with man’s relationship with technology, and both defined the sound of each respective artist. The similarities end there, however. While
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This Week in Arts

Arts This Friday is the second week of San Francisco’s 2 Blocks of Art event, which takes place around Market and 6th streets. First and foremost, 2 Blocks of Art is an art walk featuring local artists showing their works in 25 different locations. Since last year, though, the event
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‘Swan Lake’ enchants at Zellerbach

The ballet “Swan Lake” begins with a solitary violin sequence, soaring briefly before crashing into the swell of the orchestra. With this short passage played to spine-tingling perfection, the atmosphere inside Zellerbach Hall, already buzzing from the mere presence of the illustrious Mariinsky Theater (ballet and orchestra), instantly turned spellbinding.
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Litquake 2012

From Oct. 5-13, Litquake 2012 shook San Francisco with literary events. “Two Guys from Chicago: Daniel Clowes, Dave Eggers” Despite the formal feel of two red velvet chairs spotlighted on stage, “Two Guys from Chicago: An Evening with Daniel Clowes and Dave Eggers” began casually. The two compiled a humorous
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Cat Fancies: In da (child)hood

Popular reality shows about little girls who unnaturally spray-tan a la Honey Boo Boo Child simultaneously make viewers feel like they’re regressing in intelligence and losing a grip on their youth. In the wake of this, adulthood seems to become an increasingly debilitating prospect.
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