Documentary examines Oakland hospital

In the waiting room of Oakland’s Highland Hospital, there is much at stake.  Faces loom and hover, and almost always provoke.  Some are creased with lines of sorrow, others sag with fatigue, and a few glow with mirth.  This amalgam of emotions reflects what we undergo as we watch the
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New ‘Wuthering Heights’ raw, real

Year-round, a grim, cold, bleached-out rain finds the holes in the roof of the English farmhouse called Wuthering Heights. Its echoes are so loud and menacing that it almost silences the furtive characters that walk the moors of this latest adaptation of the famous 1847 novel. These characters trudge the
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Cat Fancies: Inside Cat’s cradle

“I’m surrounded by morons.” Upon hearing this phrase emanating from my VHS tape of “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” my 7-year-old mouth went rampant with it. At the grocery store. At the bank. At Lane Bryant. I unwittingly insulted people everywhere I went. My mother never fails to remind me.
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Treasure Island 2012 Part 2

The xx What does it mean to be the closing act at a major festival? It means you’re the shit. The xx came on stage Sunday night to the festivals largest crowd. When the trio took their positions, a giant illuminated plexiglass “X” towered behind them; in front of them
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Treasure Island 2012 Part 1

We look back on our favorite sets from the annual SF musical festival that happened last weekend.  Ty Segall Overly distorted guitars, thrashing vocals and mops of hair flying all over the place. This was Ty Segall’s performance at the Tunnel Stage, with the view of his hometown San Francisco
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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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