Your Guide to May Oakland First Fridays

A. The Hive: Small Voids How many artists does it take to create a one-night pop-up gallery? According to Todd Jannausch of Seattle, it takes 100. His installation, “Small Voids,” is making the last stop of its tour at The Hive in Oakland on Friday after Portland, Ore., and Seattle.
Read More…

ArCATypes: Shit Hit the Fangirl

Have you ever repeatedly Googled Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s GQ photo shoot? Do you frequently hashtag “#unf” when you reblog pictures of One Direction? Chances are, if you’re really into something, you’re a Fanperson. You know who you are, which is all of you. I would know because Ezra Koenig from Vampire
Read More…

‘Blood Dragon’ throws back to ’80s

“Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” is a product of the ’80s, but it was not made in the ’80s. It is the awkward yet bombastic product of a generation that grew up watching “Robocop” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” listening to synthpop and arguing about the quality of VHS versus
Read More…

French film excites the mind

‘In the House’ is a thrilling film about existential intrusions and lust

“In the House” balances beautifully the two things that French filmmakers do best — substantial natural dialogue and that singular sexuality inevitable in Francophone work — while reattributing them to a very different kind of story. Far from the Nouvelle Vague “Breathless” couples and quasi-sex-fantasy Brigitte Bardot fodder of the
Read More…

‘The Blue Fox’ is a poetic masterpiece

Icelandic author Sjon’s modernist novel comes to the United States

“Poetic” may be one of the only words to concretely describe “The Blue Fox,” a novel written in Icelandic in 2004 but published in the United States for the first time this year. The novel is written by Sjon (pronounced Shee-yon), a poet, author and part-time lyricist for Bjork. Well-known
Read More…

SF International Film Festival

Much Ado About Nothing When one thinks of Shakespeare, the mind doesn’t naturally bend toward the sci-fi/supernatural wunderkind Joss Whedon. Known primarily for his forays into television (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) and recent comic book box-office success with “The Avengers,” it seemed a slight surprise when it was announced
Read More…

Sperry hosts concert on the Glade

SUPERB brings Sperry Top-Sider’s Vacationland concert to UC Berkeley

The Sperry Top-Sider Vacationland College Tour, presented by ASUC SUPERB Productions, hit Memorial Glade on Friday, featuring performances from Geographer and Rogue Wave. Sponsored by Sperry, the multicampus tour made its final stop at UC Berkeley, after traveling through UC San Diego, University of Oregon and other West Coast schools.
Read More…

‘Papers, Please’ now in beta

Video game offers odd gaming experience with a Cold War vibe

“Papers, Please” is a strange game in the absolute best sense of the word. It’s Soviet Union meets Berlin Wall, distinctly Slavic and decidedly communist. It’s tense and addictive. In the words of its creator, Lucas Pope, it’s a “dystopian document thriller.” “Papers, Please,” named for your character’s “catchphrase” of
Read More…

AJ Kiyoizumi’s Picks of the Week

SFIFF Master Class: Making the Music Doc Rock with Lian Lunson Not many people can claim that their job is working with figures such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Willie Nelson. Australian actress-turned filmmaker Lian Lunson will speak about her unexpected and intriguing career in this master class for
Read More…