Erik Weiner’s Picks of the Week

M.I.A.’S Matangi Noticing a lack of political new-rave hip-hop in your life? Well, want no longer. Everyone’s favorite Sri Lankan-English rapper returns this week with her disarmingly drab-voiced bravado on Matangi. M.I.A. may be no Hindu goddess herself, but even if the album won’t deify her, the churning Bollywood-esque melodies
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A film festival engendering female empowerment

The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival features more than 20 films from across the South Asian subcontinent, the United States and Canada and includes independent films and classics as well as bigger-budget Bollywood films. With a penchant for inclusivity, this year’s theme is gender revolutions in the women’s
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‘The Life Machine’ is a play about modern monstrosities

Just before the acting in Faultline Theater’s latest play, “The Life Machine,” dancers performed an abstract modern piece that recreated the processes of a contraption. It was weird — twitchy movements coupled with strobe flashers and blue stage lighting. “The people who own this place wanted to bring in couches,”
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Daily Cal Street Style: Halloween Edition

This week, we’ve got a spooky treat for you! Sproul Plaza was filled with spirited students from all walks of life (or death!): Disney princesses, mad scientists, sexy babies and witches galore! We caught up a few of our favorite characters on their way to class.
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Why America loves zombies

I’ve been thinking a lot about America lately. I have determined a list of fundamentally American things, and I will list just three of them here: 1. Diversity 2. The “yes” attitude of we did, we can and we will 3. Firearms AMC’s “The Walking Dead” contains a good dosage
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A movie of meter and murder

Sex, drugs, jazz, poetry and death. Drenched in sepia tones, they weave together to form the prologue to one of the greatest stories in American literary history: the Beat Movement. Director and co-writer John Krokidas sends us a postcard from another era with his debut film, “Kill Your Darlings,” a
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Storytelling event showcases people, not performers

On Monday evening, Zellerbach Hall began to fill with people. They didn’t come for a ballet or a symphony; they came to hear honest, heartfelt stories. The Big Bang: The Moth at the Bay Area Science Festival, an event put on by the nonprofit organization The Moth, showcased stories of
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