‘Saints Row IV’ offers diverse, dumb fun

Four installments in, “Saints Row” has come far from its roots as a “Grand Theft Auto” clone. Initially a “gang-warfare,” open-world third-person shooter, the franchise developed and embraced its lunacy, avoiding the path of providing “cinematic” experiences in favor of dumb, fun mayhem paired with hilarious writing and clever game-play
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LA’s FYF Fest boasts diverse lineup

This weekend brings us the 10th annual FYF music festival, which is being held in the heart of Los Angeles, a city that most of us know and love. The festival was started in 2004 by music promoter Sean Carlson under the name “Fuck Yeah Fest” and was held at
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Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher lacks depth

One of the hardest parts of watching a movie about a person who was a notoriously awful human being is that you have to suffer through their on-screen misdeeds. The 1970 classic “Patton” portrays a half-psychotic general who slapped around war-traumatized soldiers coming back from the front, pairing his military
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Real Bad fuels community activism by partying with a purpose

New exhibition at GLBT History Museum spotlights queer dance party

In the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic led to extreme sex negativity, during which medical advice became mixed up with issues of morality, resulting in hostility toward sexual activity of any kind in the LGBT community. The queer community in San Francisco found ways to escape from this sex negativity and
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BAM/PFA showcases work of Oakland-based artist Zarouhie Abdalian

MATRIX 249 is artist's first solo exhibition

Peter Seeger and Lee Hays wrote “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” in 1949 as a simple folk song backing the U.S. progressive movement. However, the song’s political message was considered so threatening that Seeger was assaulted for playing the song at a concert. Over the years, it
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Outside Lands 2013

Well, it’s over, everyone. Another Outside Lands has come and gone. Nojo Fries — look them up, they’re delicious — were eaten, local brews were consumed and ears were ringing after listening to three days of music. Dreams came true when Paul McCartney signed the arms of two zealous fans,
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Aaron Sorkin opts for male gaze over sincere representation of women

Women are consistently misrepresented in "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom"

At the end of an interview with writer Sarah Nicole Prickett in June of last year, screenwriter and HBO “Newsroom” showrunner Aaron Sorkin cracked. Rising from his seat, he told Prickett (who was on assignment for the nearly 160-year-old Toronto-based Globe and Mail): “Listen here, Internet girl … It wouldn’t
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‘No Man’s Land’ impresses with stunning performances

All-star production opens at Berkeley Repertory Theater before heading to Broadway

“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true or false,” wrote Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter in 1958. “A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” Last Sunday saw the opening
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