‘Monsters University’ is a screaming good time

Breaking away from the tradition of “Cars” and “Toy Story,” Pixar’s “Monsters University” is a prequel to 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” that tells the story of how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan became best friends. While not quite overtaking the spectacular original, “Monsters University” does a masterful job of fully
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City Lights Bookstore celebrates its 60th birthday

Published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” is City Lights Bookstore’s most famous title. With its frank and vivid descriptions of drug use, “pubic beards” and people “who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists,” “Howl” garnered national attention and notoriety for Ginsberg and City
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Next generation of gaming unveiled at E3

New hardware unlocks exciting gameplay possibilities

“Next-gen” means a lot of different things to gamers — and nothing at all, probably, to the uninitiated. It literally refers to the new “generation” of gaming consoles, but it also means growth and expansion in an industry marred by “sequelitis” and negative stereotypes. Next-gen was the unofficial theme of
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Frameline37 festival highlights LGBT films

Selected films from the June 20 to 30 festival

The Altered Lives of LaVonne Sallee “The Altered Lives of LaVonne Sallee” offers a 12-minute glimpse into the life of the Vallejo, Calif.-based Barbie Doll-altering artist. Sallee spent most of her life working as a banker, but after chancing upon San Francisco’s Altered Barbie Show in 2006, she was inspired
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‘The Internship’ gets caught up in Googliness

Film interweaves art and corporatism, leaves audiences unimpressed

While many are distrustful of tech giants like Google and Facebook because of their part in the recent NSA surveillance scandal, it would probably pass you by completely were you to shell out cash for “The Internship,” the new buddy comedy reuniting “Wedding Crashers” stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
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Tame Impala balance old and new tracks at Fox Theater

Perth band impress audience with a light show

Nothing evokes ’60s and ’70s psychedelia quite like a light show. At a time when light shows have been reappropriated by the EDM scene, Tame Impala brought the visual phenomenon back to its roots at their show at The Fox Theater last week. Hailing from Perth, Australia, Tame Impala is
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‘The Divine Sister’ delights audiences with hilarious homage to Hollywood films about nuns

Charles Busch's play gets the seal of approval from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on opening night

Somehow, nuns are always funny. Despite their integral place in religious orders and their work in many communities, most of our associations with women in wimples come from movies and television like “Sister Act,” “The Sound of Music” or the classic “The Singing Nun.” With all of these penguin-dressed comedies
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Krowswork exhibit ‘Headspace’ reflects on relationships within the black community in the Bay Area

Oakland-based artist Sasha Kelley attempts to capture moments of intimacy in her photography

Coinciding with this month’s edition of Art Murmur was the opening of “Headspace,” a solo exhibition at the Krowswork Gallery featuring the work of Oakland-based artist Sasha Kelley. On view through July 13, Kelley’s work depicts relationships within the black community in the Bay Area through the use of photographs,
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Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ dares audiences to choose a side

Tense drama at EXIT Theatre examines sexual politics in academia

On June 6, Spare Stage Theatre Company held its opening night for Stephen Drewes’ revival of David Mamet’s “Oleanna” at the quaint EXIT Theatre near Union Square. Although first produced in 1992, the issues of sexual politics in academia and the ever-present power struggle between men and women found in
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