A competitive celebration of Oakland’s musical soul

In an effort to promote Oakland music and local artists, Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem and Cortt Dunlap of Awaken Cafe have teamed up to create Oaktown Music Festival — an online-based battle of the bands. Soliciting nominations from the Oakland community and putting together an all-star jury of
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PlayStation4 gives gamers much to look forward to

Compared to its dreadful launch of the PlayStation 3 in 2006, Sony is doing a lot right this time around. If there’s one thing Sony understands now, it’s showing off a product that speaks for itself. Instead of expecting people to pay $600 for a next-gen console, Sony has priced
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Erotica reading cuts straight to the climax

The dildo store smells like hot rubber and looks like a candy counter. Everything is colorful and slick, shining under the lights. Vaguely suggestive dance music plays overhead: “Do you right, yeah / All night, yeah.” Nervous women, always in groups, cluster around the displays, whispering. “I heard they have
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Istanbul, Johannesburg, Singapore art cities of tomorrow

Florence was the “capital of art” during the Italian Renaissance. This distinguished title jumped around between the 15th and 20th centuries from Paris to Berlin to Barcelona. Fontainebleau saw the rise of the Barbizon School. Zurich gained recognition with the popularity of Dadaism at the turn of the century. And
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USC student films featured in Berkeley Video and Film Festival

The Berkeley Video and Film Festival program’s weekend of 67 student films opened Friday in a night of excellent curatorial choices, pristine film innovation and a tragically empty theater. The five-and-a-half hour program opened with three films submitted by students from unspecified schools and the remaining twelve films were created
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Shanghai Ballet’s ‘The Butterfly Lovers’ cracks the cocoon

Last week, Cal Performances brought the internationally renowned Shanghai Ballet to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall in a night of drama, elegance and class. The company danced “The Butterfly Lovers,” a childhood romance with fatal consequences that has been touted as China’s “Romeo and Juliet” story. Former principal dancer Xin Lili
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Representations of resistance at Berkeley’s Guerilla Cafe

Serving up traditional South Asian delicacies of samosas and Bombay mix, the Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley transformed into a multicultural venue for the opening of the art exhibit “Our Name is Rebel.” Paying homage to the formation of South Asian American identity, Berkeley artists and activists Nisha Sembi and Amman
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