No clashing influences by Fitz and the Tantrums at Fox Theater

It’s a difficult feat these days for a band to play songs rooted in a specific genre while avoiding words like “gimmick” or even prefixes like “neo-.” Consider the Black Keys, whose attempts to revive blues rock became overshadowed by a desire to hemorrhage retro-flavored production instead of writing blues-inspired
Read More…

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is a done deal at last

Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is a sprawling masterpiece of science fiction. It inspired generations of fans, megafans, enduring cultural memes, and remains a quasireligious touchstone of truth and the hero’s journey for readers all over the world. If you haven’t read it, imagine that “The Matrix” had taken place on a
Read More…

Picking apart parasites in student art exhibit

One student grapples to steady a teetering stack of wooden boards — another displays participants’ dreams by having them blow ink onto a blank sheet of paper. A pedestal sink streams flowing, milky-looking water, and clay sperm dangle delicately from fishing line on the ceiling. These scenes — though seemingly
Read More…

Looking into Rumsfeld’s ‘knowns’ in new documentary

Though the “The Unknown Known” tries to compose a meaningful portrait of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld through an interview between him and director Errol Morris, the documentary unfolds at Rumsfeld’s leisure. In the film, Rumsfeld claims to be a simple and virtuous man whose amazing career merely
Read More…

Fashion Fridays: Somewhere Between Preppy and Punk

As stormy clouds rolled in just in time for yet another rainy campaign season, UC Berkeley students traded their warm weather maxi dresses and shorts back for more appropriate layering. While some Cal students stayed true to the vintage prep look that was strong at the turn of the decade,
Read More…

‘See All About It’ finds photographer Vivian Maier

In the sunny and damp courtyard of North Gate Hall, a crowd gathered for an inauguration Wednesday afternoon. North Gate Hall, made of redwood and glass, once housed the department of architecture. Now the Berkeley School of Journalism resides there, and its hallways, filled with natural light, display the newly
Read More…