Zombie apocalypse themes remain dominant in popular culture

'World War Z' is yet another entry into the zombie genre

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a legitimate federal agency, remember — launched an educational blog called “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” in May 2011. It aimed to teach readers how to behave in a disaster situation prior to the year’s hurricane season; according to CDC Director Ali Khan,
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‘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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Tunesday: Dance Party, Anyone?

It was 2 a.m. on a weekday night when I decided to take a short break from Yeezus and throw an impromptu solo dance party in my pajamas. This week’s selection of songs turn up the energy and take on playful, pop-y sounds with a dash of R&B, electro and
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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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