Best and Worst Dressed at Oscars 2013

In a year that is being described as one of the worst years for Oscars fashion, pastel shades, natural makeup and minimal jewelry triumphed. Unfortunately, the more impressive numbers were hampered by the excess of disappointing dresses. The appearance of the pre-show hosts Kristin Chenoweth, wearing a dress more akin
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Clever Covers: Beck Reimagines Bowie

If you read my last post about The Piano Guys, you saw how two ambitious musicians worked together to cover popular tunes on a small scale, using nothing more than a piano and cello. Today, we take a 180 degree turn — and talk about a cover tune on the
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Local Limelight: Rogue Wave

During the last cold, bitter weeks of December and January, you know the number one thought on your mind was this: How will I ever hear about any local bands? Fear not, as Local Limelight is back, kicking off this week with a local band that has resurfaced in the
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Oscar Coverage: Best Picture

I wrap up my Oscar coverage with Best Picture. I think it’s more open than people think, and I think “Argo” is more vulnerable than its award record suggests. I might be right, I might be wrong, but that’s the fun thing about predicting awards, isn’t it? No one really
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UndocuNation gathers artists at International House

UndocuNation, a performance and visual art conglomeration, took place this past Friday at International House. The Center for Race and Gender at Berkeley, CultureStr/ke, and the Theater and Dance Performance Studies department here at UC Berkeley helped put on the show specifically for Berkeley students. The show’s main focus was
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The Piano Guys

When the idea of a cover song comes to mind, most people expect to hear a new version of an older, well-known tune with perhaps a new singer or new soloist. Very seldom though, would anyone expect to hear a piano and a cello doing covers of artists like Coldplay,
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Oscar Coverage: Best Actor

I finish off covering the acting categories with not just my favorite lineup this season, but one of my favorite acting lineups the Academy has ever compiled —  period. Best Actor almost always languishes with the Oscars mostly because voters are  so adamant about only honoring respected, well-established older actors.
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Mission B.A.G. (Bad Art Gallery)

Self-described as only the “finest bad art from esteemed Bay Area collections (thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets),” the Mission Bad Art Gallery in San Francisco is for everyone, no matter your art knowledge. It’s not really an art show but more of a comedy exhibit, with catalog descriptions of
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Oscar Coverage: Best Actress

The clock tics and tocs as the weeks rapidly wind down to the red carpet. This week we discuss Best Actress, perhaps the most exciting (and in many ways difficult to predict) race of the four acting categories. Who’s nominated? Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
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