Radio brought to life with Ira Glass, company at Zellerbach

“This American Life,” well, came alive at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 12, as Ira Glass — host of NPR’s beloved radio show “This American Life” — partnered with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass for “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” A joyous but flawed intersection of dance
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Tunesday: ’70s Soul-cial change

It’s time to take a trip back to one of the most fascinating and formative decades in U.S. history. Hot on the heels of the tumultuous end the ’60s — rife with social upheaval, anti-war demonstrations, race riots and political assassinations — early ’70s soul music exhibited a dichotomy of
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The funk won’t stop in ‘Get on Up’

Director Tate Taylor’s new biopic, “Get on Up,” displays James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) as fans fondly remember — dancing, dynamic and dripping sweat. It also weaves a narrative about the side of Brown which few understood, depicting glimpses from his life that range from 1939 as a dirt-poor child in
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Just another feminist rant

Theoretical Titillation

Now, usually, I would present a single, parable-ish narrative that highlights the existence of the patriarchy. But over the past few years, I’ve found it hard to only talk about one uncomfortable experience because there have been so many.
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Sample Sundays: The Emotions of Big Daddy Kane

It’s Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! (Monster truck rally commercial voice — I really wish I went to one of those as a kid.) So you know that your man (cough … me … James) has got you with another sample. Now, it’s a mystery as to why I haven’t covered this
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Sample Sundays: James Brown, Eric B. & Rakim

What’s good, people? It’s Sunday, so you know it’s time for me to break y’all off with another sample, a funky treasure from the past that has given us some of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.  As I did with the sample from last week (if you haven’t
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