Aug 10, 2022

Thieves Like Us: Bad girl Aubrey Plaza hits her stride as ‘Emily the Criminal’

A few of us have known someone like Emily, the protagonist of Emily the Criminal—usually for a very short time. That’s because our heroine, played in the key of B-So-What by Aubrey Plaza,  operates on the slippery...
Aug 10, 2022

A Sort of Homecoming: Blues-great Charlie Musselwhite returns with new collection since leaving California

In an age where performers make their names as Instagram influencers and TikTok flavors-of-the month, Charlie Musselwhite is the equivalent of a landline—steady, reliable and a link to the past. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis,...
Aug 10, 2022

The Anti-Sport Movie: ‘North Dallas Forty’ said way more than we first thought

North Dallas Forty, released 43 years ago this month, is usually described as a “sports movie,” or as a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and greed that pervade professional football and pro sports in general. It certainly...
Jul 27, 2022

You’re So Vain: What’s okay about ‘Not Okay?’ Plenty.

It’s a shame we don’t have more sharp-fanged communications-biz character studies like Quinn Shephard’s Not Okay. Too many would-be satires aim for easy political...
A goddess’s birth can be a long process—but her emergence is glorious. Director/creator Saheem Ali, playwright Jocelyn Bioh and composer Michael Thurber have been midwifing the world-premiere...
Feelings Parade, the Morgan Bolender-and-Scott Ferreter duo, worked on their debut album, Let It Move You, for 18 months. During that time, they lost their home...
After 30 years on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Cafe Colucci is moving into Soul Slice’s former address on San Pablo Avenue. Daniel Aderaw Yeshiwas, general manager of...
If you depart from an “us vs. them” philosophy of life, your first confrontation is likely to be with the cynics. Last week, for instance, I wrote...
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