Radical Visions

Lou Fancher covers the 17th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, speaking with the festival's Executive/Artistic Director and founder Madeleine Lim. “After a year of pandemic distancing, connections are even more important,” Lim says.

Class Act

Diana Lambert reports that currently California’s teacher candidates are required to take up to six tests to earn a credential, depending on what they plan to teach. New proposed legislation may remove a few of these road-blocks on the path towards working in a classroom.

Jesse Brewster

j. poet sits down with Jesse Brewster to discuss his new album, 'Confessional', and how the musician managed to find solace during the pandemic. "After 20 years of hauling equipment around and playing gigs and running all over on tour, it was good to stop for a moment," he said.

Snip, Snip, Snip

Kelly Vance reviews Prano Bailey-Bond's 'Censor' and is particularly impressed with lead actor Niamh Algar. "Algar overcomes clichés with her performance, an unnerving portrait of an emotionally vulnerable woman with no escape valve for her fears," writes Vance.

Whole Lotta Makin’ Goin’ On

In this week's cover story, Janis Hashe runs down the fun, funky, and practical crafts of the East Bay's top artisans, providing a list of some of the most innovative and useful items human hands can create.

Free at Last

In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell looks into Amazon's announcement that it would cease pre-employment drug testing for all positions not covered by federal Department of Transportation regulations, and what that means to drug-testing for employment overall. Some good news may be on the way!

Free Will Astrology

Week of June 9 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries actor Leonard Nimoy became mega-famous playing the role of Spock, an alien from the planet Vulcan in the Star Trek franchise. He always enjoyed the role,...

Don’t Grow Old

Long-lost George Romero film paints a horrific portrait of senior life In 1973, five years after George A. Romero stunned the entertainment world (and scared the pants off audiences) with Night of the Living Dead,...

Free Will Astrology

Week of June 2 ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There is ecstasy in paying attention,” writes Aries author Anne Lamott. That’s always true for everyone, but it’s extra true for you Aries people. And it will...

Safe Bette’s

Jeffrey Edalatpour waxes poetic about West Berkeley Fourth Street's favorite diner and how it survived during these tumultuous, uncertain, and constantly shifting years.

Snip, Snip, Snip

Kelly Vance reviews Prano Bailey-Bond's 'Censor' and is particularly impressed with lead actor Niamh Algar. "Algar overcomes clichés with her performance, an unnerving portrait of an emotionally vulnerable woman with no escape valve for her fears," writes Vance.

Don’t Grow Old

Long-lost George Romero film paints a horrific portrait of senior life In 1973, five years after George A. Romero stunned the entertainment world (and scared the pants off audiences) with Night of the Living Dead,...

Super Fantastics

j.poet interviews the uplifting Rock band that imagined themselves as caped crusaders from the start. “I immediately started imagining the superhero colors and images we could use on posters,” said drummer Daniel Scharff.

Fair Game

Kelly Vance reviews M.J. Bassett’s Endangered Species where Michael Johnston, Rebecca Romijn and Isabel Bassett get lost in the bush get lost in the bush and "go bananas," according to Vance.

Bobi Céspedes

j. poet sits down with the queen of Bay Area Latin Music, Bobi Céspedes, to discuss her latest album 'Mujer y Cantante'; a celebration of life, love and family.

Sour Widows

j. poet talks with 'bedroom rock' band Sour Widows about their latest album, 'Crossing Over', and how the pandemic may have closed one creative window, but opened several others.
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