Oakland’s Poet Laureate

Keith Burbank and D. Scot Miller report on Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele Nzinga, founding producer and director of the West Oakland theater company Lower Bottom Playaz, established in 1999.

Pandemic Tourism

Eli Walsh reports on California's 'Golden State Getaways' where vaccinated Californians are eligible for much-needed free vacations. In addition to multi-night hotel stays and dining and entertainment options, each vacation package also comes with a $2,000 cash prize that can be used for expenses during the vacation.

Rock Solid

Andrew Gilbert profiles Drummer Larry Vann and his deeply rooted ties to the Bay Area and his storied history playing with some of the most noteworthy artists in Funk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Soul.

Where’s It Hurt?

Kelly Vance reviews Oskar Roehler’s dramatized tribute to the late filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 'Enfant Terrible' with a caveat. "Potential audiences are warned that 'Enfant Terrible' is pretty much for Fassbinder fans only, he writes. "He’s an acquired taste, and it’s plain that he doesn’t really care whether viewers 'get' his films at first glance.".

Green Is a Process

In this week's cover story, Janis Hashe explores the innovative ways the East Bay has found in imprinting and maintaining a green footprint, from free solar panels to food sustainability.

Vexing Vapors

In this week's 'Chronic Town', Dan Mitchell points out that current vaping devices on the market are not as safe as some have assessed, and that it’s best to wait for regulation to catch up before committing to them.

Free Will Astrology

Week of June 16 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries playwright Tennessee Williams was honest about the trickery he engaged in as he composed his entertaining masterpieces. “I don’t want realism,” he exclaimed. “I want magic!...

Home Plate

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Wawa Thai Food and speaks with Chef Wawa Maneewan about curry bases and her humble, yet noble ambitions as a restaurateur.

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.

Where’s It Hurt?

Kelly Vance reviews Oskar Roehler’s dramatized tribute to the late filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 'Enfant Terrible' with a caveat. "Potential audiences are warned that 'Enfant Terrible' is pretty much for Fassbinder fans only, he writes. "He’s an acquired taste, and it’s plain that he doesn’t really care whether viewers 'get' his films at first glance.".

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.

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.
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