Oct 5, 2022

Riot Goin’ On: ‘Riotsville, USA’ shows how military and civilian police used fear and...

Police brutality and violent infringement on civil rights might somehow appear to be a spontaneous outburst, in light of the outrages of the past few years. Something so disturbing and ubiquitous surely must have erupted at first...
Oct 5, 2022

The Trouble With ‘Bros’: You’ve got Grindr!

Mainstream queer cinema has reached a new nadir with the arrival of Billy Eichner’s movie, Bros, and its TV analog, Uncoupled, featuring Neal Patrick Harris, on Netflix. Both of these fictional gay protagonists inhabit a narrow world...
Oct 5, 2022

Piercing the Book Bubble: Litquake celebrates 23 years of bringing literature to the people

If Litquake 2022 were weaponry, it would be a bow and arrows. Instead, Litquake is the Bay Area’s beloved annual literary festival that this year sprawls over 16 days with 93 events and over 350 authors and...
Sep 21, 2022

Here on Earth: Docs about a killer avalanche and the life of ‘ecopragmatist’ Stewart Brand

You don’t have to be a winter sports enthusiast to be mesmerized by Buried. The documentary, subtitled The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche, shows in...
Last month, I sat down at Rendez-Vous Café Bistro, right next door to the Albany Twin movie theater. When the host said they’d been in business...
Of the millions who dream of being an astronaut as a child, only a tiny few ever make it into space. But Space Explorers: THE INFINITE,...
What makes a good sandwich? Albert Ok, the chef behind OK’s Deli, agrees with the synthpop band Depeche Mode. You have to get the balance right....
Ah, the children! They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do. It’s a little more complicated than it used to be,...
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