They’s Agin’ It: Federal Cannabis legalization is possible, even with opposition from a Republican...

In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell explores the benefits of federal legalization of cannabis, writing, "Revenue from the weed tax would go toward an office at the Justice Department for job training, and legal aid for cannabis convictions to be expunged," but also exploring the many obstacles along the way, especially the Republican-controlled Congress.

Culture Takes the Lake: Lakeshore bustles back thanks in part to revitalized and innovative...

"The resurgence of Black-owned small businesses in Grand Lake might seem like an aberration or a triumph, depending on perspective," writes Eric K. Arnold for this week's Feature, "It’s actually a testament to cultural resilience."

Close Encounter: ‘For Madmen Only’ peeks into the mind of comic acting guru Del...

"According to 'For Madmen Only' Director Heather Ross’ rewarding documentary spelunking expedition into the life and career of the erstwhile fire-swallower from Manhattan, Kansas, Del P. Close was as insanely complicated as any legendary theater mentor should be. Of course, some would say he was just plain insane." Kelly Vance writes in this week's review.

Sonic Frontiers: Deeply informed by traditional music of the Philippines, Karl Evangelista’s ‘Apura’ is...

"An Oakland guitarist and composer with a rigorously conceived and wide-open aesthetic, Evangelista is a creative force at the sonic frontiers where the Bay Area’s new music scene bleeds into jazz. Deeply informed by traditional music of the Philippines, he designed Apura by drawing on folkloric melodies, though the musical conversation unfurled with the roiling ebb and surge of a jazz colloquy," writes Andrew Gilbert in this week's music section.

Coping With Covid … Still: Though there are signs of hope, California continues to...

“Too many people have chosen to live with this virus,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday during a briefing in Oakland to announce the new requirements. “We’re at a point in this pandemic where [an] individual’s choice not to get vaccinated is now impacting the rest of us in a profound and devastating and deadly way.”

Oakland Power Poll: Exploring a new type of civic dialogue

Stephen Buel introduces East Bay Express's latest column with analysis of a Power Poll survey about the public perception of the Oakland Police. Some of the findings are quite surprising.

Yoshi’s Oakland reopens with a full roster of live shows after the challenge of...

Lou Fancher interviews Yoshi's Oakland's General Manager and Artistic Director about the reopening of the beloved Jazz venue this month after over a year of uncertainty. "Surviving the 16-month lockdown was incredibly tough for Yoshi’s,' she writes, "even with nearly 50 years of notable popularity in Oakland to its name."

Wine and Dine: Downtown Wine Merchants make cuisine and domestic vintners a downtown Oakland...

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Oakland's Downtown Wine Merchants and speaks with co-owner Susanné Breen about their cuisine and selection of domestic wines. “They have to be from California, Oregon, Washington; some are from New York,” she says.
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Free Will Astrology: Week of July 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Valerie Andrews reminds us that as children, we all had the “magical capacity to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of...

Sonic Frontiers: Deeply informed by traditional music of the Philippines, Karl Evangelista’s ‘Apura’ is...

"An Oakland guitarist and composer with a rigorously conceived and wide-open aesthetic, Evangelista is a creative force at the sonic frontiers where the Bay Area’s new music scene bleeds into jazz. Deeply informed by traditional music of the Philippines, he designed Apura by drawing on folkloric melodies, though the musical conversation unfurled with the roiling ebb and surge of a jazz colloquy," writes Andrew Gilbert in this week's music section.

Yoshi’s Oakland reopens with a full roster of live shows after the challenge of...

Lou Fancher interviews Yoshi's Oakland's General Manager and Artistic Director about the reopening of the beloved Jazz venue this month after over a year of uncertainty. "Surviving the 16-month lockdown was incredibly tough for Yoshi’s,' she writes, "even with nearly 50 years of notable popularity in Oakland to its name."

Flic Chic: Isabelle Huppert excels as a bent cop in ‘Mama Weed’

"Widowed mother Patience Portefeux (Huppert) works in the intelligence section of the Paris police as a translator, interpreting the wiretap recordings and social media posts of Arabic-speaking drug dealers, and occasionally assisting in street busts. In an ordinary, fish-out-of-water cop movie, someone like her would face on-the-job sexism, and disarm with charm, en route to a station-house romance. Patience’s story is a little more complicated," writes Kelly Vance about 'Mama Weed'.

Spellling: Hopeful visions of the future

“‘Little Wheel’ is one of my all time favorite songs,” [Spellling] said. “[Sainte-Marie] does everything I wanted to do on this album in that one song. The theme of ephemerality of time and how special it is to be here, on this planet, as a human. Trying to grasp these big moments we get to share with each other while here and trying to hold onto them. She can speak to grandiose concepts, but the words are so detailed. My album is about that.”

Female Trouble: Reincarnated biblical she-devil ‘Lillith’ goes to college; horny frat boys beware

"No acting-prize hopefuls here," writes Kelly Vance in this week's review. "Frequent TV actor [Savannah] Whitten, in the title role, exhibits a lot of exaggerated energy in her sex scenes, each of which climaxes with the mutilation of her unlucky partner. Otherwise, her most notable achievement is to satisfy the prime requirement for playing Lillith in the first place—plenty of room in her mouth for the demonic dental appliance."

Thought Leaders: Oakland quartet showers splinters of light into the darkness on their debut...

“Musically, we were in an intense and dark place to begin with,” guitarist Andrew Lund said. “The pandemic paved the way for the album to be recorded in a way that allowed us to put that kind of energy into it. It was touch and go for a while, musically and personally. None of us knew what was going to happen. I don’t think anybody did.” j.poet talks with the East Bay band on moving forward with a debut album post-pandemic.
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