Spliff Film Fest

Movies by stoners, for stoners In the spirit of marijuana, the munchies and more, two brilliant Asian-American comedians and videographers created a very funny, award-winning short film titled Candy Sandwich, which the Spliff Film Festival...

Tower of Power

Fifty Years of Oakland soul and East Bay funk When sax player Emilio Castillo put together the band that would evolve into Tower of Power in 1968, he had no grand expectations. “We were hoping...

Stone Loco

I binge-watched Cheech and Chong so you’ll never have to This is the diary of someone who decided to watch Cheech and Chong until he couldn’t take it anymore. Plese excuse any typos or pisspellings:  5:30...

Up In Smoke

Cannabis regulation could be blindsided by its most difficult health questions Romanticizing cannabis culture and reliance on outdated findings based on studies of low potency marijuana conducted more than 20 years ago are the two...

Got the Vapors

Vaping injuries dip but safety is still a question After the vaping-illness outbreak that began in 2019, when people entered emergency rooms in droves and several dozen of them died, sales of cannabis vaping products...

Free Will Astrology

Week of April 14 ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Today I feel the whole world is a door,” wrote poet Dennis Silk. In a similar spirit, 13th-century Zen master Wumen Huikai observed, “The whole world is...

All-Stars host ‘Going Beyond the Grant’

On Tuesday, April 13th at 10 a.m., All Stars will be hosting a virtual town hall called Going Beyond the Grant featuring local nonprofits that are on the front lines of advancing racial equity...

“Boogaloo” group members accused of deleting digital evidence

A federal grand jury in San Francisco Friday indicted four men, all allegedly members of an extremist militia group, in connection with a scheme to destroy digital files and online chats linked to the...

Don’t Sip That Tea

International true-crime miniseries The Serpent follows the trail of a serial killer of hippies. No wonder they call him The Serpent. Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), the main character of Netflix’s captivating true-crime miniseries of...

Samual Sattin’s personal stake in this year’s Oscars

When the Academy Awards are presented on April 25, Oakland writer Samuel Sattin will root for a European film with a personal connection. WolfWalkers, a production of the Kilkenney Ireland studio Cartoon Saloon, is nominated...
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Stone Loco

I binge-watched Cheech and Chong so you’ll never have to This is the diary of someone who decided to watch Cheech and Chong until he couldn’t take it anymore. Plese excuse any typos or pisspellings:  5:30...

Don’t Sip That Tea

International true-crime miniseries The Serpent follows the trail of a serial killer of hippies. No wonder they call him The Serpent. Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), the main character of Netflix’s captivating true-crime miniseries of...

Empire of Pain

Kelly Vance reviews 'I Am Not Your Negro' director, Raoul Peck's latest documentary on the brutal histories of colonialism and imperialism, 'Exterminate All the Brutes'.

Cool Ghouls

j. poet sits down with local Pop music legends, Cool Ghouls, to catch up on the making of their new album, reflecting on a decade of making music together, and plans for when the venues are open again.

‘The Mauritanian’

Jeffrey Edalatpour reviews the latest movie starring Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim in the suspense drama set in the morally grey days following 9/11,‘The Mauritanian’.

Slippin’ Bob

Film critic Kelly Vance pulls no punches in his review of Bob Odenkirk's action debut.
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