Cousins Asian Street Food: Noodles abound in Kimberly Gamble’s Shattuck Avenue kitchen

Chef Kimberly Gamble opened Lucky Bird in 2019—before the pandemic moved into town. Located near the UC Berkeley campus, Gamble closed down the chicken-centric restaurant in 2021. “All the...

The People v. Mississippi: Defending women’s right to choose

Within the next few months the Supreme Court will decide on Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade. No Court in the past 50 years would have taken this case,...

Life on the Fast Lane: Outside drivers shop and speed in once placid Alameda

Tracy Roberts is sure the hyper-speeding drivers she sees around town aren’t local. The 61-year-old denizen of Alameda, a bayside city with a uniform 25 mph speed limit, has...

Late Aster: New directions in classical rock

Late Aster is reinventing the way pop music is heard. The music the quartet produced on True and Toxic, their debut EP, breaks with convention by allowing the French...

Made in China: A candid documentary peek inside the consumer-based ‘Chinese dream’

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), did a wonderful job of depicting the brave new world of large-scale manufacturing in the early 2000s, particularly in China,...

Theater Round-up: East Bay Express writers weigh in on 2022’s stage must-dos

Take Care Mike Birbiglia dives deep in new solo show We may not know it by looking at him, but Mike Birbiglia has issues. The comedian, writer, filmmaker and NPR darling specializes...

The War on Drugs 2.0: A cannabis legalization rally highlights the state’s hostile attitude...

If California’s government had set out to create the worst possible conditions for the legal-cannabis industry, it couldn’t have done much better—or worse, really—than it has done through a...

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 19

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In October 2021, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team played the Seattle Kraken team in a Seattle arena. A fan named Nadia Popovici noticed that the...

Indelible Trax: The influence of late San Jose producer Traxamillion extends far beyond hyphy

The first time Demone Carter hung with Sultan Banks was at a high school backyard battle rap. By the time Banks walked in, Carter was already waist-deep in a...
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Made in China: A candid documentary peek inside the consumer-based ‘Chinese dream’

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), did a wonderful job of depicting the brave new world of large-scale manufacturing in the early 2000s, particularly in China, with its acres of space,...

Indelible Trax: The influence of late San Jose producer Traxamillion extends far beyond hyphy

The first time Demone Carter hung with Sultan Banks was at a high school backyard battle rap. By the time Banks walked in, Carter was already waist-deep in a slow-moving rap battle that had...

He Got His: The Chi-town lowdown on literary legend Nelson Algren

Who was the toughest of the tough-guy writers? Ernest Hemingway? Norman Mailer? B. Traven? James M. Cain? Samuel Fuller? David Goodis? Leonard Gardner? Mickey Spillane? Jim Thompson? James Ellroy? Hunter S. Thompson? None of the...

A Motionless Moue: Leaving the work of satire behind, ‘France’ morphs into an existential...

The star of Bruno Dumont’s France is not, as the trailer suggests, Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die). The French actress does appear in every frame of his two-hour-and-thirteen-minute movie, except for one strenuous,...

Sis: An openhearted journey into female spirituality

The music on Gnani, the new album by Sis, is ambient, cinematic and spiritual, while retaining the pop elements that have always marked her work. The Sanskrit word of the title loosely translates as...

Catching Up: A few January snapshots from last year’s movie bonanza

2021 shaped up to be a very strong year for movies—partially due to the lag in releasing schedules and the pent-up demand after the 2020 pandemic lockdown. So many noteworthy new films flooded into...
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