.Arts & Culture

Aug 10, 2022

A Goddess Is Born: Berkeley Rep stages musical inspired by African myth

A goddess’s birth can be a long process—but her emergence is glorious. Director/creator Saheem Ali, playwright Jocelyn Bioh and composer Michael Thurber have been midwifing the world-premiere musical Goddess, opening at Berkeley Rep Aug. 14, for years. The piece has gone through multiple iterations and four postponements, and is now...
Aug 10, 2022

A Sort of Homecoming: Blues-great Charlie Musselwhite returns with new collection since leaving California

In an age where performers make their names as Instagram influencers and TikTok flavors-of-the month, Charlie Musselwhite is the equivalent of a landline—steady, reliable and a link to the past. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis,...
Aug 10, 2022

Free Will Astrology: Week of August 10

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Tips to get the most out of the coming weeks: 1. Exercise your willpower at random moments just to keep it limber. 2. Be adept at fulfilling your own hype. 3. Argue for...
Aug 3, 2022

Sarah Bethe Nelson: Singing to the world through her living room window

On her fourth solo album, Mental Picture, Sarah Bethe Nelson continues to balance her introspective lyrics with melodies that sound like you’ve heard them all your life. She’s still a rocker, but the feel here is a...
Aug 3, 2022

Almost Grown: Coming of age is no picnic in Lena Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’

Let’s talk about Lena Dunham. Tiny Furniture (2010)---which she wrote, directed and starred in—set the bar for ultra-indie explorations of the lives of women, Millennial-style. In it, she portrays a recent college graduate who has moved back...
Aug 3, 2022

Claiming Space in the Bay Area: The multi-Grammy winning Esperanza Spalding makes Bay Area...

The time is arguably ripe for five-time Grammy Award winning vocalist, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding to buy a home in the East Bay. In the first three-quarters of this year alone, Spalding has splashed down a...
Aug 3, 2022

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 3

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries poet Ada Limón advises us to notice and love “the music of the world.” She says that praising and giving attention to the good things “are as important and necessary as witnessing...
Jul 27, 2022

Greg Loiacono: Mother Hips’ frontman steps out with a soulful new album

Like many people, Greg Loiacono found himself at loose ends during the Covid lockdown. He should be familiar to Bay Area music lovers for his work with The Mother Hips, a band with a wide-open musical approach...
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