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Feb 28, 2024

Tommy Orange Writes Second Urban Native Novel

The difficulty in beginning a conversation with Oakland-based, New York Times best-selling novelist and writer Tommy Orange is deciding which direction to go. We could shift into reverse and march through his earliest years, being born and raised in the Dimond District by his parents, his father Cheyenne, his mother...
Lukas Nelson’s Songs to Sing Live
Feb 27, 2024

Lukas Nelson’s Songs to Sing Live

When Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real (POTR) recorded Sticks and Stones, the outfit’s eighth studio album, there was a two-fold purpose—to create songs that would be just as easy to play live and...
Free Will Astrology: Week of February 28
Feb 27, 2024

Free Will Astrology: Week of February 28

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In my astrological estimation, the coming weeks will be an ideal time for you to declare amnesty, negotiate truces and shed long-simmering resentments. Other recommended activities: Find ways to joke about embarrassing memories,...
Afrofuturism Imagines the Future Through a Black Lens
Feb 20, 2024

Afrofuturism Imagines the Future Through a Black Lens

Black History Month also encompasses the future at the Chabot Space & Science Center on Feb. 24. “Celebrate Black History Month: Afrofuturism,” an all-day event, will include the Hidden Genius Project, the Black Panther Party Legacy Alumni Network,...
Elevator Repair Service Reenacts a Legendary Debate
Feb 20, 2024

Elevator Repair Service Reenacts a Legendary Debate

Can a one-hour, 1965 televised debate between academically inclined orators that’s available for anyone to watch on YouTube warrant a fully produced, live-theater reenactment in 2024? It most certainly and profoundly can, when it comes to New...
Noise Pop's 31st Year Celebrates Bay Area Music Scene
Feb 20, 2024

Noise Pop’s 31st Year Celebrates Bay Area Music Scene

The first Noise Pop Festival was a one-night stand that took place at the Kennel Club—now The Independent—on Divisadero Street in 1993. It featured five bands and cost five dollars. Thirty-one years later, it’s become an internationally...
Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 22-28
Feb 20, 2024

Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 22-28

THURSDAY SKA SAVE FERRIS Back in the before times of 1995, two female-fronted bands got a whole generation of weirdo, awkward, super-cool-because-they-were-super-uncool kids into ska: No Doubt and Save Ferris. The latter was fronted by Monique Powell, a fixture in...
Free Will Astrology: Week of February 28
Feb 20, 2024

Free Will Astrology: Week of February 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was one of the greats. In his 30 films, he crafted a reputation as a masterful storyteller. A key moment in his development as an emotionally intelligent artist came...
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