.Arts Feature

Nov 16, 2022

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Become a believer in the power of love with rapper and MC Kurtis Blow If the idea of dragging yourself to see an annual Nutcracker ballet makes you want to scream, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is for you. If the traditional version has you hankering to tear down any tidy-tight...
Aug 31, 2022

Fall Into Books: Immersive words and worlds in autumn literature

The love for literature comes naturally to some folks. For others, it can represent a chore because reading is entirely linked to work or academic pursuits outside of a central passion. The one factor that can make...
Aug 24, 2022

From Drama to Drag: East Bay theaters have it all this fall

Theater in the East Bay is back big time this fall, with diverse shows that demonstrate the provocative, exploratory missions of its sustaining companies and series—and also offering some just plain fun. There are world premieres, classics...
Aug 17, 2022

Rock of Ages: Def Leppard perseveres with a touch of glam on 12th studio...

The pandemic may have caused an existential pause button to be pressed, but for Def Leppard, it meant a creative rejuvenation that yielded Diamond Star Halos, the band’s 12th studio album and its first since 2015’s self-titled...
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...
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 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...
Jul 20, 2022

The Potential of Everydayness: BAMPFA mounts major retrospective of Alison Knowles’ career

Do you have a favorite red object? Would you be willing to part with it in the service of art? If so, you’ll get your chance as part of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)...
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