.Arts Feature

Mar 1, 2023

Ancestral Embrace

Artist Amanda Ayala invites visitors to hug their ancestors Three woven baskets hold round pillows, each painted with a bright sun-like geometric design. On the wall behind them, scrawled in curly cursive, is the message, “Hug a pillow/ Hug your ancestors/Notice, feel, breathe.” When she was a teen, Amanda Ayala’s middle...
Feb 22, 2023

Stepping Out

Sep 28, 2022

Joe Satriani: Surfing between the worlds of music and fine art

The late French visual artist Henri Matisse once said, “Don’t wait for inspiration; it comes while working.” It’s a mantra storied guitarist Joe Satriani fiercely embraced as he weathered the pandemic with the rest of the world. While...
Sep 14, 2022

The Summer Stretch: Defy autumn’s onset with these events

Suddenly, it's September. Where did summer go? Wasn’t there supposed to be frolicking, foolishness and far-away travel? Fortunately, the Bay Area is devoted to enjoying free-form fun with friends and family, regardless of the season. Here then,...
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,...
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