Arts & Culture

Free Will Astrology: Week of September 1

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries poet Anna Kamienska wrote, “I’ve learned to value failed...

What’s so bad about socialism, asks ‘The Big Scary...

In the spirit of Michael Moore’s 2009 'Capitalism: A Love Story', director Yael Bridge’s energetic new documentary 'The Big Scary “S” Word' builds its argument for socialism—perhaps our society’s most widely misunderstood political/ philosophical system—on a case-by-case, ground-level basis, with plenty of help from the history books and such public figures as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, philosophy professor Cornel West and sociologist Adaner Usmani.

Chez Panisse at 50: Alice Waters, ‘We Are What...

Created with fly-by-the-seat-of-your-soil 1960s-style radicalism, the Chez Panisse menu has long emphasized simple presentations, the meal as a multi-sensory experience and the highly respectable use of sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients obtained from local farmers, ranchers and dairies. Waters’ formative years in France inspired the restaurant’s name that pays tribute to Honoré Panisse, a character in French novelist and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about everyday life in Marseille.

Sugar Candy Mountain: Bright songs from the heart of...

While the songs on 'Impression' often reflect the stressful events of the past year and a half—wildfires, Covid, sheltering in place—the buoyant melodies, positive lyrics, playful production and Reiter’s breezy vocals shower your ears to unexpected musical sparks.

Pure Forms: David Huffman honors his mother in Berkeley...

“My mind jets off, and logic is super slow—so I have to just go with what happens and think a lot less when I’m making art. It’s just bringing ingredients together. It’s like a movie director who picks the actors, the script, everything, then lets them all have at it,” Huffman says in a generous, 100-minute interview.

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Week of August 25

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries mythologist Joseph Campbell advised us to love our fate....

Boogey Nights: Two new movies about serial killer Ted...

The filmmakers’ comparatively subtle dramatization of such a bizarre true-crime story works in 'No Man of God’s' favor. Wood and Kirby contribute carefully measured performances, and the screenplay sticks to its studious criminology as we delve into the inner workings of a monstrous psychopath. We can’t say the same for 'Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman'.".

Destroy Boys: On the road again with open hearts

"The music on 'Open Mouth, Open Heart' is aggressively punk, with nuances of metal, folk, country, pop and Latin music drifting through the mix. The set opens with 'Locker Room Bully,' a song that describes the tribulations of high school women. A forceful vocal from Roditis likens her adolescent harassment to the hysteria of a witch-hunt, as a wall of electric guitar chords and Malik’s formidable backbeat support her."

The Essential Zion-I

Some emcees rap. Others make art. Zumbi Zoom aka Zion of Zion-I aka Steve Gaines...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Week of August 18

ARIES (March 21-April 19): A blogger who calls herself TheSaddestChorusGirlInTheWorld writes, “Having sex with...

‘Come See My Shop!’: Homemade sociology and global economics...

"As McDonnell’s curious documentary 'Queen of the Beach' unspools, we initially suspect his interest in one particular Indian youngster—a lively nine-year-old girl named Shilpa Poojar, who speaks surprisingly good English—might be predatory, in spite of the signs posted all around warning potential 'paedophiles' that sexual abuse of children is strictly forbidden," writes Kelly Vance about this sometimes cringe-worthy documentary.

Mae Powell: Songs of innocence and experience

j. poet writes, "The melodies Powell composed to accompany her musings are as boundless as the feelings she describes. Jazz, folk, rock, samba, blues, soul, country music and more slip and slide together, producing a sound both familiar and distinct. 'I don’t have a conscious style, I listen to everything,' Powell said."

A Beautiful Night: Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist bring...

D'Andre Ball reports back from San Francisco's 1015 Folsom and the collaborative energy that Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist shared with the crowd.

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Week of August 11

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Consecrate” isn’t a word you often encounter in intellectual circles....
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