Arts & Culture

Play on the Moon

Lou Fancher sits down with performer Lisa Ramirez to discuss adapting T. S. Eliot's famous poem, 'The Wasteland', for the post-pandemic stage.

Scatter Swept

j. poet writes about the mercurial and fluid music and approach of Scatter Swept, a psychedelic band with strong African origins, and their new album, 'Unfolding'.

Wasteful World

Michael Berry reviews former East Bay Express Editor, Michael Mechanic and his unflinching portrayal of the super-rich as both parasitic and spiritually impoverished in his new book, 'Jackpot'.

Free Will Astrology

Week of May 5 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Created by Leonardo da Vinci in the...

How Art Moves

Aaron Carnes writes about Quentel the Cryptid’s new album, ‘Shadow Box' and their promise to the audience to provide a full, sensory experience that transcends the typical rock concert.

Heart & Soul

j. poet speaks with author and songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter about her latest album, 'Waterlines', and the pleasures and perils of producing an album during a pandemic.

Is She the One?

Film critic Kelly Vance covers the cryptic, and surprising, film 'Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache'. An unexpected treasure about living in the present and how difficult that can be.

Hope in the Harvest

Lou Fancher sits down with 'Queen Sugar' author, Natalie Baszile, to discuss her latest book on America's Black farmers, 'We Are Each Other's Harvest'.

Freewill Astrology

Week of April 28 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Poet Allen Ginsberg despairingly noted that many...

Mailbox Militants

Janis Hashe’s piece on the vitality of protest artists meeting the necessity of the United States Postal service opens up dialogue in topics ranging from voter suppression and election tampering to wheat-paste posters and ’80s Xerox art to protest murals in the streets of Oakland—and all around the globe—today.


Music writer, j. poet covers Scott Ayers and his Yachtclub101 album which not only reached his production goals, but crafted his version of perfect sonic ebullience.

Lifting Language

Lou Fancher’s piece on Aurora Theatre Company’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye sparks conversations of the late writer’s works—like Beloved, Jazz and Song Of Solomon—and how rich a legacy and how lasting an impact she created in worlds of words and history.

Free Will Astrology

Week of April 21 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Blogger Emma Elsworthy wrote her “Self-Care List.”...

Tower of Power

Fifty Years of Oakland soul and East Bay funk When sax player Emilio Castillo put...
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