Arts & Entertainment


Artists to link up Sept. 26 for world peace and justice

In Oakland, Cassandra Lopez and the We Tell Our Stories Film Collective will be contributing to the event with their documentary.


"Gendering Radicalism" tells important story of women and communism

We can't write about the California Communist Party without writing about the women leaders who led it from its birth until the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Two kids reclaim the world in new opera “Second Nature”

May "Second Nature" find a second production in another community soon. It's a remarkable work.


Racism as a pigment of your imagination: “Citizen: An American Lyric”

The cutting-edge new play, with its ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, is, sadly, already in need of updating.


Beyond this door is another dimension: capitalism’s "Patterns" of (mis)behavior

"Patterns" was written for the little screen by one of television's titans, the late, great Rod Serling.


“The End of the Tour” is more snore than tour

Really, whose idea was it to film a blabfest about a guy purportedly on anti-depressants?


Today in history: Uncle Ruthie Buell born 85 years ago, still performing

Tomorrow, Aug. 8, marks the 85th birthday of an extraordinary performing artist who is still very much among us and active.


Today in history: Jazz artist Ramsey Lewis premieres new concerto at 80

Ramsey Lewis, iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for 60 years, was born on May 27, 1935.


"Ant-Man" is fun, but never thinks big

The movie is a decent enough popcorn flick, but its narrative weaknesses and hit-or-miss jokes don't help it much.


“All American Girl” asks "who will save the children?"

This play follows Katie, a bright and attractive girl committed to rescuing innocents from hardship and poverty, as she evolves into a passionate extremist.

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