Calendar Picks: Week of Apr. 11-17
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
THURSDAY THEATER DRUM TAO Drum Tao is a mixture of traditional taiko drumming and high drama performed by 40 performers with acrobatic pedigree. The drums, which come in every size, emanate rhythms and timbres reminiscent of not only the human heartbeat but tumbling rocks, crashing thunder, a giant’s footsteps—even the lightest spring rain falling on fresh grass. Played with incredible skill, finesse and full-body gestures, these men—and a few women—in skirts never sounded or looked so good. – LOU FANCHER INFO: 7:30pm, UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley. $43 – $106. 5 ..read more
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Elsie’s on Solano: Now Closed
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
The following article was written after I interviewed Cash Caris on April 3. At the time, the chef sounded optimistic about Delirama’s reincarnation as Elsie’s on Solano. On Sunday night, Caris posted on Instagram that he would close Elsie’s until April 17 to reassess their business plan.  By Monday morning, Caris added an update, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the Solano location’s closure after more than two years of serving our wonderful community.” He cited “high rent, utilities, labor costs and the uncompromising need for quality ingredients” as the reasons behin ..read more
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Film Review: ‘Kim’s Video’
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
The late, lamented video store culture and its fanatics always make good copy for whimsical news coverage. Even the most hidebound, no-nonsense media outlet seemingly harbors a contributor who once upon a time toiled—like Quentin Tarantino—in a grubby urban hole-in-the-wall stuffed to the rafters with the most arcane film offerings in existence, usually in outmoded home-video formats. One such temple of obscure thrills was Kim’s Video, a New York City mini-chain of shops that grew out of proprietor Yongman Kim’s obsession with classic motion pictures. In Kim’s case, “classic” didn’t connote o ..read more
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Labor Legacy Honored in Filipino-American Play
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
In its nearly 40-year history, Brava for Women in the Arts has never before met a more perfect match than with Larry the Musical. The San Francisco-based arts organization is devoted to amplifying the stories and voices of women, LGBTQIA and underrepresented people of color.  Their latest staged production is based on the children’s picture book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, written by the late historian Dawn Mabalon and author/playwright Gayle Romasanta, and illustrated by Andre Sibayan. The musical tells the story of Itliong, the oft-overlooked labor organizer who le ..read more
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Henry J. Gets Ready to Play
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
The beautiful Beaux Arts building that opened on Oakland’s 10th Street in 1915 was originally called the Oakland Civic Auditorium. During its time under that name, it served as an infirmary during the 1918 flu epidemic, hosted a classic Christmas pageant for decades and reverberated to the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. as he spoke in 1962, marking the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Over the years, the Grateful Dead played the facility 57 times. Time, however, began to take its toll. A mid-’80s renovation saw the building renamed the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in ..read more
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The Quiet Irony of Tony Jay
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
Michael Ramos lets the music take him wherever it wants to go. He’s been playing in bands since he was in high school and began recording his original songs soon after. “Once I had access to a multi-track recorder, I realized I didn’t have to be dependent on other people’s schedules,” he said. “I could construct a song that sounds like a band, even when nobody else was free to hang out and play music with me.” As the technology evolved, Ramos linked his recorders with computers. He created songs he could put up on various digital platforms, although he was initially shy about sharing them wit ..read more
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Free Will Astrology: Week of April 10
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by Samantha Campos
5d ago
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now is a favorable time to make initial inquiries, ask for free samples and enjoy window shopping. But it’s not an opportune time to seal final decisions or sign binding contracts. Have fun haggling and exploring, even as you avoid making permanent promises. Follow the inklings of your heart more than the speculations of your head, but refrain from pledging your heart until lots of evidence is available. You are in a prime position to attract and consider an array of possibilities, and for best results you should remain noncommittal for the foreseeable future. TAURU ..read more
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An American Story of Automated Atrocity
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by Samantha Campos
1w ago
Atrocity can be automated. A century-spanning story can be delivered as if magically shrink-wrapped in a sleek, no-moment-wasted live-theater performance that ripples with present-day and future implications. Masterful storytelling can pitch humor, patience, persistence and cunning against egregious, historical racism without ever once becoming synonymous with permission for its continuation. Specific to America, the country’s greatest ghosts can be heard calling out, reminding us that wings can be made out of shackles. These and other truths arrive in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s presentatio ..read more
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Calendar Picks: Week of Apr. 4-10
East Bay Express | Oakland & Berkeley News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts
by Samantha Campos
1w ago
THURSDAY METAL THE BODY The Body, an experimental metal two-piece formed in 2004 by duo Chip King and Lee Buford, released their self-titled debut album the same year. Six years later, they released their second album, All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood. Over the years, they’ve collaborated on albums with other like-minded groups such as Thou, Full of Hell and OAA—who dropped an album with them in 2022 called Enemy of Love. Their droning sound combines elements of ethereal tones and dark emotions for tracks just as delicate as they are heavy, ushering in a metal sonority for fans of do ..read more
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‘The Carbonator’ Fights Wildfire Danger at East Bay Parks
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by Samantha Campos
1w ago
The East Bay Regional Park District may have found the wildfire-fighter equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator.” The most recent California drought is over. But it, and the bigger issue of ongoing climate change, left behind over 1,500 acres of dead and dying trees within the East Bay Regional Park District’s 73 parks, which contain more than 1,330 miles of trails on 125,000 acres. Potential danger from wildfires is high, especially with many of the parks and trails being close to urban centers. The damage was initially assessed in the fall of 2020. Trees most affected included non ..read more
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