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Midsommar will continue horror film renaissance

Midsommar will continue horror film renaissance

By Eric Parker, CONTRIBUTOR

May 2, 2019

Film studio A24 recently released the trailer for their next feature film, “Midsommar” from acclaimed director Ari Aster. With this film, the studio continues the emerging trend of “smart horror” that began in the last decade. Aster’s previous film, 2018’s “Hereditary,” was met with criti...

Movies cause interest in comic books

Movies cause interest in comic books

By Ethan Alonzo, CONTRIBUTOR

April 25, 2019

Excelsior. With great power comes great responsibility. Trust me, true believer. These sayings were some of the many catchphrases coined by the great Stan Lee before his passing in November of 2018. Lee was among the greatest comic book writers that ever were, and the films created from those bo...

First Thursday the new First Friday

First Thursday the new First Friday

April 17, 2019

The beginning of a new month can mean many different things. First and foremost rent is due, but the first Thursday and Friday of each month bring two events that highlight Oakland culture and arts. Many people know of First Friday, a large event that shuts down Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to...

Porter Robinson to rename musical festival

Porter Robinson to rename musical festival

By Marcel Penaranda, CONTRIBUTOR

April 17, 2019

Grammy-nominated electronic dance music producer Porter Robinson and live music promoter Goldenvoice received backlash from local event organizers after their announcement of the new music festival called Multiverse Festival. Robinson and Goldenvoice were under fire after announcing Multiverse Festiva...

Low ticket sales stunt local music scene

Low ticket sales stunt local music scene

By Eric Parker, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

Many alternative musical artists that set out on tour in the past several years have had a tendency to avoid the San Francisco Bay Area due to the high risk of lowering their tour “grade” or quality assessment, making it harder for them to be booked for future tours. The San Francisco Bay Area...

Art, Representation, and Skateboarding

Art, Representation, and Skateboarding

By TJ Porreca Sarah Williams-Cain, CONTRIBUTOR

January 25, 2019

A look at the Bay Area’s first queer skate collective, Unity Skateboarding Gabriel Ramirez flashed a sheepish smile and laughed with his friend “Smalls” as they posed with their skateboards in front of the Unity Press workspace where their love for skateboarding coincides with their involvement in t...

Playboi Carti SOMO Village performance

Playboi Carti SOMO Village performance

November 15, 2018

Atlanta based rapper Playboi Carti performed at the SOMO Village in Rohnert Park on Friday 11/9. The show was almost cancelled due to the air quality conditions from the Butte fire, which is about 3 hours away from Rohnert Park. The air quality on the night of the show was documented at 184 on the air-...

Queen memorialized in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.

By Jessica Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

November 15, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame title holder and 1970s English rock band Queen is memorialized in writer Anthony McCarten’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biographical film that gives fans and audiences a view into the iconic, flamboyant lifestyle of lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film follows Farrokh Bu...

Oakland decides to cancel November’s First Friday event

Police officers secured the perimeters surrounding Oakland Art Murmur on Friday, Oct. 5 in hopes of keeping “The Town” safe.

By Rigoberto Vergara, CONTRIBUTOR

October 26, 2018

Oakland’s First Fridays organizers have canceled the street festival that was set to occur on November 2, following a shooting that left five injured during the after hours of October’s event. First Fridays is a street festival that is held on the first Friday of each month in the Koreatown-Nort...

PHOTO GALLERY – Oakland Art Murmur unites the Bay Area community

By Amyra Soriano, PHOTOGRAPHER

October 26, 2018

Every first Friday of the month, art galleries from Claremont to Jack London Square collaborate as part of “Oakland Art Murmur.” In partnership with “Oakland First Friday,” the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m and highlights the city’s diverse culture. ...

Treasure Island Music Festival returns after one year hiatus

Treasure Island Music Festival returns after one year hiatus

By Alli Weseman, VISUAL JOURNALIST

October 11, 2018

For the better part of a decade, San Francisco’s Treasure Island was known for two things: the music festival and flea market. Due to construction on the island, festival promoters Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, decided to move the Treasure Island music festival from its namesake a fe...

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