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Tribute to African American Jazz Composers

Posted February 22, 2017 by

This Saturday night, Oakland composer and keyboardist Steve McQuarry leads an accomplished group of musicians in a special Black History Month tribute to African American jazz composers at the California Jazz Conservatory. Joining McQuarry are Destiny Muhammad (harp/vocals), Gerald Beckett
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Wrapup Reviews From The 19th S.F. IndieFest

Posted February 14, 2017 by

Rodrigo Reyes’ drama “Lupe Under The Sun” gives its titular migrant laborer an identity beyond being more than a pair of strong arms.  Lupe lives a near austere life outside his peach-picking job in California’s Central Valley.  It’s a lonely
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More Reviews From The 19th S.F. IndieFest

Posted February 9, 2017 by

Is Charlie Lyne’s documentary “Fear Itself” an autobiographical look at the filmmaker’s relationship to horror films?  Personal details such as mentions of recuperation from an accident and an incident at a funeral pepper the voiceover narration.  Yet is offscreen narrator
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19th San Francisco IndieFest Reviews

Posted February 2, 2017 by

The more obvious fraud chronicled in Dean Fleischer-Camp’s film “Fraud” is the illusion of American consumerist prosperity.  Perpetrating that fraud is the Reynolds family.  This typical white nuclear family living in North Carolina can seemingly afford elaborate birthday parties and
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Best Films Of 2016 Countdown

Posted January 5, 2017 by

In some ways, film provided for this writer a respite from 2016’s continual air of death and horror.  For this atypical year’s countdown, documentaries and feature films were broken down into separate categories.  A number of worthy documentary features came
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“The Brand New Testament”—Review

Posted December 15, 2016 by

“God is a malign thug.”  This was award-winning fantasist Harlan Ellison’s summation of a point once made by revered American writer Mark Twain.  Wars, hunger, racism, religious intolerance, and glorified income inequality are some of the ills that have continually
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Four New Anti-Capitalism Comics For the Holidays

Posted December 12, 2016 by

The mainstream news media and certain “bipartisan” politicians may be happy to peddle the lie that having the incoming Trump Administration billionaire autocratic overlords running the federal government is normal.  Fortunately, a quartet of currently available pieces of graphic literature
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