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Barbara Dane’s Wild Ride

At 88, the iconic songstress, Oakland resident, and antiwar protestor who palled around with Lenny Bruce, Louis Armstrong, Pete Seeger, and Jane Fond, still sounds like “Bessie Smith in stereo.”

The Spotlight Shines on Elena Pinderhughes

The talented vocalist and flutist from Berkeley is having a breakout year with some of the biggest stars in jazz.

2015 Fall Arts Preview

Circle the dates for the East Bay’s most enticing art shows, dance performances, film festivals, lit events, and musical gigs.

Kaiser Auditorium Renovation Underway

Emeryville’s Orton Development gets the go-ahead to mastermind the revival of the 101-year-old venue that’s been dormant for a decade.

Diana Gameros Can’t Say No

Pluck and good luck are trademark traits of the Berkeley-based singer-songwriter with a gift for innovation and collaboration.

Alameda, Post-Punk Paradise

How did our Mayberry by the Bay become a mecca for so many misfits, outcasts, and rebels?

Tiffany Austin Seeks a Soulful Path

A Berkeley law school graduate gives her singing a career a chance in her search for a more soul-filled existence.

Brandon Biggs Won’t Let Sightlessness Interfere With Opera

A Cal State University, East Bay bass/baritone lands in Milan, where he is connecting Italians and international students through a website he created.

How Midnight Cinema is Bypassing the Record Industry

Oakland pop rockers Midnight Cinema has a new business model for getting its music out, and at the moment it doesn’t involve major recording studios or record labels.

Tina Blaine Inspires Dance and Drumming at Rhythmix

Better known as “Bean,” this drumming and dance phenomena takes her students on percussive tours of African and Middle East from the confines of Rhythmix Cultural Works.