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She’s Got Gumption

A lifetime of theater propels Alameda’s Brigette Lundy-Paine into a role in Woody Allen’s new film Irrational Man.
June 17, 2015

Alameda Theatre and Cinema Grill Team Up for Food and Dink at the Movies

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex goes New Parkway, quietly letting patrons at the adjoining Cinema Grill bring adult beverages and portable snacks into the cinexplex rooms. Expansion is coming as the kinks get worked out.
April 22, 2015

In This Drug War, Truth Was the First Casualty

A decade after the San Jose Mercury News first wrote about how the U.S. government helped spread crack cocaine across black America, that story hit the Billboard charts. I’d been worrying about something like that for years.
November 03, 2014

In This Drug War, Truth Was the First Casualty

A decade after the San Jose Mercury News first wrote about how the U.S. government helped spread crack cocaine across black America, that story hit the Billboard charts. I’d been worrying about something like that for years.
November 01, 2014

FREE Documents Destiny Arts

Filmmakers David Collier and Suzanne LaFetra believe in love at first sight. Not just because they’re partners in life as well as work, but also because of a Destiny Arts Youth Company performance they saw at Laney College four years ago. They fell in love—with a pack of 20 vibrant teenagers who could really dance. So they did what they do best and made a documentary about the group.
October 02, 2014

FREE Documents Destiny Arts

Filmmakers David Collier and Suzanne LaFetra believe in love at first sight. Not just because they’re partners in life as well as work, but also because of a Destiny Arts Youth Company performance they saw at Laney College four years ago. They fell in love—with a pack of 20 vibrant teenagers who could really dance. So they did what they do best and made a documentary about the group.
October 02, 2014

The new BAM/PFA

Whether you’re running a museum or a pizzeria, location is paramount. Currently nestled adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum is perfectly accessible and yet a tad out of the way, unless you’re student or faculty member. Same goes for the affiliated Pacific Film Archive, displaced from the BAM building some years ago due to seismic concerns and ensconced in a theater a few blocks west. Hence the excitement, from audiences and curators alike, about BAM/PFA’s new $100-plus-million home reuniting the two that is under construction in downtown Berkeley at the site of a former UC printing plant.
September 04, 2014

Full-tilt Fall Arts Preview

The fall arts season offers exciting programming across many genres.
September 03, 2014

The new BAM/PFA

Whether you’re running a museum or a pizzeria, location is paramount. Currently nestled adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum is perfectly accessible and yet a tad out of the way, unless you’re student or faculty member. Same goes for the affiliated Pacific Film Archive, displaced from the BAM building some years ago due to seismic concerns and ensconced in a theater a few blocks west. Hence the excitement, from audiences and curators alike, about BAM/PFA’s new $100-plus-million home reuniting the two that is under construction in downtown Berkeley at the site of a former UC printing plant.
September 03, 2014

Marshawn Lynch Makes His Own Movie

Marshawn Lynch wants to tell his own story. Many have tried as the Oakland native has become an NFL star. Many more will want to now that he’s a Super Bowl champion. But Lynch believes, more times than not, the media is too caught up on his dreadlocks and gold teeth and inner-city mannerisms to tell his story accurately. His mistakes get more attention than his good deeds.
July 03, 2014