Music & Culture

REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

Before sitting down to see Fruitvale Station at Oakland’s historic Grand Lake Theater, I had heard that for Oakland residents the experience would be more like reliving memories than seeing a Hollywood film. The movie opens with one of the infamous cell-phone recordings of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s shooting at the Fruitvale BART Station that went viral […]

REVIEW: Blackfish – An Inside Look At Killer Whales In Captivity At SeaWorld

REVIEW: Blackfish – An Inside Look At Killer Whales In Captivity At SeaWorld

When I was a kid I loved SeaWorld. Watching animal shows and hoping to get splashed was the best part, of course. The trainers would talk about the orca as if they loved to do these shows, that this behavior was normal for them in the wild. So, when I went into this film, the […]

REVIEW: Orange Is The New Black On Netflix

REVIEW: Orange Is The New Black On Netflix

On July 11, Netflix debuted the entire first season of “Orange Is The New Black,” a series about an upper-crust Connecticut woman who finds herself spending 15 months behind bars are the Litchfield, NY Federal Women’s Correctional Institution. The series is a groundbreaking look at prison that hints at the corruption at all levels of […]

REVIEW: Gasland Part II on HBO July 8

REVIEW: Gasland Part II on HBO July 8

Josh Fox a filmmaker from Eastern Pennsylvania was in the state mid-June to debut his follow-up to the groundbraking documentary, Gasland, Gasland Part II.  The film will air on HBO on July 8, and many environmental activists are expected to make its viewing a neighborhood event. I attended the first Pennsylvania screening at the Boroughal Middle School […]

REVIEW: Eve Ensler’s “In The Body Of The World”

REVIEW: Eve Ensler’s “In The Body Of The World”

PHOTO: Eve Ensler in Congo, during her recovery from cancer. Eve Ensler has never been subtle, yet she has always been gently bold in the way in which she has laid out the modern feminine condition. Ensler details her gruesome battle with cancer while simultaneously working to open a center for rape victims in the […]

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

I was recently taken aback by a request to review Weed The People: From Founding Fiber to Forbidden Fruit, by Jeremy Daw, J.D.  Always having my “cop on,” I immediately started a Google search of the title and the author. Now mind you, I was a bit intimidated by Daw’s Harvard Law school credentials but […]

REVIEW: Alice Smith “She”

REVIEW: Alice Smith “She”

After a six-year wait, Alice Smith finally released her heavily anticipated second album, She. Time hasn’t changed her powerhouse voice which drips with soul and emotion so thick it’s almost a sin to not sing along; however, subtle changes have come with these new tracks — a slightly gentler, mellower vibe than her last album, For […]

REVIEW: Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito”

REVIEW: Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs fell short with 2008’s “It’s Blitz.” But, perhaps the expectations were too high, 2005’s “Show Your Bones” was a post-punk masterpiece bursting at the seems with raw emotion devoid of trend yet undeniably hip all at once. It’s a hard act to follow. With the recent release of “Mosquito” it is […]

REVIEW: SEX POT: The Marijuana Lover’s Guide to Gettin’ It On

REVIEW: SEX POT: The Marijuana Lover’s Guide to Gettin’ It On

Photo: Kenneth Locke of author Lisa “Mamakind” Kirkman By Helen Jane Evans Not your average guide to, well, anything, SEX POT: the Marijuana Lover’s Guide to Gettin’ it On by Mamakind, is a veritable vocab-volumizing, stoner and sexaholic stimulating (and if read aloud to some friends) oral orgy of organic orgasms. The book, which came […]

REVIEW: Kitten – Cut it Out EP

REVIEW: Kitten – Cut it Out EP

Kitten is going to be a trend setter. When I first heard this, I thought it could be some cool indie foreign band. It’s a blend of synth with just the right amount of nostalgic angst so many artists are trying to capture. The music is catchy but honest, effortless and soulful. I was blown […]