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Battle of the sexes wages on in new movie

Couples use strategies against each other in 'Think Like a Man,' in theaters now

When I first heard that legendary comedian Steve Harvey ("Kings of Comedy") was going to make a movie based on his best-selling novel "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," I had some mixed feelings. Full story

I Love This City

Music Festival comes to S.F.

All over Peralta campuses, colorful flyers have appeared, showcasing "I Love This City," an electronic music festival that takes place on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at AT-T Park in San Francisco. Full story

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Poe reimagined in new film 'The Raven'

Destitute writer played as a master detective and action hero by John Cusack

The current formula for making a successful movie these days is simply to rip the idea from a book. With so many cash cows waiting in libraries like money in a bank, it's no small wondering that Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem "The Raven" was plucked.   Full story

Game of Thrones Computer Game

Winter is coming to Xbox, PS3, and PC

'Game of Thrones' craze continues with newest game

As a fan of both the book series and the HBO television show, I was ready to be disappointed with a game rife with classic lines ripped from the books and Sean Bean's digitalized image smeared across my screen.   Full story


Sex and violence power 'Game of Thrones'

Entertaining cable series may rankle devoted book fans

Based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series "Song of Ice and Fire," the HBO television show has proved to be incredibly popular, and has inspired many new fans to read the books. Of course, readers will unavoidably have issues with the new version. Full story


Highly anticipated finale in 'Mass Effect 3'

Bioware's newest installation doesn't disappoint...until the bitter end

"Mass Effect 3" was a roller coaster. I cheered, I laughed, I may even have cried at some points, but I enjoyed every moment of it. Usually after such a powerful ride I would walk away happy and want to ride again. But in this case, I got off of the roller coaster and immediately threw up. Full story


Laney Environmental Film Festival

In honor of Earth Week, Laney is having an Environmental Film Festival Monday April 23 to Thursday April 26. Click on link for full calendar. Full story

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"The Hunger Games" not just for tweens

Screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel storms theaters

Preparing for the "The Hunger Games" IMAX experience, I glanced around at my fellow voyeurs. When the young adult genre of books made its splash in the mainstream market, and franchises such as "The Twilight Saga" were born, discomfort in the company I shared thanks to our fandom rang true. For this blockbuster, however, that couldn't have been less so. Full story

Alex Totally

Local community college students get a shot at fame

"Got Talent?" On March 23 and 24, a local talent search began for the Bay Area's very finest community college students with musical talent in the Hip Hop, Jazz, and R&B genres. Laney College's Student Center was the location of the event, with judges from the Bay Area's local music scene. Full story

Alice (Julia Caadium) chasing a rabbit discovers a wildly conflicted terrain

A whole new Alice in ‘Alice in Oaksterland'

English professor's new play premiers at Laney Theater

A fun play adapted by English instructor Jackie Graves, "Alice in Oaksterland" is a version of Alice in Wonderland with the city of Oakland as a backdrop for Alice's fantastical adventures through Underground Oakland. Full story

Jewelry Exhibit OMCA Watch

Modern art jewelry shines in OMCA exhibit

‘Space-Light-Structure' exhibits visionary designer Margaret De Patta

The Oakland Museum of California is honoring an extraordinary mid-1900s jeweler by the name of Margaret De Patta, who modernized the art of jewelry-making between the 1930s and 1960s with her one-of-a-kind creations, and paved the way for innovation in jewelry. Full story

Killing the Messenger, by Thomas Peele

Assassination: a book review

"Killing the Messenger," the new book by Oakland Tribune journalist Thomas Peele, gives a haunting recount of the 2007 assassination of Chauncey Bailey, editor and investigative reporter for the Oakland Post, and examines the cult guilty of murdering him. Full story

Doctor In Spite of Himself

'A Doctor' heals with laughter

Classic French comedy returns to life under care of Berkeley writers

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's latest production of Molière's "A Doctor in Spite of Himself" is a throwback to Commedia dell' arte from the mid-16th century. Full story

Traditional Chinese Orchestra

Traditional Chinese orchestra plays campus

While many comparisons can be made between Eastern and Western traditional music, their differences in form were truly put on display as instructors for the campuses Chinese Instructional Orchestra were hosted as part of Laney's World Music Program. Full story

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Study of family balance in ‘Body Awareness’

Ensemble cast shines in Baker’s newest play

All households maintain a delicate equilibrium. In Aurora Theater's new production, "Body Awareness," that equilibrium is disturbed for Joyce (Jeri Lynn Cohen) and Phyllis (Amy Resnick), a lesbian couple, when they host a guest artist for a week. The anchor for this year's Global Age Project (GAP), Annie Baker's newest play is smart, sensitive and hilarious. Full story

Gregory Peck (Finch) and Brock Peters (Robinson) await the verdict.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ film turns 50

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird," and in the time since the first screening its popularity has scarcely waned. It's not hard to imagine that it was so well received as the novel of the same name on which it was based was voted the most inspirational novel of all time, according to, easily beating out the Christian bible. Full story

Arts Fences

Exploring both sides of ‘Fences’

Family plays hardball onstage in Alameda

The dark, arena-style stage of the Altarena Playhouse, hidden amongst suburban Alameda, slowly raises its lights, corner by corner, to a beautifully arranged version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." In this moment, nostalgia rules and the audience heavily anticipates its soon-to-be-illuminated protagonist, Troy Maxson. Full story

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