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Calendar, Night&Day The Good Music of the Bad Old Days

The Good Music of the Bad Old Days

Maybe you think you know everything about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. already. But let us be the first to say it — you don’t. The legends are rightly repeated, the songs are often sung (badly), and the photos have…
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Culture, Stagecap

Lorraine Hansberry's Black Nativity is at its best when it's not taking itself too seriously

There is nothing better than watching Bay Area blues singer Faye Carol, with her four-inch nails and bright blue eyeshadow, swaggering around the stage belting out bluesy, gospel songs about Jesus. She is a true local treasure. Strangely, the rest…
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Old Story, New Art Form

Using a form he calls a "secular oratorio," jazz musician Marcus Shelby wrote what we call a modern opera. Quilting together bebop, blues, gospel, and more, Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land is jazz on a grand scale. Written…
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Culture, Stage

Black Nativity

The theater has long been compared to organized religion; both the stage and the pulpit offer divine intervention in their own contrasting ways. But the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's perennial holiday production literally turns the auditorium into a church. Based on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Me, Myself, and I

Me, Myself, and I

Most birthdays are forgettable -- a perfectly adequate night spent with loved ones or a sorry evening spent alone with the bottle, marking another year down the drain. But for actor, writer, and producer Thomas Robert Simpson, birthdays are always…
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