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Culture, The Exhibitionist Memory, Immigration, Forgiveness, and Nat King Cole in A.C.T.'s <i>Let There Be Love</i>

Memory, Immigration, Forgiveness, and Nat King Cole in A.C.T.'s Let There Be Love

Actor Carl Lumbly says Let There Be Love, which he stars in at A.C.T. with Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Greta Wohlrabe, exceeded his expectations. And his expectations were high. “It’s just a joy to work on. It’s an affecting play…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long Before Aerosmith's "Crazy"

Long Before Aerosmith's "Crazy"

That which we now call a "music video" is more than it seems to be — the idea is immutable, obvious, and at least as old as visual recording devices. "Soundies" are the earliest known incarnation of the short-music-film form:…
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Music, BeatBox Army: Show Preview

Army: Show Preview

Fritzmaurice Williams' stage name, Army, is a reference to the time he spent in the U.S. military after graduating from New York's School of the Performing Arts. Following his service, he traded his M-16 rifle for a reggae career that's…
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Christmas for in-betweeners at the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

This year I have been listening to KOIT-FM (96.5) during the holidays. Maybe it's because the station is playing more old stuff -- Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Phil Spector joints -- or maybe it's because Bay Area radio sucks…
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Remembering Charles Brown

Charles Brown, the great rhythm-and-blues pianist and vocalist best known today for having penned "Merry Christmas, Baby," made it through one last Christmas. But he couldn't make it to what probably would have been the biggest celebration of his career:…
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