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Steve Earle shares songwriting wisdom

Alt-country firebrand Steve Earle rarely allows himself breathing room between projects. Recently…

April 29: Della Mae, “Out In The Bay” and more

Who’s in town Journalist Masha Gessen, an LGBT activist, describes the political…

Conrad’s 'Heart of Darkness' gets operatic treatment

British composer Tarik O'Regan is excited and thrilled about his operatic version…

April 28: Finnish heavy metal, comedian Sal Calanni and more

Who’s in town LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s latest novel, “Jam on the Vine,”…

Jenni Olson's 'Royal Road' a powerful, personal film

A deeply personal, remarkably intelligent and profoundly moving experience, Jenni Olson's “The…

John Adams stands by 'Klinghoffer'

John Adams, America’s most prominent composer since Aaron Copland, was called upon…

Waxahatchee’s struggles reflected in ‘Ivy Tripp’

Philadelphia singer Katie Crutchfield thought she had a great plan for “Ivy…

‘Cops and Robbers’ dramatically dissects officer-involved shooting

There couldn’t be a more timely show than “Cops and Robbers,” Jinho…

April 27: Bay Area Dance Week, Big Data and more

Who’s in town New York Times columnist David Brooks touts the value…

Berkeley Playhouse’s ‘Hairspray’ welcomes the ’60s with glee

Moving civil rights struggles, puffy hairdos and soulful songs make Berkeley Playhouse’s…

Changing times come to the fore in ‘Fifth of July’

Set in 1977, Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” – part of Aurora…

Miranda July won’t divulge details about live secret show

Berkeley-bred Miranda July is a film director, screenwriter, novelist, actor, performance artist,…

Pete Yorn bringing back old-school sounds

On the surface, it looked like a particularly long period of inactivity…

April 26: How Weird Street Faire, “Godzilla” and more

Something to read Overthrowing Capitalism By Revolutionary Poets Brigade ($9.95) The group…

Jose Gonzalez takes on big issues in ‘Vestiges & Claws’

There’s a pastoral beauty to the songs on “Vestiges & Claws,” the…

April 24-25: Square dancing, Junior Ranger Day and more

A great hike Sequoia’s big reds: It’s National Park Week, and here’s…

Haute couture comes alive in ‘Dior and I’

"Dior and I" burrows into the world of haute couture, chronicling the…

Michiel Huisman of 'Game of Thrones' shows humble side in 'Age of Adaline’

Last year, Dutch actor Michiel Huisman took over the role of Daario…

April 23: Yasiin Bey, drag “Facts of Life” and more

Who’s in town University of Southern California professor Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut…

Folk rocker Lady Lamb jumps from basement to clubs

When Maine-bred Aly Spaltro was 18, she began composing folk-rock songs in…