Thursday, January 26, 2023

Culture Currents

Cultural happenings in SF and beyond.

‘King Lear’ adapted by Marcus Gardley at California Shakespeare Theatre through Oct. 2

Marcus Gardley writes, as only Marcus can, Black American characters who are accessible and real.

It feels good to give them the best

Services in place for people with mental health and substance abuse challenges are glaringly not enough.

No mourning the criminal imperial(ist) monarchies!

Baba Jahahara shines the light on brilliant lives lived, reparations not mourning, victories won and the struggle ahead.

Black and beautiful, out and proud: Why Black queer visibility matters

Invisibility is not an option in reality.

How to make Shakespeare immersive 

What is fictional reality, really?

Poetry from the inside: Virtuous shade

Poetically considering his self . . .

Rehabilitation counselor, poet and photographer Beth Johnson passes

Beth Johnson designed her own unique adventure for a life fully experienced and shared.

‘We Were Hyphy’ at the Oakland Int’l Film Fest shows how to gentrify a...

This is what culture vulturism looks like.

Oakland filmmaker Adrian Burrell’s ‘The Game God(S)’ is a must see at the Oakland...

Burrell indicts a destructive system and inquires about dreams and nightmares, heroes and villains.

The 20th annual Oakland International Film Festival is Sept. 15-24

The festival fits the call for films that inspire others, on all imaginable levels.

Oakland Int’l Film Fest’s ‘Young Bucks’ explores today’s Black cowboy culture

‘Young Bucks’ offers soul feeding from once obscure part of Black culture history.

Central Brooklyn to East Oakland: ‘The Sun Rises in the East’ at Oakland Int’l...

“The East’s particular brand of Black activism – independent and intensely proud – has reverberated for generations.”


Love, teach and prepare our youth to create their better life.

Frisco’s lyrical femcee So Vicious is taking no prisoners

So Vicious – so fired up!

Something like a phenomenon: Meet Oakland rapper Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly talks honest heart with the beat.

Baldwin: ‘America’s genocidal intentions’

We are at a crossroads – this one particularly crucial to our survival.

It’s time: Rapper Jelane Dugan releases new album and talks motivations and losses

With passion, Jelane Dugan capitalizes on all catalysts of inspiration.

Bay Area broadcaster Greg Bridges hosts at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest this weekend 

Our own Greg Bridges brings his excitement for jazz and hip hop to the main stage of SJ Jazz Summer Fest for second year.

Bill Russell was a revolutionary

He lived authentically in love and determination – Rest in Power, Bill Russell

A name to conjure by: Sister Moon, Valjeanne Jeffers

Sister Moon “became a quiet foundation to a revolution long overdue.”