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The Art of the Brick

By on Oct 23, 2016 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Attractions, Features, Museums, Photography, Travel

If you’ve ever played with Legos you’ll remember the feeling of accomplishment when your imagination came to life in your hands. In time, you outgrew the brightly colored block toys unless you’re like Nathan Sawaya. After years of creating with Legos as a hobby, he quit his corporate lawyer job to become a full-time Lego artist. This fascination of creating with Legos on a bigger scale has made him renowned around the world. At his current traveling show, The Art of the Brick, you can get up close with his work.

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American Tumbleweeds – Book Review

By on Oct 14, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Books & Poetry, Features

American Tumbleweeds by Marta Elva tells the story of the Ramirez family who reside in El Paso, Texas during the 1960’s. They often split time between Texas and their patria Juarez, Mexico. The story revolves around the coming of age of Inez, the border town, and how adult decisions affect children. That’s the simplified way to describe the book, as it’s hard to encapsulate all the intricacies that are involved in growing up bi-cultural and in Inez’s case, empathetic.

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Nerium International Age-Defying Night Cream

By on Oct 9, 2016 in Gift Ideas, Health & Beauty, Shopping & Lifestyle

I’m not good when it comes to routine although my mom keeps reminding me that at my age I NEED to have one to keep the wrinkles away. So when my friend Said Cruz asked me to try out Nerium International Age-Defying night cream I was a little bit hesitant but, Mom. The truth is my avoidance is the result of skin that often has breakouts and irritation to products after awhile.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle, Washington

By on Oct 5, 2016 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Attractions, Features, Museums, Outdoors, Travel

Visiting Seattle, Washington on limited time? You can easily visit two locations in one day in addition to the infamous Space Needle. One of those is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition that opened in 2012. For frequent travelers the sculptures will immediately look familiar as Dale Chihuly’s artwork is dispersed throughout the world in small to large venues. This exhibit is exclusively dedicated to his work.

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By on Sep 26, 2016 in Film

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN opening in theaters September 30, 2016 has released four original “Snap to Unlock” Snapchat filers designed by director Tim Burton!

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Queer Diversity Shines Through

By on Sep 19, 2016 in Fashion, Features

2nd Annual Queer Fashion Week celebrates its second year as the Bay Area’s premier queer fashion event, celebrating diversity and the expression of individuality. For more information visit

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Bridget Jones’s Baby – Film Review

By on Sep 16, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

It’s been 12 years since we last saw Helen Fielding’s infamous character Bridget Jones, the wait is over and she has returned and is somewhat better than ever. In the third installment of the series, Bridget Jone’ss Baby, directed by Sharon Maguire, who by the way did not direct the second, which we will pretend never existed at this point, because it could possibly be one of the worst sequels in movie history, comes back and is now 43 years old and at a completely different stage in her life.

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Disney’s Queen of Katwe Receives Standing Ovation

By on Sep 12, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Festivals, Film

The stars of the movie came out for the 2016 Toronto Film Festival at Roy Thompson Hall. The cast, filmmakers and real life stars received a standing ovation from the audience. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.

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Sully – Film Review

By on Sep 10, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

True heroes rarely want accolades and admiration, think police officers, fire fighters, doctors, etc., most of them are quick to say that they were simply doing their job. In Clint Eastwood’s new film, Sully, he depicts the pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) as a stoic, no frills type of hero. This isn’t a film about a man wearing a cape saving the world, it’s about a man who saved dozens of lives or “souls” as he says, and lived to tell the story that would forever define his life.

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Gutenberg! The Musical!

By on Sep 2, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre & Musicals

The famously funny improv and sketch comedy troupe, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, created and performed Gutenberg! The Musical!, a silly comedy about two writers who dream up what they believe to be the best musical ever written in history. The show has gone on to win dozens of awards and has been performed off-Broadway for years. The musical comedy is now making waves in San Diego. Produced by the Backyard Renaissance Theater Company, a group whose motto is “art to the gut,” Gutenberg! The Musical! certainly provides that feeling to audiences.

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Queen of Katwe – Get Free Tickets!

By on Sep 1, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Contests & Offers, Features, Film

Queen of Katwe is the true story of 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) who became a Chess Champion exposing her to a world outside the poor town of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. Her mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), vigorously makes ends meet selling vegetables in the market.

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Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson

By on Aug 26, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Music

Saturday marks the 6th Annual “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” block party thrown in honor of his birthday by Spike Lee. This year will be hosted by Lee & Sway with music played by DJSPINNA. The location for the event is the same street that Lee’s, “Do the Right Thing” was filmed on in 1998. 

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The Legacy of Rosie the Riveter

By on Aug 15, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Leadership, Museums, Photography, Scene, Travel

Over 2,100 participants gathered at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on the 13th of August, to break the Guinness World record for most ‘Rosie the Riveters’ in one place. Women, men and children participated in the event to honor the trailblazers who stepped up to the call of duty during WWII. Original Rosie’s were in attendance including Agnes Moore, Kay Morrison, Marian Wynn, Primetta Giacopini, and Priscilla Elder. Moore, 96, worked in the Richmond Shipyards as a welder for 4 years.

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Sausage Party – Film Review

By on Aug 12, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

The animated feature Sausage Party takes just that idea and gives adults a cartoon film just for them. The movie is raunchy, hilarious and filled with every sexual innuendo (the sausages want to hook up with buns), stereotype (the Sauerkraut bottles are Nazis), and food related joke (the Horseradish jars literally turn into horses) in the book. A film of this magnitude and content could only be co-written of course by one of the few duo’s in Hollywood that could pull this off, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the stoner minds behind Superbad and Pineapple Express.

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Suicide Squad – Film Review

By on Aug 5, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

Suicide Squad is the movie many have been waiting for and has been on the minds of comic book fans for years. It features some of the most notable and iconic characters of the DC Comics universe and for non comic book readers, it introduces you to the world of a new set of anti-heroes. Ones that inspire both fear and lovability, a rare combination of expression to feel for a group of villains and sociopaths.

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La Cage Aux Folles presented by BAY AREA MUSICALS!

By on Jul 24, 2016 in Arts, Features, Shows, Theatre & Musicals

The newly formed theatre organization, BAY AREA MUSICALS! is closing its inaugural season with multiple Tony Award winning play, La Cage Aux Folles. The show written by Harvey Fierstein (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) revolves around Georges (Clay David), the owner of Saint-Tropez drag cabaret “La Cage aux Folles”, his lover Albin (Michael RJ Campbell) who is also the clubs headliner as Zaza, and his son Jean-Michel (Jack O’Reilly) who’s recently announced his engagement to Anne Dindon (Bessie Zolno), daughter of hypocrite politician Edouard Dindon (Cameron Weston).

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Netroots Nation arrives in St. Louis, MO

By on Jul 15, 2016 in Community, Features, Talks, Workshops & Conferences

Netroots Nation, the country’s largest gathering of progressive activists kicked off their annual conference yesterday in St. Louis, MO. Last years event took place in Phoenix, Arizona where it’s central theme was on immigration. This year’s theme of racial justice brought the conference to Missouri where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, 2014 by police officer Darren Wilson in the city of Ferguson.

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Whales: Giants of the Deep at San Diego Natural History Museum

By on Jul 6, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film, Museums, Travel

The traveling exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep at theNat: San Diego Natural History Museum until September 5th gives San Diegans and San Diego tourists an up-close view into the environment and history of these stunning creatures. The display has already mesmerized audiences across the U.S. at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, and most recently the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – Film Review

By on Jun 3, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

The guys from Lonely Island, best known for their hilarious SNL digital shorts where they typically team up with famous singers or actors and make faux music videos, were finally handed the keys to make a full-length feature film. Naturally they took their usual style and spin on music and created a mockumentary about a Justin Bieber-esque character. In the film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, we see the rise and fall of the legendary rapper and pop star Conner 4 Real (Andy Samberg).

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CARNAVAL San Francisco

By on May 30, 2016 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Dance, Fashion, Features, Festivals, Photography, Scene

Carnaval San Francisco has been occurring on Memorial Day Weekend for 38 years. It celebrates the diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots that use to make up the Mission District. The diminishing population of Latinos lost to luxury condominiums, “hipster” stores and rising rent prices didn’t limit the representation of what once was. The parade included music, dance, and artistic expression that had attendees dancing, smiling, and taking photos to memorialize their experience. A pride could be felt in the air that told you, a part of us will always be here.

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