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Magical Nathaniel Magic Show!

By on Jan 27, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Shows

I didn’t know what to expect when I went to see Magical Nathaniel Magic Show! at El Cerrito High School. In his early 20’s, he’s already been performing for about 9 years. He became interested in magic at the tender age of 3. I already admired this performer without seeing the show, due to the fact that not many of us get to follow the dreams we had as teenagers, let alone those at age 3.

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Women’s March Oakland – Photos

By on Jan 22, 2017 in Community, Features, Photography

Gloomy weather didn’t keep Oakland residents away from the Women’s March from Madison Park to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Here are a few moments and creative signs that I captured yesterday.

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Watch 20th Century Women This Weekend and A24 Will Make a Donation to Planned Parenthood

By on Jan 19, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Film, Fundraisers & Charities

A24 has announced that it will make a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of each person that goes to see the Golden-Globe® nominated film 20th Century Women this weekend.

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Join the Ghostlight Project – Eve of Presidential Inauguration

By on Jan 12, 2017 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Th eve of the presidential inauguration—it and over 100 theaters and theatrical organizations across the country will launch The Ghostlight Project, a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead.

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La La Land – Film Review

By on Dec 20, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

Writer and director Damien Chazelle, brings his musicality as he did in Whiplash to La La Land, creating a film that is as reminiscent of the past as it is unique to the present. La La Land feels like an ode to classical movies without being cliché or a copy of anything else. The unfolding love story was beautiful and exciting to watch.

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7 Tips for Charitable Giving During the Holiday Season

By on Dec 6, 2016 in Fundraisers & Charities

Navigating the waters of charitable giving can seem difficult with the hustle and bustle of the season – what organization do I donate to; what should I give; and will I get a tax receipt? So, in the spirit of giving, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when making a charitable donation during the holidays:

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Manchester by the Sea – Film Review

By on Dec 2, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Features, Film

In Manchester by the Sea, writer and director Kenneth Lonergan shows the realities of dealing with grief and heartbreak, from the decisions one faces when laying someone to rest to the pervasive memories of the past with that person.

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Cirque du Soleil’s – LUZIA – U.S. Premiere

By on Nov 20, 2016 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Dance, Features, Shows, Theatre & Musicals

If you’re looking for something magical go no further than Cirque du Soleil’s 17th show presented under the Big Top, LUZIA. It’s its 38th original production since 1984, they have performed in more than 400 cities on six continents. The massive white-and-gold Big Top can be seen from the highway at San Francisco’s AT&T park. You’ll not only be taken to another world but you’ll be experiencing it first, the Bay Area is its U.S premiere.

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Into the Beautiful North at Central Works

By on Nov 5, 2016 in Arts, Arts & Culture, Community, Features, Theatre & Musicals

Central Works’ closes its 2016 season with new play, “Into the Beautiful North”, written by nationally known playwright Karen Zacarías and based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea. The script is inspired by the classic Hollywood western “The Magnificent Seven,” which was adapted from Kurosawa’s, “The Seven Samurai.” With the multitude of theatre choices in the Bay Area it’s hard to find one that illustrates the life of Latinos. This one fills that void, at least for a short term.

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Canyon dig it! – Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve

By on Oct 31, 2016 in Best of California, Do, Features, Outdoors, Photography, See, Travel

It might not be Yosemite, but Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve in San Diego has plenty of beautiful trails to explore. One of the best ways to see this 4,000 acre suburban wilderness is on a moderate 7-mile (round-trip) mountain bike ride.

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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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Tim Burton makes SNAPCHAT GO ‘PECULIAR’

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 www.queerfashionweek.com.

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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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