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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mike Daisey Makes His Entire 'Agony and Ecstasy' Script Available on Twitter

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Famed monologist Mike Daisey, who presented two monologues in concert last year at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, has always walked a fine line between dramaturgy and investigative journalism. His play The Last Cargo Cult provided a shrewd critique of mass production, developed largely during a trip to the island of Tanna. It's only outpaced by The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a piece Mr. Daisey wrote to explain how his infatuation with and curiosity about Apple technology ultimately led him to visit the Foxconn factories in China. The phrase "Agony and Ecstasy" is entirely apropos, since the play, which was recently featured on Public Radio International show This American Life, is both a diatribe and a somewhat reluctant hagiography.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jonathan Mann Assails Virginia Policy of Transvaginal Ultrasounds

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Even in the calculatingly self-promotional medium of Internet video-making, it's really hard to just make something go viral. But Song-a-Day producer and former East Bay Express intern Jonathan Mann has better luck than most, perhaps because he's consistently topical and unimpeachably charming. Maybe it's because he knows how to pimp key words — like "vagina" and "Virginia" — or maybe it's his gift for alliteration. Whatever the case, Raw Story writer Stephen C. Webster declared Mann's "Mandatory Transvaginal Ultrasounds" video a sure viral hit. It pertains to the current debate over a GOP-sponsored bill that would require doctors to perform unnecessary external ultrasounds on any woman requesting an abortion in Virginia.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Berkeley High Grad Advances to Semifinals of Jeopardy! College Championship

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Surely you already know that Berkeley High is an incubator of greatness. And it's produced yet another genius. Class of 2010 grad Matt Olson, who now attends Stanford University and copyedits for The Stanford Daily, just pwned his quarterfinal game in the "Jeopardy!" College Championship, which means he now gets to jockey for the $100,000 grand prize. In a Q&A with The Daily, Olson dished about Alex Trebek's off-camera facial movements (they're weird), and the secret to winning (memorize state capitals). He'll next appear on the semifinals this Friday, February 10. They air at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Documentary Asks: Is Touring Worth It?

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Via Invisible Oranges, a new documentary (available online in its entirety) questions whether touring is worth it for metal bands. The film, Why You Do This, follows the Long Island mathcore band Car Bomb as they play funky venues to a handful of people. Most local bands expect touring (and existing, for that matter) to be a money-losing endeavor, but the question is whether hitting the road is necessary, not just financially, but career-wise. Could it even be a career-killer? Or is sleeping in vans and skeezy motels an essential band experience?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Actress Cynthia Nixon Says Being Gay is a Choice for Her

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Sex in the City actress Cynthia Nixon went against the grain — and stirred up controversy — by telling New York Times Magazine that in her case, being gay is a choice. "I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not," Nixon said, defending her argument. She admitted to being in an awkward position, as a public figure going against the conventional wisdom that biology is destiny, a premise that many LGBT activists use to gird themselves against right wing zealots and social conservatives.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Outtakes from "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls"

by Rachel Swan
Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

New York comedian and video blogger Franchesca Ramsey — the woman behind that ubiquitous "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls" video — just shared a new set of outtakes on the web site AfroPunk.com, and we just couldn't resist passing them on.


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Friday, January 13, 2012

50 Cent Graces Video for LoveRance "Up" Remix

by Rachel Swan
Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

While it may hew to a standard format, the new video for LoveRance's single, "Up," far outstrips the over-hyped song-and-dance for Drake's "The Motto," which featured Lil Wayne in green Uggs, and a car that drove everywhere. This one features mega-famous rapper-turned-actor, 50 Cent, alongside Rance's local peers, Iamsu and Skipper. Rance was named one of KMEL's Freshman 11 last year, alongside Columbia Records signatory Kreayshawn. He's made his name rapping about swag and seduction — and oral sex, a theme that wasn't lost on SF Weekly writer Tamara Palmer. Check the video out here:


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Call for Submissions: East Bay Express Erotic Shorts Film Competition

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

So, guys... East Bay Express is holding an Erotic Short Films Festival on February 16, 2012, aptly titled "Briefs." We were hoping the flier would be enough to pique your interest:

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Guy Who Co-Wrote Kreayshawn's “Gucci Gucci” Just Dropped An Album — So Why Don’t People Care?

by Will Butler
Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

“Daddy was right — I never do listen/but the blind old c*** couldn’t really see my vision/credit score low and I never held a job down/snackin on Xanny-bars just so I could calm down/my friends question why I’m so offbeat/or why I choose to write my name in wet concrete”

Speak! - Inside Out Boy
This is one of the spare elucidating verses from LA rapper Speak!’s new album Inside Out Boy. He’s frustrated and anxious, but honest. The release dropped late last Sunday night, much in the same way his friends in Odd Future put out their material: on a Tumblr blog as a free download with nothing but album art and a short subtitle. It’s a good album, too. It’s got a clean, cohesive sound and the beats are anything but generic. It was engineered and mixed by Odd Future’s Syd The Kyd, and has backing tracks from the OF crew, among other talented young producers. Speak (a.ka. Anthony Negrete) is a pretty smooth, arty rapper, and his verses are right in the save vein as Odd Future’s loud-mouthed, sexually flagrant style. And he’s got an additional, crucial claim to fame: co-writing (or more aptly ghostwriting) Kreayshawn’s mega-virus “Gucci Gucci”. So why isn’t anyone paying attention?

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