Culture/SHIFT 2016

St. Louis, M.O. - At a gathering of artists, activists and policymakers this week, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) released a 10-point policy and action agenda, Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform, to  ...

Not So Silent Cinema

Even though it’s hard to imagine that F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film, "Nosferatu" actually scared audiences, it still remains a classic of the horror genre. Most of the thrills now are in its German expressionist cinema language which  ...

Trump, Clinton and Sinclair Lewis

There’s something for everyone in this locally-sourced adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here,” and therein lies its fatal flaw. Berkeley Rep’s artistic director Tony Taccone’s enthusiasm for the Federal Theatre Project, an outgrowth of the Depression-era Works  ...

Gems and Minerals Unearthed

September 30, 2016 Renzo Piano's magnificent "all-glass see-through" California Academy of Sciences ([http://www.calacademy.org) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park (across from another architectural wonder, Herzog & de Meuron's de Young Museum) had its eighth birthday three days ago. The  ...

Double Toasted: The Double Year Anniversary

By Andrew Osborne Sure, lots of people have podcasts, and some of those podcasts even have fans...but DoubleToasted.com has a congregation (and that’s just for the Sunday Service, one of five R-rated, live-streaming weekly video broadcasts covering movies, video  ...

What Happened To The Music?

To cope with internet overload, we allow algorithms to sift through and feed us bits and pieces to match our tastes or cosmetically enhanced anchormen (and anchorwomen) to spoon up headlines to the tune of tone-deaf sponsors. All this through  ...

SXSW REVIEW: Preacher

A sneak peek of AMC’s lollapalooza new series “Preacher” screened on 3/14 to a packed house at Austin’s Paramount movie palace during the SXSW film/music/interactive festival in advance of the show’s official 5/22 launch. Reactions were decidedly mixed. On  ...