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04 Feb 2012

First Look at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland

In 2009, Oakland mourned the closing of The Parkway Theater, a beloved Oakland mainstay that helped revitalize a neighborhood. The Parkway was a film lovers dream- cult films, film festivals, pizza and beer served to at your seat. Struggles over leases and landlords forced the original owners to close. Enter

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28 Jan 2012

Maoz: Not Just For Vegetarians

Maoz is (sort of) a chain, but there’s only one in the Bay Area. I love the simple concept: they only sell pitas, falafel, and fries. And sure, I wouldn’t call it “authentic” Mediterranean food, but it is damn tasty. So why even mention Maoz? The best thing about it

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20 Nov 2020

100 Best Cheap Eats in the Bay Area

This list of great places to eat in the Bay Area will leave you smiling and probably drooling. All these joints are incredibly well priced, locally owned, delicious, and serving takeout in 2020. Check their links for store hours, menus, and ordering info, because things are always changing these days,

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23 Jan 2012

True Life: I Am A Reddit User

I consider myself an internet afficiando. I rely on it for vital information, news, most of my entertainment, and, of course, my writing career. I’m one of the first among my friends to hear of a new meme, a viral video, or a new link. I don’t completely buy into

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17 Jan 2012

What The Golden Globe Awards Taught Me

I attended a Golden Globes viewing party on Sunday night. The attendees had varying levels of investment, and some were content to chatter away over the awards while others (myself included) were excited to see the results of the awards and more importantly, what everyone was wearing. One person at

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16 Jan 2012

Sorry Netflix, I’m Leaving You for Redbox

Netflix sent me the movie Broken Embraces about two months ago, and I’ve had the pleasure of letting it sit on my shelf for 8 bucks a month. I’m only kidding myself; I’m never going to watch it. Yet I continue to continue the charade. Last month, I was house-sitting

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10 Jan 2012

Expand Your Mind: Best Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

There was a point where I would roll my eyes at the thought of watching documentaries on purpose. Why be educational when I could be entertained? However, the quality of documentary film-making has really given other Hollywood films a challenge in the last few years. Maybe your new year’s resolution

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06 Jan 2012

Flashback Films in Berkeley

Although I call myself a film buff, I could lose a lot of credibility considering there are some “classics” I’ve never seen. Let’s just say one that I haven’t seen rhymes with “Pasablanca”. I call myself a comedy nerd but I’ve never seen a certain Monty Python movie about someone

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03 Jan 2012

My Broke-Ass Best of the Year List, Part Two

I previously discussed television, books and comedy.. FILM I won’t get into too many, because you can read many aggregates of critics reviews of films, but here are some films that are worth seeking out: The Skin I Live In is a Spanish-language drama/horror from infamous Spanish director Pedro Almadovar

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