Jesse McGrath

30 Mar 2018

Local Film Makers Explore the Perils of the Sharing Economy in Man’s Best Friend

This Tuesday marks the start of the 16th Annual Oakland International Film Festival. Screenings will take place at four different venues throughout the city, including Oakland City Hall and the beautiful Grand Lake Theater. One, of roughly a dozen movies to be featured at Oakland’s crown jewel venue this year,

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12 Mar 2018

Super Trashed Bros: The Drinking Game/Comedy Show/Video Game Tourney

  The crowd of people, many of whom wandered into this dive bar without any intention other than a stiff drink after a long day at work, has come alive. Scanning the rowdy mob assembled at the rear of the bar does little to clarify what is happening. There are

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25 Jan 2018

SF Indiefest Spotlight: Do U Want it?

Smack dab in the middle of awards season, SF Indiefest, the now 20-year-old independent film festival in San Francisco, is right around the corner. With well over 50 events spanning across three venues throughout the city from February 1st to the 15th, Indiefest has been a constant in the face

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12 Dec 2017

A Eulogy for Brainwash Cafe

It must have been 2009 that I first braved the line at The Brainwash. I remember it was cold, and I remember going with my friend from college who had never been to an open mic. I had been to mics before, but this one felt different. There was a

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23 Oct 2017

A Love Letter to Zachary’s Pizza

OFF MENU IS SPONSORED BY BENDER’S BECAUSE THEY ARE BADASS. DROP BY AND MAKE SOME BAD DECISIONS WITH SOME GOOD PEOPLE! I moved to New York a little over a year ago, and I can tell you that since moving here I have learned a lot of things about myself and about the

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27 Sep 2017

Finding the Perfect Dad Restaurant

My dad, by all accounts, is a great dad. He knows how to work on cars, loves war documentaries, and has perfectly corny dad jokes (I recently told him I saw a Bald Eagle in the wild and he told me, without missing a beat, to ask if its head

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19 Sep 2017

A Premature Farewell to Virgin’s Safety Video

Alaska Airlines purchased Virgin America Airlines last year and has recently begun phasing out Virgin’s signature branding. According to CNN, the purple mood lighting, trendy uniforms, and edgy branding will soon be a thing of the past, and it’s only a matter of time before we have to say farewell

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10 Aug 2017

The Dangerous Myth of the Super Teacher

Created by Hollywood and sustained by the internet, the Super Teacher has taken many forms over the years. Initially, they were strictly a thing of the silver screen. When I tell people (especially older people) that I am a teacher in an inner-city school, they are quick to bring up

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