Art/history

March 16, 2017 11:41 AM
Art/history

Chinese Historical Society offers major artworks and untold stories “The architecture is magnificent and unique,” Pam Wong said, describing San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA). Wong is the director of the CHSA, a building and museum that is a unique experience. The CHSA is on a steep hill in San Francisco’s Chinatown at 965 Clay Street. The building was designed by Julia Morgan, best known for designing Hearst Castle. The CHSA museum isn’t in a castle, but it is an impressive building that was built in 1932 as the Chinatown YWCA. Inside and out, the museum is very […]

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Chinese Historical Society of America exhibition in SF’s Chinatown

February 28, 2017 3:44 PM
Chinese Historical Society of America exhibition in SF’s Chinatown

Happy Chinese New Year to the readers of the Laney Tower. It’s the year of the Rooster. For those that have interest in history there is the largest, and most comprehensive exhibition on Chinese America to date at the Chinese Historical Society of America. The CHSA is located in San Francisco’s Chinatown at 965 Clay Street. The exhibit is called Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. It “explores the centuries-long history of immigration and trade between America and China. This is a history that tells the stories of courageous men and women who fought against the Chinese Exclusion Act.” People that were spoken […]

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Imperial Teen youthful as ever

October 13, 2016 10:57 AM
Imperial Teen youthful as ever

Bottom of the Hill celebrated their 25th anniversary on Oct. 8 by having indie band Imperial Teen headline for their first Bay Area gig in three years. Imperial Teen got its start in San Francisco in 1994. The set was a special one for them, since 2016 marked their 23-year-anniversary as a band. The night drew a full club of excited fans who all seemed to know each other. Over 150 people had paid by early evening. Additionally, 33 people were already inside and on a guest list that usually only held ten names. The energy was good, and people […]

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ART AND COUNTRY

September 29, 2016 9:08 AM
ART AND COUNTRY

KOREA DAY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ASIAN ART MUSEUM A large and enthusiastic crowd at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum joined in celebration for the Eighth Annual Korea Day on Sept. 25. The Asian Art Museum is the first Western museum to have a department dedicated exclusively to Korean art. After eight years of putting on Korea Day, the museum continues to draw more and more people to the celebration. There were many families of different ethnicities at the museum. There were Korean Americans and Korean nationals in attendance, but also a diverse group of people interested in Korean art […]

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Rebel girls

May 19, 2016 12:42 PM
Rebel girls

‘Riot grrrl’ movement of 1990’s influences female bands of today The women who coined the term ‘riot grrrl’ said they wanted to start a “girl riot,” and that’s just what they did—a riot that is still going on today. Their ‘riot grrrl’ movement began in the early 1990’s. The term came out of a meeting held by a group of women held in Olympia, Wash. They came together to come up with solutions for dealing with the rampant sexism taking place in the punk scene at the time. Of course, there have been women in punk bands since punk began. […]

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Record breakers

April 21, 2016 11:24 AM
Record breakers

As vinyl sales skyrocket, Oakland’s record stores boom For two hours, more than a hundred people went in and out of Oakland’s Econo Jam Records, as it hosted a First Friday exhibition opening for Oakland artist Kelly Ann Nelson. The store had the energy of a party: the music was bumping and, people bopping along with it, smiling and chatting with one another. There were varied size groups of people—many couples holding hands. Some people were alone, checking out the art and the records; just about everyone was smiling. A group of friends cheered their friend on as she bought […]

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Punk guitarist rediscovers voice in sobriety, school

April 7, 2016 12:49 PM
Punk guitarist rediscovers voice in sobriety, school

In the winter of 2008, I got out of jail and had made a serious commitment to myself to stay out. I was off probation, that was good news. It also made my desire to stay out of jail more realistic. I was homeless, and that worried me. I knew that the hotels where homeless hotel vouchers were accepted were dangerous, unclean, and filled with drug activity. I had been off drugs (other than alcohol) for more than a year. I was an alcoholic but everything that went along with illegal drug activity became too nasty for me. I’d seen […]

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Writing like a butterfly, stinging like bee: Ishmael Reed on Muhammad Ali

March 3, 2016 12:45 PM

“Our generation of the 1960’s broke the mold,” author Ishmael Reed declared to a receptive audience of students Feb. 25 in the Laney Forum. Reed is known as an important African American writer, who has written 10 novels, many plays, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction books. He has also written 2 travelogues, one of which is about Oakland. Reed had just turned 78 on Feb. 22. Professor D. Scott Miller, author of the book “Afro Surreal Manifesto,” introduced Reed, and wished him a happy birthday. That was after Miller told the audience that when he was deciding where to go […]

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Femme queers rock Oakland’s Stork Club

February 18, 2016 1:45 PM
Femme queers rock Oakland’s Stork Club

Local band V.E.X. push against gentrification through performance The Stork Club in Oakland was filled Feb. 6 with deathrock Goths, punk rockers, and a few leather clad rock n’ rollers. One fan had psychedelic Doc Martens of glowing flowers; another wore a black leather shirt, and pants with shoulder-length bright pink hair. A pair of women danced a swirling death-rock dead head twirl with ballerina precision. It was mesmerizing and beautiful, and fit perfectly with the music that V.E.X. makes. V.E.X. is the abbreviation for “Ventriloquest Ectoplasmold Xanaxax.” Most people refer to them as Vex. The band is a duo: […]

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