Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/5/14-6/11/14

June 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5th

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Win Tickets To See Michael Ian Black at The Chapel on Sunday, June 8th

June 3, 2014

Groundbreaking comedian Michael Ian Black is coming to The Chapel on Sunday, June 8th for a wonderful evening of slightly surreal stand up. Wonder why this face looks so familiar? Well, he started out as a member of MTV’s The State, one of the greatest shows in television history. (Don’t agree with me? It’s ok […]

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Show Review: ‘Fantasia’ Live with the San Francisco Symphony

June 1, 2014

There are few films that have better captured the bond between film and music more than Fantasia (1940).  This visionary masterpiece of animation had a profound effect on the evolution of music videos and has helped introduce classical music to generations of children.  Fantasia 2000, though not as highly regarded as its predecessor, has also aided in […]

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Film Review: The Grand Seduction

May 30, 2014
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A small glass of Irish Canadian schmaltz, please.  Thank you! No matter how predictable, cliché, or improbable a story is, it’ll translate into a worthwhile movie-watching experience if it’s executed well (I’m ready to argue about this).  This is definitely the case for Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction, a remake of the 2003 French film, La Grande Séduction.  The Grand Seduction […]

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Film Review: Maleficent

May 30, 2014
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I don’t know you, I may have walked with you once upon a dream… …but honestly, who are you? This is not the Maleficent from Disney’s 1959 animated classic, Sleeping Beauty.  There’s a physical resemblance, sure.  For about 10-15 minutes, the story and tone seems to reflect the Disney version as well.  But mostly this is […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/29/14-5/28/14

May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th

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Review: SOHN, Mr. Little Jeans at The Independent

May 27, 2014
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SOHN and Mr. Little Jeans, who are touring together on a jaunt through the West Coast, have a few things in common. Besides sharing a stage set up of vertically-aligned pulsating LEDs, they’ve both released long-awaited, highly-anticipated debut albums, within a month of each other, after a riding a long wave of well-deserved hype.

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Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014
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Back to the future past! The only actors seemingly capable of producing the same intense chemistry with onscreen conversations as Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan do…are Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.  Put them all in a movie together and it’s practically a how-to on acting.  Throw in Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence and you now […]

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Film Review: Words and Pictures

May 23, 2014
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No matter how you paint this picture, there’s only one word for it: Bad Australian director Fred Schepisi has an impressive resume; he’s directed the critically acclaimed pictures Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation, and A Cry in the Darkness, among others. So naturally it’s disheartening that his newest film, Words and Pictures, is such a disappointment, […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/22/14-5/28/14

May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd

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