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Frost’s Student Openers: VII and Mammoth

As the Frost Music and Arts Festival draws near, the winners of the Stanford Concert Network’s Battle of the Bands competition — VII and Mammoth — prepare to perform as the student openers for headliners Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith. Rapper Gabriel “VII” Townsell, DJ Noah “Big White” Anderson, and drummer Johny Weger have constructed…

Justice for Steve Rogers, Part 1

This article contains spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.” How dare you call yourself a storyteller if you can’t even deign to care about the story you’re telling.  This bout of ire towards shitty writing stems from my building frustration with a lot of modern media — television and popular film particularly — and its recent tendency to sacrifice character for…

Reflections from the Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, tens of thousands of readers gathered in downtown Berkeley, California, for the long-awaited Bay Area Book Festival. Hundreds of authors and speakers shared words of wisdom with eager fans in crowded auditoriums, with a free outdoor fair of rows of white-tipped tents showcasing publishers, literary organizations, authors…

‘Detective Pikachu’ is lightweight, but lovable

“He didn’t even change his voice,” Ryan Reynolds’s wife complains in one of “Detective Pikachu”’s numerous tongue-in-cheek parody trailers. “It just…sounds like him.” Like the “Deadpool” movies, “Detective Pikachu” is a film where the comedy heartthrob of Hollywood simply plays an exaggerated version of himself. The titular character is brash, spritely and naive, only a…