Jonathan Curiel has written widely about music, film, books, art, photography and other cultural subjects. SF Weekly's art critic, he is a former staff writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, and has also written on the arts for Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, The Wire (a London music magazine), Tablet and GlobalPost. He has researched architecture at England's Oxford University, taught music journalism at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and been a juror at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
In 2011, after announcing that he had Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell went on a farewell music tour and – volleying among fits of confusion, anger and normalcy – performed the hits that, for 50 years, have burnished his reputation as one of America’s most acclaimed singers. A new documentary about that cross-country tour, Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me, opens in the Bay Area on Friday, November 14.
Ever tempted to just hop on a plane and travel halfway round the globe when your favorite musician is performing in a venue you know will be great? Then you remember that there are only a few bucks left in the bank and maybe you shouldn't max out another credit card... Worry not! These seven concerts cost little to nothing and can be watched from the comfort of your home computer.
For the better part of 100 years, the world has had a love affair with Brazilian music, starting with the samba, segueing to bossa nova, and pivoting to modern rhythms. But Brazilian music has always been its own mix of musical forms, with influences from Africa, the United States, Europe, and other regions. And it’s this beautiful cocktail of origins and influences (and potential influences) that is thankfully on display this fall in the Bay Area.
Jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus' virtual disappearance from pop culture inspired actor Barry Shabaka Henley to try and reintroduce Mingus’ work to a more general audience with Mingus Remixed, a cabaret theater piece starring Henley as the jazz titan.
For nearly two decades Marco Senghor's Bissab Baobab has served up West African music alongside delicious drinks and food from his native Senegal. With a combination of style, determination, community-building -- and the opening of an Oakland location -- Senghor explains how his business has thrived in a tough and rapidly changing environment.
Jose Antonio Vargas went from being an editorial assistant at the San Francisco Chronicle to sharing a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Washington Post. One thing he didn't report on during his rise in the journalism world was his lack of citizenship.
Every six weeks, Wasteland offers a new thought-provoking display that makes creative use of their clothing while often commenting on the culture at large. Coffins. Beds. Hospital rooms. Dog houses. All of them have appeared in Wasteland’s windows over the years, and all of them have been done by Janay Rose, an Oakland artist who curated the store’s windows for 16 years, from 1998 to May 2014.