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bay to breakers, or the mass glorification of rally gear and pop culture

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR

To save you the trek to my “About Me” blurb: I hail from the far-away lands of South Texas, specifically the fair city of San Antonio. It is a flat, humid place, capable of reaching swelteringly hot temperatures on your average summer day. I say summer, of course, because spring—or any seasonal differentiation past “hot” and “cold”, really—is practically a myth in South Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, the population of my city is 63.2% Hispanic, a number that has likely grown in the last four years and is projected to keep growing rapidly. On the spectrum, the average language of choice falls somewhere around Spanglish. We eat breakfast tacos, Whataburger, and fry a disconcerting number of traditionally unfried foods. We have a yearly rodeo, 5+ Tejano music stations, and drive lots and lots of environmentally unfriendly pick-up trucks. And as a shout-out to the impending NBA playoffs, our Spurs pride is real: nobody—nobody—trash-talks our team and gets away with it.

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trash talk: an interview with Claire Lynch

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by SILVIANA CIUREA-ILCUS

Claire Lynch, a senior majoring in Art and specializing in woodwork, is the Student Resident at the prestigious Recology program in San Francisco, where she creates objects out of materials from the San Francisco dump. In the midst of preparing the pieces for the May 23rd show at the end of her residency at Recology, she sat down with StAR’s Silviana Ciurea-Ilcus to talk about her artwork, her experience as a Student Resident, her creative process, and the importance of conceptual frameworks in art.

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Something to Sway To: Treasure Island 2013

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by ERIC EICH

the second in a three part TI series

Crowds rank at the top of my dislikes, and the great outdoors are not far behind. So the not-too-crowded, non-camping Treasure Island, a sort of zitty but humble stepsister of bigger festivals like Coachella, seemed just fine to me.

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a Treasure Island photo essay

the first in a three part TI series

by ERIC EICH and BRITTANY NEWELL

To Imagine Icons: a review of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

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by BOJAN SRBINOVSKI

I don’t want to watch these people act. I just want to watch them be.

I remember thinking this as the lights of the Curran Theatre were dimming, and the curtain began to rise. A musical about the life of Carole King is a risky endeavor. Her music does not necessarily translate to the drama to which Broadway stands tantamount. It is also a difficult undertaking because of a lack of source material, and because artistic license is such a deceitful tool when it comes to reimagining the life of a living, breathing icon.

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An Activated Sense of Place: Diebenkorn at the de Young

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by GEORGE PHILIP LEBOURDAIS

Stanford University didn’t yet have a school of Humanities and Sciences when Richard Diebenkorn arrived as a freshman in 1940, but the young San Franciscan had come to study the arts. How strange that decision sounds today.

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a what the f*** Review of Jack Micheline’s ‘One of a Kind’

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by MAX WALKER-SILVERMAN

This was written while reading a book by a very strange poet who would be considered a beat if he didn’t make such an effort to shun the term. A contemporary of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corsco et al., he can be thought of as similar to them but dirtier, lower profile, and drunker (admittedly up for debate – the bar was set frighteningly high/low).

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Star Shadows, No Viviré, Cold Virtues, and Oh, Inverted World!

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by DORIA CHARLSON 

Smuin Ballet’s winter program, a mainstay of the San Francisco Bay Area arts scene for almost 20 years, boasts five pieces — three revivals of Smuin’s own choreography, in addition to a piece each by Adam Houghland and Trey McIntyre. Despite the imbalanced program (the second half was much stronger than the first), Smuin’s troupe did not fail to entertain.

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Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Mauritshuis at the de Young

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by GEORGE PHILIP LEBOURDAIS

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. - Matthew 13:45

Kaart, kous en kan maken menig arm man. (Card [gambling], stocking [women] and jug [drinking] make many a man poor.) – Dutch Proverb

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