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Teenage romance depicted honestly in film adaptation

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This is not a teen romance movie. This is not a chick flick. It is certainly not based on a Nicholas Sparks book. No, The Spectacular Now is a movie about two real high school seniors with realistic lives, ignorance, and dreams. Narrated by the endearing and whisky-dependent  Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), the story told […]

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New Luke Bryan album lacks last record’s spark

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As the follow up to 2011’s immensely successful Tailgates and Tanlines, which went double platinum, Luke Bryan’s new album, Crash My Party, released on Aug.  13had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to it’s predecessor. Most of the songs sound similar, not only to each other, but to many […]

Old and new collide on Gatsby soundtrack

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Jazz enthusiasts and die-hard Gatsby fans be warned–if you are looking for a collection of 1920s-esque instrumentals, then the musical selections featured in The Great Gatsby are not for you. Executively produced by Jay-Z, The Great Gatsby soundtrack is filled with energetic synth grooves, smooth raps, and jazz-influenced pop melodies made by some of today’s […]

Anticipated film dazzles with superb visuals

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“‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why, of course you can!’” Gatsby was right. Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has shown us that you absolutely can repeat the past. However, this adaptation is full of more glitz, glamour and spirit than ever before. With such stunning visuals, Luhrmann conquers […]


Marin gets juiced

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With pressed juice gaining popularity with health fanatics and several fresh juice bars open in San Francisco, one couldn’t help but wonder when the juice craze would hit Marin – and it finally has. Juice Alley and the recently-opened Pressed Juicery offer unique beverage options. They provide freshly-pressed juice, which is made with quality California […]

Sedaris tales seriously funny

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“It would have been disturbing to see the skeleton of a slain Pygmy in a museum, but finding him in a shop, for sale, raised certain questions, uncomfortable ones, like ‘How much is he?’” David Sedaris has once again written an entertaining collection of short personal essays in his new book Let’s Explore Diabetes With […]

Getting a taste for the cakes

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Take a trip to just about any town in Marin County and you’re likely to stumble across some type of independent bakery. It’s these bakeries that deserve a little more love and appreciation for the joy they bring to both someone’s stomach and someone’s day. The Redwood Bark recently tried a treat universal to any bakery–their cupcakes–and […]

New Kids return to the Block

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Though the members of the group are neither new nor kids, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) have again proved to be the same soulful group that they’ve always been – since 1986. No longer teenage heartthrobs, the band has moved on to a slightly older audience and aims to fill them with nostalgia for […]


Review: On the Road

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“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac; On the Road (The Viking Press: 1957) The concept of a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel, On the Road,  has been […]

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Kid Cudi’s new album creative but disappointing

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Earlier this month, Kid Cudi announced his surprising departure from Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, and his plan to embark on a solo journey. When Cudi announced Indicud last year, he said that his upcoming album would resemble Dr. Dre’s classic The Chronic 2001. Similarly to Dre, Cudi planned on producing the album alone and […]