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Oakland’s last underground jazz club, Birdland Jazzista, bids farewell

OAKLAND — Many of the self-proclaimed “jazz cats” that frequent the Birdland Jazzista Social Club on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard reminisce about …

Hurdle cleared on road to printable, low-cost perovskite solar cells

Much more printable power could be on the way soon, thanks to a manufacturing breakthrough that allows for lower cost and higher efficiency …

Willie Dixon – The Greatest Blues Songwriter

He was a fixer, arranger, talent scout, boxer, performer and songwriter, who did more to shape the sound of post war Chicago blues than any other …

Music

6 Balance And Mobility Exercises Every Guy With Kids Should Master

Between the inevitable decline in balance and mobility all men of a certain age face, and making noises like farm animal every time you try to sit …

'I fell out of bed laughing': writers on their favourite funny book

Nina Stibbe, David Nicholls, Bridget Christie and others reveal the books that made them laugh the most<p>Jonathan Coe: Will satire save us in the age of Trump?<p>Frieda “Freddie” Wentworth is an extraordinary comic creation; imagine Miss Jean Brodie played by Alastair Sim<p>Agatha Runcible makes an …

11 Exercises To Relieve Lower Back Pain

If lower back pain is a constant annoyance in your life, you might be wary of working out in fear of making it worse—and understandably so. However, …

The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome review – more alive than they've sounded for years | Alexis Petridis

Mick Jagger’s voice and harmonica drive an album of blues covers that returns the Stones to their roots<p>Last week, a US journalist interviewing the Rolling Stones offered up a 21st-century spin on the old ‘Can white men sing the blues?’ argument. Wasn’t the Stones’ early repertoire, heavy on the …

Abstract Expressionism review – a colossal event

<b>Royal Academy, London</b><br>It’s a thrill to see the wildly beautiful art of Pollock, Rothko, De Kooning et al up close. Though you can have too much of a good thing…<p>There is an unnerving surprise at the start of this show. It is Mark Rothko’s self-portrait. The artist of those numinous veils of colour, …

Art

A Scientist Finds Salvation

A Canadian reader, Jan, introduces a new spiritual practice, Falun Gong, to our ongoing series. He’s been a practitioner for 16 years and “came into my spiritual path in a most unexpected way”:<p>I grew up as a Catholic, though really only in the most basic sense of the word. Early on I tried to be a …

Is This the Most Controversial Craft Beer in America?

For fans of the new and weird beer birthed by America’s long-developing craft beer movement, the most controversial recent addition is an American …

The Artificial Leaf That Converts Carbon Dioxide To Fuel

<i>Image Source: tweaktown.com</i><p>Sun is the ultimate source of all forms of energy. Solar energy is converted from one form to another and it ultimately …

5 Things Shakespeare Taught Me About Sex

For centuries, the dirty side of Shakespeare has been an elephant in the literary room. Many critics not only distanced themselves from the sexuality …