Thu April 25, 2013

Crosscurrents: April 25, 2013

Self-defense training for women, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Audiograph answer of the week, and local musicians The Curt Moore Quartet.

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Thu April 25, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Año Nuevo

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Thu April 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Queen's Day, robot competition, and vegan cooking

The Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)
Jill Clardy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/)


Free drive-In Movie Night // The West Wind Drive-in movie theaters in Concord and San Jose host a Free Drive-in Movie Night, plus a festival with live music and games. All movies are double features. Admission is free and you can chow down on $1 nachos.

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Thu April 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Curt Moore

Curt Moore

You are listening to the drum-heavy sound from the Curt Moore Quartet.  Moore has played with everyone from The Count Basie Orchestra to the Turtle Island String Quartet. And this Sunday, April 28th, his own quartet will be playing at Nick’s Restaurant on Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. Expect a wide range of jazz styles to be represented. Music starts at 4pm. 

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Thu April 25, 2013
The Salt

Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:48 pm

Courtesy of Kazuki Yamamoto

Clovers? Hearts? That's small fries, guys. It's time you met The Cat:

That 3-D creation is the work of Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto. The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam.

From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth ...

... to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters ...

Yamamoto's art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

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Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Still In The Middle Class, But Standing On A Banana Peel

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:01 pm

Most U.S. workers fit snugly into the middle class, but they worry a lot about falling out of it, according to a poll released Thursday.

After years of watching home prices slide and job creation stall, 6 in 10 Americans say they fear tumbling from the middle class in the next few years, the Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll suggests.

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Thu April 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Finding A TB Test Got Hard

The skin test for tuberculosis sparks an itchy welt in people who have been exposed to the bacillus.
Greg Knobloch CDC

Hospitals and public health departments around the country are having a tough time coming up with a staple of preventive health care: the skin test for tuberculosis.

The shortage, caused by problems at a factory in Canada, is prompting suspension of routine TB testing around the country.

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Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Body Is ID'd As Missing Student Falsely Linked To Bombings

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:58 am

Sunil Tripathi.

A body pulled out of the water earlier this week in Providence, R.I., has now been identified as that of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who had been missing since March 15.

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Thu April 25, 2013

Matthew Weiner On 'Mad Men' And Meaning

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:37 am

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was also a writer and producer on The Sopranos for a time.
Michael Yarish AMC

The sixth season of AMC's Mad Men, which premiered April 7, jumps forward in time a few months from where the fifth season concluded. The first episode of the season comes to a close on New Year's Day 1968. That date was designed to set the tone for the entire season.

That year, says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is, "as far as I can tell, in the top two or three worst years in U.S. history."

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Thu April 25, 2013
It's All Politics

Why The Bush Library Won't Make History

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:50 am

Former President George W. Bush speaks alongside former first lady Laura Bush during the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday in Dallas.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Will history judge George W. Bush more kindly than his contemporaries have?

The man himself seems fairly indifferent.

"I don't think he really cares much at all, to be honest with you," says Kevin Sullivan, who served as White House communications director during Bush's second term. "I think he cares very little about where his approval rating stands today, compared to 2005 or 2008."

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