He Has Chemistry

Ted McGuire often fantasized about inventing a great construction toy, the next Lego, if you will. But after earning his product design degree, he went to work at Adobe Systems, unaware that his mother was laying the foundation for Ted’s dream to come true. Continue reading He Has Chemistry

Yellowcard at the Greek: A Day-After Show Review

Somewhere in the miasma of 2000s pop-punk, Jacksonville’s Yellowcardshot to fame. When the band played UC Berkeley on Saturday, it showed it has no intention of dismounting the rocket. With a combination of anthemic lyrics, a charismatic frontman, and a violinist(!) who is more like a stealth secret weapon, Yellowcard delighted its small audience of mostly Asian Cal students. Continue reading Yellowcard at the Greek: A Day-After Show Review

Review: Bay Area Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist Will Bernard

Will Bernard has the kind of local boy sensibility that keeps his graying but enthusiastic fan base coming out to his gigs, which feel like a reunion of sorts. Bernanrd, a Berkeley High and Cal alum, counts everything from the Beatles to A Tribe Called Quest among his influences and spins sonic voodoo from bits of funk, classical, blues, and everything in between. Continue reading Review: Bay Area Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist Will Bernard

Marriage and Grad School: Tips to Help Make it Through

As a couple, you’re ecstatic. One of you slogged through exam preparation, endless essays, formidable forms and now there’s finally an acceptance letter in the mail. But what should you anticipate when one of you is starting graduate school? Beginning work on a new degree can have a significant impact on your marriage. Continue reading Marriage and Grad School: Tips to Help Make it Through

Dancing With The Stars Contestants Face Double Elimination In Cirque Du Soleil-Themed Night

Dancing With the Stars was back in showy style on Monday night, with a Cirque du Soleil-themed French acrobatics extravaganza. Judge Bruno Tonioli kicked things off in true carnival-barker form (“Frrrreeee your imagination and let the show begin!”), and host Tom Bergeron dryly countered by noting … Continue reading Dancing With The Stars Contestants Face Double Elimination In Cirque Du Soleil-Themed Night

Why I’ll Be Watching Dr. Ken

A few weeks ago, I visited the set of ABC’s “Dr. Ken”, the show heralded as the proof that ABC is winning the TV diversity game by a mile. Briefly, the show features a Korean-American family helmed by a cranky HMO doctor, played by Ken Jeong. The show (I saw the Halloween episode) was sweet and funny, with a deep, experienced and lovably nutty gaggle of actors. Continue reading Why I’ll Be Watching Dr. Ken