Top Tickets: At-Home Edition March 26-April 1
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Diablo is rounding up books, movies, music, and more with East Bay ties to help you pass the time while you’re at home. This week, we take a look at the recent works of some of our region’s most famous “Michaels.”
Don’t miss the first season finale of Star Trek: Picard on March 26, the beloved franchise’s latest small-screen installment, helmed by Berkeley’s Michael Chabon. All episodes are now available on CBS All Access even without a subscription. Then, if you’re looking for your next read, Chabon’s writings—including his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay—are always worth a revisit. Order copies online from a local independent bookseller, such as Danville’s Rakestraw Books. cbs.com/shows/star-trek-picard, rakestrawbooks.com.
Berkeley writer-journalist Michael Pollan’s new Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World provides an audiobook-only deep dive into the relationship between humans and their favorite drinks, available through Audible. Be sure to check out his previous books, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which highlights society’s connections to food. Order them online through local bookstores, such as Towne Center Books in Pleasanton. audible.com, townecenterbooks.com.
In 2019, Michael Lewis—the author behind Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Blind Side—debuted Against the Rules, a podcast centered around the concept of fairness in arenas as diverse as financial markets and basketball games. Berkeley’s Lewis is already planning a second season for this spring, so be sure to catch up if you haven’t already, and don't miss the bonus episode about COVID-19 that came out on March 25. Pick up one of his books while you’re waiting, too—including The Fifth Risk, which was released in paperback in December. atrpodcast.com.
Oakland-born activist and singer Michael Franti and Spearhead’s newest album, Stay Human Vol. II, dropped in early 2019—but songs such as “Little Things” and “When the Sun Begins to Shine” are sure to both remind you of the importance of human connection and put a smile on your face. The band’s older hits—think “Say Hey (I Love You)”—are also perfect for at-home dance parties. michaelfranti.com.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan isn’t from the East Bay… but the California resident often stars in the films of Oakland’s Ryan Coogler, including Disney Plus’s Black Panther, which features pivotal scenes set in Coogler’s hometown. In 2013, Coogler and Jordan also teamed up for Fruitvale Station, the true story of Oscar Grant’s killing on the Oakland BART station platform, available to stream through Amazon Prime. disneyplus.com, amazon.com.
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