The probation officer factored in that the defendant is youthful and has no prior convictions. In my opinion, he is old enough to know what he did was wrong. When you are eighteen in this country you can go to war. When you are nineteen, you are old enough to pay the consequences for attempting to rape someone. He is young, but he is old enough to know better. As this is a first offense I can see where leniency would beckon. On the other hand, as a society, we cannot forgive everyone’s first sexual assault or digital rape. It doesn’t make sense. The seriousness of rape has to be communicated clearly, we should not create a culture that suggests we learn that rape is wrong through trial and error. The consequences of sexual assault needs to be severe enough that people feel enough fear to exercise good judgment even if they are drunk, severe enough to be preventative. The fact that Brock was a star athlete at a prestigious university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency, but as an opportunity to send a strong cultural message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class.
Rupa Serves Up New Fishes: East Bay physician, activist, mother, bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and insistently prophetic songwriter Rupa Marya uses the band April Fishes as a melodious forum for music discovery, The ensemble’s latest evolution finds her exploring global concerns and electro-acoustic textures with longtime drummer Aaron Kierbel, violinist Matt Szemela, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpeter Mario Alberto Silva, keyboardist John Eichenseer (aka JHNO), and the deservedly ubiquitous bassist Daniel Fabricant, The group performs at Oakland’s New Parish on Aug, 18; former Bay Area soulman Quinn DeVeaux, ballet leotards ireland now based in Nashville, opens the show (and also plays Amando’s in Martinez on Aug, 24), Details: 9 p.m.; $15-$20; 510-444-7474, thenewparish.com.— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent..
Karen Lovely Band (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. $5. 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com. Maya Beiser. Cellist. “Linked Verse.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 (sold out), 2:30 p.m. Dec 8. Presented by Stanford Live. Bing Concert Hall | 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University. $10-75. 650-724-2464 or http://live.stanford.edu. Ragazzi Boys Chorus. “A Cheerful Noise.” 5 p.m. Dec. 7, First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Cunningham Memorial Chapel, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Music by Mozart, Purcell and Handel; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria; audience sing-along with classic carols; a piece by Paul Halley that combines the ancient chant Ubi Caritas with African chants and drumming. Peninsula tickets: $10-$30, www.ragazzi.org or 650-342-8785. San Francisco tickets: Free-$17, www.oldfirst.org or 415-474-1608.
“THE AMERICAN WEST” (10 p.m., AMC), “The Last Ship” (9 p.m., TNT), “RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS” (10 p.m., AMC), “GUILT” (9 p.m., Freeform), “Major Crimes” (10 p.m., TNT), “BRAIN DEAD” (10 p.m., CBS), “SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE” (10 p.m., NBC), ballet leotards ireland “TO TELL THE TRUTH” (8 p.m., ABC), “UNCLE BUCK” (9 p.m., ABC), “ANIMAL KINGDOM” (9 p.m., TNT), “WRECKED” (10 p.m., TBS)..
I bring that to your attention upfront because that’s information that you’re probably going to need in 2014. Chvrches, one of this year’s biggest buzz bands, is poised to breakthrough into the mainstream very soon. The Scottish synth-pop trio has the look, the sound and most definitely the material to entice the masses. The band’s full-length debut, “The Bones of What You Believe,” was released in September and immediately hailed by many as one of 2013’s best albums. Yet, the album isn’t nearly as strong as the trio’s live show.