Stories about Art

‘I want to be humble, but I want to be fierce’

Legendary choreographer and identity politics architect Bill T. Jones speaks about art, empathy, and the possibility of beauty in our present moment.
48 Hills: "Reigning Queens"

Recrowning the lost “Reigning Queens”

Rediscovered photos of downtown 1970s drag balls displayed at GLBT Museum, beginning Fri/23. By Marke B. ART LOOKS NYC's drag vogue balls have been all the rage...
48 Hills Big Week

BIG WEEK: What to do Oct. 14-20, 2015

Treasure Island Music Fest, Clarion Alley Block Party, Felabration, Trolley Dances, Litcrawl, Na Lei Hulu, Mission Sunday Streets, more essential events By Marke B.  BIG WEEK One...
48 Hills Streetopia

Dreaming of a new Streetopia

Groundbreaking 2012 arts festival -- which fought Lee's "art washed" gentrification plan -- is revisited with new book and two events, Thu/15 and Fri/16.  By...
48 Hills: Mark I. Chester

Four decades of SF radical sex on display

New book, gallery show, and talk look back at photographer Mark I. Chester's vital, historic work in the leather-BDSM community. By Marke B. ART LOOKS He's been called...

Future fantasies collide in “Late Stage San Francisco”

Maryam Rostami's latest performance piece takes on problematic visions, apocalypse porn, and "roadkill Kardashians." By Caitlin Donohue ONSTAGE Performer Maryam Farnaz Rostami hardly thinks that her play...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2015

Bay Area Brew Fest, L7, Erykah Badu, Ukrainian Festival, Ballet Flamenco, Red Hots Burlesque, Marc & the Casuals, and more essential events. By Marke B. BIG...

Saving radical actions and spaces, virtually

Bay Area Society of Art and Activism "Collective Memory" project archives alternative history -- and wants you to contribute. By Caitlin Donohue ART LOOKS How to...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug. 4-10, 2015

J-Pop Summit, Shakespeare in the Park, Pistahan Festival, Les Nubians, Janeane Garofalo, Jorge Drexler, and more essential events.  By Marke B. BIG WEEK First off, this weekend...

La Chica Boom explodes herself (almost)

Multimedia artist brings raw, transformative retrospective to Galeria de la Raza -- hot sauce strap-ons included.  By Caitlin Donohue ART LOOKS Xandra Ibarra, a.k.a. Bay Area multimedia artist La...