Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Screen Grabs: Wine, mystery, folk music, black comedy at Greek Film Fest

Plus: Psilocybic British horror 'In the Earth,' Scandinavian cancer drama 'Hope,' Tiny Dance Fest, more new movies

How To Reopen Nightlife: Enough with the boys’ club, make room for women

DJ femmelectric and promoter Alex McGeagh speak about equity, access, and safety for women and nonbinary folks.

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Movies

Screen Grabs: Wine, mystery, folk music, black comedy at Greek Film Fest

Plus: Psilocybic British horror 'In the Earth,' Scandinavian cancer drama 'Hope,' Tiny Dance Fest, more new movies

Screen Grabs: ’80s Italian exploitation hunk George Eastman rides again

From caveman to Blastfighter, he did it all. Plus: a bounty of horror movies including 'Honeydew' and 'Jakob's Wife'

Screen Grabs: Delving into the toxic bastions

Love—both endearing and abusive—finds its way into prison, army, and sports in these new movies

Bo McGuire’s lyrical queer family hybrid-doc ‘Socks on Fire’ comes to SFFILM

The director delves into a family inheritance rift between his homophobic aunt and his drag queen uncle

Screen Grabs: Women and power, from Tina Turner to Carole Lombard

Triumph, abuse, sex, horror, music, religion, comedy, and more in the latest round of new movies.

Music

Tyler Holmes navigates trauma through softer sounds on ‘Nightmare in Paradise’

The Oakland musician and performer's lush, emotive new album records the process of grappling with PTSD.

With live shows poised to return, musicians open up about opening up

An indie star, a label owner, a DJ, and an electronic musician share their candid responses to this moment

Que mujer, que cantante: Bay-Cuban singer Bobi CĂ©spedes celebrates 40 years onstage

Missed the 2020 release of the Yoruba priestess' 'Mujer y Cantante' album? Here's your chance to right that wrong.

Christina Chatfield’s ‘Sutro’: ambient, but not for the micro-dosing set

Local electronic ace takes a turn for deep pastel textures and droney sound-worlds, absent trendy dread.

Radical jazz legend meets electronic wizard. The results… are sleepy?

Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points occasionally spark magic, but album 'Promises' ducks exhilarating risk

Art

Review: Daily scenes reveal complex family identities in Gloria Wong’s ‘Three Tongues’

At Friends Indeed, the Chinese Canadian photographer portrays a tidy home full of subtle information.

Sean Dorsey Dance premieres nine ‘gorgeous’ new films in AT-HOME season

"We can't wait to connect with our audience again," says transgender dance trailblazer—now a director, too.

Review: Black Madonnas, fashion photos, semaphore, and song in ‘Future Histories’

At SFMOMA, Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith draw on the African American archive to point a way forward.

Is art free speech under COVID? A local court case steams on

Ongoing San Francisco International Arts Festival lawsuit demands that arts reopen in parity with worship and dining.

Ideas can manifest as presences in Susan AdamĂ©’s light-filled paintings

The artists beckons visions from the ethereal plane, drawing special cards and summoning intuitive inspiration.

Housing

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

Homeless people lack access to water

People on SF's streets can't even access the UN's minimum requirements for potable water, new report shows.

Inside the SIP hotels saga

How activists and some supes forced the city to put homeless people in hotel rooms.

Chiu, Wiener attack ‘left-right pincers’ on housing

Legislators decry alliance between progressive housing activists and 'Nimby' homeowners.

Supes reject condos where seniors were evicted

Crucial vote sends a message that a building cleared by the Ellis Act will never get a lucrative permit.

Politics

Radical right group is trying to attack public-sector labor in SF

Anti-union mailers are going to workers home addresses -- but really, this group is looking pretty desperate.

Giants and food vendor tried to get workers to waive COVID rights

Union squelches embarrassing move to make ballpark employees grant immunity to the big, rich organizations.

SF could have affordable Internet for everyone for $35 a resident

Why isn't the Breed Administration moving for municipal broadband? That's The Agenda for April 11-18

A new move to get corporate money out of state political campaigns

AB 20 would ban contributions from corporations to any candidate for state office in CA.

SF has a new tech plan — but it ignores the need for public broadband

Plus: Confronting attacks on Asian seniors and a modest, but important, police reform ... That's The Agenda for April 4-11

Opinion

OPINION: Donald Trump, Sid Vicious, click-bait, and media imagination

Sometimes you need a president -- and a bass player -- who actually knows how to do the job, even if he doesn't make as good copy.

Letter to the Editor: ‘I have so many questions’ about nightlife after COVID

SF culture took a massive hit pre-pandemic, a reader writes. Can we let history guide us to better times?

SF has exploited, failed, and bankrupted its taxi drivers

Mayors Lee and Newsom sold pricey medallions to make money--then let Uber and Lyft make those investments worthless. The drivers deserve help.

Women of color are not puzzled by the Atlanta killer’s motivation

Racism? Misogyny? Easy access to guns? It’s not one or the other. It’s all of the above.

Letter to the Editor: Weighing in on Garfield’s leftist cred

Garfield has been transformed into a icon of the left—but what's his creator doing with Mike Pence?

Performance

Sean Dorsey Dance premieres nine ‘gorgeous’ new films in AT-HOME season

"We can't wait to connect with our audience again," says transgender dance trailblazer—now a director, too.

Global artists tackle an epic year in ‘Hindsight 2020’

A 'devised multimedia time capsule' addresses what we'll take with us from all of this.

Is art free speech under COVID? A local court case steams on

Ongoing San Francisco International Arts Festival lawsuit demands that arts reopen in parity with worship and dining.

The strange and wondrous story of the Sick & Twisted Players

Thirty years ago, the troupe brought camp movie mashups, blazingly real talent, and guaranteed Splatterama to nightlife stages.

Review: ‘God of Vengeance’ still powerful 115 years later

Taboo-busting play about Jewish tradition and lesbian love shone online in Yiddish Theatre Ensemble production.

Nightlife

How To Reopen Nightlife: Enough with the boys’ club, make room for women

DJ femmelectric and promoter Alex McGeagh speak about equity, access, and safety for women and nonbinary folks.

Letter to the Editor: ‘I have so many questions’ about nightlife after COVID

SF culture took a massive hit pre-pandemic, a reader writes. Can we let history guide us to better times?

How To Reopen Nightlife: Keeping it cute and safe for all on the dance floor

What should we expect from venues and each other when clubs come back? The first in a series exploring issues left to face.

Get up and do your thing for local art at The Lab’s interactive Dance A Thon

The experimental arts space hosts a fundraising, 12-hour virtual dance-fest full of local star-power

Major players fuel nightlife drive against anti-Asian hate—here’s how you can help

DJ Marky "Proof" Enriquez and emcee Fran Boogie threw a 40-hour online fundraiser for the cause. Let's keep it going

Cannabis

Puff: Spark up a safe and comfy 420 celebration

No big party in the park this year, but plenty to do—and enjoy—in our annual guide to the stoner holiday.

Puff: Prerolling into spring

We go down the stoney road for you, sampling latest offerings from Jeeters, King Roll, more

Puff: New strains, all the gains

Our brave and bold weed critic shifts into cannabis overdrive to bring you the latest and greatest news on just-dropped flower variants.

Puff: A Valentine’s Day stoner survival guide

Love yourself into a cloud of bliss, with Lava flower, massage oil, churro chocolate bars, more

Puff your way through the holidays, and into 2021

Cannabis pop rocks, delicious scoops, fancy box sets, Grandaddy Purple gummies, and more treats and stocking stuffers