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A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

Bill that could cost SF $50 million up for key Assembly vote

Will Chiu support a measure that the entire Board of Supes opposes? It's at his committee Tuesday.

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

Conservative members (and some in the progressive camp) serve as swing votes in D7 and D11.

Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Our film critic's top picks for new streams this week: 'Boys State' paints an ominous view of our youth, and 'Rebuilding Paradise' tracks a California community rebuilding after devastating flames.

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Our film critic's top picks for new streams this week: 'Boys State' paints an ominous view of our youth, and 'Rebuilding Paradise' tracks a California community rebuilding after devastating flames.

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

New Music: Kamaal Williams’ latest showcases London jazz agility

From funk to UK funky bruk, album 'Wu Hen' is perfect proof for this artist's belief that jazz must incorporate the sounds of the day to evolve.

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

New report shows how a tiny number of very rich people have come do dominate the charitable sector -- giving them too much control over all our lives.

Out of the Crate: The proper tools

Loleatta Holloway's ballad drama, The Shaggs' homespun otherness—and Van Halen's eponymous debut? Music critic John-Paul Shiver explores essential vinyl re-releases.

Movies: ‘Around the Sun’ makers bring mumblecore teachings to a château

Writer Jonathan Kiefer tells the unlikely tale of the film's providence.

Supes pass Overpaid CEO tax

Business tax reform -- and Caltrain reform -- will also be on the fall ballot.

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Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

New report shows how a tiny number of very rich people have come do dominate the charitable sector -- giving them too much control over all our lives.

Supes pass Overpaid CEO tax

Business tax reform -- and Caltrain reform -- will also be on the fall ballot.

Bill that could cost SF $50 million up for key Assembly vote

Will Chiu support a measure that the entire Board of Supes opposes? It's at his committee Tuesday.

OPINION: Education pods for everyone

Instead of wealthy parents forming a private educational system on Facebook, cities should develop a public alternative.

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

Conservative members (and some in the progressive camp) serve as swing votes in D7 and D11.

Lyft drivers have to pay for their own masks and hand sani

Drivers out $30 a week or more for essential supplies they say companies should be providing.

City Planning (finally) admits it has a problem

Social and racial equity is now part of land-use decisions -- which could have a major impact.

SF joins fight for US-Cuba medical cooperation

Supes pass resolution calling for scientific and medical collaboration in the fight against COVID

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

Supes, by one vote, reject public advocate plan

Peskin, Fewer split with other progressives; board does approve plan to break up DPW.

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The direction of city planning shows clear split between progressive and moderate candidates.

Arts + Culture

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Our film critic's top picks for new streams this week: 'Boys State' paints an ominous view of our youth, and 'Rebuilding Paradise' tracks a California community rebuilding after devastating flames.

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

New Music: Kamaal Williams’ latest showcases London jazz agility

From funk to UK funky bruk, album 'Wu Hen' is perfect proof for this artist's belief that jazz must incorporate the sounds of the day to evolve.

Out of the Crate: The proper tools

Loleatta Holloway's ballad drama, The Shaggs' homespun otherness—and Van Halen's eponymous debut? Music critic John-Paul Shiver explores essential vinyl re-releases.

Movies: ‘Around the Sun’ makers bring mumblecore teachings to a château

Writer Jonathan Kiefer tells the unlikely tale of the film's providence.

10 artists centering Latinidad in the sound of the Bay today

A brief history of the legends who paved the way for Latin music in the Bay Area—and the rising creatives shaping its future.

Screen Grabs: Art imitates life

Get the skinny on the Helmut Newton documentary and the 1986 bikesploitation epic 'Rad', perhaps the movie with the all time widest critic-audience response disparity.

Latina and Filipina-founded health center offers free wellness classes

Funded by the soda tax, Community Well’s H3 program offers yoga and nutrition education, as well as community therapy and homeopathic health advice.

All Ears: How to craft the perfect BBQ playlist

From Aretha to Toro y Moi, here's how to keep all those gathered around the grill moving to a socially distanced beat.

Cannabis has a racism problem. The Floret Coalition can help.

The Black-led giving collective for weed businesses is one of several nascent projects that center BIPOC voices in addressing the industry’s deep-seated racial inequities.

Screen Grabs: The shift evident, women directors rise

The days when a woman’s directorial credit could qualify as a novelty are fading fast. Check our critic's recommendations for new female-led flicks, from 'Yes, God, Yes' to a jampacked Sundance Festival shorts collection.

Party Radar: Change finally comes to dance music

Are we ready to listen to Black voices—including the ones who started this whole thing?

New Music: Oakland collective SMARTBOMB has that feeling of futurism

Check the manifestation of headiness on compilation 'Light Beings #2,' and the second edition of the group's encompassing virtual 'VHS' virtual Sat/25.

City quarantine, set to film for the Roxie’s Mixtape-in-Place fest

This year, the theater opened the competition up to youth. What shelter-in-place stories will take flight?

New Music: A classic Oneness of Juju re-release jolts consciousness

Witness the rhythmic agency of soundtracking a movement.

Screen Grabs: Films that pull back the veil

This week's recommendations for movies that expose the country's social inequities, including 'Down and Out in America'; 'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets'; and a Les Blank double feature.

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Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

OPINION: Education pods for everyone

Instead of wealthy parents forming a private educational system on Facebook, cities should develop a public alternative.

SF joins fight for US-Cuba medical cooperation

Supes pass resolution calling for scientific and medical collaboration in the fight against COVID

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Nancy Pelosi just announced her retirement

The deal she cut to remain speaker means she plans to step down in 2022 -- which will set off a wild campaign for one of the most coveted jobs in SF politics.

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Our film critic's top picks for new streams this week: 'Boys State' paints an ominous view of our youth, and 'Rebuilding Paradise' tracks a California community rebuilding after devastating flames.

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

New report shows how a tiny number of very rich people have come do dominate the charitable sector -- giving them too much control over all our lives.

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