Sunday, May 16, 2021

Must-Reads:

Rochelle Jordan’s excellent ‘Play With The Changes’ buffs up classic UK grooves

Echoes of underground London club jams and whispers of Aaliyah in commanding new release

Not one dollar of state rent-relief money has arrived in SF

Hundreds of millions in federal funding is available -- but tenants aren't getting it.

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Movies

Screen Grabs: RRAWR! Balboa reopens with Godzilla’s Monster Bash

Plus: CCSF student film fest and three riveting new movies, one starring a very macho Mads Mikkelsen

Win a pass to stream Nazi reckoning doc ‘Final Account’

'An urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.'

Asian American visions at CAAM Fest, from Lowell High to Koreatown ghosts

Annual festival also features Margaret Cho, Amy Tan, Dante Basco, and 'The Fabulous Filipino Brothers'

Screen Grabs: SF as a longtime ‘refuge for weirdos and artists’

'Tell The We Were Here' remembers. Plus: DocLands guide, Middle East peace goals, Parkland tragedy teens

Screen Grabs bonus: Strap yourself in for the Warped Dimension fest

Horror-scifi weekend brings out killer stuffed animals, Estonian dystopia, and Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response techniques

Music

Rochelle Jordan’s excellent ‘Play With The Changes’ buffs up classic UK grooves

Echoes of underground London club jams and whispers of Aaliyah in commanding new release

Local Listen: Mae Powell’s surprisingly poppy ‘F*ck I.C.E.’ and more

Moses Herman Jacobs highlights the housing crisis, DJ Delon funks it up outdoors, and Xyla entrances

Local Motion Mix: New music from Lyrics Born & Cutso, Caroline Chung, Citizens Jazz….

Our latest Bay Area mixtape also features Dax Pierson, 40 Thieves—and a Meat Beat Manifesto member's Proust take

New Music: Support these awesome artists directly this week!

Hot releases from SPELLLING, Foodman, The Steoples, and Jaimie Branch are up for this month's Bandcamp Friday

NanosauR roar: Local rap producer gets gothic on new album

'Fell Off Before I Ever Got On' is a surprisingly introspective, post-punk journey from the beats maker.

Art

Review: Clare Rojas’ cosmologies of uncanny animal intelligence and mystery

Soft-launching Jessica Silverman's Chinatown gallery, 'Here We Go' shades folkloric vignettes with dark energy

Tracking the turbulent concept of ‘care’ in a pandemic-ravaged world

'Contact Traces' at CCA offers entry points for urgent discussion, on topics from environmental racism to commercial wellness shams.

Review: Visceral silicone and resin expressions pour forth in ‘Gutz’

Local artist Sophronia Cook and Mexican duo ASMA conjure intriguing carnality at Et al.

Brilliant color and dynamic forms define Orin Carpenter’s poignant paintings

The Northern California artist addresses social issues and identity in his wide-ranging, spiritually-rooted work

Review: In ‘Uncanny Valley,’ disturbing ripples from artificial intelligence

Excellent De Young show reveals technology's ties to oppressive tactics—and art's to the arms trade

Housing

Not one dollar of state rent-relief money has arrived in SF

Hundreds of millions in federal funding is available -- but tenants aren't getting it.

Can people paying rent for a parking space be evicted for living in cars?

Caltrans is about to try to remove people from a lot under I-80.

Mother’s Day — for homeless mamas

A story of eviction, gentrification, poverty -- and hope.

Supes challenge planners over construction on toxic sites

Resolution points to Planning Department's record of allowing new luxury housing despite hazards. Plus: Why City College matters. That's The Agenda for May 3-9

Facebook’s housing echo chamber

Zuckerberg money funds news outlets that repeat Zuckerberg group's supply-side position on the housing crisis.

Politics

Is San Francisco a ‘conservative’ city? That’s what the Chron thinks.

But is opposing the Big Business and Big Tech Agenda really 'conservative?' Plus: Free Muni --and a complex new Muni yard. That's The Agenda for May 10-18.

When bosses lie, workers die

More and more data shows that COVID transmission is happening not just at gatherings but at worksites.

Gig workers aren’t getting the healthcare they were promised

Survey shows that most rideshare and delivery drivers are unable to access the benefits under Prop. 22

Preston wants details on the future of the City Hall scandal investigations

Supervisor wants to know how Herrera's move to the PUC will affect the city attorney's ongoing corruption probe.

Herrera moves to PUC, giving Breed a chance to appoint a new city attorney

Dramatic move could shake up local politics and impact public policy for years to come.

Opinion

Opinion: ‘Reopening’ seems empty when so many beloved spots are gone

We can't move forward without mourning decades-old institutions like Tyger's Coffee Shop—and doing our best to save others.

Opinion: Public bathrooms are vital public infrastructure

If you are older and need to go, the Bay Area is not always a pleasant place.

If we don’t have to wear masks outdoors, how will we angrily judge each other?

The CDC rolls back restrictions for activities and small gatherings. Now what will we use to measure our moral superiority?

I finally paid off my student loans at 40. No one should go through this

Not even winning on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' helped me outrun Navient and condescending bootstrapper-types

Mayor Schaaf needs to stop resisting the movement to defund the Oakland PD

A bloated police budget has not made the streets any safer; it's time for real alternatives.

Performance

SF Opera returns—with a lakeside, drive-in production of ‘Barber of Seville’

Director Matthew Ozawa reflects on his art form's new normal: “Sometimes it gets cold at night, and there’s a lovely duck that loves to say hello.”

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.

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