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Best of the Bay BEST OF THE BAY 2020 EDITORS' PICKS

BEST OF THE BAY 2020 EDITORS’ PICKS

We're highlighting some of the tremendous people, places, and things that made the Bay Area shine during one heck of a year

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From the end of 2020 and into 2021, we’re publishing our Best of the Bay 2020 Editors’ Picks, highlighting some of the tremendous people, places, and things that made the Bay Area shine during one heck of a year. View the growing list below—and see our Best of the Bay 2020 Readers Poll winners and our Readers Stories of Resilience here.

Photo by Molly Decoudreaux, from SF New Deal’s Instagram: @sfnewdeal

SF NEW DEAL
The nonprofit food relief organization, launched at the beginning of the pandemic, has delivered more than a million free meals

THE CURTIS FAMILY CNOTES
The family act brought funky melodies, soulful joy, deep messages, and even free groceries to the people.

EKI SHOLA
The physician-turned-musician—who barely escaped the wildfires—brought healing and intention with spacey post-R&B.

AL PASTOR PAPI
Hot and crispy tacos, outrageous horchata remixes, and food for farmworkers and others in need—that’s a winning recipe.

The three co-founders of the Mission Meals coalition. From left to right: Xiomara Alemán, Gabriela Alemán, and María Castro Noboa. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Alemán

MISSION MEALS COALITION
Community organizations came together to feed the Mission this summer, providing meals to 2,000 households a month

Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, Floret Coalition board member. Photo courtesy of the Floret Coalition

THE FLORET COALITION
Directly addressing racism in the cannabis world by distributing funds from legalized businesses to community organizations

Some members of the SF Mime Troupe who recorded ‘Tales of the Resistance’

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE
Pivoting to online ‘radio plays,’ the 51-year-old favorite brought us vibrant ‘Tales of the Resistance’ and a timely ‘Red Carol’

Los Cenzontles, the band

LOS CENZONTLES
A cultural academy—and lively band—that is preserving and passing down essential Mexican traditions of song and dance.

Emmylou Harris performs at last year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Photo by Estefany Gonzalez

HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS
The free roots festival reached back to its own, philanthropical roots—granting more than a million dollars to local venues and musicians

Udo Kier in Brazilian ‘Bacurau,’ which played Roxie Virtual Cinema

ROXIE VIRTUAL CINEMA
When curtains came down and laptops fired up, Roxie Theatre’s online arm delivered 200+ diverse and heady films

Off the Grid workers and volunteers prepared meals for distribution

OFF THE GRID
The mobile food truck company offered options during the shutdown—and also helped feed farmers, wildfire victims, and others

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SAVA CANNABIS
Relief from the wild ups and downs—and downs—of the year, delivered directly to your door by this queer- and women-owned outfit

SF NEIGHBORS SOLIDARITY NETWORK
Delivering fresh groceries to seniors—and fighting the effects of social isolation—when mutual aid was more essential than ever

A group of dancers takes stage at the health and wellness pavilion of Carnaval 2020

CARNAVAL
The riotously colorful San Francisco tradition poured its energy into hosting a community wellness and jobs fair.

CHEF JOANNA KARLINSKY
She made hundreds of meals in her kitchen for the unhoused and distributed them throughout the community

GOLDEN GATE PARK
Its 150th anniversary celebrations were dampened, but the urban oasis became an essential getaway

SF QUEER NIGHTLIFE FUND
The grassroots mutual aid operation raised $300,000 for spot grants to cash-strapped DJs, dancers, drag queens, and more








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