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Local Listen: Sounds for your next Bay Area beat session

From party crew As You Like It's new label to Mix Master Mike and Steve Jordan's expansive 'Beat Odyssey 2020,' our new local music column turns on to the musical wealth in our midst.

Tom Dolby weaves life history into ‘The Artist’s Wife’

The SF-born director folds his family story into a tale of dementia, art, and marriage.

From Herbie Hancock to Angela Davis: Monterey Jazz Fest comes to you

Moving online and back to its roots, the 63rd installment of the legendary fest focuses on history and support of Black community.

OPINION: How I brought back the Bay’s favorite dog mag

Bay Woof returns as online nonprofit resource—as dog adoptions hit new heights, but related businesses struggle.

A warped film fest for warped times

Mr. HoleHead's Warped Dimension beams good ol' fashioned chills, kills, and cheap thrills to your Zoom room.

A warped film fest for warped times

Mr. HoleHead's Warped Dimension beams good ol' fashioned chills, kills, and cheap thrills to your Zoom room.

Tom Dolby weaves life history into ‘The Artist’s Wife’

The SF-born director folds his family story into a tale of dementia, art, and marriage.

Screen Grabs: Keeping it together—and falling apart

Spotlight on mental health with Blackbird, Last Call, the Swerve, Rialto, and Oliver Sacks. Plus: The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Space Dogs

Local Listen: Sounds for your next Bay Area beat session

From party crew As You Like It's new label to Mix Master Mike and Steve Jordan's expansive 'Beat Odyssey 2020,' our new local music column turns on to the musical wealth in our midst.

From Herbie Hancock to Angela Davis: Monterey Jazz Fest comes to you

Moving online and back to its roots, the 63rd installment of the legendary fest focuses on history and support of Black community.

Naima Shalhoub wields strength of community on debut studio album ‘SIPHR’

The multi-faceted Oakland musician summons Lebanese heritage on follow-up to 'Live in San Francisco County Jail.'

Michelle E. Fillmore paints to connect—and manage pandemic emotions

The Oakland photorealist's work depicts mystery, transformation, and the identity crisis imposed by our moment.

Photographer Dorothea Lange’s archive now available online at OMCA

The collection presents the iconic Lange as the personable creator she was—and a local picturmaker to boot.

Open Studios offers virtual walk-throughs, glimpses into artists’ lives

The 45-year-old tradition is using Instagram and online parties to introduce the latest work of dozens of creators.

With glamour and grit, Red Vic aims for permanent queer housing transformation

How much is that drag queen in the window? Chip in to support QT BIPOC housing and you'll help stabilize a community.

SF Symphony dives into diverse local sounds with online ‘Currents’

"Music isn't just about an end result. It's about what people do and how people come into things," conductor Michael Morgan told me over...

The unstoppable ‘Who’s Your Mami Comedy’ Zooms your way

The pandemic may have indefinitely shuttered comedy clubs, but it can’t stop, won’t stop the irrepressible force of Marga Gomez. For as long as...

Books: A fun ride through SF and NorCal in the 1980s

I’ve known Daniel Ben-Horin for many years – as  journalist, as the head of Media Alliance way back in the days when I was...

Books: ‘Caste’ and the history of racism in the US

Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent has received acclaims from literary critics in addition to bringing Oprah to tears. The book presents...

Dare to be a ‘Brave Sis’? It’s all in the planner

Anyone who knows local arts leader Rozella Kennedy knows she's a force of nature. Definitely one of those hyper-achievers that spur you to ask,...

Bottoms up for spirits-lifting Oakland Cocktail Week (now a month)

Support local bars and drink in good company, as the festival pivots to a vital fundraiser.

How did the Ocean Beach party happen—and can we prevent another incident?

Why didn't the police shut things down earlier? Sup. Stefani wants criminal investigation; Sup. Mandelman worries about Halloween

[UPDATED] A Burning Man sound camp responds about Ocean Beach party that drew 100s

BAAAHS says masks were distributed and social distancing enforced—but why didn't someone just turn off the music?

Local Listen: Sounds for your next Bay Area beat session

From party crew As You Like It's new label to Mix Master Mike and Steve Jordan's expansive 'Beat Odyssey 2020,' our new local music column turns on to the musical wealth in our midst.

OPINION: How I brought back the Bay’s favorite dog mag

Bay Woof returns as online nonprofit resource—as dog adoptions hit new heights, but related businesses struggle.

A warped film fest for warped times

Mr. HoleHead's Warped Dimension beams good ol' fashioned chills, kills, and cheap thrills to your Zoom room.

Tom Dolby weaves life history into ‘The Artist’s Wife’

The SF-born director folds his family story into a tale of dementia, art, and marriage.

From Herbie Hancock to Angela Davis: Monterey Jazz Fest comes to you

Moving online and back to its roots, the 63rd installment of the legendary fest focuses on history and support of Black community.

Screen Grabs: Keeping it together—and falling apart

Spotlight on mental health with Blackbird, Last Call, the Swerve, Rialto, and Oliver Sacks. Plus: The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Space Dogs

Michelle E. Fillmore paints to connect—and manage pandemic emotions

The Oakland photorealist's work depicts mystery, transformation, and the identity crisis imposed by our moment.

PUFF: How I got my high back

After months of isolation, it may be time to adjust your habits—with flower by Lolo, prerolls from Jack Herer, and some Kwik Ease

Screen Grabs: Bring on the zombies!

A bloom of horror in a pandemic, with #Alive, Spiral, Ravers, The Devil All the Time, more. Plus: Fort Mason drive-in opens

Naima Shalhoub wields strength of community on debut studio album ‘SIPHR’

The multi-faceted Oakland musician summons Lebanese heritage on follow-up to 'Live in San Francisco County Jail.'

Now Watch This: Ride away the summer on these 5 new music videos

It's all in the visuals for this second installation of our music video column—with new work from Fontaines D.C., Frank Ivy, Sylvan Esso, and more.

Arts Forecast: More, More, More! (and more)

Autumn Moon Festival, Litquake lineup, Cal Performances at Home... and a special retrospective from a queen of SF drag.

Photographer Dorothea Lange’s archive now available online at OMCA

The collection presents the iconic Lange as the personable creator she was—and a local picturmaker to boot.

Star producer Ricky Reed steps back from the mic on ‘The Room’

Grammy-winning beatmaker talks life after notorious electro project Wallpaper., and how catching up with friends morphed into new album.

Open Studios offers virtual walk-throughs, glimpses into artists’ lives

The 45-year-old tradition is using Instagram and online parties to introduce the latest work of dozens of creators.

Remembering Kool & The Gang’s perpetual reincarnation, in the wake of Ronald Bell’s passing

The legendary group maintained a five-decade career through reinvention—and its cofounder's expansive songwriting.

Cannabis tax money goes to fund the cops

One way to defund the police: take away the mandatory cut they get of the state's taxes on weed.

Drive-in Dragsploitation! ‘Sh*t & Champagne’ to make splashy debut

D'Arcy Drollinger's sparkling paean to '70s action flicks, fabulous looks will pop your cork.

Bottoms up for spirits-lifting Oakland Cocktail Week (now a month)

Support local bars and drink in good company, as the festival pivots to a vital fundraiser.

Screen Grabs: Open your queer eye for Frameline

Global tales, intimate history, naughty fun: The LGBTQ+ film fest returns (online) to fierce up your fall.

Polls are open for Best of the Bay 2020. Vote now!

Tell us your favorites in our 45th annual celebration of the Best.

Sirron Norris’ cartooning classes take to internet for COVID summer

No reason for kids to lay down their pencils in the pandemic, says the iconic Bay Area artist.

How did the Ocean Beach party happen—and can we prevent another incident?

Why didn't the police shut things down earlier? Sup. Stefani wants criminal investigation; Sup. Mandelman worries about Halloween

All Ears: 25 new albums for fall survival

From Sade and RĂłisĂ­n Murphy to Hot Chip and the Flaming Lips, here are the sounds you'll need to keep your own world spinning.

Screen Grabs: Meet in the middle

This week's must-stream films bring visions of faraway lands and all-too-close looks at our own.

Qur’an Shaheed offers meditative frequencies on debut EP ‘Process’

Her boom-bap self-help hits all the right notes, assisted by musicians well-versed in satellite orbit neo-soul.

With glamour and grit, Red Vic aims for permanent queer housing transformation

How much is that drag queen in the window? Chip in to support QT BIPOC housing and you'll help stabilize a community.

Screen Grabs: Heavy themes for heavy times

New movies: Social media manipulation, voter suppression, deportation, white nationalism... Oh, and Suzi Quatro!

Raising the wage for tipped workers

'Waging Change' by Berkeley filmmaker Abby Ginzberg tracks the fight for better service industry pay, from 9/11 to #MeToo.

[UPDATED] A Burning Man sound camp responds about Ocean Beach party that drew 100s

BAAAHS says masks were distributed and social distancing enforced—but why didn't someone just turn off the music?

Oakland’s Jun Yu represents in ‘Mulan’

The young actor, playing Cricket in the live-action version of the beloved film, breaks out on the big (and small) screen.

The genius of Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown

In the James Brown bio-pic Get On Up from 2014, actor Chadwick Boseman presented the American composer and bandleader in the same manner life presented...

‘Salud es Poder’: A special Carnaval, COVID edition

After its traditional date was cancelled, the festival transformed into a health fair as well as a cultural celebration

Screen Grabs: Two notorious tricksters return—as does the big screen(?)

This week sees the US release at last of what must be the most re-scheduled movie in history, Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s latest Rubik’s Cube-y...

From stoner cartoon frog to vicious alt-right icon in ‘Feels Good Man’

It is only appropriate that Feels Good Man, Arthur Jones's documentary about cartoonist Matt Furie and his creation Pepe the Frog should screen at...

SF Symphony dives into diverse local sounds with online ‘Currents’

"Music isn't just about an end result. It's about what people do and how people come into things," conductor Michael Morgan told me over...

Grab that virtual wig, it’s all aboard for Oaklash!

Weekend-long Oakland drag festival Oaklash (Fri/4-Sun/6 at www.twitch.tv/oaklash2020) has become such an integral part of the Bay Area queer performance scene that I was taken...

A man, a plan, a documentary: ‘The Palindromists’

Palindromes read the same forward and back. We learn that in grade school. "Madam, I'm Adam." "A man. A plan. A canal. Panama." "Was...

Books: A fun ride through SF and NorCal in the 1980s

I’ve known Daniel Ben-Horin for many years – as  journalist, as the head of Media Alliance way back in the days when I was...

New Music: Big Joanie, Eki Shola, Osees, Clipping., more deliver fall-ready tunes

August may be fading into fall, but the music in 2020 keeps on a-coming. Here are some joints resonating with us. PSA: STOP MURDERING BLACK PEOPLE....

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