In Arts + Culture

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

The true aficionado is already making big changes at the vaunted institution.

Screen Grabs: You say you wanted a ‘Revolution’

Jack O’Connell's 1968 documentary is probably the best feature about San Francisco as flower power nexus. Our critic also checks out 'A Thousand Cuts' and 'You Never Had It: An Evening With Charles Bukowski.'

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.

Arts

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.

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.

Cartoonist Tanna Tucker creates works of art to celebrate voices of incarcerated kids

"What I heard from a lot of the students’ writing is that they didn’t feel fully seen," says the graphic artist, who hopes to change that with the series of stunning multimedia.

Purpose in precarity: SF arts orgs share COVID-era gameplans

From virtual forums to renewed focus on the mission — here’s what to expect from local culture hubs

Laborfest 2020 highlights global struggle from Vietnam to George Floyd uprising

A packed month for the essential fest, featuring SF Mime Troupe, labor leaders, film, arts, music, more

Culture

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

The true aficionado is already making big changes at the vaunted institution.

Onstage

Take that, 2020: The Mime Troupe pivots to web

With nine part radio play “Tales of the Resistance”, the group looks to carry on its message of working class struggle

In ‘The Niceties,’ deep-rooted academic bias vividly on display

Shotgun Players' new production starts as polite debate, then grows into a clash of historical perspectives.

Too soon for COVID jokes? Shazia Mirza on Zoom comedy and life at home

The stellar UK comedian talks 'Across the Pond Comedy,' onstage diversity—and how she lost her 'Coconut.'

Reviving Pride’s protest origins, with ‘The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot’

A play about the Tenderloin's 1966 transgender uprising was a sensation; revisit it at this special reading.

A 420 treat from ‘Sheesh & Schlong’

Two of SF's top comics wish you a happy high holiday—at home.

Puff

Puff: A day for dabs

A rundown of our favorites pens, oils, and resins to get your vapor cloud billowing on the concentrate-celebrating holiday 710

Puff: Get high on Pride

A special cannabis Quaran-Tea dance for charity, rainbow PLUS gummies, and Summit Boys caviar crumble cookies

Puff: Cannabis-loving care for Mom

Nothing says Mother's Day like CBD-infused eye-cream, a virtual spa moment, and a gift box of cannabis goodies. (Hey, it can work for dads, too.)

Puff: Toast 420—pandemic-style!

We may miss out on cannabis communion—but we can still swing into the spirit of the holiday.

Puff: Crazy times deserve good weed, and good care

Clean your bong, wipe down delivery packaging, check dispensary hours—and chill at home with Fuzzies and more.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: You say you wanted a ‘Revolution’

Jack O’Connell's 1968 documentary is probably the best feature about San Francisco as flower power nexus. Our critic also checks out 'A Thousand Cuts' and 'You Never Had It: An Evening With Charles Bukowski.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art Looks

Let your mind take ‘a darling walk’ through Creativity Explored’s latest

Named from a Lorine Niedecker poem, the nonprofit's retrospective wanders colorfully from intimate to nostalgic.

A display of belonging and hope in Chinatown (and on Instagram)

Christine Wong Yap's new projects collect memories and provide art for essential workers and online viewers

Aquarium vibes on Folsom: Inkletterman, others beautify shuttered storefronts

Todd Kurnat is one of the artists turning emptied out SF streets into colorful galleries.

The museum’s closed, but ‘The de Young Open’ poises for launch

Local submissions welcomed for community art exhibition, which will display selections once the pandemic passes.

‘Change the dynamics’: Dawoud Bey on photography, place, and history

While his pictures hang in an empty SFMOMA, the artist looks back at his career's pivotal moments and series.

Party Radar

Party Radar: Change finally comes to dance music

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

ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2020: The protests, the parties (online), the poignant posters

A virtual cornucopia of rainbow explosions, including fundraisers, marches, and, of course, a jock strap Zoom party.

Grassroots Queer Nightlife Fund raises $160K in aid for workers

Community donor campaign begins disbursing relief grants to performers, DJs, stage techs, others affected by shutdown.

Hunky Jesus rises again! (Blessedly online)

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Queer Nightlife Fund team up to present the hallowed Easter contest.

Party Radar: Fault Radio helps DJs stream through quarantine

Now that online nightlife connection is essential, this fantastic Bay Area site's founders are here to help.

Examined Life

Examined Life: Replace existing normal

In the wake of COVID-19, how can we make space for the fluctuating emotions that come with our suddenly transformed lives?

Examined Life: A year to love for no reason

Looking back at the life of a great spiritual teacher opens the door to deeper meaning in the new year.

Examined Life: On shaky ground

In a city where everyone and everything is constantly changing, we have a lot to fear. But even more to learn.

When our bodies break down

On the dark journey through illness or injury, we meet a stranger we’ve known all along: our self.

Life is hard. Say yes to that. 

As we move toward the end of the year, remember: Even when the options all seem bad, you can still make a good choice. 

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: How Weird (that everything is virtual now)

Festival season kicks off with a cyberspace bang. Plus: Hard French, Write Now!, DNA Lounge, cute videos, and more.

Arts Forecast: We can do this!

Bay Area arts orgs come out strong with films, plays, auctions, concerts, shows, and "Mystery Shakespeare Theatre 1592."

Arts Forecast: Help save bookstores, drag queens, Frameline, more

Fabulous performances and benefit funds, plus a few pick-me-ups, as we band together to help the local scene.

Arts Forecast: Apocalypse… but make it fashion!

The arts community is putting on a damn good face in this catastrophe, from floral masks to streaming Shakespeare and more.

Arts Forecast: Should you even go out?

Large gatherings have been banned, small gatherings are advised against—what are art-lovers (and arts workers) to do?

Lit

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

Rozella Kennedy's day planner celebrating determined women of color seems just the right thing for right now.

Our publisher’s ‘must-read’ history of US protests is out now!

'Into the Streets' is a colorful, lively guide to the country's resistance movements, aimed at young adults but essential reading for all

A laser, a dog, and grape gum lead to feminist superpower in ‘Equality Girls’

Aya de Léon tackles sexism and a lecherous president in her vibrant new kids book

In Phuc Tran’s memoir: grammar, tattoos, and the refugee experience

The author and tattoo artist's 'Sigh, Gone" tells how a love of literature helped him adjust to US life after Vietnam.

Generations of activism: Checking in with Cleve Jones

The LGBTQ civil rights leader on powerful George Floyd protests, the importance of the AIDS quilt, and vanishing gayborhoods.

All Ears

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

The true aficionado is already making big changes at the vaunted institution.

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.

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.

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.

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

Witness the rhythmic agency of soundtracking a movement.

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Fielder shows surprising strength in state Senate fundraising report

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Giants and Warriors give their workers the boot

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Screen Grabs: You say you wanted a ‘Revolution’

Jack O’Connell's 1968 documentary is probably the best feature about San Francisco as flower power nexus. Our critic also checks out 'A Thousand Cuts' and 'You Never Had It: An Evening With Charles Bukowski.'

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

The true aficionado is already making big changes at the vaunted institution.

OPINION: Education pods for everyone

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

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.

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.

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 free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

Best of the Bay Winners

Best of the Bay 2019: Food & Drink winners

Best Burrito, Best Sushi, Best Brunch, Best Ice Cream, Best Bar Staff, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: Shopping winners

Best Book Store, Best Grocery Store, Best Shoe Store, Best Bike Shop, Best Flea Market, Best Dispensary, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: Arts & Entertainment winners

Best DJ, Best Live Music Venue, Best Arts Festival, Best Drag Show, Best Dance Company, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: City Living winners

Best Street Fair, Best Yoga Studio, Best Bicycle Repair, Best Plumber, Best Pet Grooming, and more

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Music, entertainment, nibbles, bubbles, and the Best of the Bay!