In Arts + Culture

Cal Shakes begins new season fostering fresh voices in theater

The company will examine 17th century gender roles in Madhuri Shekar's 'House of Joy'.

Exploring love on its own terms with the team behind “The Sun is Also a Star”

Cast members of the new romance film and the writer of the original book version tell our writer why they haven't lost hope.

Screen Grabs: Lessons from the dictatorship mark ‘The Silence of Others’

Plus: Art house to blockbuster releases, like 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum'.

Arts Forecast: White Night rally marks SF’s legacy of insurrection

Plus: A weekend of art from TL residents, Combo Chimbita, Sister Roma's roast, and more.

Review: ‘The Good Book’ presents a shifting take on Bible study

We interview a cast member on the play's complex path through faith.

Review: Superman is Black and invincible in ‘Supremacy’

Playwright Jason Mendez mashes comic book fantasy up with the urgency of a #BlackLivesMatter rally.

Queering Psychedelics conference aims to expand definitions, minds

As psychedelics become mainstream, this groundbreaking gathering addresses everything from two-spirit ecology to queer jam band fans.

Arts

SOMArts’ ‘Forever, A Moment’ curators build Blackness allowed to define itself

"Have I ever been in a space that was completely designed for Black people?"

In Vija Celmins’ new solo show, an SFMoMa curator reflects on her slow look

"She’s kept that intensity and invention, decade after decade”

Photographer Wesaam Al-Badry: from ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ to Camp Fire

Local image-maker straddles art and journalism, while retaining lessons from his refugee-camp childhood.

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ zaps, then entrances

Gossamer storyline and hypnotic tunes take trademark feats of derring-do in a surprisingly sweet direction.

Fall Arts aflame! The 50+ best things to do this season

Awesome festivals, fantastic concerts, great movies galore, and more must-see nightlife, dance, and visual arts highlights.

Culture

Queering Psychedelics conference aims to expand definitions, minds

As psychedelics become mainstream, this groundbreaking gathering addresses everything from two-spirit ecology to queer jam band fans.

Onstage

Cal Shakes begins new season fostering fresh voices in theater

The company will examine 17th century gender roles in Madhuri Shekar's 'House of Joy'.

Review: ‘The Good Book’ presents a shifting take on Bible study

We interview a cast member on the play's complex path through faith.

Review: Superman is Black and invincible in ‘Supremacy’

Playwright Jason Mendez mashes comic book fantasy up with the urgency of a #BlackLivesMatter rally.

Who can ask for anything more? A review of Tony Bennett in San Jose

His songs touched a nerve in a town wracked by loss.

‘We Have Iré’ celebrates the Afro-Cuban immigrant experience—and challenge

New theatrical work combines fascinating tales, Cuban jazz, traditional Yoruba songs, Latinx hip-hop, and spoken word at YBCA.

Puff

Puff: Welcome to the spaced race

Moon rocks will send you into orbit—and you can make your own.

Puff: Not so fast, Jelly Belly chairman

The candy giant's head honcho announces a line of cannabis-infused jelly beans—but is he still an anti-trans conservative?

Welcome, Puffragettes! ‘Mary Janes: The Women of Weed’ comes to town

New documentary by Windy Borman celebrates the female pioneers of the cannabis industry—and looks to expand its social justice aspect.

Puff: The best weed to help you sleep

Our cannabis sage offers the latest facts, findings, and products that could help you rest.

Puff: A holiday cannabis wish list

Fire up that Yule pre-roll and put a little spark in your stocking with these perfect weed-lovers' gifts.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Lessons from the dictatorship mark ‘The Silence of Others’

Plus: Art house to blockbuster releases, like 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum'.

Screen Grabs: All weekend long, the Roxie celebrates French noir

Plus: Vintage "folk libraries", Charlie Says, and Zhang Yimou 'Shadow'

Screen Grabs: The Nude Vampire, Babylon, Gay USA…

Retro delights on tap, including Dr. Ruth and 8-track tapes, plus French hustlers, a Merce Cunningham tribute, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: A seriously funny Italian legend, JT LeRoy, Hail Satan?

An endangered community arts center, a Kenyan superhero, The Visitor from another decade, Juggalo comedy, more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Cannabis nuns, Sapphic poets, Riot Grrrl blues….

A stunning 'Hagazussa,' a small-town opioid tale, rare Tibetan gems, and more this week in cinemas.

Art Looks

‘Queer California: Untold Stories’: a confetti shower of the overlooked

Bracing, sometimes exhausting show at Oakland Museum brims with hidden history, magical connections, and fascinating footnotes.

Surprising looks and gorgeous silks in ‘Kimono Refashioned’

Asian Art Museum exhibit takes in everything from Van Gogh to Anime in considering the impact of the traditional Japanese garment.

Monet’s late bloomers hold surprises at de Young

Working through personal tragedy and the onset of war, the French impressionist deepened his exploration of nature and his own garden.

‘Recycle’ artist Romanowski looks back ‘Every Now & Then’

With a retrospective at 111 Minna, the iconic Lower Haight artist and musician presents 30 years of assemblages and collaged sounds.

Peter Hujar’s brilliant, too brilliant icons

The photographer immortalized the gay NYC downtown scene of the 1970s-'80s, now on display at BAMPFA.

Party Radar

Comedowns are for losers: New Year’s Day parties 2019

Don't flag out once the ball drops: From Love Hangover to Supper of Survivors, we've got your new year debauchery covered.

Party Radar: Sweet, sweet NYE

What are you doing New Year's Eve? THE MOST—with Peaches Christ, Braza!, Little Dragon, Femanyst, Shannon & the Clams, more.

Party Radar: Cinthie, Orbital, WonderFull 15 …

Ah Mer Ah Su, Lady Ryan, Norm Talley, Studio 5'4, and more great parties this weekend.

A decade of pure disco bliss at Go BANG!

Generation-spanning party that celebrates SF's musical history turns 10 with, yes, a bang.

Party Radar: AYBEE, Bonobo, Crystal Method, oOoOO….

Digitalism, Disco Daddy, Golf Clap, They're Here, Russell E.L. Butler, an ASMR party and more for your dance floor pleasure.

Examined Life

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. 

Examined Life: Power, patriarchy, and the imperfect guru

Buddhist teacher Noah Levine is dismissed from Against the Stream because of sexual misconduct. Now the organization is folding. Why does this song sound so familiar?

Examined Life: Far to fall

Bourdain, Spade, and Stone: If we want our heroes to thrive, we have to stop expecting them to be heroic.

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: White Night rally marks SF’s legacy of insurrection

Plus: A weekend of art from TL residents, Combo Chimbita, Sister Roma's roast, and more.

Arts Forecast: The week’s best moments to honor Momma

Plus: The 48th annual Stanford Powwow, a musical benefit for immigration advocates RAICES, Diana Gameros, and the Walking Distance Dance Festival.

Arts Forecast: 48 Hills Spring Gala, How Weird Street Faire, New Wave Prom…

2 Blocks of Art, SF.Mutek, Hot Chip, AI Cephalopod, Cinco de Marr-o, MorMor, and more arts events this week.

Arts Forecast: Bye, bye, Babylon…

Beach Blanket Babylon announces it's closing. Plus: Cerrone, Mercury Soul, Dream Bodies, Bikes to Books, Los Amigos Invisibles, more.

Arts Forecast: Easter with the Sisters returns to Dolores Park, more

Helen of Troy, a 4/20 Blowout benefit, Caminos Flamencos, art from the AIDS era, Prince's early years, a cowboy 'Hamlet,' and more.

Lit

Race, labor, and activism on the waterfront

'Dockworker Power' explores how longshore workers on two sides of the world stood together in solidarity during the most racist, anti-leftist, and pro-capitalist period of the 20th century.

BOOKS: ‘Liar’s Paradox’ is the best new thriller in years

Taylor Stevens has delivered a novel that is wild, crazy, entertaining -- and breaks all the rules.

Fearless artist Keith Haring’s sister tells his tale, for all ages

Kay Haring's new children's book 'The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing' highlights his vibrant drive for a better world.

A showcase of ‘young blood’ Asian American writers

Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab Final Reading pools new talent and activist elders at Asian Art Museum

Leticia del Toro grounds her ‘Cafe Colima’ in the lives of ‘everyday Latinas’

Short fiction award-winner speaks about growing up under Reagan in Crocket, Ca., and the pressing need for diversity in literature

All Ears

Time is on Passion Pit’s side, as classic ‘Manners’ hits 10

Band leader Michael Angelakos speaks about the terrors and rewards of his acclaimed first album—and the golden age of indie pop.

Please Do Not Fight reunion collects a scattered scene

The Redwood City band is emblematic of a Bay Area moment when rock, emo, punk, and pop combined—and audiences sang along.

Contemporary fado queen Mariza comes to SFJAZZ

The Portuguese-Mozambican singer has helped bring the mournful, elegant form born of slavery and longing into the modern era.

San Pablo’s Los Cenzontles ramps up its Mexican rhythms

A new sound system and renovated space, a collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, youth programs, a cross-border documentary—what can't this cultural academy (and band) do?

From Mali to Memphis: Dee Dee Bridgewater fires up the soul of her youth

The brilliant blues-jazz singer digs deep into her past for latest release—and puts one over on Elvis.

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Top reads

A hippie van and an annoying smart-phone dude

The clash of San Francisco values hits home in Precita Park.

The real lessons from the surging numbers of homeless people on the streets of SF

Mayor Breed opposed a measure that would have made a big difference. Now she can't fix the problem with a few hundred new shelter beds and a modest housing bond.

Court to hear arguments on police raid of reporters house

Search that embarrassed the city goes before a judge, leaving City Attorney Dennis Herrera to defend the cops in a pretty indefensible case. Plus: Harvey Milk's birthday events, UCSF and Dignity Health -- and 'politicizing' the Rent Board. That's The Agenda for May 20-26

Uber’s plans include attacking public transit

Documents filed for IPO reveal plans to privatize transportation, getting riders off public buses and trains and onto "Uber buses."

Cal Shakes begins new season fostering fresh voices in theater

The company will examine 17th century gender roles in Madhuri Shekar's 'House of Joy'.

New study challenges Wiener’s approach to housing

Eminent economic geographers say that deregulation and upzoning will make gentrification in cities like SF much worse.

BREAKING: Wiener’s housing deregulation bill on hold — for now

Senate committee bumps the measure into next year, but Wiener vows he will continue to push for urban upzoning.

Finally, a city study says public power makes perfect sense

San Francisco could buy out PG&E's local distribution system, provide cleaner, cheaper energy, and make money in the process.

Some perspective on the raid on a reporter’s house

The SFPD knows exactly which officers had access to that leaked document. Have their homes been raided and their phones and computer seized? And why did the TV stations think the Adachi file was news anyway?

Best of the Bay Winners

Join us for our Best of the Bay holiday party this Thursday!

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

Best of the Bay 2018: City Living Winners

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

Best of the Bay 2018: Arts & Entertainment Winners

Your picks for Best DJ, Best Live Music Venue, Best Film Festival, Best Drag Show, Best Dance Company, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: Food & Drink Winners

Your picks for Best Burrito, Best Sushi, Best Breakfast, Best Happy Hour, Best Bartender, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: Shopping Winners

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