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‘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.

The sun hasn’t set yet on Sonny Smith’s SF

The garage rock stalwart launches new label Rocks In Your Head and still believes deeply in the local scene.

Review: Tuskegee Airmen take flight again in ‘Black Eagles’

African-American Shakespeare Company production views heroic saga of segregated WWII squadron through poetic lens.

Screen Grabs: The terror that is ‘Us’

Jordan Peele's latest doesn't disappoint. Plus: Tiny Dance Festival, The Mustang, Transit, the Juniper Tree, and more in cinemas this week.

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?

Don’t cry for Golden Gate Fortune Cookie, owner says, despite huge rent jump

57-year-old local institution's monthly rent goes up $4350; Kevin Chan vows to continue, points to tough times citywide.

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

Join us for the Sixth Annual 48 Hills Spring Gala!

On May 2, help independent, progressive journalism survive—and have a great time.

Onstage

Review: Tuskegee Airmen take flight again in ‘Black Eagles’

African-American Shakespeare Company production views heroic saga of segregated WWII squadron through poetic lens.

Tracking the human condition through a Nigerian family epic

Two installments of playwright Mfoniso Udofia's acclaimed nine-play Ufot Family Cycle—'In Old Age" and 'Her Portmanteau'—come to the Magic Theatre and ACT Strand.

In ‘La Ronde,’ a merry-go-round of trysts—with a twist

Cutting Ball Theatre's Ariel Craft on the pleasures and challenges of staging a 100-year-old play about sex—including hiring an 'intimacy coordinator.'

Exploring consent—and its conversations—in ‘Actually’

Michael A. Curry plays a Black freshman under pressure at Princeton in Anna Ziegler's play about a fraught encounter.

In ‘Yoga Play,’ Dipika Guha twists commerce into comedy

The playwright's latest, at San Francisco Playhouse, joyfully takes on mindfulness and commercialism.

Puff

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.

Puff: Traveling with your stash

As holidays (and winter vacations) approach, here are some tips for flying around the country with cannabis.

A cure for the munchies?

THCV promises all the benefits of Jenny Craig—plus it gets you stoned.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: The terror that is ‘Us’

Jordan Peele's latest doesn't disappoint. Plus: Tiny Dance Festival, The Mustang, Transit, the Juniper Tree, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Brazilian classics, the Gospel of Eureka, a Silicon Valley scam….

Campy Australian horror, RIP Albert Finney, a Chinese gangster epic, Albany Film Fest, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Berlin & Beyond, Woman at War, The Mystery of Picasso ….

Mapplethorpe, Styx, Giant Little Ones, tributes to Delphine Seyrig and Hirokazu Kore-eda, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Dynamation Celebration, African Film Fest, and even more cats!

Brazilian cannibals, Berlin avante-garde spectacle, Wayuu druglords, Hungarian animation, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Never mind the Oscars, we’ve got screwballs and Pod People

Furry friends, WWE wrestlers, San Francisco classics, and Humanoids from the Deep will foil Academy glitz.

Art Looks

‘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.

Unraveling Rene Magritte’s late riddles

In major SFMOMA show, curator Caitlin Haskell looks beyond the Belgian surrealist's famous men in bowlers. (There are those, too.)

Blackface betrayal and ‘Black Lies’ in Edgar Arceneaux’s new YBCA installation

The LA artist takes on Ben Vereens' infamously truncated performance at Ronald Reagan's 1981 inaugural gala, and more.

SFMOMA’s immersive ‘Sublime Seas’ mixes ‘Blue Planet’ beauty with unfathomable brutality

A legendary British painting and a contemporary Ghanaian artist's video work combine for a visceral new show.

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

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.

Examined Life: Don’t just sit there—listen

It’s not easy to communicate mindfully, but it might save the world. (And it will definitely save your relationships.)

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Reptaliens, Spear of Destiny, V Vale….

An epic Peter Murphy residency, Kitka, DJ Saoirse, Electric Church, Flashing After Dark, The Great SF Corn Dog Festival, and more.

Arts Forecast: Son Jarocho Festival, J Dilla shots, and queer gamers unite!

Plus: Family-friendly opportunities to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Black History Month with inspiring art

Arts Forecast: Two-spirits celebrate 20 years of Bay community

Plus: Lucca Ravioli Co. says goodbye, Brutalist dance homage, Hard French Winter Ball, and more

Arts Forecast/Party Radar: Giant jingle balls!

Gay Men's Chorus, Charlie Brown Christmas, Kung Pao Kosher, Ben UFO, Intergalactic Gary, Elbo Room Closing Party, more

Arts Forecast: A Camp Fire benefit that couldn’t be more San Francisco

Plus: Bawdy Storytelling, David Broza, DJ Bone, Merzbow, SF Neon Walking Tour, and more this week.

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

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.

John Pizzarelli salutes ‘swinging’ Nat King Cole at 100

The jazz guitarist speaks about his connection to the velvet-voiced legend and new album, 'For Centennial Reasons'

The raver soul of Yoshi Flower

"I meditated today with diamonds on," says the Detroit up-and-comer, who aims for a pop sweet spot between Lil Pump and Deepak Chopra.

Exploring the ‘Convergence’ of Yiddish and African American spiritual music

Singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell reactivates a bedrock of American music: Black people and Jews jamming together.

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Join us for the Sixth Annual 48 Hills Spring Gala!

On May 2, help independent, progressive journalism survive—and have a great time.

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The garage rock stalwart launches new label Rocks In Your Head and still believes deeply in the local scene.

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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

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

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