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Screen Grabs: Think our city has problems? Meet this ‘Mayor’

One of the year's best movies lands. Plus: Drunk Danes, one funny uncle, a Black Bear brainteaser, more new movies.

SF New Deal: Best of the Bay 2020 Editors’ Pick

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

From ‘Family Secrets’ to ‘Half Brothers,’ star Juan Pablo Espinosa blazes a gay trail

With big new movie hitting screens, out Colombian actor aims to keep expanding Latinx stories and empowering others.

Tasty, perfect local gifts for people who eat (and drink)

From edible bouquets to Oakland spice—a tasteful roundup of goods made close to home, starting at $5.

New Music: 3 terrific local acts to support directly

Sci-fi vibes from Salami Rose Joe Louis, uneasy computer nostalgia from Neutrals, and Scatter Swept's wiry grooves

Screen Grabs: Think our city has problems? Meet this ‘Mayor’

One of the year's best movies lands. Plus: Drunk Danes, one funny uncle, a Black Bear brainteaser, more new movies.

From ‘Family Secrets’ to ‘Half Brothers,’ star Juan Pablo Espinosa blazes a gay trail

With big new movie hitting screens, out Colombian actor aims to keep expanding Latinx stories and empowering others.

Screen Grabs: Films for the Purple Tier

SFFILM’s DocStories, Arab Film Fest Collab offer streaming gems—and our critic reviews 'Thirst,' 'Werewolf,' and 'Minor Premise.'

New Music: 3 terrific local acts to support directly

Sci-fi vibes from Salami Rose Joe Louis, uneasy computer nostalgia from Neutrals, and Scatter Swept's wiry grooves

Local Listen: La Doña’s bold femmeton, Kelly Finnigan’s soul holiday, more

An indie duo's Joshua Tree retreat and some good ol' Sacramento rock 'n roll also prick up our ears

Out of the Crate: Deluxe reissues offer fond looks back

Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, J Dilla, Paul Weller, more slide into holiday season with big-time packages

Old Boys’ Club freewheels through folklore and myth

Responding to religious terrorism, the French artist's 'Syncretism' highlights global traditions of love and peace

A local artist honors lost Black lives, portrait by portrait

Painter Radha Mehta's series commemorating lives lost to racially motivated murder and police brutality spreads to cities around the country.

Celebrating Ruth Asawa’s recycling roots and legacy

At a fundraiser for creative reuse center SCRAP, the beloved artist's children share stories and photos of her life

Too much turmoil? Try some ‘Nice Jokes for Smart People’

With a new album (and a new baby), comedian Arthur Gaus talks about his refreshingly relatable style

Remembering Bambi Lake, a San Francisco underground icon

The transgender singer and trailblazer, who died last week, definitely lived a life out loud.

Internationally Black series ‘So Soul San Francisco’ opens up global arts discourse

Creator Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and co-host Rotimi Agbabiaka's monthly interview show surveys Black expression worldwide

‘Because Horror’! Read an exclusive excerpt from new fright flick anthology

Here, slide into 1979's surreal, bloody 'Tourist Trap' in all its Panavision powers and doomed nostalgia

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...

Party Radar: Epic 3-day festival aims to Revive the Nightlife

All aboard this star-packed, fundraising online party train—it's time to save independent local dance floors.

Club mogul accused of vigilante homeless sweep says he did nothing wrong

Peter Glikshtern says he called private trash crew to encampment, insists he was justified by city inaction.

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: Think our city has problems? Meet this ‘Mayor’

One of the year's best movies lands. Plus: Drunk Danes, one funny uncle, a Black Bear brainteaser, more new movies.

Tasty, perfect local gifts for people who eat (and drink)

From edible bouquets to Oakland spice—a tasteful roundup of goods made close to home, starting at $5.

New Music: 3 terrific local acts to support directly

Sci-fi vibes from Salami Rose Joe Louis, uneasy computer nostalgia from Neutrals, and Scatter Swept's wiry grooves

SF New Deal: Best of the Bay 2020 Editors’ Pick

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

From ‘Family Secrets’ to ‘Half Brothers,’ star Juan Pablo Espinosa blazes a gay trail

With big new movie hitting screens, out Colombian actor aims to keep expanding Latinx stories and empowering others.

Screen Grabs: Films for the Purple Tier

SFFILM’s DocStories, Arab Film Fest Collab offer streaming gems—and our critic reviews 'Thirst,' 'Werewolf,' and 'Minor Premise.'

Local Listen: La Doña’s bold femmeton, Kelly Finnigan’s soul holiday, more

An indie duo's Joshua Tree retreat and some good ol' Sacramento rock 'n roll also prick up our ears

Party Radar: Epic 3-day festival aims to Revive the Nightlife

All aboard this star-packed, fundraising online party train—it's time to save independent local dance floors.

Stop the ban on smoking weed!

Doesn't City Hall have better things to do then send law enforcement after people who light up in their own homes?

Screen Grabs: Vintage Clint Eastwood rides again, warts and all

The SF-born, famously conservative star gets a Blu-ray retrospective. Plus: Zappa, Six in Paris, Made in Hong Kong, more movies

If SF bans smoking weed in your apartment, where could you get high?

Bill would criminalize pot smoking for a large part of the city's population.

Out of the Crate: Deluxe reissues offer fond looks back

Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, J Dilla, Paul Weller, more slide into holiday season with big-time packages

Too much turmoil? Try some ‘Nice Jokes for Smart People’

With a new album (and a new baby), comedian Arthur Gaus talks about his refreshingly relatable style

Old Boys’ Club freewheels through folklore and myth

Responding to religious terrorism, the French artist's 'Syncretism' highlights global traditions of love and peace

Screen Grabs: For Thanksgiving movies, one glam turkey and a swell ‘Black Bottom’

A David Bowie 'Stardust' biopic fizzles, but Chadwick Boseman (in his final role) and Viola Davis sizzle in 'Ma Rainey'

An Oakland Black Jazz reissue is a revelation—and comes with questions

A Black-empowering label's catalog from the 1970s is re-released. Should Black people helm its return?

Screen Grabs: A globe-trotting filmmaker finally gets her due

Ulrike Ottinger in the spotlight at PFA. Plus: SF Cinematheque returns, The Sound of Metal, a Romanian tragedy, more movies

Arts Forecast: A power-packed Hip-Hop Dancefest, Britex sign returns, more

Viral Dwellings, Crazy Funny Asians, Drive-In "La Bohéme," Legends of the Rave, Native American Drag Queen Story Hour... lots to do!

Don’t be alarmed by Squadda B’s lanky arms

Oakland rapper-producer releases a one-two punch: two smoked-out albums that reflect both sides of the pandemic

Puff: And gummies for all!

New trends in your favorite edibles: different strains, sleep aids, more potency options, pretty packaging... and zingy Spacedrops

Screen Grabs: Racist technology, rocky queer love, and an Oakland thriller

Plus: Berlin & Beyond's In Focus installment, Mank, The Outpost, and more movies to dive into this week.

A local artist honors lost Black lives, portrait by portrait

Painter Radha Mehta's series commemorating lives lost to racially motivated murder and police brutality spreads to cities around the country.

Now Watch This: 4 new music videos for nostalgic November feels

The Safdie brothers directed Oneohtrix Point Never's "Lost But Never Alone," and an Oakland creative turned Brijean's "Daydreaming" into an immersive psychedelic world.

Supes to vote on cops contract — as new records show history of blocking reform

Documents reveal a stunning pattern of the POA trying to prevent reforms -- but a deal to give the cops raises with no concessions is still pending approval.

Celebrating Ruth Asawa’s recycling roots and legacy

At a fundraiser for creative reuse center SCRAP, the beloved artist's children share stories and photos of her life

Music, life, and racial justice at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s ‘Creative Voices’

Samora Pinderhughes, Marcus Shelby, Ukulenny, the Curtis Family Cnotes, more featured in lively online series.

Screen Grabs: A much-needed civic boost with ‘City Hall’

Plus: tributes to women older and younger, a portrait of toxic friendship, religious ecstasy in Brazil

Best of the Bay 2020 Readers’ Stories of Resilience and Inspiration

We asked our readers for stories of Bay Area strength and celebration—your responses gave us hope for the new year.

Have yourself a Filipino, Arabic, or Chamorro Thanksgiving

Quaran-turkey for one? Try a bird of a different feather with these unique meals for pickup.

Divine intervention: Reconfiguring monumental art project ‘The Black Woman is God’

My experience as part of the ongoing SOMArts exhibit, now entering a new phase, pushed me to return to what matters.

Swaggering legends, thrilling myths at Transgender Film Fest 2020

History, heroism, and even horror meet in an all-digital compendium of seven original programs that tell a community's stories.

Screen Grabs: Over the moon, but no time to rest

Now that the election's over, remember other countries? An Iranian thriller, South Korean mayhem, and a gay Irish pair hit screens

New Music: On ‘Ways,’ Xyla expands euphoric electronic visions

Trippy yet somehow measured, the Sunset District artist's debut album counts influences from French horn to footwork.

Remembering Bambi Lake, a San Francisco underground icon

The transgender singer and trailblazer, who died last week, definitely lived a life out loud.

Bay Area celebrates Biden win with claps, clangs, and honks

Street parties nationwide and in the castro... and chants of 'Oakland in the White House'

Screen Grabs: Watching from the thick of it all

This week sees a gaggle of releases that seem appropriate for our anxiety-fraught moment. (Although we're hoping for good news)

New Music: Nappy Nina, Lunchbox, Balkan Bump, more great artists to support

Bandcamp Day picks: Peppy indie, scrappy rap, Turkish trumpet, experimental oboe... oh, and a side of Hi-NRG techno.

Cannabis for president: Legalization, decriminalization ruled ballots nationwide

Last night, US voters proved ending prohibition is the one thing they can agree on, from Arizona to Mississippi.

Big money didn’t win in San Francisco

The city's voters roundly rejected Uber and Lyft's Prop 22—though it won statewide—and elected a progressive majority Board of Supervisors, despite the Mayor's best efforts.

30 SF candidates sound off on how they would support sexual assault survivors

The Coalition of Local Anti-Rape Advocates questionnaire grills candidates on how they would support houseless, undocumented, and incarcerated survivors.

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