In Arts + Culture

From Angelou to Zinn: An anti-racism resource guide

Looking to sharpen your knowledge or inform your neighbors? This list by Victoria Lynn Alexander covers everything from donation funds to deep reading.

How teachers leapt inequity hurdles when COVID shut schools

Special education breakouts, music videos, grocery cards, telephone trees: Teachers got creative to reach needy students.

Screen Grabs: Revisit the glitzy disaster of ‘Showgirls’

A surprising look at the cult legend. Plus: A dark Shirley Jackson tale, Abel Ferrera returns, and two juicy thrillers.

Bandcamp Day picks: Support these great California artists directly

This Friday, the music sales site waives its fees again to benefit artists—and later this month it supports NAACP Legal Defense Fund

For Pride, all queer people must stand up for Black lives

Our history echoes though the George Floyd protests. Now Pride's moved online, let's re-engage its radical spirit.

Screen Grabs: Into ‘The Vast of Night’—and beyond

Sexism in the US music business and on the streets of Algeria, an unearthed Elizabeth Taylor curiosity, more films out now

Travel back in time, daily, with Emperor Norton

Fire up the Internet machine and take a trip through SF history with the Emperor Norton's Fantastic History Vlog.

Arts

See Black Women emphasizes ‘who gets counted,’ in Census and beyond

Talks, billboards, and a powerful coalition of artists and organizations come together to promote Black visibility.

Asian American women artists on creativity, activism—and COVID racism

Jenifer K. Wofford's new Asian Art Museum mural helps transform Civic Center. She joins others for a virtual conversation

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.

A Drag Queen Story Hour star and activist publishes her own kids’ book

With 'The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish,' Lil Miss Hot Mess helps channel inner sparkle.

Wendy Macnaughton’s #DrawTogether brings art (and needed supplies) to kids

The illustrator's daily online drawing lesson is a sensation—and helps raise money for art supplies in Oakland.

Culture

From Angelou to Zinn: An anti-racism resource guide

Looking to sharpen your knowledge or inform your neighbors? This list by Victoria Lynn Alexander covers everything from donation funds to deep reading.

Onstage

A 420 treat from ‘Sheesh & Schlong’

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

Hunky Jesus rises again! (Blessedly online)

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

Review: ‘Toni Stone’ hits a home run (and you can watch it on your couch)

ACT play tells the story of the first woman to play professional baseball. Here's how to stream it, along with other plays.

In ‘Please Don’t Eat the Mangos,’ this Mami has secrets

Stage favorite Wilma Bonet on playing the matriarch of a Puerto Rican family during a hurricane in the Magic's new play.

Can drag queens beat death? Find out in ‘Drag Becomes Her’

Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and BenDeLaCreme send up 1992 camp classic 'Death Becomes Her' in a dragstravaganza.

Puff

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.

Puff: ‘Tis the season for a holiday cannabis gift guide

Space Gems, African Queens, some much-needed Tranquili-Tea and more perfect stuffing stockers (and mood adjusters).

Puff: Hall of Flowers highlights

Huge expo in Santa Rosa showcased a panoply of new cannabis goods—including some cool surprises.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Revisit the glitzy disaster of ‘Showgirls’

A surprising look at the cult legend. Plus: A dark Shirley Jackson tale, Abel Ferrera returns, and two juicy thrillers.

Screen Grabs: Into ‘The Vast of Night’—and beyond

Sexism in the US music business and on the streets of Algeria, an unearthed Elizabeth Taylor curiosity, more films out now

Screen Grabs: Big hearts and summer lovin’

'Angelfish' and 'I Will Make You Mine' deal with very different romances, 'A Towering Task' tells the Peace Corps story, more

Screen Grabs: What’s a long weekend? It’s staycation stream time

Deft comedy in 'Lucky Grandma,' searing political doc 'Santiago, Italia,' arts intrigue in 'The Painter and the Thief,' more

Screen Grabs: Lesbian filmmakers who destroyed stereotypes

Plus: Peter Sellers' disastrous lost film, Tom Berenger back in the lead, and how to keep supporting local cinemas.

Art Looks

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.

How do you represent Black and Latino communities at major museum shows?

An innovative program at the de Young, whose staff is mostly white, brings diversity to Black Power and Frida Kahlo exhibit staff.

Creativity Explored branches out with ‘Of here from there’ exhibition

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández collaborates with the nonprofit's developmentally disabled artists for a show about migration and home.

Party Radar

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.

Comedowns are for losers! New Year’s Day parties

Our annual list of after-after-parties proves the revelry never ceases San Francisco. (Drink some water!)

Party Radar: A monster mash of Halloween bashes

ESG, Doja Cat, The Magician, The Cockettes, Space Cowboys, Paul Oakenfold all make a witches' brew of real party howlers.

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

Tom Ammiano’s feisty new memoir tells all, from Milk to mayoral run

In 'Kiss My Gay Ass,' the eminent politico, activist, comedian, teacher, and personality spills the tea.

Tori Amos: ‘Artists will be the second round of responders’

The iconic musician speaks about her new book 'Resistance'—and the invaluable role of expression during a crisis.

A Drag Queen Story Hour star and activist publishes her own kids’ book

With 'The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish,' Lil Miss Hot Mess helps channel inner sparkle.

The mother who stoned San Francisco

Alia Volz's 'Home Baked' tells the wild story of her family, who headed the City's largest edibles bakery for three crucial decades.

So, what do kids say about living in San Francisco?

In new book 'Urban Playground,' Noe Valley Voice columnist Katie Burke interviews that rarest of SF species: children.

All Ears

Bandcamp Day picks: Support these great California artists directly

This Friday, the music sales site waives its fees again to benefit artists—and later this month it supports NAACP Legal Defense Fund

New Music: DJ Josey Rebelle tells a rarely celebrated story

On new mix "Josey in Space" the UK legend knits together contemporary Black dance music on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Chuck Johnson’s ambient ‘Rain Shadow,’ a sound of high desert ecology

Foretelling pandemic conditions, the Oakland pedal steel guitarist joined duo Golden Retriever remotely for new record.

Out of the crate: 6 vinyl re-issues that are pretty damn dope

Fanny, Kleeer, Electric Prunes, and more get another spin, along with a timely compilation of '80s Japanese City Pop

Rediscovering the fantastic music of Akiko Yano

A dive into the the diverse, decades-spanning sonic world of the woman often called "Japan's Kate Bush"

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Before the looting, a peaceful march

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The rest of the world sees uprisings, not riots

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How teachers leapt inequity hurdles when COVID shut schools

Special education breakouts, music videos, grocery cards, telephone trees: Teachers got creative to reach needy students.

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Rules Committee says it's the wrong time for people who are not deeply committed to major reforms.

From Angelou to Zinn: An anti-racism resource guide

Looking to sharpen your knowledge or inform your neighbors? This list by Victoria Lynn Alexander covers everything from donation funds to deep reading.

For Pride, all queer people must stand up for Black lives

Our history echoes though the George Floyd protests. Now Pride's moved online, let's re-engage its radical spirit.

Bandcamp Day picks: Support these great California artists directly

This Friday, the music sales site waives its fees again to benefit artists—and later this month it supports NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Screen Grabs: Revisit the glitzy disaster of ‘Showgirls’

A surprising look at the cult legend. Plus: A dark Shirley Jackson tale, Abel Ferrera returns, and two juicy thrillers.

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

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

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