In Arts + Culture

From legendary roots, a great new Afrobeat record

Kelata & the Super Yamba Band's 'Mèdaho' rides psychedelic energy and masterly playing to the top of the reinvigorated genre.

Watching movies—and coping and connecting—in ‘The Flick’

Director Jon Tracy talks about the latest Shotgun Players production, exploring the surprisingly complex world of three cinema employees.

Screen Grabs: Native American Reelism, Bay Area Thrash Metal …

Rojo, Monos, The Goldfinch, A Faithful Man, Indie Shorts Fest, Women in Film, and more in cinemas this week.

Ben Folds illuminates the music biz with ‘Lightning Bugs’

The singer and arts education advocate shares his life's 'cheap lessons' in new book and at JCC—sprinkled with hits.

It’s the time of the season for the Zombies

Fresh from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the groundbreaking '60s act maintains its edge with celebrated classics and new material.

The classic funk gem that inspires one of SF’s best parties

Daft Punk famously sampled it—but the great local Sweater Funk crew prefers the original, now rereleased.

‘Exit Strategy’: Can they save a crumbling high school?

Actors Tre’Vonne Bell and Adam Niemann talk about Aurora Theatre's new production, which takes on the failing school system.

Arts

Fall Arts Preview: 37 cool things to do this season

Flamenco to death metal, Comedy Day to Hip-Hop Fest, with dozens more great local arts, music, dance, and stage events.

Fall Arts Preview: 10 can’t-miss art shows

Galactic glamour, a psychedelic roller rink, pan-African wonders, reclaiming Pioneer Monument, and celebrating a seminal centenarian.

Matteo Lane gets Clusterfested

From gay Disney villains to 'Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion,' he's grabbing the comedy mega-fest by the, er... mic.

Remembering Kevin Killian, 1952-2019

The essential queer SF poet, writer, playwright, literary booster, and saucy gossip passed away Saturday at age 66.

New ‘Tales of the City’: Mouse and Ben in a very different world

Actors Charlie Barnett and Murray Bartlett talk about intergenerational dating, transphobia, steamy sex scenes in Netflix reboot

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Onstage

Watching movies—and coping and connecting—in ‘The Flick’

Director Jon Tracy talks about the latest Shotgun Players production, exploring the surprisingly complex world of three cinema employees.

‘Exit Strategy’: Can they save a crumbling high school?

Actors Tre’Vonne Bell and Adam Niemann talk about Aurora Theatre's new production, which takes on the failing school system.

Charo chooses life!

'San Francisco is like a lucky charm,' says beloved performer and guitar virtuoso, who returns to perform after devastating personal tragedy.

Secrets, lies, and a roiling harem in ‘House of Joy’

An empire wanes, but women find their strength to carry on in Madhuri Shekar's play at Cal Shakes.

Who’s up for some Drunk Drag Dizney Broadway?

Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Elsa walk into a SoMa party .... You won't guess what happens next in this hilarious, queered-up deconstruction.

Puff

Puff: A stroll through the Grass Lands

Behind the scenes at the first festival area to sell cannabis—and what that might mean for consumers and vendors.

Puff: Notes from a serious (and seriously interesting) cannabis expo

The Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in San Jose showcased the industrial backend of the trade—plus Jim Belushi sang.

Puff: Light up, it’s Pride time

A colorful clutch of cannabis goodies to help you float over the rainbow.

Puff: The art of the roll

Sure, you can buy a pre-roll at a dispensary—but learning how to roll a joint is part of cannabis history.

Puff: Welcome to the spaced race

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

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Native American Reelism, Bay Area Thrash Metal …

Rojo, Monos, The Goldfinch, A Faithful Man, Indie Shorts Fest, Women in Film, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: The 5000 fingers of Dr. Seuss

A cult classic that gave kids nightmares. Plus: Miles Davis bio-pic, Glenn Danzig's 'Verotika,' 9-11 Truther Fest, more in cinemas

Screen Grabs: Two of our favorite movies this year

Plus: John Carpenter Film Fest, Give Me Liberty, Adam, The Amazing Jonathan Documentary, California Independent Film Festival, more

Screen Grabs: All hail the mighty Godzillafest!

Monster mayhem at the Balboa and Castro, a strikingly oceanic documentary, Korean and Italian mobsters, more in cinemas

Screen Grabs: What happened to Dag Hammarskjold?

Plus: After the Wedding, Jirga, One Child Nation, a benefit for Canyon Cinema, and more in theaters this week.

Art Looks

The joy of big bamboo—and lots of it

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV's large-scale installation at the Asian Art Museum evokes the immersive feel of a forest journey.

‘Art of Peace’ transforms guns into beauty

YBCA exhibit displays power of gun buyback and education programs of United Playaz and Robby Poblete Foundation.

At Creativity Explored, Isaac Haney-Owens curates a vibrant ‘Cityscape’

From a replica of a newsstand to his own painted reproductions of iconic signs, the artist presents a vision of San Francisco.

‘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.

Party Radar

Party Radar: ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2019

Pink Block, Polka Dots, Hot Pants, Pullin' Pork, Fake & Gay, and more musts for this bonkers week.

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.

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: Veronica Klaus returns, Zine Fest, Fringe Fest, more …

Plus: Mystic Braves, Month of Momentum Culmination, Zulu Spear, and more upcoming events.

Arts Forecast: Frameline Fest gets new executive director, more …

House of Joy, Metallica + SF Symphony, Purple Rain, Herbie Hancock, Border People, and more upcoming arts events.

Arts Forecast: Open up your world with the SF International Arts Festival

Plus: Celebrate your sex workers at this week's culture fest! Also, Cypress Hill, Japanese American history exhibits, and so much more.

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.

Lit

Ben Folds illuminates the music biz with ‘Lightning Bugs’

The singer and arts education advocate shares his life's 'cheap lessons' in new book and at JCC—sprinkled with hits.

Aya De León’s ‘Side Chick Nation’ explores post-Maria Puerto Rico

The local author's latest in the 'Justice Hustlers' series of feminist heists is part romance, part wealth-redistribution adventure.

AIDS, sex, and ‘Illuminations on Market Street’

Activist-author Benjamin Heim Shepard turns to fiction, inspired by working in an SF AIDS housing program in the mid-1990s.

Beyond the valley of the gig economy

'Raw Deal' author Steven Hill on Uber tech, the perils of California ideologies, and the twilight of the elites.

An audience with Marc Huestis, ‘Impresario of Castro Street’

Jousting with Harvey Milk, hosting Hollywood royalty, kicking crystal meth: The hometown hero's juicy new memoir has it all.

All Ears

From legendary roots, a great new Afrobeat record

Kelata & the Super Yamba Band's 'Mèdaho' rides psychedelic energy and masterly playing to the top of the reinvigorated genre.

Ben Folds illuminates the music biz with ‘Lightning Bugs’

The singer and arts education advocate shares his life's 'cheap lessons' in new book and at JCC—sprinkled with hits.

It’s the time of the season for the Zombies

Fresh from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the groundbreaking '60s act maintains its edge with celebrated classics and new material.

A tale of 10,000 Maniacs

The folk-rock favorites return, with more jamming and their signature dreamy (and wide-ranging) sound.

The B-52s at 40, still dancing that mess around

Singer Fred Schneider on duct tape, disco shoplifting, phallic MTV hot dogs, and the beloved band's latest tour.

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