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Arts + Culture

Screen Grabs: Black Film Festival lifts off—and other stratospheric releases

The best of the new, from the surveilling of surveillance in 'All Light, Everywhere' to 'Les Norte' and its discomfiting coming-of-age twists

Juneteenth sings: 5 new releases to help you hear the melody

Oakland artist Stoney Creation gives self preservation sounds, while Bandcamp doubles up on ways to give back.

Review: In Root Division’s ‘A Joy Unexpected,’ release in myriad forms

Curator Tavarus Blackmon presents a stunning show that delves into the palpability of relief after trauma

Party Radar: Now with actual parties (and vax cards?)

Even the goth clubs are rising from the nightlife apocalypse—but things are still in flux, so keep your head.

Queer film hero Jenni Olson honored with top ‘Teddy’ award

The invaluable filmmaker, critic, curator, archivist, historian, and connection-maker is awarded at the Berlinale

Good Taste: Japan Center comes alive, Al Pastor Papi’s Benihana burrito tribute

Plus: Outer Sunset farmer’s market expands, catch a free Juneteenth food party at the Ferry Building, more

Star-packed David Bowie tribute album is a thought-provoking ride

'Modern Love' is an homage to the oftentimes surprising connections between the Thin White Duke and Black music.

Fierce environmental champions: Meet the 2021 Goldman Prize winners

Six real-life heroes who have pushed back against global disaster, from Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' to Malawi's plastics crisis.

Arts Forecast: The show goes on!

Juneteenth in-person and online, plus 'Manifesto,' the Symphony returns, 'Genderation,' Queer Visions, more. Breathe in!

Screen Grabs: A creaky gay ‘Sublet’ and a heady lesbian ‘Curve’

Plus: 'Holler' shines through strong performances; 'In the Crosswinds' too pretty for tragedy

Fresh Meat Fest celebrates two decades of queer/trans art—mariachis and all

Artistic Director Sean Dorsey speaks about the groundbreaking event's continued impact

Porchlight, Bawdy Storytelling take stage at newly Mint-ed al fresco series

Courtyard Cabaret was the result of COVID downtime—but an outdoor drink and show sounds smashing for summer.

Comedian, nerd hero Brian Posehn returns with ‘a pandemic’s worth’ of new jokes

The Redwood City-born favorite talks 'Grandpa Metal,' Mary Jane, and performing live shows at Cobb's again

Enter to win a code to stream ‘The Sparks Brothers’

See director Edgar Wright's acclaimed documentary about musical innovators Sparks

PHOTOS: Pride season launches with original Rainbow Flag, AIDS Quilt, more

Photographer Gooch captured a full week of events that marked history and celebrated LGBTQ love.

Jazz star Jaimie Branch’s ‘FLY or DIE LIVE’ a timely reminder of resistance

Klezmer upswings, bluesy testimonials, and bombastic electronic warmth define the firebrand's latest album.

Stern Grove’s just-released lineup shines (but you’ll have to be on the ball)

A San Francisco tradition, a brilliant spectrum of artists—and it's still all free, though you'll need a reservation.

Enter to win a Frameline movie streaming code

Tell us your fantasy drag name for a chance to catch a free film at the 45th LGBTQ film fest

Review: Miguel Arzabe’s ingenious hybridizations summon mythic forces

At Johansson Projects, the Oakland artist weaves a space where Western abstract painting meets indigenous craft

Arts Forecast: Walk gently into reopening with Kronos Festival and Pop-Up Mag

SOUNDWALK and 'The Sidewalk Issue' get you outside. Plus: Performing Diaspora, Flor Y Canto fest, Out of Site, more

Good Taste: Miss Subi pops up, Cafe Ohlone plots reopening…

Plus: BART reviews restaurants, Humphry Slocombe debuts rosé sorbet and BiteUnite hosts rooftop cooking classes

Frameline Fest puts Pride onscreen, from laptop to Jumbotron

Senior lesbian rockers, baby drag queens, and Bay Area transgender heroes shine in 45th LGBTQ film showcase

A new gallery uplifts contemporary Asian art to counter misconceptions

Curator Abby Chen on how the Asian Art Museum's Hambrecht Contemporary Gallery connects antiquities to urgent current concerns.

Screen Grabs: A lost Romero gem portrays elder abuse horrors

Plus more scary situations in Caveat, Censor, The Retreat, and Skull: The Mask

Under the Stars: Pursuit Grooves opens the portal (plus more new tunes)

Fresh sounds, from a Nick Andre and Zion I skate soundtrack to Moor Mother's latest future vision

Screen Grabs: Pride accelerates with trans student athletes in ‘Changing the Game’ doc

Plus: Trans opera, Moomin creator bio-pic, and a questionable reboot of British empire adventure film.

Review: Vibrant varieties of artistic experience in ‘Ambiguities of Blackness’

At Minnesota Street Projects, a provocative show challenges the 'Black monolith' myth.

Through hardship, a pastor encounters good people in ‘United States of Grace’

Lenny Duncan's 'Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope" isn't the usual redemption story.

Good Taste: Get your own Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence dish, Senegalese spaghetti sandwiches, more

Plus: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market starts delivery, International Smoke returns, and even more terrible ghost kitchen names

Now Watch This: Great new videos from Pachyman, Alycia Bella, more

Don't miss Sonny & the Sunsets' ciubbhyhole-rousting 'Ring My Bell' and Georgia Anne Muldrew's multiversal G-fonk.

From refuse, artist Kloe Chan creates emotional refuge

Physical space and community play an important role in hand-crafted works like 'I Will Knit Us a Sanctuary'

Docfest 2021 provides colorful human stories in a year that needs them

Heroic women wrestlers, legendary soul singers, Sparks, and the Space Lady all feature in this year's festival.

SF Jazz Fest lifts off with guiding spirit Thelonious Monk

Online 38th annual cornucopia of sounds features rarely seen 1985 documentary of the master, who's been having a moment

Screen Grabs: An unlikely hero stands up to massive redevelopment in ‘Dead Pigs’

Plus: Thrilling sequel 'A Quiet Place 2,' a lost Black intellectual classic from 1982, and a trans romance gem.

Screen Grabs: Stalin’s funeral, New Deal art, and a harrowing Mexican fable of unrest

Three new movies seem like history repeating. Plus, an invigorating Legacy Film Festival On Aging

Arts Forecast: No big parade, but Pride season’s already busting out the wigs and rainbows

Giant pink triangle, Oaklash, gay ballet, drag dance, Queer Women of Color Film Fest, more add abundant sparkle

Stephanie Syjuco: Diving into the American archives—and implicating everyone—with the Bay Area artist

'As a person of color, I don’t believe that more love and empathy is going to get us actual policy change.'

Review: ‘Nam June Paik’ presents a playful prophet of the Electronic Superhighway

Exhilarating SFMOMA retrospective showcases Korean artist's groundbreaking video work (and human connections)

New Music: Róisín Murphy’s ‘Crooked Machine’ redeems the remix album

With this soaring rework, collaborator DJ Crooked Man reaches back to show the young ones how disco's done

Good Taste: How to skip the line at this smokin’ hot Oakland BBQ joint, more

Plus: Eat Real Fest postpones, Fantastic Negrito’s street food fair returns, SF gets new po’ boys from Boug Cali and Vegan Mob

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