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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.

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop Dance Fest, The Orb, Great Dickens Christmas Fair…

'Troop Beverly Heels,' a tribute to local literary great Bill Berkson, SSION, Simpsons Trivia Night, and more this week.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ as a holiday opera, hapless angel and all

Frank Capra's 1946 classic debuts at SF Opera—although a few things have changed along the way.

Holcombe Waller’s timely queer ‘Requiem’ for persecuted LGBTQs

The artist-composer fills Grace Cathedral with a queer-centric Latin mass, dedicated to the repose of agitated souls.

Screen Grabs: The French Had a Name For It …

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Narcissister Organ Grinder, Burning, El Angel, Optronica2: Dark Synth, and more in cinemas this week.

In ‘Pike St.,’ embodying a caring community in crisis mode

Playwright and solo performer Nilaja Sun showcases her Lower East Side neighborhood's resilience after Hurricane Sandy.

A cure for the munchies?

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

Arts

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.

Touching down on ‘Planet Celadon’

Inspired by a Korean moon jar, 'Asianaut' artist Genevieve Quick brings an eclectic performance to the Asian Art Museum, tap dancing and all.

Tattoo legend “Lew the Jew” Alberts rediscovered at CJM

Local tattoo hero Don Ed Hardy displays art, letters, and more from the early 20th century body art pioneer.

Santana mural in the Mission vandalized: “a blatant act of hate”

White paint splashed on mural sometime on Friday: Community organizer says "When people come out with hate, we’re coming out with love."

Fake news and viral lies: de Young show and panel examine propaganda

"Rumors, Retweets, and Reason" panel and "Weapons of Mass Seduction" exhibit look at the power and prevention of misinformation.

Culture

For tech pioneer, preserving SF’s classic vinyl culture is a ‘Family Affair’

Freddy Anzures talks about his journey from iPhone designer to Lower Haight gallery owner, displaying local hip-hop heroes.

Onstage

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ as a holiday opera, hapless angel and all

Frank Capra's 1946 classic debuts at SF Opera—although a few things have changed along the way.

Holcombe Waller’s timely queer ‘Requiem’ for persecuted LGBTQs

The artist-composer fills Grace Cathedral with a queer-centric Latin mass, dedicated to the repose of agitated souls.

In ‘Pike St.,’ embodying a caring community in crisis mode

Playwright and solo performer Nilaja Sun showcases her Lower East Side neighborhood's resilience after Hurricane Sandy.

No men, no boats, no problem: ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’ is wild ride

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus retells the story of John Wesley Powell's 1869 Colorado River expedition—with some raucous twists.

Sisters tell stories of undocumented Filipina caregivers in ‘Chasing Papeles’

At Bindlestiff Studio, Andrea Almario's play (directed with her sister Aureen) offers a unique perspective of the immigrant experience.

Puff

A cure for the munchies?

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

Cannabis: Can we bring back compassionate care?

Gov. Brown's veto of three bills meant to plug holes in Prop. 64 reveal the downside of current legalization regulations.

Need a little lift? Meet the local queen of microdosing

Marcia Gagliardi's Mymilligram.com introduces low-dose, high quality products to the canna-curious—including her mom.

Puff: Ode to a bong

Nothing beats a classic glass puffer—but silicone bongs are on their way to help with breakage.

Puff: Growing like a weed

Little Mary Lou is growing up! More adventures in raising a cannabis plant at home.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: The French Had a Name For It …

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Narcissister Organ Grinder, Burning, El Angel, Optronica2: Dark Synth, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Festival mania fills local cinemas!

IndieShorts, Cine Chileno, and Transgender, American Indian, and Cinematografo Film Festivals—plus more to watch this week

Screen Grabs: Suspiria, Boy Erased, The Wild Pussycat …

3rd i fest, Museo, Gary Winograd doc, Jean Vigo retrospective, and more scary, sexy, and smart films in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: The War at Home, Wings of Desire, What They Had …

Solid new dramas, restored classics, a impressionistic labor doc, and more fill the city's cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: SF Shorts, Beautiful Boy, Filipino Cine Festival…

The Guilty, The Oath, The Grateful Dead Movie, Psycho-Geo3:The Margins of the Map, and more in cinemas this week.

Art Looks

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.

Architecturally sound neon Pomeranians: Our top 5 from Mexico City Art Week

As the art world flocked to CDMX for the latest, we downed medicated chocolates and took in some great work—on and off the beaten path.

Party Radar

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.

Hey, Boo! 17 Halloween parties to keep you up at night

From the Nekromantix and the Cramp-Ons to a block party glow rave and a haunted planetarium, you may just end up dead for real.

Edge of Sixxteen: ‘Sleazy, salacious’ party goes out with a bang at 20

DJs Jenny and Omar pull the plug on their raucous rock club, Fri/19, right when it leaves its wild teen years.

Party Radar: El Rio’s 40th, Bardot-A-Go-Go, Juliana Huxtable …

Mercury Soul, Breakbot, Daedelus, Aurora Halal, more. Plus: updates on Elbo Room, SFPD's hip-hop crackdown, and Halloween.

Party Radar: Quick ‘n dirty guide to Folsom 2018

20+ essential parties for the festish festival week/end. Because who needs sleep when you're flogging to the beat?

Examined Life

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.)

Examined Life: Love and the lost art of friendship

This Valentine’s Day, consider renewing vows… with your pals.

Examined Life: New Year’s resolutions … good practice or delusion?

Money, romance, health. Your life is never going to be perfect. Once you truly understand that, you can finally start enjoying it.

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop Dance Fest, The Orb, Great Dickens Christmas Fair…

'Troop Beverly Heels,' a tribute to local literary great Bill Berkson, SSION, Simpsons Trivia Night, and more this week.

Arts Forecast: Absolutely Fabulous Live, Punk-Metal Flea Market, Crime 1978

American Indian Film Festival, Renegade Craft Fair, NRVS LVRS, Seasonal Herb Walk, and more happening this week.

Arts Forecast: Dia de los Muertos, Diwali, Blackalicious …

Kruder & Dorfmeister, 'Jurassic Park' at the Symphony, a multi-sensory cosmic-spiritual day rave, and more this week.

Arts Forecast: Behold, the mighty Litquake!

Plus: Open Studios, Forbidden Futures, Treasure Island Music Fest, Street Food Fest, Moby Dick Marathon, more

Arts Forecast: Green Thursday, Autumn Moon Fest, Comedy Day

Yuja Wang, Trombone Shorty, Club Foot Orchestra, "Stand Up, Stand Out," "Fury," and more great events on our radar this week.

Lit

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

Author Amanda Huron on housing and the power of urban ‘commoning’

New book explores DC's equity housing cooperatives—and may offers some lessons for SF.

Read something new! California Book Award finalists announced

Plus the Northern California Book Award winners are here, too? Lots of great lit to dive into this spring.

Ananda Esteva’s border-crossing, jazz-driven Califaztlan tale

New novel 'The Wanderings of Chela Coatlícue: Touring Califaztlan' from the Chilean author is a feminist, 'choose your own adventure'-type quest.

All Ears

Old school Chinatown funk? 50 years of Jest Jammin’ with Rev. Norman Fong

From the turbulent, racist '60s to next week's Chinatown CDC fundraiser, the band keeps the Motown hits coming.

The Mekons’ Sally Timms twangs in to support Community Land Trust

Country-punk legend speaks out about musical politics, joins bandmate Jon Langford for special Thu/4 benefit.

Making noise and empowering girls: 15 years of Women’s Audio Mission

Founder Terri Winston speaks about educating young women in recording studio technology—and WAM's big fundraising bash, coming September 21.

Opera singer Russell Thomas on diversity, drive, and ‘Roberto Devereux’

Starring in SF Opera's latest, the tenor calls on arts institutions to "look to their communities" for talent that attracts audiences.

A swell wave of female talent rolls in with TIDES

Vibrant showcase of local, women-led bands and visual artists with a charitable twist comes to El Rio August 29.

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Top reads

After the Camp Fire, which destroyed an entire community, let’s not bail out PG&E again

There's a much better alternative: The state should take over this criminal enterprise and run it as a public-power agency.

Tax breaks for corporations are a bad idea, new study shows

The Twitter tax break, the tax breaks for Amazon -- they do a lot more harm than good. It's time SF officials admitted that.

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.

48hills founder Tim Redmond wins Lifetime Achievement honor

San Francisco Press Club salutes our intrepid editor for more than 35 years of journalism.

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop Dance Fest, The Orb, Great Dickens Christmas Fair…

'Troop Beverly Heels,' a tribute to local literary great Bill Berkson, SSION, Simpsons Trivia Night, and more this week.

Holcombe Waller’s timely queer ‘Requiem’ for persecuted LGBTQs

The artist-composer fills Grace Cathedral with a queer-centric Latin mass, dedicated to the repose of agitated souls.

A bad Central Soma Plan is going to move forward …

... and a compromise with the mayor allows some developers extra time to build -- at lower affordable housing levels. That's The Agenda for Nov. 11-17

On Veterans Day, let’s also remember those who fought for the right to dissent

Conscientious objectors have a noble history in this country -- and are too often forgotten.

Best of the Bay 2018: City Living Winners

Best Street Fair, Best Yoga Studio, Best Bicycle Repair, Best Plumber, Best Pet Grooming, and more

Let’s start over, Mayor Breed

How about showing some good faith by ending the homeless sweeps?

Best of the Bay Winners

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

Best of the Bay 2018: Food & Drink Winners

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

Best of the Bay 2018: Shopping Winners

Your picks for Best Book Store, Best Grocery Store, Best Shoe Store, Best Bike Shop, Best Flea Market, Best Dispensary, and more

Scenes from the Best of the Bay 2017 winners party

The vibe was warm and cozy at the Stud as we celebrated with everyone from Best Electrician to Best Drag Queen.