In Arts + Culture

Screen Grabs: Our critic’s picks from Noir City and SF Indiefest

Plus: 'The Wrecking Crew', a tribute to local great Frank Stauffacher, and an effectively nasty little horror film

Arts Forecast: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore confronts queer assimilation in ‘Sketchtasy’

Plus: Mozart's birthday, SF Movement Arts Fest, Jasmine Infiniti, and coastal light sculptures

Psychic Eye Records’ new compilation shows darkwave support for TGI Justice Project

The Bay label looks to weave an auditory conjuring — and give a primer on its experimental swath of artists

Playwright Lauren Yee’s tribute to China Town community comes home to SF

'King of Yees' is a tribute to her father, community leader Larry Yee

Black Panthers, today: A 1968 photo series exploring the activists’ humanity finds significance in 2019

SFAI students and contemporary Black artists re-contextualize Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch's influential and controversial images

Screen Grabs: Dig deeper into ‘made in China’ at SFMoMA film series

Plus: A Krautrock hero, SF Sketchfest brings classics to the Castro, Megacities, and Karen Kusama

Arts

Photographer Wesaam Al-Badry: from ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ to Camp Fire

Local image-maker straddles art and journalism, while retaining lessons from his refugee-camp childhood.

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ zaps, then entrances

Gossamer storyline and hypnotic tunes take trademark feats of derring-do in a surprisingly sweet direction.

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.

Culture

Doormat Division: A huge upset …

... and the Ten Club fighting for the Moldy Carpet Trophy. We follow the worst teams in the worst league in sports.

Onstage

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a musical triumph, hashtags and all

Rousing tale of social media gone awry brings sincere performances and terrific tunes to the Curran.

Austen, downstairs, in ‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly’

Neiry Rojo and Marin Theatre Company cast play off 'Pride & Prejudice' from the servants' point of view.

As a queer POC, El Beh finds joy in playing ‘Mary Poppins’

Actor sees the gently radical side of the classic, class-conscious children's musical character in SF Playhouse production.

A rush of that ol’ razzle dazzle in ‘Crazy For You’

High kicks, hijinks, and plenty of Gershwin gold pump up this showbiz tale from Bay Area Musicals.

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

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

Puff

Puff: A holiday cannabis wish list

Fire up that Yule pre-roll and put a little spark in your stocking with these perfect weed-lovers' gifts.

Puff: Traveling with your stash

As holidays (and winter vacations) approach, here are some tips for flying around the country with cannabis.

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.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Our critic’s picks from Noir City and SF Indiefest

Plus: 'The Wrecking Crew', a tribute to local great Frank Stauffacher, and an effectively nasty little horror film

Screen Grabs: The world’s most popular comedy duo shows its seams in ‘Stan & Ollie’

Plus: The latest Dragon Ball Super installment, the year's second-most hype foreign film, and Freddy Krueger's sordid gay drama

Screen Grabs: ‘Lost Landscapes of San Francisco’ returns

Plus: Ida Lupino retrospectives, Communion, Sundance Shorts, and more on screens to beat the winter blues.

Screen Grabs: Our favorite movies of the year (and what’s on now)

From Araby to The 12th Man, here are our picks of 2018. Plus: The World Before Your Feet, 2001: A Space Odyssey, more.

Screen Grabs: Xmas Weekend flicks galore

Mary Poppins, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, James Baldwin, Dick Cheney, and more pop in for the holiday season. Read our reviews!

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

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.

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.

Examined Life

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.

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.

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast/Party Radar: Giant jingle balls!

Gay Men's Chorus, Charlie Brown Christmas, Kung Pao Kosher, Ben UFO, Intergalactic Gary, Elbo Room Closing Party, more

Arts Forecast: A Camp Fire benefit that couldn’t be more San Francisco

Plus: Bawdy Storytelling, David Broza, DJ Bone, Merzbow, SF Neon Walking Tour, and more this week.

Arts Forecast: Drag Queens on Ice, Animal Collective, Dear Evan Hansen…

East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, Conference of the Birds, Dark Crystal, Kiese Laymon, and more this week

Arts Forecast: Mezzanine closing, Taylor Mac, Laurie Anderson, Angela Davis…

Recombinant Festival, Remembering Harvey Milk, Circus Bela, Vampire Christmas, Night Bloom, more this week

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.

Lit

BOOKS: ‘Liar’s Paradox’ is the best new thriller in years

Taylor Stevens has delivered a novel that is wild, crazy, entertaining -- and breaks all the rules.

Fearless artist Keith Haring’s sister tells his tale, for all ages

Kay Haring's new children's book 'The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing' highlights his vibrant drive for a better world.

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.

All Ears

DJ Spooky spins the Web in YBCA’s ‘Quantopia’

The electronic music wiz speaks about his new multimedia performance, which explores the history and effects of the Internet.

Somi sings of Harlem immigrants (and gentrification’s effects) on ‘Petite Afrique’

Jazz and global sounds combine on acclaimed artist's latest, reflecting her journey between Africa and New York.

Review: A very full evening with Erykah Badu at the Warfield

The Neo-Soul goddess took her sweet time, but once she let her hair down there was no stopping her.

“Buildings demolished on your cellphone”: Ratskin Records’ experimental resilience

Through Ghost Ship tragedy to 183-song release, Michael Dadonna's label delivers interesting music from diverse players.

After the mudslides, Kendra McKinley’s musical dispatch from ‘Big Sur Island’

For 'Henry Miller Memorial Library Sessions' EP, local singer-songwriter took Joni Mitchell, relative isolation as guides.

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The Bay label looks to weave an auditory conjuring — and give a primer on its experimental swath of artists

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SFAI students and contemporary Black artists re-contextualize Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch's influential and controversial images

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Best of the Bay Winners

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

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

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