In Arts + Culture

Ficks’ Picks at TIFF: Indian Cinema in full effect

From 'Husband Material' to 'Hotel Mumbai,' the Toronto International Film Festival boasted a slate of impressive Indian films.

Ficks’ Picks from TIFF, part one: Strong Chinese films + early Oscar buzz

35 features, 35 shorts in 11 days of the Toronto International Film Festival: Here's part one of Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' reports.

Loving Gilda Radner, as a comedy genius and friend

Laraine Newman remembers her 'Saturday Night Live' co-star, as new movie 'Love, Gilda' documents Radner's life.

Screen Grabs: I Am Not a Witch, Iranian Film Fest, Blaze …

A Marcello Mastroianni retrospective, The Sisters Brothers, The Children Act, and more in cinemas his week: Read our reviews.

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.

Party Radar: Who’s the bestest of them all?

DJ Stingray, Midland, Kim Ann Foxman, Red Axes, Beesmunt Soundsystem, Leon Vynehall, an ASMR party, and more nightlife excellence

Screen Grabs: Yayoi Kusama, Latino Film Fest, Nosferatu …

Club Foot Orchestra, tributes to Luchino Visconti and Frederick Wiseman, a hokey 'Grease 2,' 'Poor Little Rich Girl,' and more in cinemas this week

Arts

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.

Pioneering machine artist Kal Spelletich is being evicted: Help save his robots!

The teacher and inventor who brought robots and flamethrowers to Burning Man must leave his home and studio of 25 years.

Culture

Best of the Bay polls are now open!

Vote for all the things you love most in our 43rd edition of the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay.

Onstage

Review: ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ has powerhouse vocals, timely resonance

Bay Area Musicals' latest production is full of verve and tragic parallels to today—even if the songs aren't quite hummable.

An Asian American twist on the bourgeoisie, white wine included

Leah Nanako Winkler's new play 'Two Mile Hollow' at Potrero Stage fills familiar 'white people by the water' roles with different faces.

The sheer audacity of ‘Angels in America’

Berkeley Rep's brilliant revival is both homecoming and reckoning for Tony Kushner's 25-year-old 'Gay Fantasia on National Themes"

Comedian Gina Yashere rides the ‘up’ elevator to stardom

From Otis repair engineer to Trevor Noah Show regular, the British sensation brings her act to Freight and Salvage.

Seeing Red: SF Mime Troupe is making it a socialist summer

57-year-old agit-prop institution's latest takes us back in time to when it seemed America was on the brink of something bigger

Puff

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.

Happy trails! Checking out portable cannabis dab kits

Happy Dab Kits for on the go dabbers and fancier Anlerr Homles pipes—do they make the grade?

Giving your pet some CBD love

Treating your furry friend's anxiety or pain with cannabinoids is becoming more popular: Here are a couple recommendations.

Puff: A little dab will do ya

Concentrates are all the rage in the cannabis world: Here's an introduction to the sticky trend.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: I Am Not a Witch, Iranian Film Fest, Blaze …

A Marcello Mastroianni retrospective, The Sisters Brothers, The Children Act, and more in cinemas his week: Read our reviews.

Screen Grabs: Yayoi Kusama, Latino Film Fest, Nosferatu …

Club Foot Orchestra, tributes to Luchino Visconti and Frederick Wiseman, a hokey 'Grease 2,' 'Poor Little Rich Girl,' and more in cinemas this week

Screen Grabs: The Last Movie, Perfect Blue, Pick of the Litter…

Let the Corpses Tan, No Date, No Signature, and more movies in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: Soviet Hippies, Green Film Fest, John McEnroe

Rodents of Unusual Size, Gabriel and the Mountain, Crime + Punishment, more coming to cinemas

Screen Grabs: Support the Girls, Madeline’s Madeline, The Wife

A strong week for women in cinemas, plus Memoir of War, Wanda, Vertigo, The Happytime Murders, and more.

Art Looks

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.

200 years of poetic art vibes in BAMPFA’s ‘Way Bay’

An expansive, exhilarating, somewhat loopy show that's full of individual wonders

‘The Third Muslim’ highlights queer faith, art, resilience

New show at SOMArts focuses on artists whose identities have 'pushed them to the margins of the margins.'

Party Radar

Party Radar: Who’s the bestest of them all?

DJ Stingray, Midland, Kim Ann Foxman, Red Axes, Beesmunt Soundsystem, Leon Vynehall, an ASMR party, and more nightlife excellence

Party Radar: Tickets to paradise

Win a pass to Public Works' 30-hour anniversary party. Plus: Dr. Rubinstein, Navid Izadi, Leonce, SPRKLBB, DJ Heather and Colette, more.

Party Radar: BFFs Forever

BFF.fm's big anniversary bash. Plus: Cholo Goths, Bloody Mary, Derrick Carter, Stereo Argento, Juanita More's Birthday, a Sylvester tribute, more upcoming parties.

Party Radar + Arts Forecast: Double whammy!

Treasure Fest, Dawsondance, Blindspotting, Polyglamorous, Cumbiatón, Club Chai, Fake and Gay, and more to do this weekend.

Party Radar: For Navid

Another tragic loss for local nightlife. Plus: Soul Clap, Bootie, iamiwhoami, SPFDJ, Drag Me to the Lanes, and more chances to dance among friends.

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: 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.

Arts Forecast: Soundwave’s diverse, reverberating visions

Plus: Fringe Festival, Electronic Music Festival, Bay Area Now, Opera in the Park, Oakland Pride, and more upcoming events

Arts Forecast: Clutter, Zinefest, Wavy Gravy

Fillmore Salsa Fest, 'Drugs in the Tenderloin,' Michael Jackson portraits, Paul Young and Midge Ure, and more upcoming events

Party Radar + Arts Forecast: Double whammy!

Treasure Fest, Dawsondance, Blindspotting, Polyglamorous, Cumbiatón, Club Chai, Fake and Gay, and more to do this weekend.

Arts Forecast: Hemlock Tavern closing, Polk Street Blues Fest, Erasure …

Boris, Brazil in the Gardens, 20th Street Block Party, Sex and the City live, and more great things to do 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

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.

A hot-button ‘Ring’ at SF Opera? You bet your Brünnhilde

#MeToo, environmentalism, and deeply personal stories—director Francesca Zambello brings out the contemporary side of Wagner's epic.

Homegrown soul sensation Con Brio is back

With a new album and tour (including a stop at the Fillmore Sat/5), the beloved band still uses music as a weapon of love.

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