In Arts + Culture

Screen Grabs: Gimme Shelter, Solo, A Fistful of Dollars….

SCREEN GRABS We’re already lamented in this space Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ inexplicable decision to cut loose Film Curator Joel Shepard after over two decades, with YBCA’s film program itself put into deep freeze for an unknown period after the end of June.  A good illustration of why this...

Screen Grabs: Kim Novak live, Jim Carrey gets scary …

SCREEN GRABS This weekend brings local impresario Marc Heustis’ first Castro Theater event in...

The Civil War, from another side, in ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3’

ONSTAGE A historical epic, a taut thriller, a chamber melodrama, a heart-warming comedy, a...

Puff: In Mendocino, Flow Cannabis Institute dreams big (and artisanal)

PUFF A few weeks ago, on a beautiful, sunny day in the rolling hills...

Flying high with ‘The Seagull’ (and a few other things, beside)

Michael Mayer, who won a Tony for Broadway rock musical/teenage hormone eruption "Spring Awakening,"...

Screen Grabs: CAAMFest, Sky Hopinka, Hecho en Mexico…

SCREEN GRABS The big event this week is CAAMFest (May 10-24), or what used to...

Arts

Very live, from the Bay Area: Pop-Up Magazine returns with fresh new stories

"Live is definitely its own medium," says Anita Badejo, senior producer for Pop-Up Magazine—the marvelous, one-time-only, three-times-a-year live show that originates in the Bay Area...

A ‘Timon’ for our times? Cutting Ball Theatre transfers Shakespeare to SF

ARTS Rob Melrose first read one of Shakespeare’s least-produced plays, Timon of Athens (through May 6 at Cutting Ball Theatre), in a contemporary English version...

Jump into the SF International Film Festival midstream!

We know, huge film festivals can be overwhelming and intimidating—something it feels like you have to prepare for weeks in advance. Don't miss out...

‘The Wolves’ kicks up young women’s power, rage, and sheer joy

ONSTAGE Morgan Green grew up in Marin and went to Redwood High School. Now she lives in Brooklyn. So directing Marin Theatre Company's The Wolves (through...

Mama (with Vicki Lawrence) comes a-callin’ at the Castro

"I was about to go on for the Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on CBS back in December, and I was just so nervous!...

Culture

The man behind The Man: Larry Harvey, 1948-2018

The death of Larry Harvey was a major loss for the Burning Man culture that started in San Francisco and spread around the world. Larry...

Onstage

The Civil War, from another side, in ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3’

ONSTAGE A historical epic, a taut thriller, a chamber melodrama, a heart-warming comedy, a social scalding: Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrings a lot from her...

A giddy Go-Go’s time warp in “Head Over Heels”

ONSTAGE It's real cute, the good kind of cute. Head Over Heels (through May 6 at the Curran Theatre), the "posh meets punk" Elizabethan...

Review: ‘Disruption’ offers timely #metoo twist on tech scandals

ONSTAGE Since the #MeToo movement burst on the scene, it has illuminated the epidemic of sexual harassment that has long afflicted women in all...

‘How To Be a White Man’ explores power and identity with a comic touch

ONSTAGE Growing up in rural Louisiana, queer black comedian and social worker Luna Malbroux was pretty familiar with assumptions people might make about her....

Flipping the script on a tragic war’s fallout in ‘Vietgone’

ONSTAGE "You lost a brother, I lost my family. You lost a brother, I lost my whole country… I lost everything I had." With this...

Puff

Puff: In Mendocino, Flow Cannabis Institute dreams big (and artisanal)

PUFF A few weeks ago, on a beautiful, sunny day in the rolling hills of Mendocino County, Flow Kana opened the doors of its...

Puff: Grow your own at home? You’ll need pot(s)

PUFF I do not have a green thumb, nor have I ever wanted to have one. My grandfather was a farmer, and my dad...

Puff: From Peron to Prop. 64

PUFF History was made in the Castro on a bench at Cafe Flore in 1974. Dennis Peron shared a joint with Mary Jane Rathburn...

Puff: Cannabis sample boxes are perfect for newbies and connoisseurs alike

PUFF Walking into a marijuana dispensary can be intimidating, especially if you're not sure what you want, or what will affect you in what...

Puff: Why isn’t SF a cannabis sanctuary city?

PUFF On February 13, the city of Berkeley declared itself a sanctuary city for recreational marijuana, firmly kicking San Francisco’s cool cred in the butt. As proposed...

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Gimme Shelter, Solo, A Fistful of Dollars….

SCREEN GRABS We’re already lamented in this space Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ inexplicable decision to cut loose Film Curator Joel Shepard after over...

Screen Grabs: Kim Novak live, Jim Carrey gets scary …

SCREEN GRABS This weekend brings local impresario Marc Heustis’ first Castro Theater event in some time, and it’s one he’s been chasing for considerably...

Screen Grabs: CAAMFest, Sky Hopinka, Hecho en Mexico…

SCREEN GRABS The big event this week is CAAMFest (May 10-24), or what used to be called the SF Asian American Film Festival—now (like Frameline)...

Screen Grabs: RBG, Tully, Sins of the Fleshapoids …

SCREEN GRABS It’s not normally a priority of this column to follow internal changes at Bay Area film organizations, but last week news broke...

Screen Grabs: Grace Jones, Spaghetti Westerns, Ghost Stories …

SCREEN GRABS Though good new movies continue to emerge every year, no one would argue the Italian film industry has experienced anything that might...

Art Looks

Blackface betrayal and ‘Black Lies’ in Edgar Arceneaux’s new YBCA installation

ART LOOKS In 1981, Ben Vereen, known for his role as Chicken George in the miniseries Roots, and for winning a Tony in Bob...

SFMOMA’s immersive ‘Sublime Seas’ mixes ‘Blue Planet’ beauty with unfathomable brutality

ART LOOKS Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah grew up in London, near the Tate Gallery. He would go there as a 12-year-old, fascinated by, among...

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

ART LOOKS I didn’t expect to be here, writing to you, about this. After many years of penning flippant retorts and scene reports from...

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

ART LOOKS One thing out of the way first: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's sprawling new show Way Bay: 200 Years of Art...

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

"The diversity of queer and trans* Muslim experiences cannot be limited," says Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, co-curator, with Yas Ahmed, of provocative and necessary new SomARTS show "The...

Party Radar

Party Radar: Are you ready for the Cleveland techno invasion?

PARTY RADAR The greater Midwest is central to the story of electronic music in the United States, but it gets short shrift these days:...

Party Radar: Fortnight of Fun—Love Glove Edition

PARTY RADAR Get ready for two whole weeks of debauchery, because I'm toast next week working on some special projects—including promoting the awesomest party...

Party Radar: Sapphic pleasures, Lynchian delights, an indie Hotline …

PARTY RADAR This weekend is stacked like an inflatable drag queen, do they have those yet? I hope not! So let's just dive into...

Party Radar: The way, way, Wayback Machine

PARTY RADAR I've got a horn and I'm gonna toot it! I've loved covering SF nightlife, starting way back as an imaginary, omnipresent, somewhat...

Party Radar: Wednesday is the new Saturday

PARTY RADAR I don't wanna make too big a deal about it, because I love the close family vibe—but what the hell, if you aren't...

Examined Life

Examined Life: Don’t just sit there—listen

EXAMINED LIFE As I was walking to class the other night, the sky suddenly changed from picturesque puffed clouds to torrential downpour. I had...

Examined Life: Love and the lost art of friendship

EXAMINED LIFE We all know when it’s here. The chocolate hearts, the smell of cut flowers, the pink and red greeting cards and stickers...

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

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE No one knows exactly how...

Examined Life: Reclaiming sacred spaces in the Digital Age

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE Do you remember the last...

Examined Life: The subtle power of ‘me too’

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE It seems like every day another...

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Trog, Mercury Soul, Bay Area Book Festival …

ARTS FORECAST Two lovely and illuminating things to kick us off this week.  The first is the installation of Charles Gadeken's gorgeous 50-foot tall "geometric tree"...

Arts Forecast: An Ethio-jazz marvel, a Tenderloin snapper, The Residents …

ARTS FORECAST All the talk this week will be about the San Francisco International Film Festival—check out this week's Screen Grabs film column for our...

Arts Forecast: Walking the Irish border, making epic poetry

ARTS FORECAST The Counterpulse Festival is on this week (Wed/14-Sun/18) and its bursting with performance and arts innovation. One of its most interesting moments: aon mhac...

Arts Forecast: Bowie Wowie Zowies!

ARTS FORECAST It's been two years since David Bowie's shocking death -- an event that many pinpoint as the beginning of world's current madness spiral,...

Arts Forecast: Coolest holiday events for everyone

ARTS FORECAST Holidays can be a drag -- and that's a good thing! Two big drag holiday traditions lead our list of fun events...

Lit

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

LIT Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. "explores the practice of urban 'commoning' in Washington, DC, through an investigation...

Read something new! California Book Award finalists announced

LIT Spring brings an overflow of book recommendations, when the announcements of both the Northern California Book Award winners and the California Book Award...

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

The Wanderings of Chela Coatlícue: Touring Califaztlan (Transgress Press) is the first installment of a trilogy of coming-of-age adventures, following a brazen young musical...

‘Knucklehead’ author Adam Smyer takes on the turbulent ’90s

LIT San Francisco writer Adam Smyer’s debut novel Knucklehead introduces the reader to Marcus Hayes, a black lawyer who regulates everyday bad behavior with short,...

Small city, Big Oil, upset victories

The pundit-defying results in Virginia’s recent elections happened because of “local, grassroots organizing,” according to Democratic leaders. An intensively researched saga, Steve Early’s Refinery...

All Ears

Homegrown soul sensation Con Brio is back

ALL EARS It wasn’t so long ago that people thought Con Brio was dead. In 2013, its original lead singer had moved on and...

Funky old Iceland? DJ Platurn dives into Reykjavik’s rare grooves

ALL EARS  At turns goofy, touching, mesmerizing, super-funky, and just plain weird, local DJ Platurn's just-released, two-part mix of unfamiliar Icelandic rare grooves and...

21st Romani Music Festival lights up with electrifying horns, cultural openness

ALL EARS You know your Balkan party scene is good when top-shelf Balkan musicians want in on it. The Romani clarinet wizard Ismail Lumanovski...

Rapping the ‘Housing Crisis’

ALL EARS "With the passing of Ed Lee, I think we’re at a crossroads in terms of the future of housing in this city,...

A new guerrilla folk opera immerses you in 2014’s Ukrainian revolution

ALL EARS Protests are a form of performance, of course—even the most spontaneous ones. The attempt is to seize the public stage to proclaim certain...

Best of the Bay Winners

BAY GUARDIAN BEST OF THE BAY 2017: WELCOME!

48hills is proud to host the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2017! Dear Readers, Welcome back to the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the...

BEST OF THE BAY 2017: SHOPPING WINNERS

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BEST OF THE BAY 2017: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS

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BEST OF THE BAY 2017: CITY LIVING WINNERS

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BEST OF THE BAY 2017: FOOD AND DRINK WINNERS

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