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Burger Boogaloo, other big fests reschedule in COVID wake

Fall festival season gets packed full of options as Mutek, BottleRock also move dates.

Arts Forecast: Help save bookstores, drag queens, Frameline, more

Fabulous performances and benefit funds, plus a few pick-me-ups, as we band together to help the local scene.

New Music: Isaac Aesili’s ‘Hidden Truths’ brings elegant electronic grooves

The Maōri producer-DJ fuses multiple styles into a great backyard party record (solo with the Solo cups, please).

Screen Grabs: How about a little levity?

Suggestions for light streaming: Classic screwballs, surreal slapstick, low-rent aliens, and a doc to rival 'Tiger King.'

Puff: Crazy times deserve good weed, and good care

Clean your bong, wipe down delivery packaging, check dispensary hours—and chill at home with Fuzzies and more.

Silenced in place? SF’s resilient music scene faces its latest obstacle

COVID froze tours, shuttered venues, shelved releases, and canceled festivals. Local bands do their best to carry on.

Screen Grabs: Buckle up for more cinematic adventure

Further streaming travels with a cheeky Brazilian Western, an Aladdin double-whammy, Antarctic exploration, more

Arts

Let’s help local artists, workers, and small businesses. Join in!

Here's a list of links to help people out of work from the coronavirus shutdown. If you are in need, please add your info in the comments.

Arts workers struggling after performances are cancelled and venues closed

Tough times for musicians, DJs, performers, and artists as bars and events are shut down.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s public art—with Premiere Jr.

A tiny billboard in the Inner Sunset becomes a curated space, and highlights SF's complex contemporary relationship with art.

‘A Gothic Tale’ plumbs Legion of Honor’s haunting depths

Mirrors, doubles, organ music, film noir, and the museum's archives comprise Alexandre Singh's creepy exhibit.

Memories of the Ulcer Department

'The San Quentin Project,' an inmate-centered photo exhibit at BAMPFA, complicates assumptions of life at CA’s oldest prison.

Culture

New Music: Isaac Aesili’s ‘Hidden Truths’ brings elegant electronic grooves

The Maōri producer-DJ fuses multiple styles into a great backyard party record (solo with the Solo cups, please).

Onstage

Review: ‘Toni Stone’ hits a home run (and you can watch it on your couch)

ACT play tells the story of the first woman to play professional baseball. Here's how to stream it, along with other plays.

In ‘Please Don’t Eat the Mangos,’ this Mami has secrets

Stage favorite Wilma Bonet on playing the matriarch of a Puerto Rican family during a hurricane in the Magic's new play.

Can drag queens beat death? Find out in ‘Drag Becomes Her’

Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and BenDeLaCreme send up 1992 camp classic 'Death Becomes Her' in a dragstravaganza.

Review: Sketch comedy legends Culture Clash return—with big tío energy

The pioneering performance trio's provocations feel comforting, but still pack a poignant wallop at Berkeley Rep.

Review: ‘Gloria’ reveals what lurks beneath office culture’s bright lights

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' gripping play at ACT Strand shows what happens when a wrench is thrown into the media's works.

Puff

Puff: Crazy times deserve good weed, and good care

Clean your bong, wipe down delivery packaging, check dispensary hours—and chill at home with Fuzzies and more.

Puff: ‘Tis the season for a holiday cannabis gift guide

Space Gems, African Queens, some much-needed Tranquili-Tea and more perfect stuffing stockers (and mood adjusters).

Puff: Hall of Flowers highlights

Huge expo in Santa Rosa showcased a panoply of new cannabis goods—including some cool surprises.

Puff: A stroll through the Grass Lands

Behind the scenes at the first festival area to sell cannabis—and what that might mean for consumers and vendors.

Puff: Notes from a serious (and seriously interesting) cannabis expo

The Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in San Jose showcased the industrial backend of the trade—plus Jim Belushi sang.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: How about a little levity?

Suggestions for light streaming: Classic screwballs, surreal slapstick, low-rent aliens, and a doc to rival 'Tiger King.'

Screen Grabs: Leap upon your sofa, intrepid explorers

Inuit adventure, Australian outback, Lost City of Z—part one of our wide-ranging quarantine screen picks

Screen Grabs: Cinemas go dark, but here’s what to watch

As even the Silent Film Fest falls silent, there are local resources and online releases to keep you occupied.

Screen Grabs: A major director quietly remakes the Western

Plus: New films about the horrible toll of the gig economy, gay love in Guatemala, the future of genetic technology, more.

Screen Grabs: Traveling the world, popcorn in hand

Ireland, Israel, Poland, China (twice), American backroads, and various African nations are your cinematic destinations this week.

Art Looks

How do you represent Black and Latino communities at major museum shows?

An innovative program at the de Young, whose staff is mostly white, brings diversity to Black Power and Frida Kahlo exhibit staff.

Creativity Explored branches out with ‘Of here from there’ exhibition

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández collaborates with the nonprofit's developmentally disabled artists for a show about migration and home.

Electrifying art of Black Power in ‘Soul of a Nation’

De Young show features works from height of the Movement, including SF's Mike Henderson and the Rainbow Sign gallery.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s public art—with Premiere Jr.

A tiny billboard in the Inner Sunset becomes a curated space, and highlights SF's complex contemporary relationship with art.

The joy of ‘Gayface’

With an ongoing series of portraits, photographer Lauren Tabak asks, how does queer visibility matter, here and now? 

Party Radar

Party Radar: Fault Radio helps DJs stream through quarantine

Now that online nightlife connection is essential, this fantastic Bay Area site's founders are here to help.

Comedowns are for losers! New Year’s Day parties

Our annual list of after-after-parties proves the revelry never ceases San Francisco. (Drink some water!)

Party Radar: A monster mash of Halloween bashes

ESG, Doja Cat, The Magician, The Cockettes, Space Cowboys, Paul Oakenfold all make a witches' brew of real party howlers.

Party Radar: ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2019

Pink Block, Polka Dots, Hot Pants, Pullin' Pork, Fake & Gay, and more musts for this bonkers week.

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.

Examined Life

Examined Life: Replace existing normal

In the wake of COVID-19, how can we make space for the fluctuating emotions that come with our suddenly transformed lives?

Examined Life: A year to love for no reason

Looking back at the life of a great spiritual teacher opens the door to deeper meaning in the new year.

Examined Life: On shaky ground

In a city where everyone and everything is constantly changing, we have a lot to fear. But even more to learn.

When our bodies break down

On the dark journey through illness or injury, we meet a stranger we’ve known all along: our self.

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. 

Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Help save bookstores, drag queens, Frameline, more

Fabulous performances and benefit funds, plus a few pick-me-ups, as we band together to help the local scene.

Arts Forecast: Apocalypse… but make it fashion!

The arts community is putting on a damn good face in this catastrophe, from floral masks to streaming Shakespeare and more.

Arts Forecast: Should you even go out?

Large gatherings have been banned, small gatherings are advised against—what are art-lovers (and arts workers) to do?

Arts Forecast: Feeling international, at home

Two big arts festivals announce season lineups. Plus: The Living Earth Show, King City, We So Bay, Joffrey Ballet, 'Mutts,' and more

Arts Forecast: Welcome to the ‘Manifesto’

Plus: Pop-Up Magazine, The End of You, a double shot of Kronos, Fog City Magic Fest, Kafana Balkan, Moodymann, more.

Lit

SF’s Juli Delgado Lopera on language, matriarchy, and ‘Fiebre Tropical’

The writer-artist is being celebrated for their hyper-vivid new novel, recording a teenager's move from Bogotá to Miami.

Opinion: Octavia Butler’s mission is yours, too—should you choose to accept it

The visionary Afrofuturist author is hailed as a prophet of our times, but her life has deeper lessons.

At Zinn Fair, Peter Cole explores SF’s unique history of labor and race

The historian documents the links between local dockworker actions and transnational racial justice movements.

Red-hot but clear-eyed, Flea recounts his youth in ‘Acid for the Children’

Legendary bassist and actor recalls childhood, punk, and early Chili Peppers days—and ditches anger for forgiveness.

‘Disasterama!’ chronicles SF’s wild, lost queer underground

Alvin Orloff's new memoir documents crazy nights, retro-camp glamor, and punk sensibility in the face of the AIDS crisis.

All Ears

Burger Boogaloo, other big fests reschedule in COVID wake

Fall festival season gets packed full of options as Mutek, BottleRock also move dates.

New Music: Isaac Aesili’s ‘Hidden Truths’ brings elegant electronic grooves

The Maōri producer-DJ fuses multiple styles into a great backyard party record (solo with the Solo cups, please).

Silenced in place? SF’s resilient music scene faces its latest obstacle

COVID froze tours, shuttered venues, shelved releases, and canceled festivals. Local bands do their best to carry on.

50 years of Jimi Hendrix’s radical, redefining ‘Band of Gypsys’

Revisiting a classic album that proved to be a turning point in rock's political expressionism.

New Music: ‘Who Sent You?’ asks free jazz combo Irreversible Entanglements

In an uncertain time, the quintet asks essential questions and pushes improvisation into a moving statement.

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Burger Boogaloo, other big fests reschedule in COVID wake

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Arts Forecast: Help save bookstores, drag queens, Frameline, more

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