In Arts + Culture

New Music: Jay Som’s fever dream—from chopsticks and a trumpet

The Oakland-raised lo-fi bedroom indie sensation drops a new single before embarking on a world tour.

What we saw at Sundance, part 1: Wild rides and deep looks

Our annual trip to the fest turned up dreamy features, experimental masterworks, and a strikingly intelligent horror doc.

New Music: Andy Shauf’s ‘The Neon Skyline’ traces old flames in wee hours

Dive bars, woodwinds, and soft rock come together in the Canadian's tales of lonely hearts.

Screen Grabs: Raining Internet cats and live-action dogs

Call of the Wild, Cat Video Fest, gay Georgian dancers, Kamikaze Hearts, Wesley Snipes, Bllly Crystal, Liam Neeson, more movies.

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.

New Music: Afrikan Sciences takes an affecting electronic ‘Journey into Mr. Re’

The Deepblak label honcho's latest 13-track album alerts us to how art can cut through the noise.

Review: A dash of variety and joy in SF Ballet’s ‘Classical (Re)Vision’

This 'tasting flight of contemporary ballet' highlights the company's resilient, welcoming spirit.

Arts

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.

At 85, a revered glassblower inspired by SF’s ‘Radiance’

'Very few places in the world have this light,' says Lino Tagliapietra, whose latest work is at Montague Gallery.

Fall Arts Preview: 37 cool things to do this season

Flamenco to death metal, Comedy Day to Hip-Hop Fest, with dozens more great local arts, music, dance, and stage events.

Culture

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.

Onstage

A pro-immigrant ‘sci-fi magical realism human cartoon opera’? Believe it!

Pantomime pioneer Sara Moore talks about refugees, clowns, and her new 'live silent film' at Z Space.

Springsteen meets surveillance state in ‘Born in East Berlin’

At SF Playhouse, playwright Rogelio Martinez explores the time the Boss played behind the Iron Curtain.

You’ve never seen a ‘Gatsby’ like this

One entire classic book, six hours, rave reviews. Elevator Repair Service brings its Fitzgerald treatment to Berkeley Rep.

Trixie Mattel’s grown-up dream world

A house, a partner, a new album, and a gangbusters tour. Has the drag star left her Barbie life behind? No way!

In ‘The Children,’ nuclear disaster, strange twists, and surprising humor

Director Barbara Damashek and star Anne Darragh talk about the 'astonishing' heart in Aurora Theatre's new eco-thriller.

Puff

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.

Puff: Light up, it’s Pride time

A colorful clutch of cannabis goodies to help you float over the rainbow.

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs: Raining Internet cats and live-action dogs

Call of the Wild, Cat Video Fest, gay Georgian dancers, Kamikaze Hearts, Wesley Snipes, Bllly Crystal, Liam Neeson, more movies.

Screen Grabs: Get in the van!

SF's Richard Wong directs Come As You Are. Plus: Downhill, The Lodge, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Kael + Botero docs, more movies

Screen Grabs: Forget those Oscars, let’s go to Berlin & beyond

The beloved German film fest starts this week. Plus: The Traitor, Show of Shows, The Assistant, and more in cinemas.

Screen Grabs: Battle of the giant Russian oligarchs

Plus: Nic Cage goes gonzo for HP Lovecraft, Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, The House by the Cemetery, more movies.

Screen Grabs: A very contemporary Les Misérables

Plus: an incredible tale of 70,000 VHS tapes, the Village People's disco disaster, and more in cinemas this week.

Art Looks

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? 

Cartooning the Japanese Internment, through George Takei’s eyes

In a book and show at the Cartoon Art Museum, illustrator Harmony Becker realizes a US tragedy in fine-grained detail.

A 24/7 switchboard connecting participants to ‘The Dead Woman’

In 'A morta,' Cinthia Marcelle fuses art, theater, and telecommunication—and yes, you can play at home.

Party Radar

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.

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.

Examined Life

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. 

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?

Arts Forecast

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.

Arts Forecast: A whole weekend with Laurie Anderson and more

Edwardian Ball, Movement Arts Festival, Lyrics Born, Mercury Soul, Pink Mammoth, and so much to do this weekend

Arts Forecast: Drag Queens on Ice, Burning Man: The Musical, more

Heiroglyphics, Krampus Pageant, Paranoid London, Sophie, Go Bang!, a couple great art walks, and more this week.

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop (Dance Fest) hurray! + more

Agent Orange, Dolly Night, Bay Area Record Fest, Mr. Brightside Indie Ball, Frankie Night, Lil Louie Vega, and lots else to do.

Arts Forecast: And here’s the real kicker…

'Stomp' still stomps. Plus: Lavender Country, Cuban neon, Recombinant Fest, Patrick Cowley, a drag 'The Wall,' more.

Lit

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.

At Litquake, the infamous Literary Death Match hits 500

The most aggressively silly, all-encompassing event of the festival returns to where it all started, the former Elbo Room.

All Ears

New Music: Jay Som’s fever dream—from chopsticks and a trumpet

The Oakland-raised lo-fi bedroom indie sensation drops a new single before embarking on a world tour.

New Music: Andy Shauf’s ‘The Neon Skyline’ traces old flames in wee hours

Dive bars, woodwinds, and soft rock come together in the Canadian's tales of lonely hearts.

New Music: Afrikan Sciences takes an affecting electronic ‘Journey into Mr. Re’

The Deepblak label honcho's latest 13-track album alerts us to how art can cut through the noise.

New Music: Transcendental dancing with Eris Drew’s ‘Fluids of Emotion’

The Chicago artist delivers 'proto-rave ecstasy music' on new EP, looking to classic turntable techniques.

As Afrobeat heroes Antibalas arrive, recalling a classic track

The Brooklyn band celebrates 20 years with a new album and three local shows. Their cross-cultural influence still runs deep.

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‘Families first’ public defender enters D7 race

Vilaska Nguyen says he offers an independent alternative and criticizes mayor's planning policies.

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.

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