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Arts + Culture

How Todd Haynes captured The Velvet Underground’s transgressive impact

New doc's director speaks about the personal and cultural shockwave of the seminal '60s band.

Come see Tom Ammiano at our Fall Fling on Wednesday + so much more

Plus: Free records and t-shirts, party with the Best of the Bay winners, Best Drag Queen 2021 performs, and more at El Rio bar, 6pm-9pm

‘Dear San Francisco’: breath-taking style with little City substance

‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ successor is an exhilarating 'high-flying love story'—but of what, exactly?

Screen Grabs: A feast of Eastern European scares

Plus: Maltese fisherman stiff in 'Luzzo,' four knockout performances in 'Mass,' more new movies

Welcome to BEST OF THE BAY 2021!

Our 46th annual Readers' Poll winners are here, from Best Burrito and Best Politician to Best Sweets Shop and Best Bike Store.

Best of the Bay 2021: City Living winners

READERS' POLL: Best Salon, Best Bike Repair, Best Hotel, Best Tour, Best Gym, more

Best of the Bay 2021: Arts + Nightlife winners

READERS' POLL: Best Nightclub, Best Art Gallery, Best Drag Queen, Best Live Venue, Best Band, more

Best of the Bay 2021: Food + Drink winners

READERS' POLL: Best Burrito, Best Chinese, Best Gay Bar, Best Takeout, Best Sports Bar, more

Best of the Bay 2021: Shopping winners

READERS' POLL: Best Bookstore, Best Bike Shop, Best Store Staff, Best Cannabis Dispensary, Best Shoe Store, More

Get a free Bay Guardian vintage logo tee at our Oct. 20 Fall Fling!

Celebrate 8 years of independent media (and look cool doing it) at our El Rio patio party.

Under the Stars: Declaime’s ‘Last Stand,’ free 20th Street Block Party, more…

Don't miss dream-poppers Seablite's live return and a free 'dancer appreciation' party at Public Works.

Día de los San Franciscanos: Altars return to SOMArts

Beloved performer Per Sia speaks about hosting a Muertos drag show at the yearly exhibition—and what a queen brings to celebrations of resilience.

Good Taste: Hit the Napa Valley Taco Trail

Our resident taster chases new meat in Calistoga. Plus: SF Restaurant Week deals and Undiscovered are back!

Bring the noise: Fall’s best albums, part one

Autumn sweet spot: Our list of phenomenal recent releases, from DijahSB, Damu the Fudgemunk, Alicia Walter, and more.

Arts Forecast: Robot hair metal, drag pumpkins, the best New Wave…

Plus: Persian techno, Litquake continues, Trolley Dances, two terrific dance festivals on film, more

Screen Grabs: ‘The Velvet Underground’ is instantly one of the great rock docs

Plus: Beautiful 'Mustangs,' wrenching 'Jacinta,' the riveting story of the Thai cave rescue, more

Win a free pass for 2 to see ‘The French Dispatch’

Director Wes Anderson's latest is about to hit theaters—here's a chance to see it.

Madame X-ed: A second listen to early Madonna

As her new concert movie streams, harking back to when young Madge was the sound of the NYC streets.

Halloween Meltdown host John Waters talks trash

In a wide-ranging Q&A, the People's Pervert dishes on punk, his San Francisco haunts, Patty Hearst, Johnny Depp, and modern-day censorship.

Under the Stars: Ready for a show? Björk, Dehd, One Found Sounds announce local gigs

Plus new releases for days, like the keytar majesty of London's Los Bitchos and their latest single "Las Panteras."

Review: In tackling white patriarchy, ‘The Dope Elf’ erodes life-fiction boundaries

Asher Hartman's experimental theater work at The Lab used planned messiness to provoke questions about the nature of the stage

PHOTOS: Allison Russell and Brandi Carlile fill Frost Amphitheater with soulful Americana

These shots captured the feels—click through for your hit of live magic

Screen Grabs: Video game-inspired ‘Detention’ spins Taiwanese fascism into psychological horror

Plus: The rundown on the new 007 film, the Roxie's giallo fest, and other new releases to launch your Halloween season

Good Taste: It’s cheesy garlic bread time!

Behold, Tartine’s new bake-at-home beauty. Plus: Rainbow Grocery takes control of online delivery

Under the Stars: Kadhja Bonet surprises with first, feathery single since 2018

Plus: The Umbrellas go on tour, Gangster Doodles' all-star hip-hop lineup—plus tidings of new music drops and local gigs

SEED Network announces grant for BIPOC businesses: Here’s how to apply

The nonprofit has given serious assists to San Francisco's entrepreneurs. Could your project use an extra four grand?

Puff: Hall of Flowers roars back with Jerry Garcia drop, cannabis innovations

Santa Rosa's VIP-only expo had the goods: Moon rock pre-rolls, Dead Head must-smokes, and crackling edible inventions

Indigenous cinema triumphs at Toronto International Film Festival

Legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin finally gets her due with a 19-movie tribute—plus 'Angakusajaujuq' and 'Night Raiders' make Fick's Picks

Arts Forecast: An 11/250th of Beethoven, a Skybridge arts fest…

Monster Drawing Rally, Spanking Machine, SFMOMA Free Thursdays, Honey Dijon, Balkan Bump, more great events.

Screen Grabs: Sizing up ‘Cyrano’ — and other Mill Valley Film Fest highlights

Plus: New releases 'Pharma Bro' and 'Seyran Ates' present vastly differing takes on what makes a social pariah

Denzel and Frances deliver ‘Macbeth’ — and other standouts from the New York Film Fest

In the third Ficks' Picks dispatch from the fest, Joel Coen delivers his first brother-less triumph with 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' and a Murakami adaption — surprisingly — sings

Dinosaurs have next in the art of San Francisco painter Michael Kerbow

The artist heralds a metaphoric changing of the guard in his viral series "Late Capitalism"

Body horror and existential spelunking at the New York Film Festival

In the second Ficks' Picks dispatch, demons and daddy issues roil 'Titane' while 'Il Buco [The Hole]' delivers without dialogue.

Join us October 20 for our Fall Fling!

Celebrate 8 years of independent media with an outdoor evening party at El Rio in the Mission.

Best of the Bay voting extended through October 10!

We're giving you one more week to tell us your favorites and celebrate the city!

Review: Pyramids to Panthers, ‘Afro Hippie’ tracks Black Power through time and space

David Huffman locates his Bay Area activist upbringing within the swirling cosmos—an homage to leaders yet to come.

Screen Grabs: He was much more than Frankenstein’s monster

An affecting Boris Karloff doc. Plus: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, Drunken Film Fest, 'Old Henry,' more new movies

An epic return to dance with Christy Funsch’s 12-hour ‘EPOCH’

The "devotional" choreographer looks back at 20-years of quiet yet intense work for a daylong dance immersion.

Arts Forecast: More Open Studios, Simpsons trivia, saving Grubstake…

Plus: A tribute parade for poet Jack Hirschman, Castro Street Fair, Black Cowboys, GayC/DC, more

Good Taste: Make way for the fish sommelier

Michael Mina introduces a playful position at new Estiatorio Ornos. Plus: Michelin star reactions.

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