Out of the Crate: The proper tools

Loleatta Holloway's ballad drama, The Shaggs' homespun otherness—and Van Halen's eponymous debut? Music critic John-Paul Shiver explores essential vinyl re-releases.

Movies: ‘Around the Sun’ makers bring mumblecore teachings to a château

Writer Jonathan Kiefer tells the unlikely tale of the film's providence.

Review: Two random ballroom dancers in the Chinese Pavilion at Stow Lake

A distant encounter with fiery energy in the pagoda.

10 artists centering Latinidad in the sound of the Bay today

A brief history of the legends who paved the way for Latin music in the Bay Area—and the rising creatives shaping its future.

Screen Grabs: Art imitates life

Get the skinny on the Helmut Newton documentary and the 1986 bikesploitation epic 'Rad', perhaps the movie with the all time widest critic-audience response disparity.

Latina and Filipina-founded health center offers free wellness classes

Funded by the soda tax, Community Well’s H3 program offers yoga and nutrition education, as well as community therapy and homeopathic health advice.

All Ears: How to craft the perfect BBQ playlist

From Aretha to Toro y Moi, here's how to keep all those gathered around the grill moving to a socially distanced beat.

Cannabis has a racism problem. The Floret Coalition can help.

The Black-led giving collective for weed businesses is one of several nascent projects that center BIPOC voices in addressing the industry’s deep-seated racial inequities.

Screen Grabs: The shift evident, women directors rise

The days when a woman’s directorial credit could qualify as a novelty are fading fast. Check our critic's recommendations for new female-led flicks, from 'Yes, God, Yes' to a jampacked Sundance Festival shorts collection.

Party Radar: Change finally comes to dance music

Are we ready to listen to Black voices—including the ones who started this whole thing?