Stories about Comedy

Ficks’ Picks: The best of the Toronto International Film Fest!

Screen gems from Portugal to India, directors from Noah Baumbach to Deborah Stratman—and one wily Joker.

Watching movies—and coping and connecting—in ‘The Flick’

Director Jon Tracy talks about the latest Shotgun Players production, exploring the surprisingly complex world of three cinema employees.

Screen Grabs: Native American Reelism, Bay Area Thrash Metal …

Rojo, Monos, The Goldfinch, A Faithful Man, Indie Shorts Fest, Women in Film, and more in cinemas this week.

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.

Charo chooses life!

'San Francisco is like a lucky charm,' says beloved performer and guitar virtuoso, who returns to perform after devastating personal tragedy.

Screen Grabs: Two of our favorite movies this year

Plus: John Carpenter Film Fest, Give Me Liberty, Adam, The Amazing Jonathan Documentary, California Independent Film Festival, more

Screen Grabs: All hail the mighty Godzillafest!

Monster mayhem at the Balboa and Castro, a strikingly oceanic documentary, Korean and Italian mobsters, more in cinemas

Arts Forecast: Frameline Fest gets new executive director, more …

House of Joy, Metallica + SF Symphony, Purple Rain, Herbie Hancock, Border People, and more upcoming arts events.

Screen Grabs: What happened to Dag Hammarskjold?

Plus: After the Wedding, Jirga, One Child Nation, a benefit for Canyon Cinema, and more in theaters this week.

Joan Jett Blakk for President, perpetually!

The subject of an acclaimed new play, drag talk show host and presidential candidate Terence Alan Smith looks back on his trailblazing life.