Stories about Culture

Designer Dexter Simmons’ new ‘Wavy’ line was born in SF clubs

'Weirdly queer' fashion star took inspiration from rave, goth energy for summer look—and that's just one piece of the portfolio.

A ‘Witch Hunt’ that reverberates today

Playwright Carol Lashof takes on the Salem Witch Trials, in a light informed by slavery, immigration, and fear of others.

Bring it on, Bob the Drag Queen

Drag power-performer stars in Peaches Christ's surprisingly relevant take on the classic campy cheerleader musical.

Ethnic Dance Fest transcends borders 41 years in

From "sweet event" to vibrant showcase of technical excellence, the festival now features 30 expressions of global dance.

From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Frameline: Kate Walsh on acting and activism

As rom-com 'Sell By' premieres at LGBTQ fest, the screen favorite speaks about the importance of gay friends and Planned Parenthood.

People in cages, Earth under attack in occupied colonial land

Horrors and some nasty surprises on a poverty tour of the Southwest

In Rotimi Agbabiaka’s ‘Manifesto,’ a call to visionary black, queer ambition

The actor's latest solo show channels James Baldwin, Nina Simone, and Fela Kuti's revolutionary spirit—with his own fierce twist.

Haney moves to save Mezzanine — and Soma nightlife

Proposal would make it harder to turn venues into tech office space.

Immersive Jazz Age decadence in ‘The Speakeasy: Age of Scofflaws’

Secret casinos and chesty dancing tootsies fill Boxcar production's underground labyrinth—just don't forget the password.

Tracing how Silicon Valley treats women in ‘The Fit’

Carey Perloff's new comedy is inspired by Ellen Pao's case, and explores "who’s making this stuff and how it gets used."