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American landscapes: a review of SF native Sean Wilsey’s essay collection, ‘More Curious’

August 20, 2014
Midway through the introduction to More Curious (McSweeney's Books, 342 pp., $22), his recently-published collection of essays from the last 15 years, Sean Wilsey...

Live Shots: SF Street Food Fest fills us up quickly

August 19, 2014
The weather was gorgeous, the lines weren't too long, and the people were friendly -- and hungry -- at the sixth annual SF Street...

Old guys, touchy-feely teens, and rep-house picks you don’t wanna miss: weekend movies!

Outside of the multiplex this week, don't miss Midnites for Maniacs curator (and Guardian contributor) Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' very special tribute to William Lustig...

Tornadoes vs. turtles: this week’s new movies

Will ninja turtles or killer tornadoes reign supreme in this week's battle of the CG-heavy box office? Read on for our reviews of new...

Eff you, gravity! Watch this skater fly over a fence at the new SoMa West skatepark

The Guardian recently covered the unveiling of the SoMa West skatepark, a new skate spot giving a glint of hope to the city's skate...

All the buzz: a report from CoffeeCon San Francisco

August 4, 2014
Whether your caffeinated allegiances lie with Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, or a non-coffee drink, CoffeeCon San Francisco offered something to appeal to everyone’s cravings...

Flaming Lotus Girls bring SOMA to Pier 14

Following in the tradition of Burning Man artworks returning to San Francisco for temporary public installations, my beloved Flaming Lotus Girls have installed their...

“How to Cook a Frog” at CounterPulse

July 25, 2014
What’s cooking?You may well ask, as towering gourmand Julia Child (Annie Danger) appears at Counterpulse tonight and tomorrow, walking her studio audience through a...

The Rock gets mythological, ScarJo turns scary-smart, Woody’s tepid latest, PSH’s final role, and more: new movies!

In case you missed the cover of this week's paper, the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival kicked off last night and runs through...

More reviews from the SF Jewish Film Festival

July 23, 2014
If Instagram is anything to go by (read: it’s not), anyone can make a short film — just slap a filter on it and...

Photo Gallery: Graffiti artists tagging in the sunshine at Precita Park

Normally the sound of 20 or so artists rattling and spraying aerosol cans would be quickly followed by the sound of sirens. But Sat/19...

Scare and scare alike: zombies, maggots, and more at ‘BAASICS.5: Monsters’

July 21, 2014
“We stopped checking for monsters under our beds when we realized they were inside us,” reads a quote often misattributed to the Joker in...

Purr-suit of happiness: SF SPCA aims to save more lives with its new adoption center

July 17, 2014
Last year, the SF SPCA assisted with 5,084 cat and dog adoptions. With its new adoption center near Bryant and 16th Streets, which opened...

Frameline leftovers: Audience Award-winning Barney Frank doc ‘Compared to What’

Pride's Pink Saturday offered a dynamic final morning of the massive 38th annual Frameline, the world’s largest film festival devoted to LGBT films. Compared...

Inspiring doc ‘Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming’ airs on KQED

July 3, 2014
“I would get the comment ‘Gosh, you play really good for a girl,’” Barbara Borden admits in the introduction of Keeper of the Beat,...

Grimm but not grim: SF Playhouse’s winning fairy tale ‘Into the Woods’

Given all traditional parameters of critical experience, SF Playhouse’s production of Into the Woods (now playing through Sept 6) should be at least somewhat irksome....

Wax on: a journey into the new Madame Tussauds San Francisco

June 30, 2014
You probably won’t win any staring contests inside the new Madame Tussauds that opened June 26 at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Besides, I wouldn’t recommend holding...

A great week for (indie) sci-fi and docs: new movies!

This week, Frameline continues (our coverage here!), plus offbeat sci-fi winners Coherence and Snowpiercer are well worth seeking out ... especially if you're not...

A benefit series aims to keep the unique Meridian Gallery afloat

In 2001, interns at Powell Street's Meridian Gallery planned and painted a 13x48 foot mural on the wall of the SRO Hartland Hotel, a few blocks...

Comedy without limits means ‘No Happy Endings’ for SF’s Granny Cart Gangstas

June 26, 2014
Sexy granny panties? Up-and-coming San Francisco comedy troupe Granny Cart Gangstas recently proved this isn’t an oxymoron. Taking a cue from the Kids in...

The Guardian Hot Pink List 2014

June 24, 2014
For the past few years, as part of our annual Queer Issue, we've rounded up a few of the people who have...

Pride on fire! 2014’s must-do Pride events

June 24, 2014
Hey gorgeous queer person (and friends)! There is way too much to do this year, as always. Don't be scared. Dive right into...

Save Lost Weekend Video! An update on the Valencia Street stalwart’s struggle for survival

June 23, 2014
Dateline: San Francisco. Distressing news, via Facebook, on the "all the cool shit is in danger" front, with a post late Fri/20 by Valencia...

Amour Vert brings its eco-friendly designs to Hayes Valley

"Paris Chic, Cali Cool.” That’s the tagline behind the eco-friendly clothing brand Amour Vert. Usually, the people who refer to California as “Cali" are non-natives....