Arts & Culture

Exterior shot of Minnesota Street project art gallery.

Social Practice: The San Francisco Art Scene Reopens Together.

by Max Blue The difficulty of making a living as an artist in San Francisco is no secret. In recent years, “the cost of living has driven a lot of artists and galleries out of...
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Missing Girls, Hidden Women

A conversation about lost voices with author Jacqueline Doyle. In her flash fiction collection, The Missing Girl, Jacqueline Doyle spotlights stories usually relegated to the back pages of newspapers. Her eight disturbing and vivid tales...
Colorful collage image layering concert photos on top of architectural drawings.

The Rise of the Rock Ballroom

San Francisco's Psychedelic Zeitgeist. “The ballrooms were like a big announcement and front door…into The Life.” - Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Listen to the curated playlist that accompanies this piece to hear a selection...
Illustration of a home cook lower a red bucket of kimchi for his customers.

Cooking from Home

The thriving underground businesses of San Francisco's aspiring chefs. by Elena Kadvany Victor Aguilera had $60 left in his bank account when he started selling homemade arepas.  The San Francisco restaurant where he worked, The Brixton, had...
Black and white image of Kem Lee surrounded by tall library shelves, pulling a photo book out of the archives.

The Chronicles of Kem Lee

Remembering Chinatown’s most well-known forgotten photographer. by Charles Russo A few years back, I drove over to Berkeley in search of a single photograph. If my research was right, the image was in the Kem Lee photo...

Painting the Town

Public art proliferates during San Francisco's lockdown. by Adam Pardee Editor's note: Amidst a challenging year of shutdowns and isolation, San Francisco has experienced a renaissance of public art splashed across closed businesses, parklets, and street corners...
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Q & Art with Maw Shein Win

A conversation with poet Maw Shein Win. by Noah Sanders El Cerrito-based poet Maw Shein Win recently released her second full-length collection of poetry. Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn 2020) is a study of...
Enjoying a slice of Liguria focaccia, framed by greenery, overlooking San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge

Bliss in a Brown Bag

An enduring romance with Liguria Bakery focaccia. by Rachel Markowitz The sun shone, the sky blazed blue, and the newly unfurled leaves of the London plane trees were a young, fuzz-laden green. But it was eerily...
Boutique owner Ken Wingard leans against a wall in a stairway, looking off into the distance

The San Francisco Spirit

How local designer Ken Wingard found his community and grew his business. by Maureen Futtner San Francisco–based designer Ken Wingard rakes through various ephemera at a local flea market. He inspects a tattered old suitcase destined...
Grant Faulkner reads from his flash fiction collection, “Fissures,” at the Bindery in San Francisco


A conversation about flash fiction with Grant Faulkner. by Jayne Martin Unlike novels, or even short stories, flash fiction is impatient. “Get on with it,” it says. Exposition is its death knell. It withholds, teases, and...