Women Who Kill: Comediennes of San Francisco

Words: Molly Sanchez Loren Kraut, Mary-Alice McNab, and me: All women who know what it feels like to kill. “It’s exhilarating,” Kraut says, her small face breaking into a large smile. “It’s f***ing magical,” concurs McNab banging a fist on the table for emphasis. Personally I feel like Mary Poppins after a good kill, like I could float all the way home. These women and I aren’t murderers, we’re comedians and it’s the high of laugh lust we’re constantly chasing. It’s a Tuesday night at a dark bar where people...

Quinn Corey: Found Objects to Pop Culture Action Figures

Words & Photos: Melissa Burman Like any young boy who grew up watching television, toy advertisements made a big impact on Quinn Corey. Corey moved to San Francisco from the East Coast with his girlfriend, both artists now live in the Sunset district. Corey builds action figures using found object and used children's toys. He finds most of his materials at SCRAP, a nonprofit donation based creative reuse center located in San Francisco's Bayview district. SCRAP offers an ever changing selection of artist materials from glitter and toys to paper...

Iris Butler

Words & Photos: Virginia Tieman Over eight years ago, Iris Butler brought her oldest son to Glide Memorial Church for the first time. Today, she works there helping community members in need of assistance. “I’m a people person and I know how to talk to the people,” said Butler. “First thing I say to them is good morning. If you don’t say good morning, they don’t feel like they are welcomed. It’s important and I have to remind my co-workers of that.” As Butler patrolled the lunch line preparing for the...

Tree Rivera Taking on the Earth One ‘CUUP’ at a Time

Words and Photos: Alejandrina Hernandez Veronica Rivera a.k.a Tree is an aspiring artist who has been made it her mission to spread environmental awareness through her art. “My interest in environmental arts started when I was growing up as a child artist ;collecting materials like disposables, found objects and trash to use it in creating textures for my artwork," says Rivera. Rivera is currently working on the Clean Up Urban Pollution (CUUP) Project where she creates a variety of small to large sized paint boxes made out of acrylic plastics...

Vintage Stores for Charities

  Words and Photos: Kayla McIntosh It’s a crisp winter afternoon in the Inner Richmond neighborhood and a small house on the corner of Fulton Street is reaching full capacity. The doorbell rings and the door is opened to a tall gentleman wearing black-rimmed frames and a warm smile. His greeting is just as genuine as his grin, and he ushers guests into the main hallway. Three gorgeous gowns are draped on mannequins directly in front of the door. Each one is from a different designer. A backless, beaded John...

Wii U Experience

Video: Kenny Redublo Music: 8 BIT PROJECT - Birthday Eve Xpress writers Jennifer Sandoval and Charlene Ng venture to the Fort Mason center in San Francisco to see what this Wii U Experience is all about.

Find Your Flow

Words: Hassina Obaidy Vibrant colors of light flow in the air as it dances to the rhythm of the music. Illuminating in the free air, the lights go through different modes from ambient lighting, to lighting that leaves trails while it’s moving. The spinner moves to the rhythm and uses the leash to spin around these bright, colorful lights in every direction. This form of expressive art has caught the eyes and minds of many intrigued beings and has become a new form of expression, meditation, and movement. Flowtoys, an...

Drag Queens on Ice

  Words: Kelly Leslie Photos: Melissa Burman Kim Chichi dazzles hundreds of people in Union Square, with her A-line cut, fire engine-red hair, and matching painted lips. Dressed in an all-black, glimmering gown, she confidently moves her slim body to the beat of 2009’s hit song by Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”. Always on point, and never missing a mark, it is obvious that she has performed a time or two in her life. This is only the beginning of the show, and the crowd is already going wild. Big hair,...

Haight for the Holidays

Words & Photos: Babak Haghighi Money. Power. Free beer. These are the things that drive the human life force, the latter of which was in no short supply at the Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk. “Happy Holidays” is damn right. Spirits were high, both in terms of mood and alcohol, at this makeshift block party. Free beer, free wine, free live music, free live art, and free good times. The handful of blocks that comprise the Lower Haight turned into the ultimate neighborhood holiday party on the first Friday of...

Artist Profile: Before the Brave

Words: Babak Haghighi Photo: Cassie Palmer The quintet takes the stage. The lights dim. The music begins. The sea of beanies that makes up the crowd starts to create waves as heads begin to bob. Jason Stevens’ powerful voice rips through the room and the voyage begins. Stevens is the frontman, accompanied by Kyle Teese on drums, Nick Morawiecki on electric guitar and piano, Steven Binnquist on bass, and Beth Garber providing backup vocals as she plays the organ. Together, they are Before the Brave, an up-and-coming indie-folk band from...

Hipster Holiday Gifts for Under $10

Words: Barbara Szabo 1. Amoeba Records Amoeba Records has an entire section with discounted vinyl, with records for as little as $1. That means you could buy your favorite hipster as many as ten records! (Amoeba Records, $1 and up). 2. Academy of Sciences Academy of Sciences holds an event called Night Life Thursday nights. There is usually a band or DJ that performs throughout the night, as well as a bar, and some weeks focus on a theme. For example, earlier this year, a Night Life was devoted to...

A More Human Experience

Words: Kenny Redublo  Waking up in the back of a crashed police car is never a good situation. Lee Everett crawls out of the wreckage, disoriented. The driver is gone and a shotgun is left unattended. Two shells left. It’s enough for now. Lee hears voices from every direction. Unfriendly voices. The cover of the woods should provide him enough time to figure out his bearings. Lee finds the driver, but something’s not right. His eyes are white and look at Lee with an animalistic hunger. Lee knows he’s just...