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Exploring the digital frontier of large-scale entertainment

Screenshot taken during a video call with Raymond Oppenheimer exploring video manipulation

Story by Christian Cabang

September 28, 2020

Capturing the emotional impact of a live performance through a small box on Zoom is a problem that worries the founder and artistic director of The Marsh Theater, Stephanie Weisman. The Marsh Theater in San Francisco provides varieties of live entertainment and is described as “a breeding ground for new...

“Would you like your lashes for here, or to go?”

“Would you like your lashes for here, or to go?”

Story by Nia Coats and Illustrations by Eloise Kelsey

September 28, 2020

Increasing revenue is one of the most important needs of a company. Finding new ways to sell products has always been about innovative business strategy.  Many times revenue is increased through the innovation of making products better and more accessible to consumers. One such revenue-making idea that incorporat...

Media Literacy for Revolution

Media Literacy for Revolution

Story by shaylyn martos and Video by Camille Cohen, Siobahn Eagen, Harika Maddala and shaylyn martos

September 21, 2020

Remember, if you will. September of 2019. A viral Facebook joke urged thousands to “Storm Area 51, They can’t stop all of us.” 30,000 people RSVP-ed online, and around 6,000 people traveled to the Nevada desert, according to a spokesperson. Some camped out for weeks. I sent plenty of “When I get my alien from Area-51” memes to frien...

Spiritual Holistic Medicine

Spiritual Holistic Medicine

Story and photos by Andrea Williams

May 12, 2020

“Nature is alive and talking to us. This is not a metaphor.”- Terence McKenna  Humans have had a sacred relationship with nature for thousands of years. Nutritious plants, fruits and roots kept our bodies strong.  Few things feel as sweet and grounding as relaxing with sunshine on your skin. Pr...

The devil you don’t know

The devil you don't know

Story by Ryce Stoughtenborough and Illustration by Patrick Tamayo

May 12, 2020

He’s been tied to hundreds of heinous crimes throughout history, often pinned as the alleged influencer. Hollywood has profited heavily off his presence in films like “The Witch,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist.” He goes by different names to ...

What’s wrong with weed?

What's wrong with weed?

Story by Shelley Wang and Photos by Paige Acosta

May 12, 2020

Within the state of California, marijuana has been legal and decriminalized for years. Yet, many people still choose to believe the various stigmas attached to this controversial plant. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Two decades later, in 2016, the...

Athletic Performance: What’s weed got to do with it?

Athletic Performance: What's weed got to do with it?

Story and photo by Diani Ellis

May 12, 2020

“I just love weed man!” said former NCAA college athlete Nate Jacob.  Like many other college athletes, Jacob was once part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association at his school. The NCAA, according to their website, is a non-profit organization “dedicated to the well-being and lifelo...

Give a girl a motorcycle

San Francisco and Sacramento Litas gather for a memorial ride.

Story by Clara Applegarth and Photo provided by Kimmie Herrera

May 12, 2020

“My excitement for moto comes from the adrenaline,” said Tish Yodatee, co-founder of the all-female motorcycle collective Bay Area chapter “The Litas.”  “The power, the freedom. Being in the open. Feeling the wind push against my body. Being able to crank the throttle and take off.” Th...

A party animal guide to safer sessions

A party animal guide to safer sessions

Story and photo by Sam Joson

May 11, 2020

Well, the 2020 festival season is cancelled.  But will that stop true party animals from doing their thing? Probably not. While it’s important to take necessary precautions to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19, it’s equally important to remember a few things that won’t disappear with...

Here for the music, not harassment

Here for the music, not harassment

Story by Amy Bigelow and Photo by William Wendelman

May 11, 2020

With ticket and ID in hand, I anxiously stood with my feet apart while a security guard patted me down right outside the main entrance. An industry standard, this protocol has become second nature to a concert junkie like myself. Once inside the venue, I took my place at the barricade and watched pe...

Reading In Shelter

Reading In Shelter

Story by Anne Lima

April 30, 2020

Currently, as local libraries and bookstores follow shelter-in-place guidelines, many avid readers have turned to e-books and audiobooks that can be accessed through public library websites. Digitized book services like Kindle and Audible offer low cost (under $10) to free e/audiobooks that readers ...

What does it mean to be productive in a global pandemic?

What does it mean to be productive in a global pandemic?

Story by Fernando Martinez

April 21, 2020

The coronavirus is the most trendy topic in the world right now, and rightfully so. Thousands of people have died, millions are without jobs and the ways in which we have been viewing the world are being challenged. Questions of what and who is “essential” in our economy, and thus in our society, are ma...

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