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What musicians have gained in the era of COVID-19

Pictured, Taylor Lee Cook. Provided by Taylor Lee Cook
December 11, 2020

Matthew Gilbert, a Stanford University graduate student researching musicology, moved back home with his parents in San Diego when shelter-in-place orders were issued in March as a response to the rapid...

The world is on fire

Lisa-Zimmer Chu, Jamie Northrup, and Jeanne Leimkuhler paint the natural wildlife section of the mural on Nov. 7, 2020, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s confirmation. Valencia Street, where Clarion Alley is located, was crowded with San Franciscans celebrating his victory. (Saylor Nedelman / Xpress Magazine)
December 10, 2020

As climate change and wildfires drastically alter our ecosystem, environmentalists and artists are looking for innovative ways to amplify the message that our world is on fire. For local members of Extinction...

Stay sane during quarantine with WGS 593

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December 9, 2020

Editor’s note: The author is a student this semester in WGS 593: Gender, Health, and the Environment. This article features a collection of infographics from the class which we’ve included with Issue...

Social and safe

 J.Worra performs a DJ set at The Midway on Friday, October 30, 2020.
Entertainment industry adapts to San Francisco restrictions
November 19, 2020

Midway Events: Popular music and event venue, The Midway, is keeping dance culture alive with social distance concerts. By partnering with major house music labels such as Dirtybird, Desert Hearts,...

Holy common ground

Gaia the Empress shows off her jewelry, which carries spiritual significance, in the garden of Sword and Rose, after purchasing new gemstones on October 14, 2020.
Highlighting the connections between religions in a time of division
November 18, 2020

While meandering through the meditation garden that sits on the coastline of Southern California, Sister Sarala, a nun in the Self Realization Fellowship’s (SRF) monastic order, explained her belief...

Rising Star Kiyomi steps into the Bay Area music scene

Rising Star Kiyomi steps into the Bay Area music scene
November 17, 2020

Union City’s own Kiyomi is bringing a new type of R&B into the Bay Area scene. After releasing her debut EP in February 2019, “Solara Sunsets,” the young, rising artist is paving her way into...

SF State student demands a seat at the table for Mexican, Chicano culture

Three varieties of Molcaxitl tacos sit in a biodegradable plate along with two lime slices and sliced radishes, ready to be served at the Outer Sunset Farmers’ Market in San Francisco on Oct. 25, 2020. (Emily Curiel / Xpress Magazine)
Nomar Ramirez, a 21-year-old business student, opened Molcaxitl to serve Indigenous Mexican food to the community and keep traditional cooking alive
November 16, 2020

“Molcaxitl” — pronounced (MOL-CAH-SHEE-TL) in the Nahuatl language, meaning mortar and pestle — is the name that 21-year-old Nomar Ramirez, a business student at SF State, gave his virtual food...

Cancel culture frenzy: decoding a societal phenomenon

Photo by Dan Dejesus
November 6, 2020

What comes to mind when the word “canceled” pops up? In one context it would mean a favorite television show not renewed for another season. It could also mean an event or party you were going to attend...

Entering the healthcare frontlines

Illustration by Erica Gray
Recent SF State Nursing graduates enter the work field in an unimaginable way
November 5, 2020

A family walked into Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to care for their one-month-old newborn, who had recently tested positive for COVID-19. As Joanna Stephenson, a nurse of only six months,...

Lockdown skin care

Lockdown skin care
November 2, 2020

Skin care can seem like an afterthought during times of civil unrest, a looming virus and one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. But according to Dr. Zion Ko Lamm and Dr. Renée Beach,...

Exploring sound healing during lockdown

November 2, 2020

Finding Solace: Music is a universal language. There’s no question about it. A special power comes from rhythms, sounds and melodies of drums formed in repetition that convey emotion and allow it...

Say their names

A family slowly winds through the “Say Their Names” exhibit installed at Klyde Warren Park. Many attendees recorded their experiences on camera in Dallas, Texas. (Omar Morales / Xpress Magazine)
Pop-up memorial honors Black people killed by racism
October 28, 2020

Hundreds of residents visited Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 17 to honor the lives of Black people killed by racism. The “Say Their Names” memorial is a traveling installation that hopes...

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