The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

A photo of a person popping bubble wrap in front of a microphone on May 9, 2022. (Xpress Magazine / Paris Galarza)

Why do People Love ASMR?

Justine Brady, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  Long nails lightly tap against a microphone, the sound of cards shuffling as fingers slowly graze each card in the deck. These are just a few of the noises that send waves of tingles down Mia...

A clean prep station in Pizza Amigos on May 8, 2022. (Abraham Fuentes / Xpress Magazine)

The Mystery Shrouding Ghost Kitchens

Albert Gregory, Managing Editor / Copy Editor
May 13, 2022

  On a narrow street in Oakland, tensions are simmering.    In what was once considered a quiet neighborhood, residents are awoken by the sound of delivery trucks dropping off supplies...

A photo illustration compiling excerpts from different sex education material throughout the 1900s and early 2000s and a photo by Mario Suriani from the Associated Press showing AIDS research advocates in the 1983 New York pride march. (Oliver Michelsen / Xpress Magazine)

The Search for Queer Sex Ed

Emily Cardenas, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  When Gordon Nipper had his first exposure to sex education, he was in the fifth grade. Even at the time, he didn’t feel that what he was learning applied to him. It was the experience itself...

Jaime Hiraishi, a partial owner of Wine Down SF, pours a glass behind the bar at the SoMa location on May 7, 2022. Whenever possible, the owners source “natural wines” and try to support other minority-owned businesses. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Cheers to Women-Owned Bars

Caroline Raffetto and Anne Kristoff
May 13, 2022

  Jaime Hiraishi stands behind the bar at Wine Down SF and peers out at customers toasting and enjoying a glass of wine during happy hour. It reminds her of when she and her business partner Sarah...

Photo illustration by Morgan Ellis. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Forage for the Future

Justine Brady, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

In less than a month, Heidi Herrman will reunite with the ocean tides along the Sonoma coast, waiting patiently for the receding water of early sunrise. Herrman and her assembled team of 10 will soon load...

Alpha Acid Brewing Co. has food truck pop-ups every Thursday through Sunday, which allows their customers to grab a bite while they enjoy a beer in Belmont on May 8, 2022. (Bianca Heredia / Xpress Magazine)

Pop-up Culture — a Pandemic Trend on the Rise

Caroline Raffetto, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  Under a big white pop-up tent with string lights hung up inside and lively rock music playing in the background are foldable tables with three portable pizza ovens on top. On the yellow tablecloths,...

Ukrainian Folk Dance: Holding on to Tradition – Video

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer
April 15, 2022

This video was created to accompany the story Greet Them With Bread and Bring Forth The Salt! by Lorena Garibay.

The interior of Neon Works in Oakland on March 10, 2022. The 17,000-square-foot space houses lit up neon signs, along with works in progress, retired signs and all the tools necessary for bending and maintenance. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

For the Love of Neon

Justine Brady, Staff Writer
March 17, 2022

  As the warm golden glow of the San Francisco sunset exits the city, the Castro is once again lit up by the mesmerizing, bright light of the multicolored neon lights of the Castro Theater. At...

Heartlife heads out for his afternoon surfing session with his son Kai. His partner Lissen LevChaya said that being near the ocean is an essential part of their lives and happiness. (Saskia Hatvany / Xpress Magazine)

Close to the Heart

Saskia Hatvany, Editor-in-Chief
March 18, 2022

On a misty San Francisco morning in front of a crowd of excited children, David Heartlife stuffs a plastic bag into a magician’s hat and taps it with a magic wand. But this time, the disappearing act...

Vick Montaño logs in to their laptop from bed in Oakland on March 10, 2022. Montaño is a Two Spirit Yaqui and Mexica, also spelled Mexikah, designer and activist born and raised in Oakland. (Nicolas Cholula / Xpress Magazine)

Queer Indigenous Community Finds Spaces Online Amid Pandemic

Emily Cardenas, Staff Writer
March 17, 2022

Prior to the pandemic, Sharon Marcos attended the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits, BAAITS, powwow. She enjoyed being surrounded by her friends, scanning through rows of booths where vendors sold handcrafted...

Owner of Gold Leaf Ink, Regina “Push” Estrada, tattoos her apprentice at her studio on Feb. 10, 2022. (Garrett Isley / Xpress Magazine)

Old Scars, New Ink

Caroline Raffetto, Staff Writer
February 18, 2022

Every time Crystal Poon goes to pick up their tattoo gun, they catch a glimpse of the tattoo on their outer wrist. Their client reciprocates their gaze, and they get into a conversation about what it is....

 Entrance to Youth Spirit Artworks and its Tiny House Empowerment Village in Oakland on Saturday, December 4, 2021. (Cameron Lee/ Xpress Magazine)

Oakland’s ​​Tiny House Village Makes An Enormous Impact

Hunter Troy, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  Delilah Aviles, 20, has experienced what many are struggling with in the Bay Area:  homelessness. Yet, she radiates positivity.    “I like to take it day by day because my future is...

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