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Street artists unite the city during the pandemic

Diego Gomez stands in front of their mural holding a prop head of President Trump at Walgreens Pharmacy on 18th Street in San Francisco on Oct. 13, 2020. (Jun Ueda / Xpress Magazine)

Story by Rebecca Schupp and Photos by Jun Ueda & Rebecca Schupp

October 25, 2020

Art. It is all around us and there are many different ways of expressing it — whether it be visual or performance art. It is important to utilize creative muscles to create an escape as a form of therapy, especially during difficult times such as those we have faced this year. Something that emerge...

A journey to the walls of the de Young open

Artwork by Jocelyn Lee titled,

Story by Nia Coats and Scans of various artwork provided by Jocelyn Lee & Morgan Corbitt

October 21, 2020

Imagine playing monopoly and instead of landing on Boardwalk, the top hat lands on the most expensive San Francisco neighborhood — South of Market.  In this 406-acre district, the median income is nearly $200,000. The amount of money that a player would need to rent a 1-bedroom apartment is $72.12 per ...

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...

Beyond the Surface Level of IG Content Creators

Beyond the Surface Level of IG Content Creators

Story by Anne Lima, Photos by Paige Acosta

August 25, 2020

Editor's note: This article was written as a part of the Fall 2019 class but was not able to be published due to website issues. It seems as though when you tap into Instagram these days everyone is out here living their best life.  Between it being a Hot Girl Summer to a Spooky Season, many people’s an...

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...

A Raunchy Romp Through Literature

A Raunchy Romp Through Literature

Story and illustrations by Paul Kelly

May 12, 2020

Entering that balmy room on the fifth floor of the Rue de Montreuil from the novel cold always proved uncomfortable. My glasses fogged and my face warmed to a horribly Celtic shade of carmine. Evé Tournier’s, with whom I shared an odd relationship at the time, brown-back was bare and showcased the fres...

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 ...

Lockdown Looks

Shelbie Wayne's Night Out look.

Story Fernando Martinez

April 29, 2020

Our lives have unraveled with the coronavirus and sheltering-in-place. Any and all sense of order we may have had once got thrown out the window into the now more wild wilderness that is the outside world.  Many of our human interactions are now virtual. Well, significantly more now than before. No matter w...

Art doesn’t stop because of shelter in place

Art doesn't stop because of shelter in place

Ryce Stoughtenborough

April 28, 2020

The current state of our world is turbulent, to put it lightly. Amid the panic of COVID-19, every country, city and the people within it are faced with the uncertainty of the future. Although America has allowed occupations deemed essential to progress — putting millions of other Americans out of work ...

New music documentary explores 20 years of Coachella history

New music documentary explores 20 years of Coachella history

Amy Bigelow

April 26, 2020

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a distinctive part of the Southern California music culture. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, this annual event gives people a chance to discover different music genres all while enjoying live performances by some of their favorite musicians, even ...

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