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Processing Life’s Problems One Laugh At A Time

Processing Life’s Problems One Laugh At A Time

by Fernando Martinez

March 24, 2020

The stage setup for the comedy show at Oakland’s All Out Comedy Theater consists of a lone, black microphone perched on top of its stand, sitting in between an elongated black-cushioned armchair. “The jokes you’re gonna hear tonight will be about mental illness. We’re not OK, and that’s OK,...

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Story by Andrea Williams

March 24, 2020

The entrance to the darkroom at San Francisco State University feels more like an entrance to a time machine than a printing room. The door consists of a small circular space, just big enough for about three people, with spinning metal walls that enclose its travelers in complete darkness before ope...

Food For Thought and Your Wallet

Food For Thought and Your Wallet

Photo story by Maddison October

March 20, 2020

Cooking on a college student’s budget is often difficult to do, but hopefully these recipes might help inspire some new additions that are relatively cheap and can last a couple of days. Some of the ingredients are “staples” that should in your fridge or your cabinets (such as honey, olive oil, butt...

Body Image Flashback

Body Image Flashback

Story and illustration by Shelley Wang

March 20, 2020

The early 2000s was “so fetch” as former mean girl Gretchen Weiners would say — from the Juicy Couture with Uggs sweatsuit fashion phenomenon, to the birth of primetime reality TV and celebrity tabloids galore.  Specifically, tabloid mania created a large amount of backlash for celebrity women a...

For the people, by the people

For the people, by the people

by Patrick Tamayo, archival photos courtesy of El Tecolote archives

March 20, 2020

A San Francisco plainclothes officer was shot and killed May 1, 1969. The officer and his partner had approached and confronted a group of men they suspected of possessing stolen items. A struggle ensued and one of the officers was shot dead. Several days later — like the start of a bad joke — four ...

The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City – Beach Slang

The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City – Beach Slang

Story by Amy Bigelow

February 25, 2020

With the recent release of their latest musical endeavor, Beach Slang will perform in San Francisco on March 31 at Bottom of the Hill during their upcoming tour, which kicks off next month. Their newest record delivers an energetic, unabashed attitude through a diverse range of instrumentation. Its mal...

Lost and found in style

Lost and found in style

Story by Fernando Martinez

February 25, 2020

Style. It’s the thing that you recognize when you see it and when you don’t.  An average virtual stroll on social media platforms today is filled with the styles of other people — whether they’re famous, not so famous or wannabe famous. This awards season the red carpets  have become st...

Cosmic Caveman

Cosmic Caveman

Story by Ryce Stoughtenborough and Photos by Maddison October

February 24, 2020

Brett Vanhorn was sitting in his Honda Fit Sport on the corner of Castro and 18th Street. He was shoveling globs of peanut butter into his mouth with the help of the handle of a plastic fork. Vanhorn is an artist, and it is not hard to tell from his car. Lilac, yellow and electric green paint smudge...

Beneath the leather and Latex

Beneath the leather and Latex

By Andrea Williams and Photos by James Wyatt

February 18, 2020

Editor’s note: There’s an erect penis in this story. Read our content warning about it. Nudity, leather, whips and bondage: there is nothing like San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair. For one Sunday a year, a portion of Folsom Street in the SoMa district transforms into a kinky wonderland. For decades, thousands of people have come together to celeb...

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

By Amy Bigelow and Photos by William Wendelman

February 18, 2020

As yellow lights scatter patterns of squares all across the 7,700-square-foot venue, onstage, a band is running through their setlist and tuning instruments. At Mezzanine, soundcheck for Ginger Root is nearly finished and its members are ready to captivate concertgoers with their opening performance. F...

Keeping faith in: four generations of Santeria

Keeping faith in: four generations of Santeria

By Izzy Alvarez and Photos by Paige Acosta

February 18, 2020

A thick haze from the incense lingers in the shop. The saint statues in the window displays attract passersby, but the pungent scent invites them in. The lively music evokes a Caribbean feel. Large vivid paintings of powerful figures hung from the white walls offer a glimpse into an unknown spiritual wo...

Does social media harm us?

Does social media harm us?

Janae Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

From the time we wake up to the time we lay our heads at night we are bombarded by filtered vacation photos, edited engagement pictures, blurred selfies and sometimes news. Social media has become the center of the world.  It can be hard to weed through what is real and what is fake — which can t...

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