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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...

Keeping faith in: four generations of Santeria

Photo by Paige Acosta

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...

The rules of the road

Kanya Velichansky poses on her Harey Sportster at the Litas SF x Litas Sacramento bike wash for Harley-Davidson Sacramento on June 8, 2019.

by Clara Applegarth and photo by Kimberly Herrera

December 9, 2019

One, make a staggered formation. Two, watch for the pacemaker’s hand signal. And three: ride your own ride. These are the rules of the road. “I think it’s not so much about doing it because only men do it,” said Katya Velichansky, founding member of the Bay Area chapter of The Litas motorcy...

The San Francisco Coffee Rush

The San Francisco Coffee Rush

by Anne Lime and photos by Harrison Rich

December 9, 2019

Some people call it a three-course meal during a busy day or week. Some call it a vice, and others say the day literally doesn’t start without it. It’s used as a way to break the ice over business or a date. A good cup of coffee really goes a long way in making our day, and the city isn’t sho...

Top 10 albums of 2019

Top 10 albums of 2019

by Amy Bigelow & Chloe Mcdaniels

December 9, 2019

The best albums of the year picked by music radicals Amy Bigelow and Chloe McDaniels.  Listen to our favorite tracks on each album with the Spotify playlist provided. Chloe's top 5 albums FKA twigs MAGDALENE From start to finish it is a pure masterpiece. It’s hypnotizing. Dire, doleful, deep. Distorted vocals sound a...

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

No such thing as personal space as concertgoers crowd the floor of the Mezzanine during the first performance on Sept. 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California

By Amy Bigelow and Photos by William Wendelman

October 30, 2019

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...

The D.R.A.M.A. of Punk

(Left to Right) Monica Ramos, singer/guitarist, Aimee Belden, drummer, and Krista Delosreyes, bassist also known as D.R.A.M.A. are practicing in their shared space on Sept. 30. 2019.

story and photo by Chloe McDaniels

October 30, 2019

A metronomic drum click, guitar feedback, lingering bass chords, screeching guitar riffs and howling vocals are faintly heard outside the closed door of room 304. In the heart of downtown San Francisco, off Turk Street and up a flight of stairs, lies a place where ear plugs are recommended, but not re...

Through the Lens of Sustainable Fashion

Illustration by Chloe McDaniels

Karishma Patadia

October 5, 2019

From layering patterns and mixing fabrics to combining various cultures into an outfit, fashion is both a form of art and visual expression. However, fashion also contributes to major outlets of exploitation and overproduction across the world.  Fast fashion promotes the overconsumption of manufacturing cloth...

Women in Film

Natasha Sharapova is a woman documentary filmmaker in the Bay Area(Xpress Photographer William Wendelman)

Janae Rodriguez

September 23, 2019

In an industry often dominated by their male counterparts, many Bay Area women are paving a path for themselves via their passion for filmmaking. A 2018 study by San Diego State University found that women only made up 20% of all writers, directors and producers of the year’s top 250 domestic grossing...

Women on Wheels

Alice Thiu poses for a portrait with her custom-made bike from her bicycle company THESIS at Crissy Field in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, October 12th, 2018. (Mira Laing)

Mira Laing

May 30, 2019

Alice Thiu poses for a portrait with her custom-made bike from her bicycle company THESIS at Crissy Field in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, October 12th, 2018. (Mira Laing) More pictures on this subject on my website: miralaing.com         ...

What’s Lost in Translation

What’s Lost in Translation

Annie Gieser

May 20, 2019

More than a cluster of words or a set of grammatical rules, a language is a flash of the human spirit, the filter through which the soul of each particular culture reaches into the material world. A language is as divine and mysterious as a living creature. –Wade Davis An act of decolonization is ...

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