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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...

Freedom, Politics, and RVs on Lake Merced

An RV is parked on Lake Merced Boulevard in San Francisco, California.

By David Sjostedt and Photos by Harrison Rich

February 18, 2020

“They’re just going to try and kill freedom,” says Michael Stoddard as he stared at the dirt beneath his fingers. His hands are clasped in the air, as if holding a powerful orb he can’t take his eyes off of. “There’s going to come a time when they’re going to try and corral people. I lo...

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...

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...

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...

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Joshua Chan

May 21, 2019

On Market Street in San Francisco near the Montgomery BART station, there’s a tiny, sleek storefront with a black sign reading “CAFE X.” It blends in with pretty much every other piece of brutalist, almost oppressively gray concrete architecture around it. At first glance, it looks like its almost...

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 ...

Punks Against Patriarchy

Apr 13, 2019 (James Chan)

Chloe McDaniels

May 17, 2019

In a dark bar illuminated by neon lights, bodies clad in an array of colored leather and latex make their way from the wood-top bar to the front of the stage. A purple light casts down as NEON takes their positions on stage. Drummer Chelsey Del Castillo smacks her drumsticks together to click the band...

Need an Emergency Lyft?

Need an Emergency Lyft?

Megan Jimenez

May 14, 2019

Nothing says ‘welcome home’ more than throwing up a week’s worth of food. Sheila Huitron was puking her guts out for days, upon her return to San Francisco after a couple weeks’ long vacation to Indonesia. “I couldn’t keep any food down at all,” she stresses. “Because it lasted for...

Prepared for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

Prepared for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

Joshua Tuffs

May 13, 2019

It’s not a pleasant sound, but a familiar one to San Francisco locals. BWAAAAHHHHHHHHH. At exactly noon, every Tuesday, across the city from one hundred and nine sirens, a fifteen second wail can be heard. “This is a test” the voice of now-retired KFOG radio host, Dave Morey, says. “This...

Building Pyramids

Building Pyramids

Jacob Tucker

April 11, 2019

Jose Garcia is living the American Dream. The twenty-one-year-old Bakersfield, California resident’s family immigrated to America from Mexico when he was eleven. He grew up getting into trouble, getting kicked out of school and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Though he came from a broken family,...

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