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Across the Universe

June 3, 2013

By Babak Haghighi Writers find meaning in words. Musicians find it through notes, and artists through their art. Likewise, the astrophysics students who run the SFSU Observatory find meaning by looking at the night sky. It’s a rare starry night in San Francisco—at least as seen from the ro...

Barcelona After Dark

June 3, 2013

By Babak Haghighi It was my last night in Barcelona. The sangria-induced hangover was just starting to fade after a day full of Gaudí sightseeing, beach roaming, and paella eating. With an 8:16 a.m. train to Marseille, France the next morning, the smart thing to do would have been to have a low-key night—perhaps stay in at the hostel. But I...

It’s 5 o’ clock Somewhere

April 24, 2013

By Babak Haghighi Photos by Virginia Tieman “To alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” -Homer Simpson Let’s face it: for better or for worse, San Francisco has a drinking problem. Alcohol. Booze. Hooch. Sauce. Hard Stuff. Heaven in a bottle. Poison. Call it what you will, b...

Dance The Night Away

DJs Adrian (center) and Mysterious D (left)   play mashups in the main room of DNA Lounge. Photo by Andy Sweet

March 18, 2013

  By Babak Haghighi Photos by Andy Sweet Bootie is the best dance party in San Francisco. That’s a fact. The weekly mashup party is held every Saturday at DNA Lounge in SoMa. But “Lounge” isn’t entirely accurate. The place is massive, and each week’s party is appropriately...

Haight for the Holidays

Haight for the Holidays

December 22, 2012

Words & Photos: Babak Haghighi Money. Power. Free beer. These are the things that drive the human life force, the latter of which was in no short supply at the Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk. “Happy Holidays” is damn right. Spirits were high, both in terms of mood and alcohol, at this mak...

Artist Profile: Before the Brave

December 3, 2012

Words: Babak Haghighi Photo: Cassie Palmer The quintet takes the stage. The lights dim. The music begins. The sea of beanies that makes up the crowd starts to create waves as heads begin to bob. Jason Stevens’ powerful voice rips through the room and the voyage begins. Stevens is the frontman, acco...

Parks and Recreation: SF State Edition

Parks and Recreation: SF State Edition

December 3, 2012

Words: Babak Haghighi Photos: Alejandrina Hernandez Bob Flasher’s RPT 520 class is not your typical lecture. Flasher, or “Flash” as students call him, is not your typical lecturer. And SFSU’s Recreation, Parks, and Tourism department is not your typical academic program. If you enjoy a tediou...

Wet Burritos, Dry Humor

Self-described

November 7, 2012

Words: Babak Haghighi & Molly Sanchez Photos: Babak Haghighi Sharon Houston, a dark-haired comic from Los Angeles, stands in the oval of light cast on the dark stage of a Mission District venue. Behind her is a wall covered in murals from the gorgeous to the graphic. Squinting out at the giggl...

Sunday Streets: Western Addition Edition

September 24, 2012

Words: Babak Haghighi It is a beautiful, sunny Sunday in the Western Addition district of San Francisco. Bass is bumping and fists are pumping as a local house DJ puts on a show for his audience across the street from the Panhandle at the southern end of the Sunday Streets route. His unique, yet ...

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