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SF bloggers recommend places to visit in the city after lockdown

Pier 23 Cafe, San Francisco, CA. Image credits to Clara Rice & Pier 23 Cafe.

Story by Anne Lima

April 24, 2020

As we now enter a second month of this shelter in place protocol, many people have come to reminisce about the places and things they loved to do in San Francisco. From spending a Saturday picnic filled with music and dogs running around at Dolores Park or hiking up the trails of Twin Peaks. Yes, I ju...

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...

Out of the Fire, Up in the Air

A fire-fighting airtanker flies through a smoke-filled sky as it battles the Carr Fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. (Boone Ashworth/Xpress)

Boone Ashworth

December 21, 2018

A year and a half before the fire incinerated their community, before they fled a whirlwind of flames, before they lived in a makeshift tent on the charred remains of their property, Jeanette Hernandez and Doug Major watched as their home burned for the first time. Read More »...

City Surf

Elijah Kipp walks toward the water at Pacifica State Beach in Pacifica, California on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Travis Wesley/Xpress)

Jacob Tellkamp

April 13, 2018

It was the coldest day of the year in San Francisco. A low pressure system off the coast sent frigid winds and dismal surfing conditions to the shores of Linda Mar beach in Pacifica, California. In the parking lot, older surfers declare victory-at-sea from the confines of their cars. Many will retreat...

Reduce, Reuse, Restyle

Reduce, Reuse, Restyle

Carlos Mendoza

October 5, 2015

Hair stylist Lexi Hernandez prepares model Kelsey Hernandez’s hair before the San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week Green Glam Fashion Show in San Francisco Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Alex Kofman/ Xpress)   By Carlos Mendoza [dropcap size="50px"]A[/dropcap]s the room darkened, shades of floresc...

Soda Tax Goes Flat in SF

Alec Fernandes

December 17, 2014

This midterm election asked voters to further define where the nanny state ends and the freedom to be reckless begins. What Americans can and cannot do often hangs in the balance between personal freedom and public safety, with arguments spanning every arena from gun ownership to mandatory health car...

Homeless Migration

Alec Fernandes

December 13, 2014

The number of people living on the streets of San Francisco has changed recently. Here is a look, Life in San Francisco can be encapsulated by a single phrase: You get what you pay for. The cost of living has been steadily increasing as young professionals recognize the City by the Bay’s appeal ...

A new oasis for SF drag

Chantel Genest

December 12, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MN_0VIOxYI&feature=youtu.be Trannyshack has spent the past twenty years performing in various venues and touring around the world, but this New Year’s Eve, San Francisco’s longest-running drag show will find a permanent home in the SOMA district Drag star H...

Cheapskate’s Guide to Drinking in San Francisco

Ivane Lund-Soyombo

December 10, 2014

Living in a city that is home to over six hundred bars and restaurants as well as a ton of eccentric characters has its perks. But between attempting to afford San Francisco’s increasingly high rents, school supplies, and student loan interest to pay off, I can not afford to spend money on whate...

Chicago Review: All that jazz

Airha Dominguez

December 8, 2014

A line of sultry female dancers in thin black tights and skimpy costumes sing and dance in wooden chairs for the “Cell Block Tango” a song that narrates how these murderesses finish in jail. The performance is one of the twenty-two performances of Chicago the musical that closed its U.S. tour...

Kosher, that’s how they roll

Catherine Uy

December 8, 2014

The air is somewhat cold and there is an intoxicating scent of fish and salt water. Inside the South San Francisco warehouse is a beehive of activity: people answer phones, work on their computers, some with hairnets carry large coolers. There is a fresh catch in from Hawaii, a shipment of kampach...

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