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Empty: San Francisco during COVID-19, A City on Pause

Video by Ryce Stoughtenborough

April 7, 2020

The streets of Downtown San Francisco are barren of the bustling city life after the recent shelter-in-place enacted in response to COVID-19. The ceasing of tourism and public activities has created a surreal scene of emptiness—a feeling seldom felt in the city. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRYUkRx69qk    

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...

The Loud Voices of a Quiet Print

The Loud Voices of a Quiet Print

Kiana Fillius

April 15, 2018

Seniors of the Women and Gender Studies department at San Francisco State University slowly filtered through the door of room 131 in the Humanities building. Most of the tables and chairs were pushed towards the walls of the room, leaving only two tables in the center. The seniors took their seats ar...

City Surf

City Surf

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...

Comedy Godfather, City Outsider

Comedy Godfather, City Outsider

Boone Ashworth

April 13, 2018

“Humans! Listen to my face hole!” Tony Sparks has been on stage long enough to know how to capture attention. He stands behind the mic at a sparsely occupied bar on a Monday night. He is two acts into an open mic show. “Hey, humans!” Sparks shouts from inside the spotlight. “Even y’all in the ...

The Summer of Love: How San Francisco is Recognizing the Iconic Movement

The Summer of Love: How San Francisco is Recognizing the Iconic Movement

Jacqueline Haudek

June 1, 2017

Visitors peer in on colorful artifacts and psychedelic motifs, some stop to take selfies in a light show room where multi-colored waves splash against the walls, and some are dressed in their own throwback clothes, wearing colorful dresses and sky-high platforms. The “Summer of Love Experience: Art,...

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Jennah Feeley

December 7, 2015

Dolores Piper (left), great aunt of Derrick Gaines, and Gaines’ half-brother Michael Red (right), 7, pose for a portrait in their home in South San Francisco. Gaines, 15, was fatally shot by South San Francisco Police Officer Joshua Cabillo on the night of June 5, 2012. Photographs by Joel Angel Ju...

An Uncertain Move for San Francisco’s Sex Workers

An Uncertain Move for San Francisco’s Sex Workers

Sean McGrier

December 6, 2015

Marion Pellegrini, core staff member at St. James Infirmary, poses for a portrait in the lab where he draws blood for various tests for patients. The clinic provides healthcare and social services for current and former sex workers of all genders and sexual orientations. Photo by Emma Chiang   By Sean McGrier...

When Preparation Becomes Risk

When Preparation Becomes Risk

Carlos Mendoza

December 6, 2015

Michael Slater, 27, presents his Truvada pill - a medication that prevents HIV by 99 percent. Photos by Martin Bustamante By Carlos Mendoza Two and a half years ago Michael Slater, a 26-year-old homosexual, received the worst news of his life. While supporting a friend who was afraid that he was e...

Between the Old and New School

Between the Old and New School

Alex Kofman

December 6, 2015

Photographs and story by Alex Kofman Coffee shops, bars and restaurants are typically places people have in mind when considering where to meet their friends. They want a place where they can all come together to catch up, share a few stories, and spill the latest gossip. The barbershop, just lik...

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