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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.
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...

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

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...

Beneath the leather and Latex

Beneath the leather and Latex
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...

Keeping faith in: four generations of Santeria

Photo 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...

The San Francisco Coffee Rush

The San Francisco Coffee Rush
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...

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
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...

The Loud Voices of a Quiet Print

The Loud Voices of a Quiet Print
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...

City Surf

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

Comedy Godfather, City Outsider

San Francisco's
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...

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

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

The Aftermath

The Aftermath
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...

An Uncertain Move for San Francisco’s Sex Workers

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.
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...

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