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Miracle on 19th St: The Secret Life of a Mall Santa

Miracle on 19th St: The Secret Life of a Mall Santa

December 3, 2012

Words: Molly Sanchez Santa Claus is not supposed to take interviews. The official “Guide to Santa MEDIA Questions and Answers” put out by GGP Corporate Communications stipulates in screaming capital letters: “DO NOT RESPOND IN ANY MANNER TO ANY QUESTIONS THAT ATTEMPT TO MAKE YOU OUT OF CHARA...

The Sound of Gender

December 3, 2012

  Words: Ruby Perez Photos: Andy Sweet A thick layer of cigarette smoke hangs above the outdoor area of San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill as concertgoers cluster tightly next to one another and drunkenly converse. Here and there beer is spilled, as someone snakes their way through th...

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...

San Francisco’s Oldest Residents

October 24, 2012

  Words: Ruby Perez Photos: Alejandrina Hernandez, Andy Sweet & Ruby Perez The below information is a personal commentary by Ruby Perez on each location. She sat down with SF State’s Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences Karen Grove to discuss the city’s rich topography. San ...

A Sweeter Look at San Francisco

October 24, 2012

 Words and Photos: Jennifer Sandoval San Francisco is a city for foodies. More than any other American city, San Francisco has the highest per capita of restaurants, putting even New York to shame. The city-dwellers take pride in their abundance of small “mom-and-pop” shops and specialty food purveyors unique only t...

Simple Do It Yourself Gift Ideas

Simple Do It Yourself Gift Ideas

October 24, 2012

Words & Photos: Charlene Ng It’s that time of year again. One of the most anticipated and, simultaneously, dreaded times of the year: the holidays. It’s a time for family, friends, and of course, gifts. No matter which holiday is celebrated, holiday shopping can be a stressful experience. Not o...

Instagrammers of SFSU

Instagrammers of SFSU

October 24, 2012

Words by: Erin Browner Maybe it’s San Francisco’s love for the fusion of technology and photography, but Instagram is becoming a favored sharing platform. Users don’t have to be photographers, techies, or smart phone geniuses to appreciate the zillions of photos to explore on Instagram. There...

Instafame: Bex Finch

October 24, 2012

Words: Barbara Szabo Instagram photos: Bex Finch On February 12, 2012, Bex Finch, watched as Justin Vernon (the frontman of critically-acclaimed indie outfit Bon Iver) won a Grammy award for Best New Artist. She had been a fan of his for a long time. Little did she know, he had her eye on her as we...

Can I Get a LYFT?

Can I Get a LYFT?

October 24, 2012

Words: Barbara Szabo Chad Heimann is standing on the right side of the checkout counter at Guitar Center in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, placing a stack of coupons and flyers into a plastic bin, and gently sealing it shut with the accompanying blue lid. He looks up just in time to see ...

Kombucha Me Crazy!

Kombucha Me Crazy!

October 24, 2012

Words: Hassina Obaidy Photos: John Ornelas The strong aroma of vinegar filters the air of 26-year-old Lewis Scaife’s San Francisco flat. He’s well accomplished in the hobbies department, dabbling in hip-hop instrumentalism and whips up homemade ginger beer. His latest quest: brewing kombucha te...

Transforming into a Drag Queen

October 24, 2012

Words: Kayla McIntosh & Hassina Obaidy Photos: Deborah Svoboda Edgar Lepe takes a tube of red lipstick and begins to dab the bottom half of his freshly shaven face. Using a white cosmetic sponge, he blends in the red marks to cover up his subtle dark chin hair. Like an artist, Edgar paints his face ...

Caught in the Trap

Caught in the Trap

October 24, 2012

Words: Kayla McIntosh Photos: John Ornelas A small club in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood is buzzing this Thursday evening. The air is crisp. The temperatures are low. And the music is blaring. It’s 10 p.m. and Temple nightclub is in full swing. This is ground zero of the newest and tr...

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