Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PUNK-LIT SPIT 'N SHINE

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Oh, how we love Sister Spit — that incubator of radical feminist artists and punk-lit creators, host for two decades of some the best Bay Area spoken word performances. But the performance series (birthed by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson back in 1994, and then again in 2006) may well hold more significance to those outside of the Bay. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST YEARLY WIDDERSHINS

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How long does it take to make a tradition? Surely a longevity spanning four decades denotes a yearly gathering that has taken hold of a group's psyche. If this is indeed the case, consider the pagan faction Bay Area Reclaiming's Spiral Dance a full-blown, locally born folkway. The rite takes place each year during the Halloween season, or Samhain, as the pagan holiday of death and regeneration is best known. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GAY LEATHER BIKER ROCK AND ROLL RESURRECTION

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When it was announced in 2011 that legendary Soma gay leather biker bar the Eagle Tavern was closing, much of the queer population was stunned. Sure, although charitable Sunday afternoon beer busts and renowned Thursday Night Live local rock showcases were packed, the large bar and patio were not exactly swarmed the rest of the time — and the owners had recently sunk much of their money into the revamped Hole in the Wall Saloon. But the Eagle's closure became a flashpoint for what many saw as the homogenization of SF's gay population and the gentrification of traditional queer spaces. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BEAUX-ARTS REVIVAL

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After 33 years of provoking thought and conversation about contemporary ideas and letters, City Arts and Lectures has a brand-new venue for hosting its famed series of onstage chats with boldfaced names (recent roll-call: Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Guest, Zadie Smith, Jaron Lanier, Marc Maron, Jhumpa Lahiri). But the Nourse Theater isn't actually new at all — it was built in 1927, which makes it nearly as old as the Castro Theatre. The late Beaux-Arts beauty, once used as the High School of Commerce theater, sat neglected and closed for over 30 years. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013 Editors Picks: City Living

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CITY LIVING

EDITORS PICKS

Editors picks are chosen by Guardian editors for special recognition for brightening the Bay Area experience.

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Best of the Bay 2013: BEST MIDWEEK THROWDOWN

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For fans of great house music, packed dance floors, cute crowds, and sweating out the workweek, Wednesdays are the new Fridays, thanks to the stellar Housepitality party crew. Promoters and DJs Mikey Tello and Miguel Solari, along with about a dozen fantastic resident local DJs, bring in international underground superstars every week to get us over hump day (and play havoc with our Thursday mornings). Read more »

BEST THREE-POINT SWISH

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At first, the idea of opening a successful gay sports bar in the Castro might have struck some as either a shameful back-in-the-closet move (only manly men allowed, no swishing!) or another apocalyptic omen of gay assimilation (we've become the jocks who beat us up!). But then you watch the diverse crowds — including, yes, the swishy — pack into Hi Tops to cheer on our major championship teams and our lesser-recognized sports organizations and heroes. Read more »

BEST SECRET VERSE

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Tired of hum-drum literary events involving lecterns, monotones, and rumpled suit jackets? Has Janey Smith got the antidote for you. One part poetry reading, one part beer bust, and one part urban exploration escapade, literary gatherings at the Squat turn the pedestrian concept of a reading into a situational ritual. Read more »

BEST BAWDY BOWIE WORSHIP

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It takes a lot to stand out in this town. Bands and entertainers are a dime a dozen, and quality cover or innovative, hilarious "tribute" acts fill venue lineups year-round. The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, however, is a glittery entity all its own. Raucous and roiling with glam-rock glee, it's an orgasmic sensation of all things David Bowie wrapped in tinfoil and pumped full of sparkly gospel soul. Read more »

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Robert Trujillo

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Born and raised in the Bay Area, Robert Trujillo is a visual artist and father who employs the use of illustration, storytelling, and public art to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect the artist's cultural background, dreams, and political and personal beliefs. "My motivation to do what I do is to be a positive and nurturing influence on my son," he says. Read more »