Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The day Jerry Cimino opened the Beat Museum in North Beach, he put out a sign: The museum w ... More >>
Films with Bay Area ties.
Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens
A tribute to an unsung maverick of beatnik culture
In search of an ephemeral, glowing blue sphere in the music of Animal Collective
Our critics weigh in on local exhibits
The life and times of a dead Beat, in Visions of Kerouac
A Berkeley woman's efforts to deliver banned medicines and other goods to Iraq arouses federal ire
From their odd sushi bar on a seedy corner of the Mission, world-famous dancers Hiroko and Koichi Tamano try to preserve a bizarre, mysterious art
Compulsive Numbers, retro-refracted Flaming Stars, and filmmaker Peter Sempel
Film Reps List for 1-9-2002
Bruce Conner, the greatest artist you don't know, uses our Peter Byrne for image-honing purposes. We use Conner to get you to pick up the paper.
After decades of being misunderstood, novelist and gay icon John Rechy is fighting back -- and making Hollywood take notice
Performance artist Laurie Anderson puts a modern musical spin on a classic American novel
Two new CDs devoted to Kerouac and Ferlinghetti show what's good -- and bad -- about romanticizing the beats
Since the '60s, the Ananda Church of Self-Realization has grown from a Northern California commune into a worldwide New Age empire. Its leader has grown fond of sex with young believers.
Kronos Quartet blends history, cultures, and classical music
Chet Helms and his Avalon Ballroom were the heart and soul of the Summer of Love. Thirty years of stupid business moves later, love is all that's left.
A new quarterly magazine claims to promote a "cultural revolution" among young Jews
The demons -- personal andfantastical and pop cultural -- that have shaped the art of a San Francisco illustrator
Verbal Prankster Mal Sharpe and his partner, Jim Coyle, bushwacked San Francisco in the early '60s, posing absurd man-in-the street questions to the unsuspecting. Taping the encounters, the dup invented a shtick that was part comedy, part performance art