VIDEO: Queer Rebels revitalizes QPOC performance art

December 11, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Through an “unapologetically, riotously gay” performance, Queer Rebel Productions is shaking out the rugs under which the histories of queer people of color have been swept. Partners in work and in life, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan saw an absence of spaces available for queer artists of color and, with a grant from the San Francisco ...

Bears! Bears! Bears! packs flurry of emotions in first full-length album

December 4, 2012 Life

After an arduous recording process, the band Bears! Bears! Bears! is finally ready to deliver its new album full of danceable doom and gloom. Self-described as “the Bay Area’s most depressing party band,” Bears! Bears! Bears! fell naturally into music that moves crowds emotionally through lyrics and physically through sound. The first full-length album, “All ...

Graduate student Gina de Vries sparks queer activism through writing

November 29, 2012 Life

In a tiny bedroom full of books and trimmed with pink Christmas lights, writer and activist Gina de Vries’ experience melds with her talent for fiction. While much of de Vries’ work is confessional and autobiographical, she incorporates fictional devices as well, from combining characters, putting real people in places they’ve never been, or just ...

"Hot & Heavy" book launch spotlights fatphobia issue

November 13, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Bold, bubbly and unabashed, Virgie Tovar is on a mission to transform the meaning of the F-word most weighed down in negative societal assumptions — fat. A sexologist, activist, coach, writer and vlogger, Tovar’s fight for body positivity and acceptance has most recently culminated in “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and ...

Poets share raw, unfettered material at New Sh!t Show

November 7, 2012 Life

Beyond old books and baubles in the depths of a basement performance space, New Sh!t is happening every second and fourth Thursday. The New Poetry Mission, also known fondly as The New Sh!t Show, has a decade of history in San Francisco, but was inherited and refocused by Sam Sax and Nic Alea just two ...

PHOTOS: Barbary Coast Burlesque bewitches boisterous bunch at The Depot

October 25, 2012 Life

Feathers and Spam and mimes, oh my! Students in The Depot on Wednesday night found themselves bouncing between the World Series broadcast and the silly, sexy stylings of the Barbary Coast Burlesque troupe. Returning to The Depot stage for the fifth consecutive year, Barbary Coast Burlesque delivered its classic cabaret with all its cheeky twists. ...

Politics gets sexy at Perverts Put Out! spoken word series

October 21, 2012 Life

From locker room fantasies featuring Paul Ryan, to binders full of men, the Perverts Put Out! Election Erection Edition provided a unique take on sex, politics and the upcoming election at the Center for Sex and Culture Oct. 20. One of the longest running performance series in the Bay Area, Perverts Put Out! was created by the ...

VIDEO: nerd JERK creator crochets her way to love

October 16, 2012 Life

Fast-talking and fun-loving, Stephanie Cortes has made it her mission to make people smile through her passion for nerdy crafting. The 29-year-old San Francisco native is the “geek mastermind” behind nerd JERK, an Etsy shop featuring handmade plushies, cross-stitched art, comics and more. The journey to designing her own geeky brand all started with a ...

Three cases of robbery reported at SF State

September 27, 2012 2 Comments

Three separate incidents of robbery were reported today at SF State, according to University police. Robbery suspect Kode Alan Smith was last seen in the area near the Cesar Chavez Center and the Bookstore, according to a statement from Chief of Police Patrick Wasley. Smith, 24, is suspected in two previous robberies at UC Berkeley. The release ...

Red Hots Burlesque makes steamy nights at El Rio

September 25, 2012 Life

In a flourish of feathers, sparkles, and sass, Dottie Lux invites voracious crowds to hoot and holler to their hearts’ content at Red Hots’ twice-weekly burlesque show. Red Hots Burlesque When: Wednesday and Friday evenings Where: El Rio Cost: $5-$10 on a sliding scale Patrons must be 21+ Wednesday and Friday evenings at El Rio ...

SF State students still waiting for ASI-proposed Queer Resource Center

September 18, 2012

Amiable chatter between friends gave way to tension when a small portion of SF State’s queer community met with two Associated Students, Inc. representatives to discuss the status of the Queer Resource Center. The Queer Resource Center was proposed last spring by ASI as a new safe space that would be accessible to all queer ...

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony returns with season opening concert

September 17, 2012 Life

With tinkling percussion and sure strokes of their bows, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony filled the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the beginnings of its 2012-13 season. Reunions abounded at the BARS season opening concert Sept. 15. For the first time since the symphony’s humble beginnings in 2008, Cyrus Ginwala, SF State professor and orchestra ...

Comic book sales thrive despite digital age

September 10, 2012 Life 2 Comments

While they have no armor, weapons or gadgets, comic books possess super strength when it comes to persisting through a declining market. The digital age has acted like kryptonite for many forms of print media, yet comics continue to sell to an ever-growing audience. And it’s not that print comics are simply surviving — they’re ...

PHOTOS: Comic Outpost hosts "Doctor Who" viewing parties

September 2, 2012 Life

Local Whovians flocked to Comic Outpost on Saturday evening to share giggles and gasps as they journeyed with Britain’s most beloved alien in an outrun from the Daleks for a seventh season. Though “Doctor Who” is the longest running sci-fi series of all time, having first aired in 1963, it has steadily gained fans since ...

SF State's Got Talent engages incoming student community

August 25, 2012 Life News

Welcome Days serve to get new SF State students acquainted with the campus, but only SF State’s Got Talent yields a fast track to on-campus fame. With everything from kung fu to beatboxing, the 2012 SF State’s Got Talent showcase gave first-time students a taste of their peers’ artistic abilities. An audience of 700 people filled ...

CSU enrollment eligibility tightens for transfer students

May 1, 2012

Transferring from a community college to a California State University once meant meeting the base requirement of 60 semester units. Now, applying with a specific associate degree will be the deciding factor between a smooth admission and a lengthy wait period. Though many students will be left hoping for enrollment eligibility, eight CSU campuses will ...

Music lovers celebrate legacy of vinyl records on Record Store Day

April 15, 2012 Life

With a renewed appreciation for tangible tunes, music fans are dusting off their old turntables and boomboxes for another spin. It can be hard to believe that vinyl records and cassette tapes are surviving in the age of digital music when even CDs have begun to lose their luster. But significant rises in sales and ...

PHOTOS: Conductor helps preserve legacy of SFSU Wind Ensemble

April 10, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Fifty musicians wielding saxophones, clarinets and bassoons bustled around the stage of McKenna Theater finding their places. Within a few minutes of beginning the concert, they were in perfect harmony, pumping out exuberant harmonies as their third concert of the semester began. This group is a very different from the SFSU Wind Ensemble that Martin ...

Tre Burt and a Big Gust of Wind breaks into San Francisco music scene

March 28, 2012 Life

Deadlines and self-promotion may not be his strong suit, but acoustic crooner Tre Burt is networking his way to becoming a musical staple of San Francisco. Burt, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, has played on nearly every stage available at SF State, many others in the Bay Area and in his hometown of Sacramento. With a captivating ...

Nonmonosexuality deserves recognition within LGBTQ communities

February 29, 2012 Opinion

The LGBTQ+ community may fly a rainbow flag, but if you don’t exactly fit into the L or G, things start to feel uncomfortably black and white. Without a niche to call their own, people with beyond gay, lesbian and straight identities–also known as nonmonosexual–find themselves under attack from both the gay/lesbian and straight ends ...

Local band capitalizes on viral YouTube video

February 28, 2012 Life

Before writing off that sixth installment of the latest YouTube video trend as an overdone joke, consider what might be accomplished from jumping on the bandwagon. James Guttman, a fourth-year marketing major at SF State and vocalist in the local band High Society, did just that. With his “Shit Band Guys Say” video, an offshoot ...

Recording industry has its eye on illegal downloads

February 28, 2012 Life

The time-consuming process of browsing the internet for cheaper alternatives to iTunes and Amazon might be worth it to the cash-strapped student, but only until the recording industry finds out. Internet users have been subject to lawsuits by businesses such as the Recording Industry Association of America for years, made even more serious by recent ...

Persistence pays off for indie band Rin Tin Tiger

February 17, 2012 Life

Through their own initiative, the organic, alternative-folk tunes of Rin Tin Tiger have reached listeners across the world. The band itself, however, has managed to keep its roots firmly planted in the Bay Area. The dual act of the Sullivan brothers, Kevin, on guitar and vocals, and Sean, on bass and vocals, joined forces with drummer ...

Indie-pop group French Cassettes returns to San Francisco

February 8, 2012 Life 1 Comment

It is largely through trial and error that the French Cassettes have become the band they are today. The indie pop quartet, consisting of Scott Huerta on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Thomas Huerta on bass, Mackenzie Bunch on guitar and keys, and Ben Isganites on drums, originally came together while attending high school ...

Proposition 8 ruling spurs San Francisco LGBT community rally

February 8, 2012

In celebration of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling of Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosted a community rally yesterday evening. As more than 100 marriage equality supporters filed into the center’s Rainbow Room, they were handed American flags and signs that read “Separate is Unequal” on one ...