Man caves perpetuate patriarchy

November 16, 2015 Opinion 388 Comments

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”427″][/media-credit]After a recent shuffle at my boyfriend’s house, he’s moved into a room with only one other person instead of two. I couldn’t be more excited about it, because that means I won’t have to wake up to a chorus of farts and guttural snoring whenever I spend the night. The ...

Roommates breed creativity in close quarters

October 10, 2015 Life

Two shadows stretched across a worktable cluttered with pencils, markers and box cutters. A plastic toy clock situated next to a palette of used paints blinked a bright green 1:19 a.m. In the early hours of the morning, San-Francisco-based artists Ace West and Michael Covington were the last of nine residents to fall asleep at the four bedroom, two ...

#Arthoe more than aesthetic appeal

September 29, 2015 Life Opinion

[media-credit name=”(Eva Rodriguez / Xpress)” align=”alignnone” width=”800″][/media-credit] Connecting like-minded people through images has produced some of the recent decade’s most interesting Internet subcultures. From the Adidas-obsessed monochromatic health goth to the 90’s-web-nostalgic sea punk, its evident when someone gets their fashion cues online. Arguably more productive than other Internet trends based on aesthetic congruence alone, art hoe is a movement whose ...

Fine arts gallery hosts California artists in PLAY

September 15, 2015 Life

The hands and minds of 17 California-based artists converged in a mixed-media show curated by the Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will present the artists’ interpretation on the way recreation shapes society Sept. 19 in its first exhibit of the semester, “PLAY: Process, Activism and Subversion.” Associate professor and Fine Art Gallery Director Mark Johnson said that the book “Homo Ludens” is ...

Creative minds converge at SF Zine Fest

September 1, 2015 Life

Competition for gallery space and limited resources have always been obstacles in visual artists’ careers. Fanzines, or zines, are one approach to surmounting this creative struggle. Zines are a self-published collection of images, illustration or text produced cheaply for small-scale circulation. For artists like SF State alum Derek Macario, zines are driven by self-expression rather ...

New Conductor Causes Fanfare in Music Department

August 25, 2015 Life

With a trumpet and conductor’s baton in hand, musician Brad Hogarth’s ambition has sent him across continents on every face of the globe to share his craft. Throughout his career, he has been invited to teach and perform classical music in over a dozen countries. His most recent professional endeavor brought him to SF State as the music department’s newest ...

University float represents queer community during the SF Pride Parade

June 29, 2015 Life 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’66814′] Riding in a pick-up truck bedecked with rainbow-colored streamers, SF State students and faculty joined the thousands of San Franciscans who flooded Market Street in support of the 45th annual Pride Celebration and Parade Sunday. This year’s parade came just three days after the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that vested the right ...

Guide to 2015 summer music festivals

May 19, 2015 Life

At the end of the claustrophobic tunnel of final exams, projects and term papers, the tiny light of summer sun holds the promise that better times are to come. With festival season straight ahead, the Golden Gate Xpress has compiled a guide to 2015’s most anticipated summer music festivals spanning from the northern forests to ...

ASI to draft policy to affect future of mural process

May 6, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66165′] By incorporating the voices of students, faculty and elected representatives, SF State’s murals have had a long-standing reputation of brazen social justice advocacy and demand for cultural visibility. “Approving a mural at SF State is a multi-step process structured to involve students and reflect campus passions,” said Associated Students, Inc.’s College of Liberal and ...

Personal struggles portrayed through masters thesis art show

April 22, 2015 Life

Rolling on a wheeled wooden frame in the corner of SF State’s Fine Arts Gallery, a queen-sized mattress enabled with motion detectors makes its way across the floor. It indiscriminately approaches anyone in close proximity in an attempt to seduce them into bed. “Bedfellows” is part of fine arts graduate student Randy Sarafan’s collection “Objects Behaving Badly.” The series is an ...

Mermaids, murder and love come to life in student playwright

April 21, 2015 Life 2 Comments

The sounds of accusatory shouts and heavy fist-pounding punctured the silent hillside neighborhood of Rockridge in Oakland as several sets of footsteps darted across the wooden floors of the cream colored cottage at the end of Pedestrian Way. Amongst the domestic upheaval, SF State creative writing major Adam Ambriz stood in the corner peering over his laptop, taking notes of stage direction as the actors of his play “Puddles” rehearsed ...

Rhythms Music Festival brings familiar faces and new Bay Area talent

April 14, 2015 Life

Under the vaulted ceiling of the Annex, a congregation of approximately 1,120 students ceremoniously raised their camera phones as rapper G-Eazy emerged from a veil of smoke into a single spotlight. Ambient background lighting gradually rose around the Oakland-born artist as he asked the crowd, “Are we turning the fuck up and raging our faces off tonight?” G-Eazy’s performance at SF State Friday was ...

Dancers to demonstrate women strength through concert

April 8, 2015 Life

Donned in gruesome face masks, members of SF State’s dance company’s writhed about the stage in a nightmarish dance of demons inspired from ancient Japanese folklore. The company’s upcoming dance piece, “Kijo,” is just one of the many multicultural works featured in this year’s University Dance Theater concert “Return and Renew.” The annual spring concert will exhibit the ensemble’s performance artistry through six ...

Student musician embraces sound to express spirituality

March 31, 2015 Life 1 Comment

Inspired by the bone-chilling gloom of winter, Cory Teese took up his guitar and transposed his melancholy feelings into chords. By springtime, Teese had emerged from a contemplative fog with the creation of his first album and his one-man band Flowers in the Fence. SF State English major Teese said he indulges his creative spirit ...

On-screen romance projects incorrect representation

March 31, 2015 Opinion

A friend and I recently happened upon John Green’s novel-made-film, “The Fault In Our Stars,” while looking for something to watch on TV. I tried to sit quietly through the movie’s cheesy dialogue, but after a few minutes I finally exploded into a hysterical tirade about how I hate plot lines similar to many of Green’s other novels.They ...

Professor discovers link between cold temperature and weight loss

March 17, 2015 Life 1 Comment

While most people consider dieting to be cutting out their favorite desserts or juice fasting with only fruit and vegetables, scientists are buzzing about the latest and possibly most extreme weight-loss regimen called cold diet, where one exposes themselves to below-freezing temperatures to shiver away the weight. Good Morning America reporter Becky Worley published an investigative video segment last month exploring ...

Cinema student rolls his way to success with skateboard brand

March 17, 2015 Life

At 17 years old, Sam Gershwin watched intently over his father’s shoulder as his experienced hands moved over the canadian maple to fashion Gershwin’s first home-pressed skateboard. As a woodworking craftsman, Gershwin’s father showed him the ins and outs of pressing his own boards in their garage at home. What started as a hobby, soon flourished into a business model that incorporated Gershwin’s love ...

“Learned Ladies” play educates using comedic satire

March 10, 2015 Life 1 Comment

Dressed in immaculately curled wigs and dramatic 17th Century garb, the characters of French classic play “Learned Ladies” pit love and knowledge against each other in an over-the-top family feud. SF State’s theater arts department debuted its spin on Moliere’s classic satire in the Little Theatre March 5. With a fast-paced whirlwind of verse and farce, the plot dials ...

Professor uses power of words to educate and entertain

March 3, 2015 Life

Looking out into a sea of eyes staring back at him, Javon Johnson reeled in the audience’s attention with wit and laughter. After a few jokes that eased the crowd with humor, he dove into serious words of insight with a loud clear voice that captivated the entire auditorium. Johnson, a professor of communications and poet Rudy Francisco shared ...

Dance artist expresses complex ideas through movement

February 25, 2015 Life

The dancer raised one arm and held it in the air to meet the pinch of sunlight creeping through the window. The slow piano music resonated out of the speakers, but it did not move her, she moved on her own terms. Her contoured muscles were redefined with each new line, using her wheelchair as a part of her emotional expression. “The movement tells me ...

Marginalized couples undergo stress, professor’s study shows

February 19, 2015 News

Sweat dampened Frankie Olivares’ palms as he linked hands with his partner and headed home from work. Even after a six-hour shift, the familiar feel of his boyfriend’s hand wasn’t enough to undo the bundle of nerves tightening in his stomach. Olivares, 26, is in a same-sex interracial relationship with a six-year age gap. Over the past year, Olivares and his ...

Gallery to sweep away art lovers with ocean atmosphere

February 19, 2015 Life

Sitting in a black room under a prismatic blue spotlight, surrounded by the sounds of the sea, art graduate student Anthony Wilson was swept up by the oceanic magic of the artwork that will be unveiled under the name Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea at SF State’s Fine Art Gallery Feb. 21. The show is part of an interdisciplinary examination ...

Alumna creates portrait series to transform sensitivity into strength

February 10, 2015 Life 2 Comments

An SF State alumna turned the camera toward herself, centered her face within the frame, smiled and snapped the photo. While most might see the picture as just another selfie, Spring 2014 graduate Jamie Oliveira used the photo as a response to the offensive verbal abuse she endured from an exboyfriend. Oliveira posted the selfie on Facebook, accompanied by the ex’s hurtful words, as a way to ...