Chillwave group, Washed Out, performs at Treasure Island Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
20 Oct 2014

Hip hop and electronic music alike draw thousands to the annual Treasure Island Music Festival

A cloud of marijuana smoke, a sea of dancing bodies and live, non-stop music engulfed Treasure Island this past weekend at the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival. The two-day

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Eva Treadway plays with her band, Big Range and the Rangers at The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress.
19 Oct 2014

Music and Giants fans celebrate together at the Depot

Fans merged last Thursday night when students celebrating the Giants win blended with concertgoers enjoying a four-band show at The Depot. The room took an hour to fill up completely

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Renowned jazz saxophonist, Greg Osby, tunes his instrument before conducting a jazz master class in Knuth Hall Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
18 Oct 2014

Renowned saxophonist lands in San Francisco, inspires young musicians with words and performance

Students gathered at Knuth Hall last Wednesday to view famous jazz musician Greg Osby who visited SF State to recite with his band as well as educate musicians and audience

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Painting by Damon Lee Johnson "Shuja" an artist featured at the exhibition at SF State in the art gallery showing of The Rose That Grew From Concrete art exhibit at The Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center had art on display of art works from individuals who are formally presently incarcerated.
17 Oct 2014

Campus art gallery partners with Project Rebound to share prisoners’ work

An intimate group, comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals, art gallery employees and a couple of SF State students, gathered on campus to discuss racial disparities and unjust treatment in the

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Sweethearts Kingston Faraday and Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, both actors in the film "Black is Blue," attend Queer Shorts, a screening of SF State faculty and alumni films on Thursday, October 9, 2014, in the Coppola Theater.
14 Oct 2014

LGBTQ short films honor the strength in coming out

SF State faculty and alumni received heartfelt gratitude from the audience after showcasing their short LGBTQ films during a screening in honor of National Coming Out Day. “Queer Shorts” was

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Serbian dancers perform Talija Art Co. dance routines, in the McKenna Theatre at SF State, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
13 Oct 2014

International dance troupe moves with color in first San Francisco performance

The dancers of Talija Art Co., clothed in brightly colored traditional dress, treated SF State to folk dances originating from the Balkan region for their first-ever San Francisco performance. Having

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The trumpet section plays during a rehearsal with the SF State Wind Ensemble in preparation for "A Honeymoon in Paris" Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
13 Oct 2014

New music conductor leads wind ensemble in first concert of the year

The smooth, rhythmic sounds of trumpets, flutes, saxophones and other wind instruments were guided by SF State’s new part-time music conductor Troy Davis last Thursday. The SF State Wind Ensemble

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People, artists and vendors gather together on Noriega St. for the first annual Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
12 Oct 2014

Ocean Beach Festival reaches new appeal with local bands to cultivate community in Outer Sunset

A new name, live bands and a committed group of business owners combined to make a fun day come together for residents of the Outer Sunset. The Ocean Beach Music

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12 Oct 2014

Spacious stage times at Treasure Island Music Festival eases stress of large events

Outkast and Massive Attack are headlining at the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival and if you are attending, there is no way you’ll be able to miss either performance,

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11 Oct 2014

Six of the University’s own are proud to premiere their original films at Now and Then

On the screen, a drag queen pranced through a crowd onto the stage at El Rio, a neighborhood bar in San Francisco, and demanded people to get off her stage

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Annette Bening sits in a dressing room in the Creative Arts Building Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
11 Oct 2014

Actress Annette Bening revisits alma mater and treats theatre and cinema students to inspiring talk

While a crowd of eager students stood in the halls awaiting her presence, actress Annette Bening slowly toured the rooms of her alma mater’s theatre department, reminiscing about directors she worked

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Xavier Galinro and Don Allen Stevenson III, actor and director of the film "Change," celebrate their Jury Award and being selected as Campus Finalists at Campus MovieFest SF State on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The film is one of four at SF State that will go on to be screened in Hollywood.
11 Oct 2014

Students’ film highlighting the gentrification of the Tenderloin to screen in Hollywood through Campus MovieFest

Xavier Galindo and co-director Don Allen Stevenson III thought they wouldn’t be able to premiere their first film together after encountering issues with lawyers and consent forms from actors. To

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Nick Moore, 26, watches a film at the first Food Awareness Month meeting at SF State in HSS 306 Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
07 Oct 2014

Inorganic foods lead the discussion during Food Awareness Month’s first event

Most people don’t think twice about picking up their local groceries from the supermarket. But where does that food come from? Every piece of food has a story behind it,

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Fair attendees walk over the Castro neighborhood's newly installed rainbow crosswalk during the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
06 Oct 2014

Castro’s new look is both opposed and welcomed at annual street fair

Rainbow-colored crosswalks, foul-mouthed puppet performers, people dressed in drag and live foreskin painting entertained many attendees in San Francisco’s Castro District last Sunday. The Castro Street Fair entered its 41st

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The crowd during Built to Spill's performance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Saturday October 4, 2014.
05 Oct 2014

Meet Dave Rapa, an SF State alum and performer at this past weekend’s Hardly Strictly Festival

A lifetime dream finally blossomed for Dave Rapa, a former SF State history major, when he performed live alongside his band mates in The Sam Chase and the Untraditional, at

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Sf State alumnus and co-founder of Señor SiSig Evan Kidera takes a break from his busy day to pose for a photo in front of his truck at the Soma Street Food Park Friday afternoon, Oct. 3, 2014.
05 Oct 2014

Senor Sisig food truck made alum’s dream of fusion cuisine a reality

After graduating from SF State and working in management for eight years, Evan Kidera realized that he needed to make a change in his life, specifically, a change in career

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Poet Stephen Ratcliffe reads excerpts from his book "Selected Days" in The Poetry Center Thursday, Oct. 2. Annastashia Goolsby / Xpress.
04 Oct 2014

Distinguished poet recipient of annual book award for nature-inspired works

Soft-spoken and tranquil are two words synonymous with Stephen Ratcliffe’s personality and poetry, the latter of which was honored with a special award on campus. Ratcliffe received the Poetry Center’s

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30 Sep 2014

SF State stars rise with the West Coast premiere of rock musical Yeast Nation

It’s a tale of two SF State actors; an alumna and student rejoining their craft in their roles as mother and son as they traverse through the beginning of life

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The Alexander String Quartet, starting from the left: Zakarias Grafilo on the violin, Frederick Lifsitz on the second violin, Paul Yarbrough on the viola and Sandy Wilson on the cello, perform at the Mckenna Theatre during the Liberal & Creative Arts Opening Day Festival at SF State in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
28 Sep 2014

The Alexander String Quartet shares the wonders of chamber music with all

A world-renowned string quartet has been quietly living in the Creative Arts Building, teaching music to students for more than 25 years. The Alexander String Quartet kicked off the opening

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SF State students Ethan Fry (left) and Kyle Merryman (right) perform William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" during the 2nd annual Opening Day Festival hosted by the College of Liberal & Creative arts Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Annastashia Goolsby / Xpress.
28 Sep 2014

College of Liberal and Creative Arts open their doors for student showcase.

The second annual College of Liberal and Creative Arts Opening Day gave students a reason to brag about their work Sunday afternoon in a festival full of talent and creativity.

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28 Sep 2014

Food Awareness Month kicks off to get students thinking differently about what they eat

Humans think about it constantly, always want more of it and can name our favorite kinds off the top of their heads. Some students may think they know everything about

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Host Imani Cezanne recites a formerly banned poem during Banned Books week in the Cesar Chavez Student Center Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
28 Sep 2014

Banned Books Week honors frequently challenged literature, including former professor’s banned work

SF State, an institution that prides itself on free speech and personal expression, is celebrating those values by hosting many events this week and applauding works of literature that have challenged

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SF State music professor Victoria Neve stands to take a bow after playing a musical sonata from the de Bellis Collection on the Clementi fortepiano in the J. Paul Leonard Library Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
28 Sep 2014

Music professor wows crowd with sonatas performed on piano made for original compositions

Dr. Victoria Neve was new to the sonatas she performed at a recital this Friday, but her performance did not feel novice when she began to play the keys of

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Alcatraz visitors observe Ai Weiwei's “Trace”, an art installation of over 175 portraits made entirely of LEGO, each face depicting a subject of political detainment, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
27 Sep 2014

Famous Chinese artist’s latest exhibition on Alcatraz Island explores freedom and restraint

Art and activism collide on Alcatraz Island in Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist’s latest exhibition—an exploration of freedom and restraint. Once a confinement for the nation’s most notorious criminals, the

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Characters Henry (Daniel Thibodeaux) and Laura (Kaitlin Clancey) get confrontational after a minor car accident in "One Man Show," filmed by alum Jonathan Salazar.
27 Sep 2014

Alumni team produce debut film from small budget and big dreams; set to show at SF State in October

“One Man Show” tells the story of a hopeful playwright’s dream gone wrong — a story an SF State alumni turned into their debut film with a small budget and

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Flags read, "Eat real at the Eat Real Festival" at its sixth annual three day local food festival at Jack London Square, Sept. 20, 2014 in Oakland, Cali.
23 Sep 2014

Eat Real Festival feeds the hungry and educates the curious

As a mixture of barbecue and sugary sweets wafted through the Oakland air in Jack London Square, Bay Area locals perused tons of food venders, Do-It-Yourself workshops and educational conventions

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Participants in Kink.com's exhibition team give a demonstration during Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
23 Sep 2014

Fetishes of all varieties fill the SoMa streets at the 30th annual Folsom Street Fair

In a crowd full of nakedness, accompanied by a sea of leather, live whippings and ball gags, nothing can compare to San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair. The largest fetish and

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Neda Atanasoski, a professor of femenist studies at UCSC, gives a lecture on life after the war for people living in Bosnia and Herzegovina Thursday, September 18, 2014. Her talk is part of an ongoing series of lectures being held by the women gender studies department. Lectures are held every Thursday at 12:30 in room 108 in the Humanities building. Helen Tinna / Xpress.
21 Sep 2014

UC professor shares insight into intersectional feminism in continuing lecture series

A UC Santa Cruz professor relayed concepts of racialized imperialism as she delivered her insight into issues of humanitarian wars and feminism during the third part of an on-campus lecture

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21 Sep 2014

Student filmmakers prepare for SF State’s eighth annual Campus MovieFest

The world’s largest student film festival, Campus MovieFest (CMF), is returning for it’s eighth year at SF State. In a flurry of five-minute short videos,  the faces behind the cameras

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Despite a meticulous transport, SF State alumna Shenny Cruces untangles knots in her "Keys" installation during a reception in the Alumni Hall Art Gallery Friday, Sept. 19. The exhibit will remain on display in the Administration Building until January 5, 2015.
20 Sep 2014

‘Keys’ exhibition in the Administration Building paints the University as an open door for all

After searching through china cabinets and junk stores, artist and alumna Shenny Cruces alters porcelain items, turning them into sculpture to expose the meaning of objects in our lives. Cruces

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Hollie Hardy laughs during a Q&A with the Writers on Writing class in the Humanities Building auditorium. The poet gave tips on being a writer in the Bay Area to many of the creative writing undergraduates and MFA students Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
17 Sep 2014

Turbulent events in Oakland spark emotion in alumna Hollie Hardy’s poetry

Former student Hollie Hardy’s return to her alma mater brought a blend of personal expression and political commentary as she read to listeners her first published poetry collection. Hardy visited

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Guest speakers David Watchtenheim (left) and Rob Marianetti (right) visit the SF State cinema department to do an early screening of their latest work, a short cartoon documentary dealing with depression Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.
16 Sep 2014

Famous animators behind ‘Beavis and Butthead’ take on different direction with new documentary

After 16 years of working together in comedy, two New York animators decided to change gears and create a poignant documentary that captures what it is like to experience depression.

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Gaming fans engage in a strategic board game at the "Churning the Butter" event at the Folsom Street Foundry on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
15 Sep 2014

Campus’ gaming community relish in Amazon’s recent Twitch purchase

Gaming just got a little more mainstream since Amazon Co. purchased a popular video game-streaming service last August, and is receiving mixed reviews from players at SF State and within

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12 Sep 2014

Cinema assistant professor’s films inspired by richness, social justice and injustice in humanity

When new assistant professor of cinema Cheryl Dunye could not find any documentation of African-American lesbians in the history of black cinema, she found inspiration to create an archive of

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08 Sep 2014

Lecture series remembers innovative work of arts and technology professor Stephen Wilson

For over 27 years Stephen Wilson taught conceptual/information arts at SF State. Now, three years after his death, the department he worked in is presenting a new lecture series dedicated

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