Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Fighting right

In the ring with Robby Squyres, Jr., SF's Muay Thai hope

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joe@sfbg.com

CULTURE The veteran Muay Thai master placed the braided circlet, the Mong Kong, on the head of his young pupil. The two stood together in the grass at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch, in the qualifying round for the Battle of the Pacific, a day of martial arts battles featuring fighters both amateur and experienced.Read more »

Stamps of approval

QUEER ISSUE 2014: Which queer icon should next appear on a stamp?

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On May 22, the US Postal Service released the groundbreaking Harvey Milk stamp. Earlier this month we asked our readers, "Which US queer icon should next appear on a postage stamp?" We received a flood of answers, and while we have our own dream mail models — Sylvia Rivera, Barbara Gittings, Jose "Empress I" Sarria, Thom Gunn, Vicki Marlane — we chose the most popular readers' picks for a little "Forever" fantasy fulfillment. (Maybe some of these won't end up as fantasies after all!)

The Guardian Hot Pink List 2014

QUEER ISSUE: Our annual list of queers we adore

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Every year, we single out members of the LGBT community for special appreciation -- activists, performers, artists, or just plain cool peeps who rocked out socks off.

CHECK OUT OUR 2014 HOT PINK LIST HERE.

Pride on fire!

QUEER ISSUE 2014: Music, mayhem, parties, perfomances, more: Our guide to this Pride 2014's must-do events

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 There is way too much to do this year, as always. Don't be scared! Dive right into the party and performance bounty that is Pride.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FULL PRIDE GUIDE.

Photo Gallery: Street Style

Photographer Laura B. Childs scours streets for fierce, fun street style. 

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Wind it up

Always wanted to try kitesurfing? Here's how to get started

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arts@sfbg.com

CULTURE They're out there in the water at Ocean Beach and Crissy Field, whipping by the toll plaza, sailing giant kites like crescent moons. Those freaky, flying water monkeys — soaring around the bay via kites strong enough to tow cars — are kitesurfers, also called kiteboarders.Read more »

How to survive as an artist in SF's 'new economy'

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For the tech-savvy and the tech-averse -- our guide to riding out the city's latest transformation. Read more »

Get action

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Local film schools prepare students for reel life

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cheryl@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED Ah, the bright lights of Hollywood — so close, and yet thankfully far enough away to allow Bay Area filmmakers to develop their own identities. The SF scene thrives thanks to an abundance of prolific talent (exhibit A: have you noticed how many film festivals we have?), and continues to grow, with a raft of local programs dedicated to teaching aspiring Spielbergs — or better yet, aspiring Kuchars — the ins and outs of the biz.Read more »

Spread your wings

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Six courses to expand your artistic horizons

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ABSOLUTE BEGINNING TAIKO WORKSHOP

Dance Mission Theater has kept itself going by offering some of the most cutting-edge and exciting classes around. (Even the cast of The Real World dropped in recently for some schooling on how to vogue.) Here, instructor Bruce "Mui" Ghent of the Maikaze Daiko dojo will teach you how to bang your own beat out — on very, very large drums. The rigorously physical class (dress to sweat) introduces the basics of the ancient Japanese musical art form, taught with martial arts etiquette and discipline.Read more »

Evolution of yoga

Bay Area innovators take this timeless practice in new directions

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steve@sfbg.com

YOGA Being suspended upside down in an aerial yoga swing in Peaceful Warrior position, transitioning into Happy Buddha as I reached for the Quantum Playground to deepen my stretch, I gained a new perspective on the world — and the ongoing evolution of yoga in the Bay Area.Read more »