Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Mall the right moves

Crocker Galleria says goodbye to high-priced national brands and hello to locally-owned little guys

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN The fact that that our conversation is taking place to beat of Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 seminal classic "Call Me Maybe" leads me to believe that T-We Tea owner Christopher Coccagna is being real when he says he'll be holding 12:30pm dance parties for the FiDi lunch set in the darling tea shop he just opened in the neighborhood.

It also leads me to believe that Crocker Galleria may be downtown's most fun mall — or at least, that it's on the way.Read more »

Frankie says feminist pornography

Academics and adult stars come together in print -- plus, this week's best sex events

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX It is hard to imagine an industry as rich, yet as under-examined as that of pornography. We spend billions of dollars on porn in this country, and billions of hours trying to hide that fact, erasing search histories and wedging DVDs under the bed when our parents are coming over.Read more »

Girl gang

Use March to check in with women who do thangs — our top Women's Month art, politics, and tech tutorial picks are right here

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caitlin@sfbg.com

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH There's all of not much planned, officially speaking, for Women's History Month this year in San Francisco. A March 6 ceremony honored a lady from each district in the Board of Supervisor's chamber, a reception followed with refreshments and Ed Lee's mustache proclaimed she who is Woman of the Year. (His selection hadn't been announced by the time we went to press, but I'm pulling for a double honoree this year: fashion babe twins Marian and recently-deceased Vivian Brown.)Read more »

Tagged

Would a stripper license ruin my look? Plus, your week in sex events

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Let's take a trip to Texas for some national news before this week's sex events.

Clearly, strippers are the reason we have human trafficking. This, at least, appears to be a thought in the noggin of Texas assemblyperson Bill Zedler, who has proposed HB 337, a bill that would require exotic dancers to wear a license certifying that they have taken a course in sex slavery.Read more »

Here, here

Fashion trade associations are helping to resuscitate the Bay's local clothing game

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STREET SEEN As the author of a style column, I spend time trawling the city for innovative new local designers. Clothes that are made here, cute ones. Let me hear about them, I'll put it in print, swear down.

But there's not... that much of them. Speaking historically, of course. In the heyday of garment manufacturing, San Francisco churned out mountains of readywear — more than any other city in the country besides New York and Los Angeles.Read more »

Travels well

Kehinde Wiley's POC diaspora and boychild's NYFW appearance are this week's hautest things

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN I was going to write this column about what it was like to be art star Kehinde Wiley's model. It was supposed to be an eloquent reflection on musedom, and I'd locked down a post-performance chat with Ethiopian Israeli rapper Kalkidan, who stars in several of Wiley's portraits in the current show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.Read more »

Buy me love

Locally-made gifts for your boo (or you)

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN You are welcome to spend Valentine's Day as I will this year: corralled onto a dark dancefloor with 200 similar atheists in the face of the love goddess. But as many of you will be happily celebrating with partners (hiss!), I've assembled this four-pack of completely locally-made Valentine's Day gifts. You're welcome (pfft.)Read more »

Starting slow and ramping up

Local sexpert thinks society is ready for prostate pleasure

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SEX It's the end of an era at local sex toy and education company Good Vibrations: Dr. Charlie Glickman is stepping down from his position as education program manager for the national retailer.Read more »

Noir Faze

Two local streetwear labels come up with distinct fashion philosophies 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN While larger clothing companies are free to define their brand through glossy print campaigns and billboards staring out impassively over downtown shoppers, the little guys look elsewhere to establish identity.Read more »

Are your friends criminals?

Things get weird at the Zero Graffiti International Conference

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STREET SEEN Nearing the climax of her presentation at last week's Zero Graffiti International Conference, Vancouver PD's graffiti-fighting specialist Valerie Spicer despaired over graffiti's affects on its perpetrators.

"He didn't die because of graffiti," she said sadly, a deceased Canadian graffiti artist's childhood photo on the PowerPoint screen behind her. "But I'm quite sure that the behaviors he learned in the subculture didn't help him confront the man who stabbed and killed him."Read more »