Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The wrong filter

Does the Internet own us now? A look at what Instagram's policy kerfuffle means for artists

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN Remember 2012, the year when Instagram was queen of the social networks? Young creatives flocked to the photo-sharing app in the year of the Mayan apocalypse and Tard the Grumpy Cat, a sleek, pretty substitute to our backlog of thousands of antiquated Facebook friends and their daily lives.Read more »

Last-minute gifts

Tick, tock, it's panic o'clock, Christmas shoppers

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culture@sfbg.com

SHOPPING Dearest Christian and Christian-adjacent reader: it's too late for the Internet. Unless you want to shell out Santa-sized bucks for overnight delivery, you're gonna have to fill those loved-ones' stocking IRL, with a good ol' fashioned brick-and-mortar dash through the metaphorical snow.Read more »

No brand

Japanese retail whips SF into a frenzy -- but are they that much different than the chain stores we already have?

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN To the casual observer, it may have appeared as if I had taken a painful, rainy early morning Muni ride into SoMa for the sole purpose of eating plastic-wrapped Japanese pancakes filled with red bean paste in a chain store. But to adherents of the Muji phenomenon, I was actually witnessing the birth of cross-Pacific retail revolution.Read more »

Fatshion

Author, sex worker, and fat activist Virgie Tovar dresses for visibility -- and you can, too

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN "Can I do a small rant on boobs?" Fat activist Virgie Tovar's boobs — I can see most of them in the swank North Beach cocktail bar we're sitting in — are really big. Many parts of Virgie are, which is kind of her thing. The editor of the recently-published anthology Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion (Seal Press) talks dirty to telephone sex customers during the day, and carries her curves with a pride that runs completely counter-current to all the ways we are taught to be ashamed of fat in this world.Read more »

HOLIDAY GUIDE 2012

Dirt-cheap local gifts, event listings, and a poop log: Happy holidays from your friends at the Guardian

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We're sorry to contribute to your stress. We know that our 2012 Holiday Guide is coming out the day before Thanksgiving, and while you are to be accusing for bridling at our anticipation, we think you're going to like this one. After all, with a list of over 24 presents for your boo, your neighborhood, and more -- for under $10! -- Marke B.'s explanation of a slightly-scatalogical adopted holiday rite, a full listing of tree lightings and other twinkly November/December happenings, and so much more, you're going to be better prepped than ever for surviving the next six weeks. Read more »

Likes the name

San Franpsycho and Mill get the Street Seen once-over

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN "People were like, we wanna wear some clothing from you guys," San Franpsycho owner Christian Routzen tells me from the behind the counter of his DIY brand's newish (it's seven months old) location on newly-trendy Divisadero Street. "But we didn't make clothing."Read more »

Beating the poop log

My family adopts an ancient Catalonian tradition

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marke@sfbg.com

Poop log, log of Christmas,

don't poop herrings, which are too salty,

poop sweet almond cakes, which are much better!

if you don't poop well, I'll hit you with a stick,

Poop log!

HOLIDAY GUIDE Despite its media image, Detroit is a vastly diverse place, full of Hmong, Arabs, Christian Lebanese, Chicanos, Jews, Greeks .... but very few Spaniards, at least that I know of.Read more »

The reason for the season

No, not Jesus. Tips on holiday volunteering and Bay Area gifts that give back

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culture@sfbg.com

HOLIDAY GUIDE With the presidential election over, we are reminded that though our quest for reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality may continue unabated, making a difference must not be limited to a "Ya Voté" sticker every four years. Here's a brief list of ways to do good this season, including community gardening, beach cleanups, and gift fairs where you can shop for a good cause.Read more »

Under $10 gift guide: Under the mistletoe

Don't go overboard with your partner this holiday season. Pick them up a simple present that's goofy, sexy, or sweet — but save the big bucks for a special date or trip out of town.

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Swagger Cosmetic's founder Blake Karamazov is your holiday girlfriend. See her vegan makeup line at www.swaggercosmetics.comRead more »

Under $10 gift guide: Parent wrap

Let's be real: your ma's and pa's will like just about anything you box up and send their way this year. But that's not to say you shouldn't put a little effort in. Hit up these local businesses and they'll walk with something fab.

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The Guardian's parents for the holidays are Mary Camilang and artist Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley

>>CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR HOLIDAY GUIDE FOR MORE CHEAP GIFTS, THINGS TO DO, ALTERNATIVE CHEER

VICTORINOX SERRATED KNIVES, ALL UNDER $8

What better place to replenish your favorite cooks' supply than this mom and pop shop in North Beach?Read more »