Arts and Culture

24 Apr 2020

Bay Area Artists: Sources for Emergency Grants

Most grant giving organizations are overwhelmed right now.  Many have already given away all their money and are looking for more donors to second or third rounds of grants & loans.  So, artists, realize that some of these organizations may be maxed out, and all will have different timelines, guidelines

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19 Jan 2022

Dax Pierson’s Latest Album, “Nerve Bumps,” is a Testament to His Resilience

“No artist is pleased … There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” ― Martha Graham “I’m a music producer because I’m such a music fan,” says Oakland-based musician Dax Pierson. “Since I like a lot

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 0
14 Jan 2022

4 Overrated Authors and 4 You Should Read Instead

Recently it came to my attention that for a lot of people my age and younger, their literary knowledge basically begins and ends with Harry Potter. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a fan of Harry Potter. I grew up with the books myself; the 5th, 6th, and 7th books

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14 Jan 2022

How Virtual Dungeons & Dragons Helped a Group of “Queerdos” Survive the Pandemic

Nightlife has always been vital to the LGBTQ+ community because it is one of the places where we are free to be our authentic selves. When Covid shut down nightlife, it hit the queer community hard. Local queer artist James Rouse Iñiguez, ([they/them] a.k.a. DJ Jimmy Swear, a.k.a. Cholula Caliente,

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12 Jan 2022

Noise Pop 2022: Five Bay Area Bands You Don’t Want to Miss

From its inception in 1993, Noise Pop has championed independent musicians of all stripes. The annual Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival, once a single night at The Independent (then The Kennel Club), has since become a Bay Area mainstay, featuring an eclectic variety of established and up-and-coming artists. Previous headliners include well-known names

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 0
06 Jan 2022

The French Dispatch is an Art Nerd’s Dream

The French Dispatch is an art nerd’s dream, every type of fine art and artist was used in the making of this film, which moves and sounds like an international magazine, and if you’re a francophile, you are in for a treat. As one expects from Wes Anderson, the costumes,

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05 Jan 2022

“I Might Buy a Boat” – The Top 100 Songs of 2021

Our official 2021 playlist, “I Might Buy A Boat” is here! Dedicated BAS followers might recall this massive playlist we put together two years ago chronicling a decade’s worth of standout songs. That project was a tremendous amount of fun and since then, our panel of passionate music nerds has

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05 Jan 2022

In 1987, 14 Great Minds Predicted the Future. What Did They Get Right?

I set out for groceries, but I found myself at The Magazine. The Magazine is a longstanding shop in the SF Tenderloin stocked with vintage magazines, ephemera, and erotica. It has been a purveyor of all manner of smut, art, and insight since 1973.  Earlier this week, I made an

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 1