Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Iris Skateboards Revives Broken Boards, Supports S.F. Skate Scene (Video)

Sitting in the garage workspace of his Outer Sunset home, George Rocha grabs an old skate deck from a pile of hundreds of boards stacked against the wall. Rocha reads the deck like a palm, feeling its worn textures and grooves. But rather than telling its fortune, he guesses its past.

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Dance Anywhere Makes the World Its Stage (Video)

One night after a San Francisco dance performance, artist Beth Fein considered just how much money went into productions, even on the smallest scale. She thought of the cost of the theater, the lighting, the costumes and everything. Fein saw opportunity for a new type of performance where the art of dance could be experienced without the manufacturing of sets and costumes.

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Don’t let my ink get under your skin: Body art stereotypes misrepresent tattoo and piercing culture

tattooIt wasn’t until the artist lifted his handheld machine from my skin — as it buzzed like a dental drill — and wiped my ink and blood splattered arm clean that I realized I had just made a decision that would affect me for the rest of my life.

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ParaNorman exhibit spooks stop motion enthusiasts at Cartoon Art Museum

San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, "ParaNorman," at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress
San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, “ParaNorman,” at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress


Tim Burton is often credited for pioneering — or at least reinventing — the medium of stop motion animation with his classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The technique allows animators to create a tangible world with real sets, but it’s a world with endless unknown and unreal possibilites.

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