Tag Archives: San Francisco

Watch: S.F. Folk-Rockers Owl Paws on Making Their First Album

San Francisco folk-rock trio Owl Paws contrasts acoustic tones with a punk rock presence. When the band opens the three-act show tonight at the Chapel, you’ll hear a sound that hints at early-’00s indie-emo acts like Brand New, but rounds off with the modern folk elements of artists such as the Milk Carton Kids.

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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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SF State votes, but not during this election

Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress
Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress

In 2012, SF State was a polling location for the first time in three years. With a presidential election and Proposition 30 on the ballot, students shattered the University’s student-voter registration goal with 4,060 registered.

This year’s municipal election ballot, however, lacks two items that capture student’s interest: presidential candidates and education-specific props.

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Down and Outlaws fires off rock roots in new EP

Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress
Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress

A common love for Bulleit Bourbon and a shared idolization of David Bowie united members of Down and Outlaws on a smoke-screened journey toward raw, bluesy rockstardom.

On a summer night in 2012 at the SUB-Mission Art Gallery, the gritty stylings of Down and Outlaws entranced a live audience for the first time. Having played this year’s Noise Pop Festival and a first EP, “Backwards From the Dead” on the way, the San Francisco-based band is progressing — and fast.

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SFMTA launches Bicycle Strategy to increase bike development, safety

Julie McNamara packs her 12-hour day into her Rickshaw commuter bag before leaving home.

The 21-year-old SF State graduating senior is not only double-majoring in English and Spanish, she works part-time teaching English as a second language at Marshall Elementary School in the Mission — and she also nannies on the side.

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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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