Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Flowers on the Rock

@Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz" highlights contemporary struggles for freedom of expression

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Follow Ai WeiWei on Instagram, and you'll see many photographs of flowers. The internationally renowned Chinese artist has a morning ritual of placing a bouquet of flowers into the basket of a bicycle locked outside his Beijing studio. It's a delicate protest, performed "every morning until I regain the right to travel freely," he explained via Twitter in November 2013, when he began the practice.Read more »

Naughty Bits

Hot local notes on sex, Folsom, fetish fashion, bondage, and beyond

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Jock joints

The 420 Games and weed-smoking pro athletes counter the image of lazy potheads

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CULTURE Jim McAlpine wants the world to know that not all marijuana users are lazy, permanently couch-locked, junk-food addicted stoners. That's why McAlpine is organizing the 420 Games, a series of athletic competitions in which weed enthusiasts will run, walk, and bike their way to larger societal acceptance.Read more »

Fall fairs and festivals

FALL ARTS 2014 A cornucopia of outdoor and indoor fun, family-friendly events, and adult playgrounds

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Aug. 30

Pilgrim Soul Forge Harvest Fair Pilgrim Soul Forge, 101 West Tower, Alameda; www.grantsforge.com. Noon-6pm, free. Possibly the only fall fair in the Bay Area to offer blacksmithing demonstrations alongside the usual suspects: food trucks, craft vendors, and live music.Read more »

Fighting right

In the ring with Robby Squyres, Jr., SF's Muay Thai hope

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CULTURE The veteran Muay Thai master placed the braided circlet, the Mong Kong, on the head of his young pupil. The two stood together in the grass at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch, in the qualifying round for the Battle of the Pacific, a day of martial arts battles featuring fighters both amateur and experienced.Read more »

Stamps of approval

QUEER ISSUE 2014: Which queer icon should next appear on a stamp?

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On May 22, the US Postal Service released the groundbreaking Harvey Milk stamp. Earlier this month we asked our readers, "Which US queer icon should next appear on a postage stamp?" We received a flood of answers, and while we have our own dream mail models — Sylvia Rivera, Barbara Gittings, Jose "Empress I" Sarria, Thom Gunn, Vicki Marlane — we chose the most popular readers' picks for a little "Forever" fantasy fulfillment. (Maybe some of these won't end up as fantasies after all!)

The Guardian Hot Pink List 2014

QUEER ISSUE: Our annual list of queers we adore

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Every year, we single out members of the LGBT community for special appreciation -- activists, performers, artists, or just plain cool peeps who rocked out socks off.

CHECK OUT OUR 2014 HOT PINK LIST HERE.

Pride on fire!

QUEER ISSUE 2014: Music, mayhem, parties, perfomances, more: Our guide to this Pride 2014's must-do events

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 There is way too much to do this year, as always. Don't be scared! Dive right into the party and performance bounty that is Pride.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FULL PRIDE GUIDE.

Photo Gallery: Street Style

Photographer Laura B. Childs scours streets for fierce, fun street style. 

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Wind it up

Always wanted to try kitesurfing? Here's how to get started

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CULTURE They're out there in the water at Ocean Beach and Crissy Field, whipping by the toll plaza, sailing giant kites like crescent moons. Those freaky, flying water monkeys — soaring around the bay via kites strong enough to tow cars — are kitesurfers, also called kiteboarders.Read more »