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SF State student killed in alleged murder-suicide in SoMa District

Ida Mojadad and Michael Barba October 16, 2014

The medical examiner identified 35-year-old Cecilia Lam, an SF State student, as the victim of an apparent murder-suicide that occurred in the SoMa District during a domestic dispute last week, according...

It gets Weird in SoMa

It gets ‘Weird’ in SoMa

Adelyna Tirado May 10, 2018

The San Francisco community celebrated the 19th annual How Weird Street Faire on May 6 in the SoMa District. SF residents were able to express their weirdness and love for life through dancing, not having...

Participants in Kink.coms exhibition team give a demonstration during Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Fetishes of all varieties fill the SoMa streets at the 30th annual Folsom Street Fair

Emilia Rosales September 23, 2014

In a crowd full of nakedness, accompanied by a sea of leather, live whippings and ball gags, nothing can compare to San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair. The largest fetish and leather fair in the world...

Peter Gentile, who is a bartender at Martuni’s, said that the SF Queer Night life is nonexistent now. “Well, I can speak for Martuni’s. I can’t speak for everybody, but what’s it like now? It’s nothing. We’re nothing. There’s no nightlife. We’re not taking nearly enough money, and there’s no community, which is what Martuni’s had because we are a piano bar.” (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco’s queer nightlife grasps for a return to normalcy

Omar Morales, Contributing Staff March 9, 2021

Esta Noche, Trocerdo Transfer, Lexington, Universe, Pendulum — uttering these names of shuttered venues among queer circles in San Francisco is to uncan the history of a storied nightlife that began...

Tomoko Oikawa carving the bank while riding her own hand painted grip at SoMa West Skatepark on Monday, November 5th.

Skater grows grip tape business

Sarah Niderost November 26, 2018

Tomoko Oikawa, a business management student at SF State, sits on “3 up 3 down,” a famous staircase known for skateboarding in the SoMa district of downtown San Francisco. Her carefree and friendly...

Lars Adams poses in a clown outfit as he sells items at his table at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (Lindsey Moore/Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair reinforces consent

Eliza Flynn October 2, 2018

Under the fierce sun of the last Sunday of September, skin-tight black latex, leather bondage and stark nudity dominated Folsom Street in the SOMA district of San Francisco, with the theme of consent becoming...

Jillian Patterson (left), SF State freshman, and Ace Prado (right), SF State sophomore, dance at Back in the Rhythm: Noise Complaint in the Student Center Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Photo by Rebekah Didlake / Xpress

Noise Complaint dances start semester with “Back in the Rhythm”

Kyle Da Silva February 6, 2014

Friday night’s “Back in the Rhythm” kicked off the semester for Student Life’s Noise Complaint dance party with over 300 students at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The monthly gathering,...

Club Six showcases interactive art show "So You Think You Can Paint?"

Devery Sheffer May 16, 2012

Geordan Mallory didn’t come to Club Six for just drinks when she and her friend got paint smeared on their clothes while creating a surreal portrait of a dinosaur and a squid using paint brushes and...

SF State graduate Nicole Maxali leads acting workshop "SoulWork"

Matt Maxion April 4, 2012

Tucked away in the SoMa District lies a studio where you’re encouraged to speak in gibberish, perform wacky gestures and even project the alphabet with otherworldly intonations. In Nicole Maxali's...

Bay Area atheists counteract Rapture predictions

Christine Tjandra May 3, 2011

Along Interstate 80 eastbound at Fifth and Harrison streets, a big yellow billboard with black letters screams “The Rapture: You KNOW it’s Nonsense, 2,000 Years of 'Any Day Now.'" The billboard...

Bands begin six-month battle for prized title

Spencer Devine March 22, 2011

Hercules. Hector. Achilles. Odysseus. Much like the glorious heroes of mythology, champions walk among us today, fighting for dominance in their field. Weapon of choice: electric guitar. The DNA Lounge...

A view of the downtown San Francisco skyline from Ina Coolbrith Park on Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Jun Ueda / Golden Gate Xpress)

COVID-19 challenged in San Francisco by a different crisis: Fentanyl

Elizabeth Freeman, Staff Reporter May 15, 2021
Drug overdose fatalities in the city more than doubled coronavirus-related deaths in 2020
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