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Poet-writer-activist Chinaka Hodge appears on Saturday at the 2018 YBCA 100 Summit, a gathering of people and groups dedicated to making change and social justice. (Courtesy YBCA)

Activists unite for change at YBCA 100 Summit

For each one of the 100 people and organizations being honored at…

Poet-writer-activist Chinaka Hodge appears on Saturday at the 2018 YBCA 100 Summit, a gathering of people and groups dedicated to making change and social justice. (Courtesy YBCA)
William R. Hearst III started Alta in 2017 to meet needs of readers seeking a serious literary magazine with a West Coast focus.  (Courtesy photo)

Hearst’s journal Alta celebrates first anniversary

Publishing the debut issue of the Journal of Alta California in October…

William R. Hearst III started Alta in 2017 to meet needs of readers seeking a serious literary magazine with a West Coast focus.  (Courtesy photo)
Ingrid Rojas Contreras appears in a couple of Litquake 2018 events. (Courtesy photo)

Hundreds of authors on tap for 19th SF Litquake

There is astounding quality and quantity (including free or $5 and $10…

Ingrid Rojas Contreras appears in a couple of Litquake 2018 events. (Courtesy photo)
Collages by Kytana Winn are among the works in "The Black Woman Is God: Assembly of Gods" at SOMArts through Oct. 2. (Courtesy Nye' Lynn Tho)

Artists of color reclaim heritage in ‘Black Woman is God’

Having established firm roots, defying gravity, resisting withering and growing in leaps…

Collages by Kytana Winn are among the works in "The Black Woman Is God: Assembly of Gods" at SOMArts through Oct. 2. (Courtesy Nye' Lynn Tho)
East Bay vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP appears in the 2018 San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

SF aerial arts fest looks back and moves forward

With obvious connections to circus and a vertical movement platform tilted 90-degrees…

East Bay vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP appears in the 2018 San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)
Bay Area sports writer Joan Ryan speaks about her recently reissued "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," which details abuses in elite gymnastics and figure skating. (Courtesy Rob Menschel)

‘Little Girls in Pretty Boxes’ sadly remains relevant

For every elite gymnast or figure skater profiled in sports journalist Joan…

Bay Area sports writer Joan Ryan speaks about her recently reissued "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," which details abuses in elite gymnastics and figure skating. (Courtesy Rob Menschel)
From left, Sarita Ocón, Lance Gardner, Jenny Nelson, Victor Talmadge, Jomar Tagatac and Stacy Ross appear in “Everybody,” a show at Cal Shakes offering a different cast each performance. (Courtesy Alessandra  Mello/mellophoto.com)

Cal Shakes’ ‘Everybody’ ponders life and death

Taking an urgent, here-and-now approach, California Shakespeare Theater’s West Coast premiere of…

From left, Sarita Ocón, Lance Gardner, Jenny Nelson, Victor Talmadge, Jomar Tagatac and Stacy Ross appear in “Everybody,” a show at Cal Shakes offering a different cast each performance. (Courtesy Alessandra  Mello/mellophoto.com)
Rickey Henderson’s cleats, from 1989, are on view in “Homegrown Heroes.” (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California)

Review: Oakland Athletics exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California is a disappointment

With the Oakland Athletics coming out of the All-Star break as one…

Rickey Henderson’s cleats, from 1989, are on view in “Homegrown Heroes.” (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California)
Actor and activist Peter Coyote focuses on his mentors in his second memoir.  (Courtesy Peter  Coyote)

Peter Coyote’s life has enough drama for multiple memoirs

Peter Coyote’s intriguing second memoir “The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education”…

Actor and activist Peter Coyote focuses on his mentors in his second memoir.  (Courtesy Peter  Coyote)
Elisha Hartwig and Dani Fankhauser are the creators of ReadThisNext. (Courtesy Hollis Wansley)

App promises good book tips from respected authors

A common question asked of authors by people at bookstore signings and…

Elisha Hartwig and Dani Fankhauser are the creators of ReadThisNext. (Courtesy Hollis Wansley)
Emote Dance Theater – featuring Cooper Neely and Aurora Frey –  appears Friday and Saturday in SPF8 at ODC Theater.   pictured. (Courtesy David Galea)

SAFEhouse showcases up-and-coming choreographers

Fortunately, SAFEhouse Executive Director Joe Landini didn’t learn his lines from a…

Emote Dance Theater – featuring Cooper Neely and Aurora Frey –  appears Friday and Saturday in SPF8 at ODC Theater.   pictured. (Courtesy David Galea)
Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes’ new book is filled with stimulating pictures and  and short essays.  COURTESY PHOTO

Design master Rob Forbes promotes new ways of seeing

It’s one of life’s ironies that after our infant brains perform the…

Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes’ new book is filled with stimulating pictures and  and short essays.  COURTESY PHOTO
“The Art of Inside Out” is a pictorial account of the new Disney-Pixar movie.  COURTESY PHOTO

‘Inside Out’ drawings reveal Pixar’s elaborate process

Human emotions are a riddle – a never-ending game decorated with slip-sloppy…

“The Art of Inside Out” is a pictorial account of the new Disney-Pixar movie.  COURTESY PHOTO