The best the Bay Area has to offer, from the writers and editors of KQED Arts & Culture.

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A youthful Latino man wearing a blue shirt sits at a table next to a lightbulb-shaped lamp.
‘Problemista’ Is a Surreal and Surprising Tribute to Dream-Chasing
February 29, 2024
A sidewalk scattered with police officers. A colorfully dressed woman peers in front of them, playfully.
In the Mood for a Sweet, Off-Beat Murder Mystery? ‘Elsbeth’ Is on the Case
February 28, 2024
an artist puts photographs up on a studio wall before an exhibition
San Jose's Japantown Highlights Underground Scene With 'Photo Night'
February 27, 2024
There’s a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Opera Coming to San Francisco
February 27, 2024
A Japanese woman in traditional clothing.
Sex, Violence, ‘Game of Thrones’-Style Power Grabs — the New ‘Shōgun’ Has it All
February 27, 2024
A couple is viewed from behind, while sitting on the grass in a park. Both of them have afro hairstyles, one that resembles a heart.
‘Raymond Cooper’s Oakland’ Tells Everyday Stories of a Bygone Era
February 27, 2024
LOE Gino, posing for a photo while wearing a black shirt that reads "NOT THE PLUG" in colorful writing over his left chest area.
Berkeley Rapper LOE Gino's Got Birkenstocks — and Bars
February 26, 2024
Close up of a Black woman with long dreadlocks looks ahead, frowning.
Returning Characters Revive ‘The Walking Dead’ in ‘The Ones Who Live’
February 26, 2024
‘Burn Book’ Torches Tech Titans in Tale of Love and Loathing in Silicon Valley
February 26, 2024
Three men sit on a brown couch looking straight at the camera.
Oakland’s couchdate Makes Room for Creatives to Hang and Play
February 23, 2024