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

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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
Seeking Adventure, African Teens Find Transcendence in ‘Io Capitano’
February 23, 2024
A woman and small child peer into the center of an enormous tropical plant.
That Stank-Ass Plant Is About to Stank Itself All Over Cal Academy’s Rainforest
February 22, 2024
A middle-aged white woman stands in a home and holds a camera. On the wall behind her is a cross.
Hilary Swank Gives Inspirational ‘Ordinary Angels’ Both the Heart and Heft it Needs
February 22, 2024
Two young women gaze wide-eyed into an open silver brief case.
Buckle Up for a Queer Road Trip Caper in Ethan Coen’s Spry ‘Drive-Away Dolls’
February 22, 2024
An illustration of two young Black men sitting on bicycles side by side. Both have small gold crowns hovering over their heads.
Celebrate Black History, Cinema and Music With Kingmakers of Oakland
February 22, 2024
A woman peers out from inside a very large astronaut suit.
In ‘Constellation,’ Disaster Follows an Astronaut Back to Earth
February 21, 2024
A mysterious white man peers out from under a dark hood. There is a small mechanism placed under his nose.
‘Dune: Part Two’ Sustains the Dystopian Dream of ‘Part One’
February 21, 2024
A blonde smiling woman bends down towards a bandana-wearing dog.
‘Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala’ Is Like Taking Drugs That Never Leave Your System
February 20, 2024
An artist vendor stands at his booth of stickers and art prints.
Friend Fest Showcases 275 Artists and Makers from San José and Beyond
February 20, 2024