Arts & Culture

A lintel is the horizontal beam that spans an opening, such as a doorway, the quixotic old librarian explains to the audience in one of his many digressions. You feel as if it’s story time with Grandpa.

“You know what it is? It’s a golden handcuff with the key thrown away,” wrote John Steinbeck of San Francisco. Oscar Wilde echoed this sentiment, noting, “Anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.

Every year since 2007, Campus Life Services has put on a big, memorable party at UCSF Mission Bay. People from every campus come out to connect with the whole UCSF community.

Last Tuesday, I found myself at Bazaar Café, a cozy venue in the Richmond that provides a welcoming environment for performers to play all-original music, and I was lucky enough to meet and listen to a fantastic pianist, vocalist, composer and vis

Confession: I have never managed to sit through anything longer than two hours without glancing at my watch at least once.  Until now.

Guitarist Xuefei Yang

Xuefei Yang, the first guitarist in China to enter a music school and launch an international professional career, is a rarity among the mostly male-dominated greats such as Andres Segovia, Paco de Lucía and Julian Bream.

On a foggy Monday last week, the City Lights Room was transformed once again into a magical space for art at the UCSF 25th Anniversary Faculty and Staff Art show and sale.

The music of Bonnie and the Bang Bang sounds as if it would be best enjoyed from the back of a smoke-filled, dimly lit roadside bar, but maybe that’s just me. 

It’s one of the highlights of the San Francisco music calendar:  the autumnal rite of Bluegrass —Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, that is.

“Don’t shut down the humanistic side. It’ll make you unbalanced,” intoned Dr. David Watts, a gastroenterologist and UCSF clinical professor of medicine, at the end of our interview.