Articles by

Kayla Fong and Zihao Huang

PLAYING THE BAY: Ray Reck Brings the Bounce

A little over seven years ago, Ray Reck accepted an invitation on a whim to DJ a gig in San Francisco, and since then has been swinging beats and moving hips from Venice Beach, to San Jose, to Oakland...

PLAYING THE BAY: Arumi Dances on the Glass Ceiling

Straight outta Southern California, Arumi discovered her artistic expression in the Bay Area through a love of house and world music. As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, she manifests her passion for music through DJing and...

PLAYING THE BAY: MahaWam is Taking Names and Snatching Wigs

MahaWam has become a staple among many establishments in San Francisco and Oakland, weaving house beats with his influence of tech metal and progressive rock to usher in a new era of queer freedom and expression. On any given night...

PLAYING THE BAY: DJ Lil Waifu the Lightworker

Armed with leather straps and anime references, Jasmine Justo (a.k.a DJ Lil’ Waifu) creates mixtapes that heal souls and unequivocally embrace all the emotions. In this interview, catch Lil’ Waifu’s realness in the way she talks about her sadness,...

PLAYING THE BAY: Ivy Jeanne Is Not For Sale

Ivy Jeanne wears many hats. Political femme activist, lead singer of Black Rainbow, muralist, and longtime San Francisco resident, are just a few ways to describe her momentum and dedication to our local community. We chat on Clarion Alley,...

PLAYING THE BAY: Michelle Zhu Finds Peace of Mind

On a sun-kissed afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission district, we met up with Michelle Zhu at Clarion Alley. As we sat along the stretch of “socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art” painted by local artists, we chatted about her...