A Lifelong Empowerment Event.
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A Lifelong Empowerment Event.

Sacramento has a long history of skateboarding and the Mather AM is striving to keep the tradition strong. On Saturday, June 31st the Mather Sports Center was home to the 6th Annual Mather AM.  The event is open to all who love the sport of skateboarding and included the best trick contest, tranny jam, and everyone’s … Continue reading

Do: Celebrate Ss Records with Ozzie, Lil Bunnies & More in SF
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Do: Celebrate Ss Records with Ozzie, Lil Bunnies & More in SF

This weekend, an indie label run on creative obsession celebrates its 15th anniversary in San Francisco. The party for Ss Records, founded in Sacramento, will feature bands like Lil Bunnies, 100 Flowers, Screature, Ozzie, Andy Human & the Reptoids and more Jan. 15-16 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern. “The nature of my record label has never … Continue reading

Carnaval Parades Through San Francisco
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Carnaval Parades Through San Francisco

It is not hard to recognize when Carnaval comes through San Francisco. The two-day display of culture, color, music, and all-around revelry celebrated 37 years on May 23-24. One of the main events—The Grand Parade through the Mission District—featured elaborately costumed dancers, lively musicians, and community groups from around the Bay. Thousands of spectators lined … Continue reading

Return to Paradise: Green Day Headline Benefit Show at 924 Gilman St.
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Return to Paradise: Green Day Headline Benefit Show at 924 Gilman St.

On Friday May 9, the first of two benefit shows was held for the independent neighbors AK Press, a publisher and distributor, and 1984 Printing. In March, their West Oakland headquarters burned down in a deadly fire that claimed two lives. The second benefit show took place May 17, at the same legendary venue: 924 Gilman … Continue reading

The Native Angeleno’s Guide to Culture in the Brown Cloud: Visiting Museum Row
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The Native Angeleno’s Guide to Culture in the Brown Cloud: Visiting Museum Row

This is the second in a sporadic series of articles about places worth investigating in Los Angeles.   Located on Wilshire between Curson and Fairfax, Museum Row isn’t exactly off the beaten path, in fact, the sidewalk looks like its taken quite a beating in some places, especially on the Fairfax end of the row. … Continue reading

Lagunitas throws their 5th Annual Beer Circus.
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Lagunitas throws their 5th Annual Beer Circus.

Lagunitas sure knows how to throw a party.  For the past 5 years they have opened their brewery to hundreds of festively dress people in order to help raise money to keep music in schools.  The event is held every year in mid May at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma CA.  The day consists of … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Festival!

Every year in April, Japanese residents of San Francisco hold the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival that has been held in Japan for hundreds of years.  While Japan’s Sakura Matsuri is full of traditional dress, delicate foods, and paper lanterns, San Francisco’s festival showcases Japanese culture as … Continue reading

Dodging the Tourist Trap:  A Native Angeleno’s Guide to the Brown Cloud
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Dodging the Tourist Trap: A Native Angeleno’s Guide to the Brown Cloud

This is the first a sporadic series of articles about interesting places off the beaten path in Los Angeles. The Last Bookstore In the heart of the slowly gentrifying Downtown District, among the hip new restaurants, the neglected old architecture, and the similarly incongruous swirling mixture of people stands what once was a bank. Today … Continue reading

Winter Camping in the California Deserts
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Winter Camping in the California Deserts

Those of us lucky enough to live in California have the added good fortune that we can go camping year-round. I enjoy camping and I love the landscape of the desert, but I’m really not interested in camping in 100+ degree heat. I made that particular mistake one spring break in Lake Havasu, AZ. One of many mistakes I … Continue reading