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Chugging the California 'Cool'-Aid

Mara Menachem | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mara Menachem

I just moved to the West coast a few weeks ago, and before I finish drinking the full pitcher of "California Kool-Aid" (don't worry it's organic and made with agave syrup), I have to write from the perspective of my East Coast self.

College Towns You Need To Visit This Fall

Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel

College towns are at their finest in the fall. Students are fresh-faced, leaves are changing, there's football and beer, nostalgia and charm. A qu...

Man Shot in Argument About Kant

Tony Phillips | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Immanuel Kant, has in 250 years' time sparked many an argument. And just the other day he got a man shot. Kid you not.

The Grain of Truth

San Francisco magazine | Posted 09.28.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

In a deeply beige conference room at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, baker Craig Ponsford, founder of Artisan Bakers in Sonoma, pauses dramatically to survey the remarkably rapt group before him.

I Am Luscious, and Other Campaign Slogans

Jessica Levinson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

How can we get more people excited about political issues and campaigns? Many political campaigns feel like one long infomercial; politicians tell us why they are "open-hearted," "gentle," "warm," or "fantastic," just to pick a few dishes from the breakfast options.

Chez Panisse's Salty General Contractor on Why He Was the Only Man for the Job

San Francisco magazine | Posted 06.28.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

The rebuild of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse restaurant after a devastating spring fire owes a lot to Gene DeSmidt, the general contractor responsible for the icon's comeback.

75 Summer Adventures Near San Francisco

offMetro.com | Posted 08.27.2013 | San Francisco
offMetro.com

Summer is now official, and we couldn't be more stoked. It's a time for lounging in parks, frolicking on beaches, and making the most of the grill. ...

Mumford and Sons at The Greek Theater

Melissa Webster | Posted 08.27.2013 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

In every song, this band displayed a joy in the music, as if they're still just four men playing for kicks in the pub back home and not a band on the rise packing out venues.

Race, Sex, Shaky Facts and Sizzle in This Is How It Goes at Aurora

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.26.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Race, sex, three thorny relationships, dubious truths: Schematically, that's the spine of Neil Labute's taut but hollow play, which is receiving a riveting production in its West Coast debut at Aurora.

Are You Devoted?

Larissa Archer | Posted 08.11.2013 | San Francisco
Larissa Archer

We talked with Carolena Nericcio, artistic Director of FatChanceBellyDance, about American Tribal Style belly dance and FCBD's upcoming show, Devotion.

Acclerated Females

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

New millennium fast approaching, hot new wind from behind and on it the song that was our urgency, but what was startling now was that when a couple s...

Writers on Writers: Jennifer Kahn Asks Michael Lewis, 'What the Hell?'

San Francisco magazine | Posted 08.05.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

hat amazes me about Michael Lewis -- what has mystified and obsessed me since I first met him in a class he was teaching at UC Berkeley a decade ago -- is his confidence.

Shopping for Husbands

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 08.04.2013 | Divorce
Jane Vandenburgh

When my husband Jack and I got together more than twenty years ago, it was in a time when virtually every other marriage was ending in divorce, stats so terrible they'd engendered their own grim humor: You could shop for your next husband.

Berkeley Rep's Elizabeth Explores Affection Between Esteemed Poets

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.03.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Comparisons with the likes of Dear Liar, the sparkling dramatization of epistolary sparring between George Bernard Shaw and the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, or Love Letters, A. R. Gurney's amusing and tender fiction, are almost inevitable. As theater, Dear Elizabeth isn't in the same league.

Jerry Brown Encounters Interesting Times

William Bradley | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is certainly having an interesting time of it lately as California's stabilization continues. Mostly quite good. But hardly all.

The Cloyne Queen of Coping

Sarah Barness | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Sarah Barness

It wasn't until late into my first semester at UC Berkeley that I found the thing that would simultaneously scare me shitless, and define my entire college career -- Cloyne Court Hotel.

Writers on Writers: Scott Hutchins Meets Michael Chabon on His Home Turf

San Francisco magazine | Posted 07.28.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

I'm at Pizzaiolo on Telegraph Avenue, in the Temescal district of Oakland. It's 8 a.m. -- the exact minute the restaurant opens -- and Michael Chabon apologizes profusely for the early hour.

Green Day at Berkeley, With Exclusive Slideshow by Natalie Nesser

Melissa Webster | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

"It's been a long time since I've been able to say this. Berkeley, California!" shouted Billie Joe Armstrong to his screaming hometown crowd at The Greek Theater on April 16, blowing kisses to the audience. 2013-04-27-greendaypull.jpg

'Arsonists' at Aurora: A Sizzling Dissection of the Perils of Apathy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.16.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Fifty-five years later, at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre, The Arsonists has resurfaced as a sizzling triumph of theatricality, and a wake-up call to any who choose to be awakened. It carries a simple but profound warning: Ignore or appease destructive forces at your own peril.

What I Learned in College

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Barness

In college I double majored in Media Studies and Rhetoric. When the word "rhetoric" is mentioned, somebody inevitably says, "Oh, so you majored in bullshit."

Catherine New

These Stores Are Penniless And Loving It

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 04.10.2013 | Small Business

At Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley, Calif., a slice of pizza comes to $2.73 (that's $2.50 plus tax.) But if you pay with $3, you’ll get a little bonu...

Why You Should Never Meet Your Idol

Mara Menachem | Posted 04.18.2013 | Books
Mara Menachem

My imagination ran wild. What witty thing would I say to Mr. Ginsberg? What will I do when he asks me to drop out of college and be his full time assistant? What will my family say? But how can I turn down such an opportunity?

Catherine "Kitty" Houghton and The Preciousness of Life

Laurence Leamer | Posted 04.08.2013 | Women
Laurence Leamer

I can see her strapping on her Kelty pack and with that knowing smile that never seemed to leave her lips, heading off to face whatever life and fate would bring her. And so she did last week.

Aurora's Practical Heaven: A Flawed Look at Life, Issues in the 21st Century

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.07.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Playwright Anthony Clarvoe credits Anton Chekhov with providing much of the inspiration for his drama Our Practical Heaven, which is receiving its world premiere at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. It's doubtful that the Russian master would be flattered.

A Huge Factory for Theatrical Art Takes Shape in West Berkeley

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.02.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

As a novice reviewer of Bay Area theater in the late '60s, I probably dropped in on Berkeley Rep for the first time in early 1969, possibly to cover its production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage.