Vanessa Carr

Chickens and the egg

Green City: Thanks to Olivera Egg Farm and its 700,000 chickens, country life is not all sunshine and butterflies
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GREEN CITY The scene along a quiet, dead-end road in Lathrop — just 90 minutes east of San Francisco — is classically pastoral: a cloudless sky, a few small ranch houses scattered among small plots of farmland, a tractor humming in the distance.

But thanks to Olivera Egg Farm and its 700,000 chickens, country life is not all sunshine and butterflies. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2008: Chain Alternative Award

Books and Bookshelves
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If there was ever a metaphor for San Francisco's growing income divide, it might be its furniture market: a sea of IKEA particleboard and Craigslist castoffs swirling around islands of Danish modern and high-end boutiques.

Books and Bookshelves, a small shop on the corner of Sanchez and 14th streets owned by the husband/wife duo David and Gade Highsmith, provides some much-needed middle ground while filling two niches: affordable, solid wood bookshelves and poetry.

The simplicity of this pairing matches the no-frills feel of Books and Bookshelves' Sanchez Street storefront. Read more »

Greening away poverty

If green is the new black, eco-populism is the new environmentalism
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If the flow of venture capital is any indication, the new green economy is not just coming, it's about to boom. There's good reason to be excited about capitalists pouring money into saving the planet. But is it really the panacea that true believers say it is?

The idea behind "social uplift environmentalism" is that the new green economy is strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Read more »

Careers & Ed: Symphony of instruction

AIM brings classical to kids
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It may have been San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, but at times it felt more like a Pentecostal revival meeting. Forget about rules or decorum: when the spirit moved them, this crowd let loose. Imaginary batons twirled. Heads tick-tocked. Feet tapped. Read more »

Superlist: Dives with karaoke

Increase the fame, reduce the shame at your local bar
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Here's why dive bar karaoke is better than what you'll find at the established venues: (1) you're less likely to get shamed by karaoke "professionals" who hog the mic and collude with the KJ to play nothing but show tunes and ballads; (2) wait times tend to be shorter, giving you more chances to shine; and (3) the song repertoire tends to be a bit wackier, which — if you're lucky — means finding such rare gems as Danzig's "Mother" or your favorite Paula Abdul B-side. Read more »

Scatterbrain Jamboree

Nineteen groups, including some of the freshest new talent this city has to offer
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PREVIEW How many times have you heard this before? "There's no good local rock scene in San Francisco! It's totally a DJ city!" Sigh. Before resigning yourself to a safe and steady diet of well-known touring indie bands — "Why risk $10 on an unknown local band that could suck?" you ask — while bemoaning how much cooler the scene is in other towns (Brooklyn! Montreal! Portland! Oh my!), check out the Scatterbrain Jamboree at Thee Parkside. Read more »

DJ Cheb i Sabbah speaks his Worldly mind

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This Saturday night (2/9) at the Worldly party at Temple, Cheb i Sabbah -- the Algerian-born, San Francisco-based DJ and producer extraordinaire -- celebrates the release of Devotion, his seventh album on Six Degrees Records.Read more »