Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Spark that joint, Barry

Another closed dispensary, another sexist pot movie -- at least we've got an Obama protest to look forward to

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE First things first, because I just saw the new Oliver Stone weed movie and I'm dying to tell you which of the grisly marijuana murders was my favorite. But there are bigger things afoot, namely the President's journey to the East Bay on Mon/23.Read more »

NUDE BEACHES 2012

Our 38th annual survey of Northern California naked fun in the sun

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Editors Note: Below you'll find our annual update on the state of nude beaches in the Bay Area, along with detailed guides and directions to several of our favorites. For details on dozens more, please see our complete Nude Beaches Guide, which we are in the process of updating.  Read more »

Earthquake Survival Guide*

*This content is generated by the SFBG promotions and advertising departments.

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If you live in the Bay Area the chances of you experiencing an earthquake is rather high. Remember that huge earthquake in 1906 that ruptured the San Andreas fault? Of course not. It happened over 100 years ago, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. Don’t risk the chance and not be prepared if another one strikes soon. Get prepared now!

The best way to survive an earthquake is to get educated about them. 

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Meanwhile, in Uruguay

Another cannabis dispensary closure? Time to move to South America, where the president has just proposed a legalization plan 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Happy Independence Day hangover (yes, still)! I'll leave aside all discussion regarding the wisdom of the mid-week holiday and head straight into the fact that I spent the evening of the Third of July very, very sadly.

It was for this reason: after work I tore over to my beloved neighborhood dispensary Shambhala Healing Center (www.shambhalasf.com), arriving ten minutes before closing time. It was closed. Peeved, I called in to lightly berate them for shuttering early.Read more »

Faces of feminism

As the War on Women rages, Bay Area feminism comes to the fore

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Is San Francisco still on the cutting edge of women's issues? I recently spent a sunny Saturday morning buried in the radical archives of Bolerium Books (www.bolerium.com) — which is by the way, an amazing resource for anyone researching labor, African American, First Peoples, and queer history, among other things. Me, I was looking into our city's rich history of feminist activism, inspiration for our upcoming Guardian "Bay Area Feminism Today" panel discussion. Read more »

Cash your bowl

Cash-only cannabis, the Vapor Room closes -- this week, we're scraping for good news 

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Seeking local control

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news@sfbg.com

As a potentially troublesome court decision threatens the existence of cannabis dispensaries in cities throughout California, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera submitted an amicus brief last week urging the California Supreme Court to reverse the decision.Read more »

After the raid

Oaksterdam update: A hero is honored, a new president is forged 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE It is exceedingly difficult to get Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee to talk about himself. I have him — the person who drove the Proposition 19 legalization campaign, whose house and cannabis trade school were raided by federal agents in April, who through his businesses' success has helped revitalize and make safe a previously gloomy stretch of downtown Oakland — on the phone to talk about the lifetime achievement award he will be receiving from High Times at this week's Cannabis Cup (Sat/23-Sun/24).Read more »

A poly push?

QUEER ISSUE: OpenSF conference could be sign of expansion in the polyamorous community

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culture@sfbg.com

QUEER ISSUE Is San Francisco's polyamorous community experiencing a renaissance? Pepper Mint, organizer of the recent sex education conference Open SF (www.open-sf.org), suspects the non-monogamous in the Bay Area have finally reached a critical mass. His proof? Over the weekend of June 8, OpenSF was attended by over 500 of the poly-curious and practicing.Read more »

Hot pink action

QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events

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ONGOING

Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.Read more »