Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Seeking local control

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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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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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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 »

This toke's for history

A counterculture icon captures the imperfection of weed's hippie renaissance

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE We have to be careful about how we are documenting marijuana. If we aren't, future generations might be forgiven for thinking that cannabis culture occurred solely in courtrooms and during federal raids. After all, when do you read an account of a really great high, or the everyday reality of scoring from a dealer (and not going to jail for it, natch) off the pages of High Times?Read more »

Get wet

SUMMER DRINKS: Upcoming Bay Area drink events

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Meet the brewers: Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery 1398 Haight, SF. (415) 864-7468, www.magnoliapub.com June 20 6-9pm, free. Haight Ashbury's Magnolia is as well-known for its salubrious cask ales and piquant bitter beers as it is for the subtle shades of Grateful Dead in its décor. Hunker down for some Q&A with the minds behind its masterful brews. Next up in this series of monthly meet-and-greets with SF Brewer's Guild members is the Mission's Pi Bar in July.Read more »

Summer ale-manac

SUMMER DRINKS: Sours, s'mores, sessions, stouts -- the brews to choose for the season

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culture@sfbg.com

SUMMER DRINKS When Anchor Steam began its renaissance back in the early ‘80s, California went all in on the craft beer movement, and hasn’t looked back since. Three decades later, this renewed approach to brewing has not only radically pushed boundaries, but redefined the role of beer in our social fabric.Read more »

In the air

Thousands of downloads a week and counting -- the newest voices in cannabis news are female

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE It's Sunday afternoon and the hosts of Mutiny Radio's Cannabis Cuts: The Next Generation have effectively commandeered the smoking lounge at SoMa's Igzactly 420. They are deep into solving the world's problems.Read more »

Wall down, joints up

A journey through Berlin's burgeoning weed scene
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The tallest structure in Germany is a sky needle with a majestic ball sitting well up its length. Due to some vagaries of the physics of light and the shiny, Epcot-like nature of this ball, Berlin's Fernsehturm (a.k.a., television tower) casts the shadow of a cross over the city, much to the consternation of its East German builders.Read more »

On utopian frequencies

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arts@sfbg.com

CULTURE It's the tangible buzz I notice first, a tingling awareness of something important about to occur, followed swiftly by the realization that there are free quesadillas courtesy of the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, silk-screened with chocolate sauce and rabble-rousing sentiment: "Eat the Rich."Read more »