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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Suburb Livermore Stakes Its Claim to Indie Cool With the Front Porch Music Fest

Bay Area Suburb Livermore Stakes Its Claim to Indie Cool With the Front Porch Music Fest

Somewhere between the hipster meccas of Brooklyn and S.F./Oakland lies Livermore, a quiet town of roughly 80,000 adjacent to the mild East Bay suburbs of Dublin and Pleasanton. While home to a number of nice wineries, including the venerable Wente,…
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Dining, SFoodie Tasting Petite Sirah, California's Little Big Wine

Tasting Petite Sirah, California's Little Big Wine

It was born in 1880, and four years later came to California. But for another 80, almost nobody knew it. Petite Sirah is one of California's historical vines and among the earliest varieties introduced to the state, but for decades…
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Dining, SFoodie 2009 Big House Red, the Ultimate Kitchen Sink Guzzler

2009 Big House Red, the Ultimate Kitchen Sink Guzzler

Finding under-$10 reds that don't suck can be an abject journey through liquor store fodder, Safeway drivel, and undrinkable vintage wines. Hell, some of the wines I've tried in the single-digit dollar category aren't even fit to cook with, but…
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News, The Snitch Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 'Hummer Mom,' Accused of Sex with Boys

Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 'Hummer Mom,' Accused of Sex with Boys

Readers might remember the truly disturbing case of Christine Shreeve Hubbs, the attractive Mormon mother from Livermore who was arrested in August for allegedly having sex with young teenage boys. Now in a plea deal, Hubbs will likely go to…
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Culture, Stage

A-A-America!

British playwright Edward Bond's 1976 play A-A-America! consists of two frankly offensive one-acts about lynching and American racism. The first, "Grandma Faust," is a cartoonish Brer Rabbit-style tale about a Southern yokel named Uncle Sam who makes a Faustian deal…
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The New Nuclear Age

Angling for a little public relations bounce off the showdown with Iraq, seven Bay Area anti-nuclear activists got themselves arrested earlier this month by attempting their own "inspection" of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, one of the nation's most sensitive nuclear…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

King of the Edgewater Neal Cook stands at the edge of the stage, toying with a cordless microphone, clearly enjoying the moment. He looks razor-sharp in a black tuxedo with red bow tie and blinding shiny shoes. Short and balding,…
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