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News, The Snitch Major Cannabis Company Raided in Sonoma Today

Major Cannabis Company Raided in Sonoma Today

Local law enforcement and Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Santa Rosa raided the production labs of prominent cannabis company Care By Design this morning, possibly after receiving a complaint from a disgruntled former employee, according to reports. Several people…
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News, Feature In Search of America's Most Coveted Beer

In Search of America's Most Coveted Beer

I first heard of Pliny the Younger from a fellow beer fanatic, who spoke in a hushed, reverential tone as he told me about the exorbitant lengths people go to for a glass. This year, I decided I needed to…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

Yesterday's Crimes: The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

John Bly and Scott Bunting, both 17, were out for a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride through a hilly stretch of road in Santa Rosa on March 6, 1972. They stopped to take a break in a spot overlooking a creek.…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Fog Belt Brewing Company: Hoppy Beers in Santa Rosa

Fog Belt Brewing Company: Hoppy Beers in Santa Rosa

Fogbelt Brewing Company has opened the tap, introducing a few new microbrews to the Bay Area craft beer scene. This 2-month-old Santa Rosa brewery and taproom is as much a place to enjoy a pint and a bite as it…
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Music, Hidden Agenda These Wounds Are Real, Man

These Wounds Are Real, Man

Authenticity is a strange quality to praise in a punk band. Is there a more or less genuine way for vocalists to debase themselves on stage? Not really. Still, some seek to assess the earnestness of live antics, as if…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stripped


Comic strips have been around since the early 1800s, and some strips have been in circulation almost that long as well. (“The Katzenjammer Kids” has been running since 1897!). The Bay Area has been at the center of groundbreaking comic…
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Music, Hear This Victims Family: Show Preview

Victims Family: Show Preview

More than 25 years after forming in Santa Rosa, moving to San Francisco, swapping out multiple drummers, breaking up, reuniting, vanishing, and then re-emerging — all while playing in various other local bands — the core members of Victims Family…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: The Beauty of Beer

Fresh Eats: The Beauty of Beer

Small Is Beautiful A certain amount of boundary-pushing has come to define American craft beer. We're in the midst of a movement that's extreme with a capital E, driven by an ABV arms race tipping the alcohol content of craft…
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Music, Emily Jane White evokes melancholy nostalgia

Emily Jane White evokes melancholy nostalgia

Emily Jane White has a sorrowful singing voice that evokes feelings of long-forgotten, foggy memories. She offers a sense of nostalgia through those somber vocals. The acoustic-guitar strummer, who occasionally lives in San Francisco, crashes in Santa Rosa when not…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Academy of Art Jeer-Leader Pump up the volume: I'm always interested in the Academy of Art's antics, and this is pretty amazing . Even better is the (unsurprising) revelation of its 100 percent acceptance…
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Music, Bouncer

Pot's for pussies

I'm an eight-at-a-time Netflix junkie, which means either I'm a cinephile or I have no life. Or both. Anywho, a documentary on the site caught my eye the other day. It was called Nietzsche and the Nazis. I put that…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Fare and Oxygen

Fresh Fare and Oxygen

Minor epiphany: I was at home, trying to talk myself out of going to the farmers' market. I had a million things to do, including the long-delayed project I was working on, that I'd be unlikely to continue in quite…
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News, Sucka Free City

Hopelessly Devoted

We all have dirty little secrets. Here's one of mine: I know every word to every song on Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John. You might think it wouldn't be easy being an Olivia fan in San Francisco, where retro is only…
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News, The Apologist

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It was the rainiest March in memory for San Francisco, and meteorologists say the Bay Area's unceasing wetness will continue for the next couple of weeks. Downtown San Francisco saw 25 days of rain in March (with hail mixed in),…
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News, The Apologist

The Pit Pendulum

In recent weeks, the Bay Area has seen a spate of attacks by pit bulls, a dog type that was historically bred for the purposes of fighting but has since evolved into one of the most popular breeds in North…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Fishing

Pacifica Pier Beach & Santa Rosa, Pacifica When you want to while away a Sunday afternoon with a line in the brine, Pacifica is the place to do it. A short drive south of San Francisco on Highway 1, the…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Comedian

William Franken If any comedian today could be said to embody the spirit of San Francisco, it's Will Franken. Long-haired, lanky-limbed, and mildly shabby-looking, Franken slaps his audiences about the face and neck with his cerebral, surreal blend of…
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Music, Reviewed V/A


Luaka Bop's third volume in this series -- following discs devoted to Brazil's Os Mutantes and Santa Rosa's Shuggie Otis -- is subtitled "The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa." That's a far better descriptor than "world psychedelia," because, while…
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News, Feature Horse Pay

Horse Pay

Russ Gardiner is a retired advertising executive who now serves as a volunteer extraordinaire with Sonoma State University -- an assistant golf coach at the moment -- and he has the latter's sun-reddened face and the former's habit of talking…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

During the altrock signing frenzy of the early '90s, punk power trio Victims Family seemed like a sure bet to rise from the underground. The Santa Rosa band had been slogging it out since 1984, opening for the likes of…
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