Ginger Murray

05 Jun 2024

You’ll Find So Much Beauty and History When Walking Around West Oakland

We were part of the Exodus from San Francisco to Oakland back in 2012. Back when rental prices in the city had again become absurd, artists were again, being forced out and what had been so lively had again, been dimmed. This repeated wave has affected the city of San Francisco

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27 Sep 2023

Is Strut Queer Open Mic the Most Unique Open Mic in SF?

“I hesitate to use the phrase Safe Space because, sometimes I don’t always know what that means”.  Said Matthew Beld as I interviewed them at the Rite Spot on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s an important question. What does that mean outside of therapy and small, private enclaves where people can gather

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27 Jan 2024

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally

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02 Aug 2023

Oakland’s Radio Bar Used to Have a Fight Club in the Basement

“I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.” ~ Jack Johnson It was entirely abandoned. Bottles, covered in dust, were still on the shelves, bar stools were askew and sticky glasses rested on the tables. It was as though some mysterious

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16 May 2023

The 16th & Mission Open Mic Celebrates 20 Years w/ Anthology & More!

Twenty years ago a circle of chalk was drawn, on the concrete, in front of the 16th Street Mission BART station. To what purpose was this chalk circle? A ritual of recognition? A demarcation of special space? A making important, via a specific corner, that which is too often disregarded? Well folks, it

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03 May 2023

San Francisco Has its Parklet Policy All Wrong

“Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession

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29 Mar 2023

The Bold Beautiful History of the West Oakland Mural House

Folks hanging out on their porch and greeting friends, family and passersby, has long been part of the nature of West Oakland. A man whose house I regularly walk by on my way to work once called out to me, “How do you make a Mai Tai?” “You’ve got to

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09 Jan 2023

The Little Known Queer History of San Francisco’s Uptown

We began a tradition of bowing to each other. Back when I started working Monday comedy nights at the Rite Spot, it became a regular habit to stop off at the Uptown on my way via the train from Oakland. Like many long time bartenders, my morning is primarily spent

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16 Nov 2022

Bawdy Storytelling: Where Regular People Tell Their Dirtiest Stories

“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.” ― Mae West A woman I work with for wedding events tells me – in between filling up the juices, setting up the mats, and stocking the liquor – all about her sexual exploits. These exploits range

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