Local Legends

11 Dec 2019

How Oaksterdam Helped Shape Cannabis As We Know It

By Sevada Hemelians Attitudes and laws regarding cannabis have changed drastically throughout the state and the country in recent years. It would be remiss not to acknowledge the part Oaksterdam played in that evolution. Growing, processing and the way cannabis is used has been heavily influenced by the actions and

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04 Dec 2019

Wishing the Tuesday Siren a Two-Year Farewell

The San Francisco Tuesday noon siren has been a thing since World War II, when people were ready to hit the bomb shelters at any given moment. In years since, the slightly obnoxious noise has become part of the city’s fabric in the same way locals learn to love all

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09 Oct 2019

Mezzanine Fights Back, Files for Chapter 11 Protection

OFF MENU IS SPONSORED BY EMPEROR NORTON’S BOOZELAND THE TENDERLOIN’S NEWEST HISTORIC DIVE.  HAPPY HOUR NOON – 7PM It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Mezzanine since news first hit last November that the property owners were looking to kick the female-run music venue to the curb with a threat to increase

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28 Aug 2019

Somebody is Spreading Sidewalk Joy in Berkeley

While Berkeley roots may be hard to find these days, somebody is out there doing the most to remind passersby of the creativity and counter-culture sentiment that once permeated the historic city. If you stroll Berkeley streets with your head down, you’ll find little silver discs of pure joy and

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21 Aug 2019

Chinatown Rose Pak Station: A Rose by Any Other Name

Who knew that seven little letters could incite such emotional response? The name Rose Pak means different things to different people. To some, she was a tireless activist, a power broker with a cause, an inspiration. To others, she was a divisive, foul-mouthed bully. In reality, she was probably both.

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24 Jul 2019

Some Cannabis Strains Tell the Stories of Heroes

There you are, scrolling through picture after picture of pretty purple haired flowers, brightly yellow-hued shiny shatters, sticky waxes, tinctures for all that ails, plethora of pod varieties, muscle rubs, gummies… Every option has a name – like lovers, some feel like old friends and some come and go. But

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28 Jun 2019

SF Mime Troupe Celebrates 60 years with musical comedy “Treasure Island”

It says it right on the side of the giant truck that transports their self-contained outdoor theater set: “Not that kind of mime!” Far from being silent, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has presented musical comedies in the parks for 60 years, making them the longest running political comedy troupe

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14 Jun 2019

SF is Celebrating the First Official Tamale Lady Day!

Virginia Ramos, aka The Tamale Lady, was my friend. We had a long history together and she was a constant in the lives of so many people who call The City home. As I mentioned in this tribute I wrote about her after her passing in September 2018, Virginia “wasn’t

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