Local Legends

10 Apr 2020

Help Keep City Lights Books Alive!

There are few things more holy to the soul of creative San Francisco than City Lights Books. It is part of our DNA, hell it’s part of the DNA of every countercultural movement that has existed in the United States. I love this bookstore so dearly that it would shatter

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10 Apr 2020

How Phyllis Lyon Changed The World…And My Life

Guest Post by Dottie Lux Yesterday was an average Thursday in the sense that, in the morning I ascended a long steep staircase, grabbing the newspaper and passing blooming daisies, to reach a blue house tucked back on the very tip-top of a sloping San Francisco hill. The best view

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29 Jan 2020

V. Vale: The Man Who Can Do Everything Tells All

By Lydia Sviatoslavsky V. Vale sat down to talk stupid degrees, being a Henry Rollins fan, cognitive constipation, City Lights, Blue Cheer, how every word needs to earn its keep, the underbelly of hippies, survival of punk, how beatniks helped shaped the crazy journey…and just about everything else you’ve ever

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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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