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Open Mic: Sonoma County Fails to Support Homeless During Freeze Emergency

On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 28, Homeless Action! sent an advisory to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa officials and media about the need to protect unsheltered residents from the ominous freezing-weather forecast for four successive nights beginning Dec. 29. The County Commission on Human Rights...
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Bring the Rock—BottleRock Announces 2022 Lineup

The North Bay’s biggest music festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, always gathers the country’s top headlining artists and bands to perform in the heart of Napa. This year, the festival emphasizes the “Rock” in “BottleRock” when it presents over 75 acts on Memorial Day weekend, topping the bill with heavy...
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Record-breaking Wave of Covid Hits the North Bay

Ella played it safe throughout most of the pandemic. With Delta cases waning and her daughter living in Granada, Spain, for a few months, December seemed like a wonderful time for a European vacation. But when the trip was over, Ella tested positive for Covid-19, and the United States won’t...
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Literary Roundup—Phenomenal Reads for 2022

In the streaming era it’s easy to believe that books are falling by the wayside. Even I, an avid reader and literature major, find I need small nudges and reminders to crack the next book rather than open an article on my phone, pop on a podcast or couch...
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Speak Up—Vocab Slick Creates a Hip-Hop Lexicon

In the “Opening Remarks” of Vocab Slick’s latest album, Language, the longtime hip-hop performer lays out his mission in music: “This is an invitation of engagement / An invitation to listen to my art, my language, my expression / A language encompassing all emotion: love, sadness, joy, anger and confidence...
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Culture Crush—Garage A Tois in Mill Valley, Youth in Arts Concert, and More

Online/Larkspur Song Night Serving thousands of students across Marin County and beyond, Youth In Arts builds skills and confidence in young people, and they can’t do it alone. This week, Youth In Arts hosts its annual SING OUT! concert, a scholarship fundraiser for high school a cappella ensemble ’Til Dawn. The...

Mike Birbiglia Dives Deep in New Solo Show

You may not know it by looking at him, but Mike Birbiglia has issues. The comedian, writer, filmmaker and NPR darling specializes in turning his personal problems and family foibles into funny and endearing stage shows. This month, the Brooklyn-based performer is back in the Bay Area for a limited-run...
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Culture Crush—Napa Lighted Art Festival, MLK Day Family Concert and More

Online Poetic Art Former Poet Laureate of Marin Prartho Sereno is best known for her written works, authoring several award-winning poetry collections. This month, she shows off her visual art with an exhibit of watercolor paintings in the lobby of the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. The art on display...
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