Pot Shops

Sonoma and Marin take different approaches to dispensaries In 2016, California voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults, setting off a rush of entrepreneurs who wanted to enter the newly legal market. Legalization was intended to uplift people impacted by decades of cannabis criminalization, but the rollout has not been the same...
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Open Mic: Isolation and Connection

We need to start talking about the effects the pandemic is having on our mental health before we have a collective nervous breakdown. As the pandemic drags on, what I’m most worried about is how we all seem to be putting on the same smiling social media airs, acting as...
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SRJC Trustees Rename Campus Museum

On April 13, 2021, the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the name of Jesse Peter, Jr. from its on-campus museum six months after receiving a letter from local Native American tribal officials urging them to make the change.  Peter was an amateur anthropologist...

Fraught Friendships Onstage

The circle of life takes center stage in the North Bay with two plays featuring females dealing with challenges ranging from child rearing to senior living. Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater invites you to Cry It Out while the Ross Valley Players would love for you to come and pull a...

Entitled Assholes Will Be The Death of Theatre

What were we thinking? Who were we kidding? Did we really think that the segment of the theatre audience made up of entitled assholes would adhere to a mask mandate? You know to whom I‘m referring. They are the folks who text throughout a performance, or bring food or drink...

West County Magic: SebArts for the win

I love Sebastopol. How could I not? I live a couple of miles from downtown, in a glass house in an apple orchard. With my personal garden just off the deck, and my own treehouse a stone’s throw from my front door, I have access to all the beauty...

West County Magic

SEBARTS The Center offers a full local arts schedule, all year long. I love Sebastopol. How could I not? I live a couple of miles from downtown, in a glass house in an apple orchard. With my personal garden just off the deck, and my own treehouse a stone’s...

‘Galatea’ Soars

Sci-fi shines onstage Science fiction has long been the purview of film and, to a lesser extent, television. Live theatrical productions of the genre are few and far between, undoubtedly because of the challenges in staging what we have become accustomed to seeing on screen via the CGI extravaganzas of...
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