.Mark Fernquest

May 18, 2022

Eclectic Arts: Downtown Santa Rosa’s Calabi Gallery

Sometimes there’s more to a story than meets the eye. Dennis Calabi is a shining example.  His unassuming storefront, Calabi Gallery, sits on Tenth Street...
May 4, 2022

Community Creatives – West County’s artist underground

By Mark Fernquest It’s a bright and cloudy spring day in West County. I’m waiting for my neighbor, Marc Lepp, 68, to pick me up....
Apr 27, 2022

Exquisite Guest – Andrei Codrescu returns to Occidental

By Mark Fernquest Long ago, when I was a youngster in the 1980s, my bookish older brother brought home an unusual literary magazine he’d scored...
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Mar 9, 2022

Holy Cripes — Coffee confessions

Confession: I drink cold coffee. Not the expensive hipster cold-pressed stuff, either—that isn’t confession-worthy. No, I make my own pourover in the morning and...
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Mar 2, 2022

Residential Renaissance — Alternative architecture in the North Bay

Zome is where the heart is I’m standing in a Zome, in an empty lot behind a warehouse across the river from downtown Petaluma. The...
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Feb 23, 2022

Seattle or Bust — Finding Winter in the Heart of Spring

The trouble with living in California is that the winter rain lasts for two or three weeks and then we are gifted with an...
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Feb 15, 2022

Cheap Eats—My Successful Search for North Bay Low-Budget Goodness

Wherever I live, I always line up a few cheap local eats that help me establish a culinary budget baseline. Why? Because I like...
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Feb 9, 2022

My Life in Beer—the Truth as I Lived it

I remember my first beer. It was my sister’s fifth birthday, and the year was 1978. I was 10 years old. The day was...