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Mon December 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Preserving culture with music

Texas Bluesman Mance Lipscomb and Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwiz from the film "This Ain't No Mouse Music" by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling

Good music can be uplifting, it can be healing, it can get you out of the house and on your feet, dancing. A new documentary film, “This Ain’t No Mouse Music,” tackles another side of music: how it can act like oral history, preserving unique cultures that could disappear.

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Mon December 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Foxtails Brigade

Photo by: Riki Feldmann

What’s this you’re hearing?  It’s the sounds of Foxtails Brigade. This San Francisco group has so many diverse musical influences that they credit “Etcetera” on their website. 

Foxtails Brigade will be drawing from their many influences when they perform at The Chapel on Valencia Street in San Francisco. They'll be there Friday (12.19), with music starting at 9pm.  

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Mon December 15, 2014
My Mix Tape

"Der er et yndigt land"

For Danish resident, Sonia Bistrup, the nation's anthem is her favorite "unfavorite" song.

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Fri December 12, 2014
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: 12.12.14


Court favors dispensaries over US Attorney… OK for native tribes to grow cannabis… Emerald Cup this weekend… Pot plant not acceptable as Christmas tree… and more


Close to half of US population lives in states with legal marijuana dispensaries //   That figure has more than doubled since 2011.


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Thu December 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

The Greenhouse Project: Bringing San Francisco’s forgotten flower farm back to life

Maya de Paula Hanika

In 2002, Juan Carlos Cancino, was riding his bike around town and found an entire city block of dilapidated greenhouses, near a hill in the Portola called University Mound.

“You step inside them and immediately it’s warmer,” Cancino says. “It’s quieter, the birds are chirping. You smell the flowers and there’s the crunch of earth under your feet.”

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