Dispatches

  • Javier van Oordt cultivates ají chiles in his backyard garden.
    JOHN GILHOOLEY
    GARDENING

    Hot Pepper Advocate

    - An Orange County lawyer grows Peru’s beloved ají amarillo for big-name chefs and home cooks alike.
This plaza in San Francisco's Castro District was named for assassinated city Supervisor Harvey Milk.
PETER DaSILVA
LGBTQ+

The Fight to Keep the Castro Queer

The San Francisco neighborhood known as an international beacon of LGBTQ freedom is becoming more symbol than reality.

Trumpeter Rudy Vasquez learned of Mariachi Arcoiris from a Facebook ad.
DUSTIN SNIPES
MUSIC

L.A.’s LGBTQ Mariachi Band Performs with Pride

There’s not enough room for the whole band in the living room of the East L.A. home where Mariachi Arcoiris ...

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EVENTS

Event: Steve Jobs Rebooted

Journalist Tom Zito, software developer Andy Hertzfeld, and pioneering game developer Al Alcorn share intimate details of their relationships with the Apple co-founder.

Close-up of Peru’s beloved ají chiles—grown in California.
GETTY IMAGES
NEWSLETTER

Desperately Seeking Peruvian Peppers (in California)

In this week's newsletter, meet the Orange County lawyer who grows ajis amarillos—and then gives them away.

San Francisco native Danny Glover (right) costars in The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Fails (left) and Majors (center).
A24 FILMS
NEWSLETTER

Don’t Cry For Me San Francisco

San Francisco has become the nation's punching bag — and those that love the city are starting to punch back. Could a new film unite us all? 

Poet Katie Peterson
YOUNG SUH
POETRY

Poem: ‘Paul Bowles’

This poem by Katie Peterson appears in her book A Piece of Good News. Peterson's honors include the Howard Mumford Jones Prize, the New Issues Poetry Prize, and the Rilke Prize.

Built in 1908, the Gamble House was designed by architects Greene & Greene, for use by David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble fame) as a winter residence.
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NEWSLETTER

10 Oscar-Worthy Landmarks

Some of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes aren’t stolen by actors—but by the scenery itself. In this week's newsletter, we count down our favorite picks for California landmarks that helped make a movie.