Dispatches

Harrison Ford as Rick Decker in the 1982 film Blade Runner.
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NEWSLETTER

California’s Fictional Future

In this week's newsletter, we create a DIY futuristic California film festival.

U.S. marshals arrest Harris for draft evasion in 1969 at Struggle Mountain, the Harris-Baez home in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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NEWSLETTER

California, Resist!

In this week's newsletter, the Golden State is first in fighting back. Activist David Harris’s draft resistance is one of many movements that originated on (and continue to emerge from) the West Coast.

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WHAT NEXT

Your Christmas Tree Wants to Live

In search of some eco-friendly holiday spirit? Try fostering a fruitless olive tree, magnolia, or fern pine.

A home burns at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on October 24, 2019. - fast-moving wildfire roared through California wine country early Thursday, as authorities warned of the imminent danger of more fires across much of the Golden State. The Kincade fire in Sonoma County kicked up Wednesday night, quickly growing from a blaze of a few hundred acres into an uncontained 10,000-acre (4,000-hectare) inferno, California fire and law enforcement officials said.
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ESSAY

California Fires: A Hopeful Apocalypse Story

The Kincade and Getty blazes represent something awful and dystopic — but now is the moment for a fresh start.

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NEWSLETTER

California’s New Normal

In this week's newsletter, wildfires force a quarterly magazine to examine breaking news.

Tammy Nelson performs the finale of Beach Blanket Babylon wearing a San Francisco skyline hat and Alan Greenspan, the show’s longtime hat designer and maker.
PETER PRATO
CURTAIN CALL

Pulling Back the Curtain on Beach Blanket Babylon

After a wild—and wildly successful—45-year run, the camp classic Beach Blanket Babylon ends this December. Robert Ito compiled an oral history of a beloved San Francisco spectacle.

NEWSLETTER

California Is a Cabaret

In this week’s newsletter, we laud four critically-acclaimed Golden State performers still in search of the big time.