“No matter what they do to the Gathering, where they have it, what they close and open, it’s always good to be home, which is what the Gathering is,” said Hippie Joe, a 40-year-old pipefitter and father of four from Detroit. With that, he took a huff off a morning joint and moved into the throng of jovial patrons. Some wore the clown face paint made famous by the members of ICP, some wore the T-shirts emblazoned with Psychopathic logos, and some wore little to nothing. It didn’t matter. “This is not a place where you’re going to be judged,” Hippie Joe said. … [Read more...] about A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
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8:10 a.m. Contra Costa County goes after ‘most blatant’ violators: In charging Pittsburg sports bar Skorz with illegally remaining open in violation of pandemic health orders — Contra Costa County’s first such prosecution — the district attorney’s office is “mindful of the fact that businesses are struggling right now and the health officer orders are evolving,” according to spokesman Scott Alonso. That’s why, he said, “we’re trying to reserve criminal prosecution for the most blatant violations.” The case could result in jail time, but more likely “a significant fine,” Alonso said. Read the story here. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area case counts plummet from summer highs
Perhaps the epitome of the scene came in 2016, when San Francisco restaurant Quince made headlines for serving truffle croquettes atop an iPad playing a video of truffle-seeking dogs. Tech luminaries served as investors: Saison in SoMa, for instance, opened in 2013 with funding from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Benchmark Capital’s Peter Fenton and angel investor Tim Ferris, according to a Bloomberg report at the time. By 2017 the Bay Area had more three-Michelin-starred restaurants than any other place in the country, a reflection of the boom in high-end establishments that the Michelin star system favors. … [Read more...] about SF had the country’s premier fine dining scene. Do Michelin stars matter now?
“It's very difficult to give a narrative to animals that you're not personifying,” James said. “The wildlife accuracy and presenting the information on the animals was easy for us, but developing a story without giving human characteristics to animals was the tough part.” … [Read more...] about Katy-based children’s book series benefits conservation charities
"Tennis players are creatures of habit: They are used to going to the same restaurants, practicing with the same people and using the same locker room," Evert said in a telephone interview, alluding to all the norms that have been altered by the U.S. Open's strict protocols. "So, it's going to take a special player to win this year's U.S. Open. It's going to be a player that is flexible. A player that is patient. A player that is focused. And a player that is going to conjure up their own energy out there when there are no fans and no atmosphere." … [Read more...] about Chris Evert works to jump-start tennis at Grand Slam, grass-roots level in pandemic’s wake