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California used to be the place people would go to get lost. Or rather, it’s the place they would go to lose sight of who they once were and find their truest self. It was the ultimate frontier, a boundless country supposedly endowed to Easterners by Manifest Destiny. When my parents moved to San Francisco, the dream of wide-open space was still there; it was still a malleable place where they and so many...
The Royal Road Directed by Jenni Olson October 30-November 5 at Anthology Film Archives It’s been 10 years since Jenni Olson released The Joy of Life, a landscape-essay film that, among various achievements, mused on the association between the Golden Gate Bridge and suicide. The film, alongside Olson’s op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about the topic, reignited a discussion about the need for preventative measures to be taken, which stayed prevalent through the release of the...
"Kindness and love are really beautiful," Domonique Echeverria tells me shortly before midnight, as she's getting ready to host one of the city's best weekly parties. (I had asked her about beauty.) Her make-up is already on from an earlier photo shoot—deep blues and purples over her eyelids, shades of color along her jawbone, and a crush of red lipstick—so she's pulling out various dresses, tops, and skirts from her closet and armoire, both...
Harmless Harvest founders, Justin Guilbert and Douglas Riboud, first hatched their ecosystem-based business model in 2009, in order to create sustainability all the way from field to shelf. “If you maximize the welfare of all your agents in the supply chain, the results will be superior—far more than if you just care about your own profits,” Guilbert explains. The eco-minded mission definitely paid off for the Park Slope-based pair; they successfully launched their first...

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