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The Scene

Fresh Tunes

Although brighter days are on the horizon, the timeline for when musicians can safely resume touring is still hazy. The situation has forced many artists to stay productive by focusing on studio projects, with many being released in the early part of the year. From indie upstarts to established legends, here’s a look at 10 new albums coming...

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National: Waiting on a Friend

  If we’ve learned one thing over the past year, we can probably all agree, it’s the value of delivery. Stuck at home and hungry, we placed 500 percent more Instacart orders than we had before the plague, and we paid DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates $5.5 billion in combined revenue to bring us doughnuts, dumplings, and...

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Let’s Go Skiing

Find out where and how to safely shred this season in California. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHSTAR Despite strict lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, California’s ski resorts are open for the season. Sure, you’ll have to comply with numerous rules to visit, but these regulations keep the mountains open to all. And some good news: Skiing...

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Safe Space – Detroit’s Inclusive Bud and Breakfast

Activist and entrepreneur Jess Jackson is destigmatizing cannabis and building a community where everyone is welcome at her Copper House Bud and Breakfast. Jess Jackson wants the world to know her as a “community architect.” “That means I build, develop, sustain, and enhance communities,” says the 33-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s not a known career, but the name conveys that...

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Happy Plan

Americans finally have reason to (cautiously) dream about travel again. If you’re wondering how to be a good traveler in the time of COVID-19, look to the words of ancient Chinese philosopher and author Lao Tzu. Among his many notable wise quotes is this one: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”...

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Winter Safecations

Need a reprieve from the pandemic? Try a California staycation filled with outdoor adventures. Flying to a tropical island or a faraway mountaintop ski retreat sounds perfect at this phase of the pandemic but higher case numbers and new stay-at-home orders leave Northern Californians (relatively) confined to their local area. If you’ve finally finished Netflix (congratulations) and need...

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A Capital City Christmas

Don’t let the pandemic turn you into a Grinch. Celebrate the holidays safely in Sacramento with an al fresco hot cocoa and a brightly lit Ferris wheel. Rising COVID-19 case counts and statewide curfews make California’s holiday season feel much less merry and bright. Instead of canceling all plans to celebrate head to Sacramento—California’s capital city since 1854—this December for a...

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The Art of Resistance

A Sonoma County creative styles the strength of the Black community. As Malia Anderson watched the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement play out across the nation, she wanted to join the protests in a way that resonated with her life’s work. A classically trained image consultant, Malia is the creative spark behind Style by Malia, a Santa Rosa–based...

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Zen and the Art of Apple Pie

Become one with the dough and bring a taste of flaky bliss to the table. First, there is that apple-cinnamon/caramel steam that grabs you by the nose. Then you see the whole pie emerge from the oven and, finally, a warm apple pie wedge whose juices mingle the melting vanilla bean gelato. You take a bite and smile,...

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Stick it Where? Cannabis Suppositories

Cannabis suppositories offer relief and comfort. As a cannabis writer living in Humboldt, CA, I don’t shy away from trying new things. CBD eye cream? Sure! Sea salt caramels with a micro-dose of THC? Obviously! So when it came time to try cannabis suppositories, I didn’t blink. A firm believer in the power of plants, I’ve made my...

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