The Time Lapse: Stanford Class of ‘17

A centennial glimpse back for millennials going forward by Charles Russo The gentlemen of Phi Kappa Psi, circa 1917. (Courtesy of the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) The 2017 school year begins today at Stanford University, and The Six Fifty sees it as an opportune launching point for our new visual history column — The Time Lapse, which will showcase a wide range of historical photography from many areas and eras of the Peninsula over the years. For this first ...

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Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

How to Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Arts Fest Tips from a local on getting the most out of the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts by Caitlin Wolf It’s the end of August in Palo Alto, and that can only mean one thing: time for the annual Festival of the Arts! Having grown up here, I remember being dragged along University Avenue as a child waiting impatiently as my mother and grandmother ...

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How Vinyl Solution is feeding Silicon Valley’s record store addiction

Vinyl Solution in San Mateo is one of the Peninsula’s last vintage music holdouts. And yes, they have cassettes. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino Vinyl Solution stocks all manner of analog doohickeys, like this turntable. Photo by Jody Troxel. On a Tuesday morning, in the middle of a quiet street in San Mateo dotted with nail salons and Asian restaurants, Vinyl Solution Records is buzzing. Twentysomething employees rack records, customers stream in and out picking through ...

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My own private Peninsula: permit-only hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You know those people who always come back from fabulous vacations bragging about how they “had the whole place” to themselves? Next time, summon a smirk of your own and direct them to your Instagram feed, where they’ll see you cavorting in a beautiful park right here at home with NO CROWDS AT ALL, because you got a permit or arranged a special tour to get there. “We could have ...

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Pear Theatre’s “Slices” is Silicon Valley art with bite

Memorial Day is upon us. Don’t already have every moment booked up? Then go get tickets to Pear Slices at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre and see this challenging and insightful show before it closes with Sunday night’s final performance. Even if you’re not into theater, you’ll be glad you did. Sorry for the late notice, of course. But hear us out. Pear Slices is a series of short skits showcasing local playwrights and with ...

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Peninsula Abandoned

A photo essay by Colleen Salvosa The Davenport Ditch was a catch basin turned canvas. Today it’s covered in dirt. Left. Gone. Waiting for decay. These are the structures Bay Area photographer Colleen Salvosa gravitates towards. Graffiti is almost a natural byproduct of abandonment. No rules means an open canvas for color and an outpouring of ideas. In Peninsula Abandoned, Salvosa highlights the colorful beauty of structures forgotten. Abandoned train station — Brisbane, CA Abandoned pier — Davenport, CA Abandoned farm house — Half Moon Bay, CA Abandoned ...

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Six Free Stanford Talks to Attend this Winter

The climate is changing via IG: sunilgarud Not a Stanford student, but still want to know what hot topics have the campus buzzing? No problem. Stanford professors are offering an array of open talks from video games to climate change geared towards educating and enriching the local community. So come to Stanford campus if you want to hear the newest research, learn about technology, or just need a little bit of inspiration. ...

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Rosewood Sand Hill’s Concierge Picks For The Perfect Silicon Valley Weekend

Sunday at the Rosewood via IG: dlee311 Concierge Donna Jones of Rosewood Sand Hill hotel is used to putting together tech-heavy itineraries. As the unofficial home base for visiting entrepreneurs pitching to the venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road, the hotel gets no shortage of requests to see Silicon Valley, even if it is an idea as much as a physical place. After all, if you don’t get funded at least you ...

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Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: 6 Funny Films to see in November

Viewing the Atomic Falafal via IG: ilanahadad The 25th annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (Oct. 27-Nov. 20) brings a unique touch to spreading awareness of Jewish culture. Six of their films have Q&A sessions with the directors and cast members after their showings. These sessions aim to expand Silicon Valley’s knowledge about Jewish films through real voices, anecdotes, and humor. This year, many of SVJFF’s films use humor as the gateway to ...

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Silicon Valley African Film Festival: 10 films to catch in October

Photo by: Elley Photography Every year, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (Oct 14–16) provides a unique lens into the real Africa. For their seventh show, the SVAFF will showcase African vitality and shine a light into society’s most stigmatized issues. This year’s films raise issues pertaining to everyone and is the first step towards creating an equal society. Below are our list of SVAFF’s must-see’s this year. ARTHUR In this short documentary, Jordan Braise ...

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