Palo Alto’s kiddie zoo just reopened! Here are 8 animals that zookeepers think you shouldn’t miss on your first visit back.

After two years and $33 million, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is twice the size, with 50 species and a two-story treehouse. (Photo courtesy Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo) When the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo outgrew its clunky 1940s architecture (including concrete bathtub-shaped exhibits), the beloved family staple closed to undergo a two-year makeover. Now it’s back at nearly double the size with a Loose-in-the-Zoo theme that ...

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Seven superb Silicon Valley podcasts NOT about tech

From Stanford to NASA, the Peninsula has a lot to talk about By Emily Olson (Illustration by Kaz Palladino) This New Year’s, resolve to choose local and learn something new by changing up your podcast game. We’ve done the long-range listening for you, cutting out well-worn topics (read: tech), and narrowed it down to a curated list of our seven favorite Peninsula podcasts. Just listen in for 10 (or 30, or 60) minutes a day to get ...

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Is Neil Young’s Bridge School Concert really cancelled or just under construction?

Pegi Young hints at the return of one of rock & roll’s greatest festivals and explains why the Bridge School isn’t about to call it quits. Neil Young performing solo acoustic at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Erika Carrillo) The Boss was a big get. A year off of his monster Born in The U.S.A. tour, a 15-month steamroll around the globe in support of the album ...

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Cowboys and Crow Hoppers: Scenes from the Grand National Rodeo

Cowboys and Crow Hoppers: Scenes from the 2017 Grand National Rodeo The Cow Palace’s mainstay classic is rowdy, dangerous, and a much-welcomed alternative to staring at your phone all weekend. By Jason Backrak and Amar Dillon Your Majesty: A cow awaits its turn to be judged in one of the many livestock competitions happening at the Grand National Rodeo. It is — after all — named the Cow Palace for a reason. Sure, there has been a half-century of epic concerts there, from Neil ...

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Pondering the Zen aesthetics of Stanford athletics

The new Home of Champions is not a museum, it’s a paradigm By Charles Russo Stanford’s new Home of Champions celebrates their most recent national titles in a marquee location by the front entrance. (Photo by Charles Russo) This past week I exited Stanford’s Home of Champions feeling inclined to quote the Hagakure. Yes, you read that correctly, but I’ll reiterate: the collective poise and purpose of the University’s new shrine to its athletics legacy left ...

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The final days of Redwood City’s world-renowned roller skating mecca

Long before the internet, Redwood Roller Rink was exporting artistic roller skating to the rest of the world. How a Redwood City icon became the home of world champions. by Kali Shiloh (Photos by Philip Wartena and Kali Shiloh) Competitive skater Ashley Clifford has traveled abroad six times for world championships. Here in the U.S., the college student has won 29 national championships. In the heart of the high-tech capital of the world stands a vault ...

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