The Six Fifty’s full-bodied guide to Beer Week on the Peninsula

From sours to stout, we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s brewing and where it’s hoppin’ Oh, the choices—Beer Week 2018. (Photo by Charles Russo) It’s Beer Week in the Bay Area, and while the massive list of events throughout the region has us hastily scheduling functioning alcoholism onto our calendars, the 2018 incarnation of this festival reads to us here at The Six Fifty like a victory lap for craft brewing ...

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Wading into the reality of climate change—one portrait at a time

Wading into the reality of climate change— one portrait at a time Photographer Gideon Mendel discusses his “Drowning World” series ahead of his upcoming talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum Ahmed. Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh; Pakistan. September 2010. (Courtesy of Gideon Mendel) These days it can be difficult to determine which is more alarming—the increasingly frequent news each year of catastrophic weather-related events, or the denialist viewpoint that nothing unusual is happening in that regard. It is ...

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Mastiffs and mohawks: photos of California’s most interactive dog show competition

The Golden Gate Kennel Club’s annual Best in Show showdown was curiously adorable, or perhaps adorably curious. By Kali Shiloh Images by Jason Backrack & Amar Dillon Madison, a Silver Grand Champion Dalmatian, focuses on her breeder-owner-handler, Dawn Mauel of Los Altos, at the Golden Gate Kennel Club on Saturday. “She’s a lot of fun,” Mauel says of the two-year-old, who goes to a couple shows per month. Here Madison stands almost perfectly still — she just can’t ...

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The Rebirth of Cool: jazz legends featured in new Silicon Valley photo exhibit

The latest photography show at Santa Clara University celebrates the energy and attitude of a distinctly American art form From left: Eric Dolphy, 1964; Miles Davis (foreground), with Cannonball Adderly (lower left), and Jimmy Cobb, 1959. (Courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC. All rights reserved.) Jazz is photogenic. Just as how the sport of boxing is well-suited for cinema and travel for literature, jazz renders beautifully in black and white photography. Whether it’s the ...

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In the age of the rescue dog, the Bay Area’s most prestigious purebred show still matters

Local champions on the care and criticism of a canine crucible: the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show “You don’t have to show dogs to love them, but I think you have to love dogs to show them,” says breeder-owner-handler Pat Trotter, a Golden Gate Kennel Club maven who’s also been to Westminster 11 times. (Photo courtesy of the Golden Gate Kennel Club) The semen is always cold. It has to be. At home ...

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Stanford vs. Cal: A visual history of the Big Game

The triumph and the tragedy…the Play and the Revenge of the Play…the Rugby Years? A photographic historical tour of the Bay Area’s most heated football tradition By Charles Russo Dating back to the 1890s, the Big Game — the annual Stanford-Berkeley showdown — is the oldest sports rivalry in the West. (Courtesy of the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) This weekend will see the 122nd incarnation of The Big Game, one of the oldest, most well-known and contentious rivalries ...

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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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