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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From serendipity to Sinatra: the queen of Bay Area broadcasting reflects on her early days

Belva Davis and her half-century of blazing trails By Charles Russo A perennial personality of Bay Area tv news, Davis’s journalism career spans six decades. (Photo by Charles Russo) “An accident of fate.” That’s how Belva Davis characterizes for me her initial entryway into a long, distinguished career as one of the most storied broadcast journalists of the past half-century. I’m somewhat surprised to hear “accident” as a component of that equation, but I assume that Davis — even in retirement — simply ...

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The secrets of Bruce Lee’s heritage are in….San Bruno?

The Bay Area’s most famous native son provides a case study for what can be unearthed from your family’s official records. By Charles Russo Cheeks of Fury: A four month-old Bruce Lee pictured with his mother in family immigration files. (Document Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration in San Bruno, CA) Don’t let the chubby cheeks and dopey expression fool you, that kid is in fact the most badass martial artist to ever walk ...

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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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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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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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7 hidden gems at Stanford that are totally open to the public

Papua New Guinea Garden (Photo by urbanorganism) Just because you didn’t go to Stanford doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the campus. Plenty of the private school’s beauty is open to the public — you just need to know where to look. Bypass the crowds at Hoover Tower and obligatory photo in front of the Main Quad. Instead, explore the-not-so-obvious, hidden gems that we compiled for you: Arizona Cactus Garden Photo by megsnaps_ The Arizona Cactus Garden, home to over 500 ...

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Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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Why Sunnyvale’s WeirdStuff Warehouse May Be The Heart of Silicon Valley

Rows and rows of weird stuff. Where to begin? When Chuck Schuetz started his own business reselling corporations’ unwanted electronics in 1986 he had no idea that his Sunnyvale shop, the WeirdStuff Warehouse, would become a destination not just for tinkerers, but for visitors searching for the “real” Silicon Valley. A former engineer at floppy disk drive maker Shugart Associates, Schuetz recognized a business opportunity unfolding in front of him in the ...

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