My Winterland

Originally built in 1928, the Winterland was first and foremost an ice skating rink. In the 1940s, the rink began showcasing professional ice skaters, and eventually held jazz concerts to entertain the good people of San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. This continued until 1966, when famed impresario Bill Graham took over the venue and transformedContinue reading “My Winterland”

Marry Meta

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting different results. And that’s how I felt watching Marry Me for the second time – insane.  Marry Me tells the story of a dejected pop star, Kat Valdez (JLo), who finds out her fiance (Maluma) has cheated on herContinue reading “Marry Meta”

The City By The Bay

I’ve had Journey’s 1978 ode to San Francisco, “Lights,” stuck in my head for the past several weeks. It doesn’t help that I’ve probably listened to the song on repeat approximately 387 times as a result, much to my neighbors’ chagrin as they hear me attempting to belt along with Steve Perry while I shower.Continue reading “The City By The Bay”

On Sacramento

I’m a Sacramentan. Actually, I’m technically not even a Sacramentan, but a Folsomite (Folsomer? Folsomess?), having grown up in a smaller suburb 20 miles northeast of the city proper, known principally for the prison once visited and sung about by Johnny Cash (a fitting representation, if you ask me). Upon hearing the news of JoanContinue reading “On Sacramento”

Get Uncomfortable

In living and working in California’s two biggest cities, I’ve seen it all. I’ve been in the periphery of each respective primary industry, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and have seen how the attitudes of each industry permeates into the culture of each city. After listening to Michael Easter’s The Comfort Crisis, I recognize that inContinue reading “Get Uncomfortable”

The Jonas Brothers: Then and Now

The Jonas Brothers were an integral part of my identity growing up. On my first day of fifth grade, I wore an “I Heart Joe” pink t-shirt to declare my undying love for my favorite Jonas whose wispy 2008 hair made me swoon. I was known as “the girl obsessed with the Jonas Brothers” inContinue reading “The Jonas Brothers: Then and Now”

How Boulder Made Me Bolder

After a rough, confusing, lonely, and excessively hot summer in LA, I decided I needed an escape. I booked a ticket for Boulder, Colorado, opting for the American Mecca for modern day hippies over my shoebox sized apartment with rampant issues with horseflies and screams from an unidentifiable neighbor. If I could live alone inContinue reading “How Boulder Made Me Bolder”

Jesus Christ in True Detective

As I’ve said many times before: It’s no secret–I love Matthew McConaughey. Upon watching the first season of True Detective, I came to admire McConaughey’s acting chops even more than I previously had. His descent into the nuanced pessimism of Rustin Cohle was truly awe-inspiring. After finishing the season, I began researching more about theContinue reading “Jesus Christ in True Detective”

The Misguided Nature of Modern Self Care

I once had a friend ask me a piece of advice often administered that I believed was actually bad advice; I quickly responded, “self care.” Although I had reason for this belief, I had a hard time articulating and understanding why I thought this, despite my conviction. Why would taking care of yourself be badContinue reading “The Misguided Nature of Modern Self Care”