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BottleRock 2018: The Killers, Bruno Mars, Muse to headline Napa Valley music fest

BottleRock Napa Valley - schedule, tickets, information

The Killers. Bruno Mars. Muse. Color us interested yet again; very, very interested ... in this bit of electrifying West Coast music news. BottleRock today announced its 2018 lineup. There's a lot here, and pretty much any music fan should be satiated not only with the headliners, but with the depth of a musical line-up that includes just about everything from...

A Kiwi in Alabama Part 4 – Montgomery

Travel writer Janice Nieder is A Kiwi in Alabama. Part 4 takes us to Montgomery. It’s amazing what a difference a one-hour drive can make. Although we were leaving the black dirt farms, grand antebellum and archetypal small Southern towns for the vibrant city of Montgomery we were still following the path of the Civil Rights Trail, since Montgomery was...

A Kiwi in Alabama Part 3 – Gee’s Bend and Marion area

Travel writer Janice Nieder is A Kiwi in Alabama. Part 4 takes us to Gee's Bend and the Marion area.  As comfy as our stay was, Jules could barely sleep a wink last night since after flying over 8,000 miles to get here she was finally going to meet some of the quilters who had sewn what The New York...

A Kiwi in Alabama Part 2 – Selma

Travel writer Janice Nieder is A Kiwi in Alabama. Part 2 takes us to Selma. We woke up at the crack of dawn, for a final beach walk before driving to the “real Deep South”. In preparation for the next few days, I had sent Jules a list of books and films (Selma, To Kill A Mockingbird, Malcolm X, etc.)...

A Kiwi in Alabama Part 1 – Orange Beach

Turquoise Place

Travel writer Janice Nieder takes a fascinating road trip to Alabama, and discovers "small towns and cities sizzling with a new energy, cultural excitement, compelling historic offerings, and some damn fine eating!"

What’s Happening San Francisco: Food Network’s Cat Cora to keynote Project Open Hand holiday Luncheon

Cat Cora - Iron Chef, Food Network

Organizers at non-profit Project Open Hand have announced that its 25th anniversary "Hand to Hand Holiday Luncheon" will take place on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason St.) will host, with the event taking place from 11am-1:30pm. Proceeds will benefit Project Open Hand and their efforts to serve "meals with love" to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Iron Chef's...

In Photos: A postcard from Venice Beach

There's Starbucks. Lots of 'em. Whole Foods, yep -- no less a massive flagship location (but what I would for a normal candy section). And, even Trader Joe's. So it does feel a lot like the San Francisco Bay Area or any other major US city for that matter. But Venice Beach (and neighbor Santa Monica) are different enough. There's...

Stark Insider On Location: Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

We're on location in Venice Beach and Santa Monica; our first time here, just west of L.A., shooting some video coverage for Stark Insider. It's a very pretty area. And, not unlike the San Francisco Bay Area, scenes of beautiful coastlines and swaying palms are juxtaposed with massive highway congestion and throngs of people, tourists and locals alike. Needless to say...

2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider? (VIDEO)

Stark Insider 2017 Short Film Collection - Who is Stark Insider? - By Clinton and Loni Stark

5-part Stark Insider short film collection is Now Playing.

Amazon no longer selling wine online to consumers, but: Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market

Retailers that sell alcohol can't accept payments from suppliers to advertise their products. And since wine producers pay Amazon fees to sell through Amazon Wine and it sells as a retailer through its newly acquired Whole Foods Market chain, the situation violates the law. So Amazon Wine which was launched only five years ago is shutting down. "... we will no...