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Buju Baton: One Hate, One Fearnew

Jamaican reggae does more than praise Jah and push ganja. It also promotes an increasingly violent rise in homophobia. Buju Baton, recently meeting with protesters on a U.S. tour, exemplifies the hate.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Davis Sason  |  12-04-2009  |  Culture

Reality Fiction: How 'The Road' and '2012' Might Predict the Future ... For Realnew

From health care to finance, the prefix "broken" has been applied to every industrialized system humankind has had the gumption to design. The world that lapped up Roland Emmerich's last two end-time fables might not be so eager for part three.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Hannah Strom-Martin  |  11-11-2009  |  Movies

Climate Change Activist Bill McKibben is on a Moral Quest to Literally Save the Worldnew

McKibben meme is easy. It's simply a number: 350. Three hundred and fifty, the amount of carbon parts per million in the atmosphere that NASA's top climate scientist Jim Hansen has counseled will most closely support the earth upon which human civilization arose.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gretchen Giles  |  10-23-2009  |  Environment

Radio Your Way: Pandora May Just Save the Music Industrynew

While Pandora makes money from ads on its site and commission from music sales through iTunes and Amazon, the company has never advertised, relying purely on word of mouth. When the Copyright Royalty Board ruling tripled its required royalty payments in 2007, Pandora was saved by their supporters.
North Bay Bohemian  |  David Sason  |  10-02-2009  |  Media

Tallying Ability Scores in Indie Rock's Mysticismnew

With more indie-rock bands turning to fantasy imagery in their music videos, which ones are serious about their wizardly ways? A 23-year-old fantasy and role-playing expert helps us sort it out.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gabe Meline  |  10-02-2009  |  Music

College Guide: Stoner Food 101new

Mom thinks the Dining Plan will fully feed her beloved scholar. What Mom doesn't know is that they're too stoned to get to the dining hall and are subsisting on Nutella.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gretchen Giles  |  08-20-2009  |  Food+Drink

College Guide: Dorm Room Etiquettenew

Four simple rules about sharing a 5x5 space with a total stranger.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Cassandra Landry  |  08-20-2009  |  Culture

College Guide: Beware Private Loansnew

Now, the truth lay before me, thousands upon thousands of dollars owed in my name to the federal government -- or was it my lender or some private bank? I'm still not sure. I had reached that repayment bridge, and all I wanted to do was turn back and start all over again. I soon found out that I wasn't alone.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Leilani Clark  |  08-20-2009  |  Education

College Guide: College During a Recession is as Bad as it Seemsnew

Four students, ranging from junior college to the just-graduated, weigh in on how the college experience is different during a recession.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Daniel Hirsch, Jackie Johansen, Cassandra Landry and Denis Lindsay  |  08-20-2009  |  Culture

Is Eco-Art a Fad or a Necessity?new

The Big Green (as in money) of the now, eco-art is exploding and has a fancy new critical theory to back it up. But is the eco-art "game" -- as one artist refers to it -- sustainable or even interesting?
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gretchen Giles  |  08-13-2009  |  Art

Greeting Society's Collapse with a Smile and a Shovelnew

Transition was launched when one Rob Hopkins recognized that modern Western society cannot continue at its current pace of life as fast access to oil begins to dwindle. Global warming and economic meltdown are the two other principle drivers of the Transition movement, but in an ideal "Transition Town," society would be ready for such changes.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Alastair Bland  |  06-22-2009  |  Environment

Twitter Novels Include 140 Characters at a Timenew

Fast on the thumbs of cell-phone-novel-writing Japanese schoolgirls, Twitter novels beg the question: Why?
North Bay Bohemian  |  Hannah Smith  |  04-09-2009  |  Books

Mic in Tracks Magicnew

Privately recorded "mic in tracks" snippets washed through the Net during Napster's heyday and these marvelous oddities are too good to keep private.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gabe Meline  |  03-20-2009  |  Music

One Woman's Begrudging Descent Into the World of Strategic Shoppingnew

The recession took my beloved food budget, an extravagant dollar amount I am still unwilling to print, and tightened it down in its mean little grip while simultaneously inflating grocery prices.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Beth Hall  |  03-05-2009  |  Food+Drink

Tiny Notes: Philip Glass, In Burstsnew

Small man on the stage. Hunched over a bit. High, squeaky voice, hanging face. Series of pieces, he says, from 1988. Notes repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and veer slightly and repeat and repeat and repeat.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Gabe Meline  |  02-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

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