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Nicki Jizz has been an outspoken advocate for Black drag performers. (Courtesy photo)

Meet your drag queen: Nicki J.

‘I’m down for everything, I want to do it all,’ says the fearless performer

Dan Johanson on summit: Dan Johanson celebrates his first visit to Mount Shasta’s summit. Photo by Matt Johanson

Mount Shasta inspires and teaches generations of climbers

Challenging climb maintains a magnetic pull on mountaineers

Judy Jordan, founder of Geodesy and WG Edge, is dedicated to promoting and nurturing women in the wine industry. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Judy Jordan’s Geodesy wines are rooted in gift and gratitude

Industry veteran committed to mentoring women in her field

Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale — both the 2020 edition and vintage brews — are for sale. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday Gift Guide: Give a present, support a local business

Friends and loved ones will delight in S.F.-made wares

  • Nov 27, 2020
Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale — both the 2020 edition and vintage brews — are for sale. (Courtesy photo)
It’s recommended that Aquarians don’t act like alpine swifts, which have been known to fly 200 days without landing; rather, they should stay way down to earth. (Shutterstock photo)

Free Will Astrology for the week of Nov. 26, 2020

Aries, take stock of exploring frontiers outside your comfort zone

It’s recommended that Aquarians don’t act like alpine swifts, which have been known to fly 200 days without landing; rather, they should stay way down to earth. (Shutterstock photo)
My look, complete with jeweled mask, complements one of Kate Tova’s gorgeous, colorful murals. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)

San Francisco is not the best place for artists

Creative people stay motivated to eke out a living in our expensive city

My look, complete with jeweled mask, complements one of Kate Tova’s gorgeous, colorful murals. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)
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Free Will Astrology for the Week of Nov. 19, 2020

By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back in 1974, poet Allen…

  • Nov 18, 2020
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California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)

Assembly Bill 47 increases penalties for distracted drivers

Law puts citation to same status as violations for speeding or running a red light

California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)
Chef Reina’s plant forward pancit is a great recipe for using up veggies about to rot in the refrigerator drawer. (Courtesy photo)

Add plant forward dishes to the holiday table

Bay Area chefs tout tasty vegan dishes

Chef Reina’s plant forward pancit is a great recipe for using up veggies about to rot in the refrigerator drawer. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District is preparing for some students to return to classrooms in January. (Shutterstock photo)

Updates to planning for in-person learning

SFUSD is working on many fronts to make sure youngsters will be safe when they’re back in school

The San Francisco Unified School District is preparing for some students to return to classrooms in January. (Shutterstock photo)
A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Leaving urban sprawl behind in Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos

Small-town charm, great food and wine marry for match made in heaven

A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)

Donum Estate deftly blends wine, food and art

Carneros vintner produces award-winning pinot noir and more

Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)
Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election marks a first in U.S. history. (Shutterstock photo)

What happens when a president loses re-election and won’t concede?

Trump is breaking long tradition of peacefully turning power over to his successor

Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election marks a first in U.S. history. (Shutterstock photo)
Parent-teacher conferences, being done virtually this year, remain a critical part of the educational process. (Shutterstock photo)

Making the most of parent-teacher conferences

A few questions to consider as you prepare to meet your child’s instructor

Parent-teacher conferences, being done virtually this year, remain a critical part of the educational process. (Shutterstock photo)
Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Climbing, falling and learning on Yosemite’s ‘little big wall’

South Face of Washington Column a good test for a moderately skilled mountaineer

Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
The pandemic didn’t stop friends from enjoying a seasonal visit to a pumped-up pumpkin patch. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>

This fall with Saul: Pumpkins for everyone

A trip to Half Moon Bay offers one of the best diversions of 2020

The pandemic didn’t stop friends from enjoying a seasonal visit to a pumped-up pumpkin patch. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
Rerun put her digging skills to good use while hiking White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

Pandemic-era U.S. tour with a four-legged passenger concludes in dunes

Rerun put her digging skills to good use while hiking White Sands National Park in New Mexico. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Proposition 15, which adjusts 1978’s Proposition 13, would provide billions of dollars for education and other public services. (Screenshot)

Education-related measures on November ballot

A vote for these proposals would have a positive impact on SF schools

Proposition 15, which adjusts 1978’s Proposition 13, would provide billions of dollars for education and other public services. (Screenshot)
J. Schram and L’Ermitage are among the exceptional sparkling wines in produced in California. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
J. Schram and L’Ermitage are among the exceptional sparkling wines in produced in California. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Unified School District has created special programs to recognize Filipinx history. (Screenshot)

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

SFUSD offers lessons, activity guide

The San Francisco Unified School District has created special programs to recognize Filipinx history. (Screenshot)