February, 2009

  • February 27, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 243

    Feel Like a Tramp

    If you feel like a little tramp, consider Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life, screening as part of a silent triptych of moving pictures presented by the Sonoma Film Institute. As the top dog of the silent era, Chaplin’s depiction of a...

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  • February 26, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 181

    From GunBun to Gayot

    Yes, ’twas I who wrote the January/February cover story on Gundlach-Bunschu Winery for Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine. Winery scion Jeff Bundschu is a veritable quote machine in the interesting position of maintaining four...

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  • February 26, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 218

    Demented at Wente Vineyards

    When photog Flash Lely and I were dispatched to Wente Vineyards to cover the winery’s “Legacy Awards” Tuesday evening, we had little conception we’d be up ’til dawn in the midst of a classic rock medley. But...

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  • February 25, 2009 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 195

    How to Take a “Nomaday”

    I’ve heard Wine Country described as “Disneyland for adults,” though I’ve never heard Disneyland described as Wine Country for kids. My inner child, the one who stole sips of Carlo Rossi Vin Rose when the...

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  • February 24, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 252

    Monetizing Sonoma Media

    Recently, Ad Age’s Michael Learmouth published “Wanted: Online Payment Plan for Print,” in which industry pundits grope for a monetization model that won’t incite readers of traditional print media to scurry to the blogosphere by...

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  • February 21, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 201

    New Column

    Everything news is old again in the Sonoma media scene, which is to say, I’m again writing for the Sonoma Index-Tribune. My new column began today in the 130-year-old institution after a bit of hoopla on the front cover (courtesy of...

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  • February 14, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 213

    I Heart Darwin

    Apropos that the California Academy of Science would launch its NightLife series of evening events sandwiched between Darwin Day (an international celebration of science and reason) and Valentine’s Day, the heart-shaped holiday that...

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  • February 8, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 220

    Inside Sonoma, Episode 6: The Movies

    When you think of Hollywood secrets, notions of cosmetic surgery, rehab, celebrity sex tapes and the occasional murder-suicide come to mind. Another, more savory secret, is the fact that once upon a time, Sonoma County was the go-to for...

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  • February 6, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 173

    Gig Economy

    The Daily Beast recently published uber-editor Tina Brown’s provocative riff “The Gig Economy,” which examines the trend toward freelance and contract work due to layoffs and other workplace woes. The media sector, long a safe-harbor...

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  • February 3, 2009 • Culture Dept. • Views: 211

    Newsroom of the Future

    This is my mash note to Mitch Joel, president of Montréal-based digital marketing agency Twist Image, whose blog, “Six Pixels of Separation,” is currently my mental vitamin. I discovered Joel’s blog when I googled “How to build a...

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