Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

How I lost my virginity …to the Swimsuit Issue

Editor's Note: Today's column is to honor this week's release of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The magazine's biggest-selling annual attraction has also deflowered three generations of young men. And so, if you're a mother to one of those young men, you may just want to stop reading here and click on this HGTV link instead. For...

Wide awake from the American Dream

I worry about a lot of things. My paycheck just cleared and yet more than two-thirds of it is already spoken for. We found a cockroach in the garage. My son was born earlier this year after both of his grandfathers had passed. Who will teach him how to fish and spit? My mother texted me with the news...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

The Vietnam War Isn’t Your Dad’s Ken Burns Film

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War is intense and inclusive. We got an early look at the forthcoming film Tuesday at San Diego’s GI Film Festival. Written By Kyle Magin A series of slow bass concussion accompanies scenes from ‘Nam in the introduction to Ken Burns and filmmaking partner Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, a documentary set to...

St. Patrick’s Day in America: A spectacle of white entitlement and assholery

Seriously, you’re doing this again? By Andrew J. Pridgen I wonder about people who still celebrate St. Patrick’s day in America. Like who the fuck are you and why do you give a shit? More importantly, why do you think everyone else needs to give a shit about you and your hammered ars? ...Also, you realize it’s a day of religious contemplation,...

A Guy on Girls

HBO’s Girls wraps for good on Sunday. Through six seasons, show creator, producer and star Lena Dunham never learned to write male characters ...or did she? By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember the post-9/11 season of Sex and the City hyped by HBO as what would be a more somber romp through rarefied social circles and improbable sexual trysts by...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth kicks off summer by sharting all over Olympic Valley community

Subtlety is not one of Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth’s strong suits. Add writing a cohesive sound bite and good timing to that list. By Andrew J. Pridgen About the time the car was packed Friday afternoon and the tailgate was refusing to shut, Squaw CEO Andy Wirth closed his solitaire window and busted out an epic press release decrying the...

Barry Bonds: Real-life misanthrope and social media genius

How did the most hated man in all of sport become the happiest guy on the internet? By Andrew Pridgen Barry Bonds has always been known for a kind of calculated obtuseness. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, when he came to prominence as the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably, all time, the media both in the Bay Area—and...

On its 50th anniversary the Astrodome’s demise is a reflection of us

The space-age promise of the Astrodome never came to pass, but that dream we let die should be recognized the week of the stadium’s 50-year anniversary. By Andrew Pridgen The Astrodome, baseball’s first domed stadium, opened Friday, April 9, 1965 to 47,879 spectators including Stonewall, Texas native and Oval Office dweller Lyndon B. Johnson. They watched in hermetically sealed, 72-degree...

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