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Review doesn't sound like the Make-Out Room: As someone who DJs and helps to book the Make-Out Room, I had to laugh at the ridiculous description of the bar in the 2013 Drink Issue [Drink, listings, 3/6]. "The quirky Midwestern atmosphere of this bar lends itself to the mostly folk and country acts that perform here." Whoever wrote this review obviously doesn't attend shows here. In the past year alone, the Make-Out Room has seen shows from Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore, Kelley Stoltz, John Doe, The Re-Volts, Hot Fog, Chuck Prophet, Dirty Ghosts and countless other rock bands. Folk and country bands made up less than 30 percent of the bookings. I know reporters have deadlines to meet, but please, [the writer] needs to pull his head out of his ass and do some homework. There's a whole magical world waiting for him.

Parker T. Gibbs

Blog Comments of the Week
Marijuana caused him to pass out, not die: The man died because he fell down and hit his head too hard ["Thanks to 'Dabbing,' It Is Possible to Overdose on Marijuana," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 3/13]. Cannabis is medicine and does not have the ability to kill a person. It is not toxic. So please have Roberts correct himself. Right now he is spewing out propaganda and nothing more. A person cannot overdose on cannabis, so why would he write this post?


Subcultures change, the music remains: Thank god for the music attached to those subcultures ["The Jazz Age Is Bullshit (A Response to 'Punk Rock Is Bullshit')", Manjula Martin, All Shook Down, 3/12]. Marketing and fashions change, and people obviously forget historical developments, but the music remains.


It's simply supply and demand: This happens every time the San Francisco economy improves ["Surprise, Surprise! S.F.'s Rental Market Is Twice as Expensive As the National Average," Albert Samaha, the Snitch, 3/11]. Build more housing!


Want to read more about who's on stage: Great band, but I would've liked to see more description of how the band played and more specific descriptions of songs and styles rather than who was there and what the audience was like ["The Rival Mob Brings Brutal Boston Hardcore to Oakland," Matt Saincome, All Shook Down, 3/11]. Chances are readers who look up such a show review are already familiar with hardcore, so it would be beneficial to add an insider's insight that punk veterans and casual readers alike could appreciate rather than just trying to explain a "wacky" subculture to a general audience. Looks like it was a rager, real bummed I missed them this time.


Girls ventures into sexual politics: I'm glad SF Weekly addressed this, but if a lady wants to stop midway through and the dude doesn't stop, it's still rape; there's no "technically not" about it ["Girls Episode 9, Season 2: Tackling Sexual Politics Like No One Before," Rae Alexandra, the Exhibitionist, 3/11].


In the Night + Day section of last week's issue [3/6], the date for the ODC/Dance Downtown's opening night performance was incorrect. The opening night for its spring season was March 14; performances continue through March 24. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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  • Nevada City and the South Yuba River: A gold country getaway

    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

    South Yuba River State Park and Swimming Holes:
    The park runs along and below 20 miles of the South Yuba River, offering hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and swimming. The Highway 49 bridge swimming hole is seven-miles northwest of Nevada City where Highway 49 crosses the South Yuba River. Parking is readily available and it is a short, steep hike to a stunning swimming hole beneath a footbridge. For the more intrepid, trails extend along the river with access to secluded swim spots. The Bridgeport swimming hole has calm waters and a sandy beach -- good for families and cookouts -- and is located 14 miles northwest of Nevada City. Be sure to write down directions before heading out, GPS may not be available. Most swimming holes on the South Yuba River are best from July to September, while winter and spring can bring dangerous rapids. Always know the current before jumping in!

    Downtown Nevada City
    The welcoming, walkable downtown of Nevada City is laid back, yet full of life. Start your day at the cozy South Pine Cafe (110 S Pine St.) with a lobster benedict or a spicy Jamaican tofu scramble. Then stroll the streets and stop into the shop Kitkitdizzi (423 Broad St.) for handcrafted goods unique to the region, vintage wears and local art “all with California gold rush swagger,” as stated by owners Carrie Hawthorne and Kira Westly. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, modern gold jewelry is made from locally found nuggets and is found at Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers (301 Broad St.). For a coffee shop with Victorian charm try The Curly Wolf (217 Broad St.), an espresso house and music venue with German pastries and light fare. A perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months can be found at Treats (110 York St.) , an artisan ice cream shop with flavors like pear ginger sorbet or vegan chai coconut. Nightlife is aplenty with music halls, alehouses or dive bars like the Mine Shaft Saloon (222 Broad St.).

    The Willo Steakhouse (16898 State Hwy 49, Nevada City)
    Along Highway 49, just west of Nevada City, is The Willo, a classic roadhouse and bar where you’re welcomed by the smell of steak and a dining room full of locals. In 1947 a Quonset hut (a semi-cylindrical building) was purchased from the US Army and transported to its current location, and opened as a bar, which became popular with lumberjacks and miners. The bar was passed down through the decades and a covered structure was added to enlarge the bar and create a dining area. The original Quonset beams are still visible in the bar and current owners Mike Byrne and Nancy Wilson keep the roadhouse tradition going with carefully aged New York steaks and house made ingredients. Pair your steak or fish with a local wine, such as the Rough and Ready Red, or bring your own for a small corkage fee. Check the website for specials, such as rib-eye on Fridays.

    Outside Inn (575 E Broad St.)
    A 16-room motel a short walk from downtown, each room features a unique décor, such as the Paddlers’ Suite or the Wildflower Room. A friendly staff and an office full of information about local trails, swimming and biking gets you started on your outdoor exploration. Amenities include an outdoor shower, a summer swimming pool and picnic tables and barbeques. Don’t miss the free vegetable cart just outside the motel in the mornings.

    Written and photographed by Beth LaBerge for the SF Weekly.

  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.

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