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An interactive cannabis experience, Rio Theater, books to add to your reading list and more.

Stories Aaron H. Bible, Dawn Garcia and Stephen D. Gross
  • Plan a visit to the interactive cannabis experience known as Doobie Nights. Read
  • Promescent promises longer-lasting sex. Read
  • The Rio Theater is for sale. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
  • Add these books to your reading list. Read

Dazed and Gratified

Plan a visit to the interactive cannabis experience known as Doobie Nights.

Are you old enough to remember sneaking off for a few surreptitious tokes and then trying to mask your doobie breath from mom and dad? We’ve come 180 degrees since then, and to help us celebrate our freedom in style, a conceptually innovative experience has been created in Santa Rosa called Doobie Nights.

This virtual “viper’s paradise” reflects a serious devotion to all that’s cannabis, and offers an incomparable sensory symphony which is informative, hospitable, warmly friendly, and stocked with goodies geared to improve the quality of most folks’ lives.

Offset with “architecturally mapped LED lighting,” sculptures, artwork, music, and spaciousness, the ingestibles are displayed with an eye to visibility and easy access, and are sensibly arranged. Cannabis-infused lychee gummies, Colombian cookies, handcrafted joints, cannabis-enriched strawberry milk chocolates, and salted caramel almonds are all spaciously stocked, along with more conventional means of delivery.

An interactive informative touch-screen wall provides a learning experience, and state of California track-and-trace methodology ensures purity and quality. A 420 happy hour may be in the works, and the candidness and honesty of the emporium’s personnel is refreshing, as well as comforting. Offering “fun and a feeling of wonderment,” as well as a place to score (with plenty of parking available), it’s worth an over-21 outing.

Doobie Nights / 10 a.m.–7p.m. Daily
3010 Santa Rosa Ave. / Santa Rosa

The Next Viagra?

Promescent promises longer-lasting sex.

Although PE, or premature ejaculation, doesn’t have quite the same stigma as ED (erectile dysfunction), it can definitely become a barrier to intimate and meaningful lovemaking. In case you hadn’t noticed, men tend to reach an orgasm during heterosexual lovemaking about three times faster than women—5.5 minutes vs. 18 minutes. According to the new brand Promescent, up to two billion women go without orgasms each year as a result. Makers of Promescent, a climax-delay spray, claim it prolongs lovemaking. Check it out for yourself and see if it improves your sex life.

Own a Theater

Egypt has its pyramids; Rome, its Coliseum; and Monte Rio, perched near the Russian River, its relic of antiquity, the Rio Theater. The WWII Quonset hut began its metamorphosis in 1949 as the handiwork of Monte Rio merchant Sid Bartlett, who aimed to turn it into a theater. A mural depicting the area adorns the outside, while, inside, well-chosen motion pictures were screened shortly after their initial release, along with live productions like Rocky Horror. For 40 years, the ceiling inside was lined with remnants of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Running Fence” art project (c. 1972–1976), which stretched white nylon fabric over 24 miles from Highway 101 to the Sonoma coast. Inside, a potpourri of whimsical local art depicting the area’s rich history adorns the walls.

Complete with a concession stand and a restaurant that fronted on a broad deck, the venue offered decent breakfast and lunch selections. The upper level was rumored to be haunted. The ghost was apparently resolved once a successful Kickstarter campaign delivered new projectors ordained necessary by the film industry. Call it yours for $895,000.


By Stephanie Wilson, Editor In Chief

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, $27). Showcasing her signature literary prowess, Mandel explores the infinite ways we search for meaning in this much-hyped new release, expected March 24. Also out this month: It’s Not All Downhill from Here by How Stella Got Her Groove Back author Terry McMillan.

Freeform’s The Bold Type. Now in its third season, this sleeper hit could be your new favorite series. It’s mine, in no small part because it centers on three young women working for a New York mag. But also because it’s witty AF, aspirational, and depicts successful women who are defined not by their relationships but by their careers. It’s empowering, and you should watch it for free on Freeform, or on your favorite streaming platform.

NPR’s Life Kit podcast offers tools to keep it together. And by you, I mean me; I need all the help I can get. Picking out a lightbulb last fall had me staring mouth agape in a store aisle for a half hour trying to make sense of all the options. After listening to “Picking Out a Lightbulb, Made Easy,” I know which bulb’s for me. Life Kit’s episodes are short, to the point, and offer tips on how to do things like start therapy, start a book club, master your budget, remove stains, and juggle paperwork, appointments, and repairs. Basically how to adult.

Pot in Pots. The Swiss-cheese-leafed Monstera is last year’s “It” plant. Cannabis is the hashtagable houseplant of 2020. Get in on the trend. Depending where you live, you can find clones or seeds at select dispensaries with an easy google—while you’re at it, look up local laws regarding home grows. Cannabis cuttings (a.k.a. clones) are pretty easy to root—check for tips—and you should definitely bring some to your next plant swap. Spread the word, spread the love.

Good Reads

Add these books to your reading list.

Meryl Streep on the Couch by doctor Alma H. Bond is a look at the inner workings of actress and activist Meryl Streep. Bond, a clinical psychoanalyst, is known for her couch sessions with famous women in history like Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Michelle Obama. Streep approached her when researching the role of psychoanalyst for her film The Psychotherapist and what follows are stories, insights, and a deeper appreciation for Streep as a woman, mother, activist, and actress. Bond was married to the late Streetcar Named Desire actor Rudy Bond.

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It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden may possibly be the most encouraging book anyone in the marketing, publishing, or advertising worlds can read. Pages and pages of honest, inspiring anecdotes, quotes, personal stories, and failures and successes make this book a must-read. Answering everyday questions with logical responses, Arden has written a cohesive handbook for navigating through the terrain of life by altering your conditioned mindset. The message: it doesn’t matter what job you have or where you are in your journey. His positivity and intellect will make it near impossible not to accomplish something epic in your own life.

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