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Bonnie Burton

Author and journalist Bonnie Burton writes about pop culture and entertainment. Her books include: Salem: 54 Cryptids of North America, The Art of Abominable Movie (Cameron Books), Live or Die? Survival Hacks (Becker & Mayer/Scholastic), J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Amazing Artifacts (Penguin Random House), Crafting with Feminism (Quirk Books), The Star Wars Craft Book (Penguin Random House), Star Wars the Clone Wars: Planets in Peril (DK Readers), Draw Star Wars the Clone Wars (Klutz Books), You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Children), Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change (Zest Books), and Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs (Apress). In addition to Alta, Bonnie writes about movies, TV, and weird science for, and has written for Lucasfilm, Disney, CNN, CBS, NBC, AARP, Wired, Playboy, Star Wars Insider, SFX, Geek, Bust, Craft, Organic Living and more. More on her site:

Bonnie Burton performs comedy on stage at w00tstock San Francisco in 2010.

'When You Stop Laughing, You Stop Living'

This stand-up comedian has dodged paper airplanes, thrown drinks, and a heckler pulling the fire alarm to get her off the stage
Dec 14, 2018
Carol Queen, the staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, holds a 1940s-era Niagara vibrator, part of the store’s extensive collection of antique sex toys.

Great Vibrations

It’s the sex-positive, queer-friendly, feminist atmosphere at Good Vibrations that's allowed the grandmother of vibrator shops to thrive in San Francisco for three decades.

Mar 5, 2018
It was a state regulation that bar signs couldn't use the word "bar" or "saloon," so many establishments named themselves "club," "tavern" or "cocktail lounge."

Bringing the Light Back to the Night

Local merchants and preservationists are teaming up to restore the glittering neon signs that dot San Francisco.

Dec 10, 2017
Laughing Sal at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito.

Hidden Treasures

San Francisco’s lesser-known museums celebrate the unusual.

Sep 21, 2017
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