1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Their Big Top
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have played from town to town before without spending much time in any particular place. When Alex Ebert, the band's frontman, wanted something different, he created the Big Top, a festival that celebrates "the ancient art of troubadour," where performers would live and spend time with the people they performed for. The Big Top rolled into the Los Angeles State Historic Park and played a captivating show.
2. Bob Burnquist and Lake Tahoe's Floating Skate Ramp
3. Pappy and Harriet's, and the Pioneertown Spirit
Out in the middle of the Mojave Desert, you'll find Pioneertown. It was built by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to film Western movies. Once the Westerns stopped filming, the town was overtaken by independent spirits including bikers and entrepreneurs like Harriet Aleba and Claude "Pappy" Allen. In 1982, Pappy and Harriet started a bar for live music in the tiny town. The new owners of Pappy and Harriet's, Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz, have transformed the venue into a mecca for independent music deep in the California desert.
4. Dario Sattui, the Mad King of Napa Valley
5. Sarah Gerhardt, the Woman Who Rides Mountains
6. Ricardo Breceda and the Metal Giants of Borrego Springs
Ricardo Breceda spends his days building massive metal sculptures in Borrego Springs. Using only his hands and a welder, Breceda makes giant birds, horses, and sea monsters that dot the roads of this California desert town.
7. Richie Trimble and His Stoopid Tall Bicycle
Richie Trimble wants to hold the world record for riding the world's tallest bike. His last bike was 10 feet tall. This new one he's built is 15 feet tall. He affectionately calls it "the stoopid tall," because it is literally stupid to ride it. The stoopid tall allows Richie to explore San Francisco from a new perspective.
8. Ludo Lefebvre and His Passion for Pop-up Dining
9. David Garibaldi's Very Active Art
David Garibaldi compares his process to that of a musician with a set list before the show: He may have an idea of what he wants to paint, but it's all about what happens in the moment. For David, "the most important thing about creating is a great place to do it," which may explain why working in San Francisco inspired Garibaldi's painting of notable SF resident Jerry Garcia.