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Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubenstein Rise to Power

After seeing the Broadway musical “War Paint,” where two strong women created global empires in the 20th century, Christina Strawbridge recalls her mom’s and sister’s foray into the beauty industry.

Local Live Music In and Around Benicia

Music you love at local venues continues in December. Check out your favorite bands at Lucca Beer Garden, First Street Café, Vallejo’s Empress Theatre and the Uptown Theatre in Napa.

Upcoming Exhibit at Milinda Perry Gallery

After designing books for 40 years, California artist John Tullis discovered the joy of oil painting. His upcoming show, Eyes Wide Open, runs Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

An Auspicious approach to the Number 13

As Benicia Magazine enters its 13th year, we offer 13 random facts that involve the number we consider to be quite lucky.

Is Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests?

This holiday season, a thoughtful approach to the needs of guests will reap rewards for everyone. From bed linens to fresh flowers, create a welcoming environment for friends and family.

Dennis Sheil Exhibit Beyond The Brush At Milinda Perry Gallery

The Milinda Perry Salon in downtown Benicia will host the abstract paintings of internationally recognized local artist Dennis Sheil, through October 31.

Community Theater Adds to a Town’s Social Capital

From her younger days in theater, Christina developed a healthy appreciation for local theater and the volunteer commitment needed to pull off a production. She’s now on the board of the Benicia Old Town Theatre Group.

A First Street Primer, I Street to J Street

Downtown Benicia’s 900 block features popular restaurants Nine Zero Seven, Venticello’s, Pacifica Pizza and Matsuri Sushi, as well as two salons.

A Series of Short Films at Annual Benicia Weekend Event

The fourth annual event, the Benicia International Film Festival features a wide range of genres in a series of short films over Labor Day weekend, providing funding for a new public art initiative.

Musings on the Summer of Love & its Idealistic Goals

After visiting the de Young Museum’s exhibit, The Summer of Love Experience on the50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, Christina Strawbridge has a new appreciation of a movement that changed the world.