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David Sedaris, Live and in Paperback

Just in time for beach reading, David Sedaris’ latest, When You Are Engulfed in Flames comes out in paperback this June. His latest collection of essays focuses on him turning 50, matters of death and mid-life crisis-ing. And just in time for plane travel season, Sedaris is also included in a forthcoming collection of stories about air travel, Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying (also in June.)

Have a Bonnie Ol' Weekend in Woodland

Apparently, you needn't travel the 5,000 miles over the Atlantic to get a taste of the Scottish Highlands; rather, hop in your car and drive the hour and a half to Sacramento 'burb Woodland this weekend instead.

Buraka Som Sistema: The Soundtrack of the Summer?

Buraka Som Sistema may just provide the party soundtrack for the summer.  Fresh from Coachella, these Portuguese up-and-comers brought the early week heat wave to new heights at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday.

Chasing Unicorns: Update on the ABC vs. All-Ages Clubs Drama

We wrote earlier this week about the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control's assault on several of the city's all-ages venues. As it turns out, ABC officials have pledged to try and work it out with venues and state legislators instead of making up clauses in an attempt to shut clubs down. State Senator Mark Leno took up the cause and met with ABC chief Steve Harvey. According to the Chronicle, there's no update on the individual cases already in motion, but Leno is quoted as saying: "It was a positive meeting," said Leno, D-San Francisco. "(Hardy) came out wanting to work with me ...

The Eater Wrap: Korean Tacos, Red's Java House and Keller's #12 Spot

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including the best restaurants in the whole world, crucial Twittering, sad shutters and yet another week in the alternate universe of Alice Waters.

Give Mom Some One-on-One Time With Julie Chaiken

What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?

And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.

Indie Theater Roundup: 14 Films To See at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival

Whether you’re in the mood to learn more about one of the most feared prizefighters of the modern era, two of Walt Disney’s most celebrated songwriters, or the inventive animated shorts of A Thousand Pictures, the next two weeks of America’s longest-running film festival, which kicked off last night and ends May 7, will feature roughly 200 films and plenty of associated merriment. Here’s a list of what we want to watch.

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story

Matthew Williamson for H&M: The Quiet Storm

As promised, we arrived on the scene early to witness the doors open to the long-awaited Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection. Though the first people in line arrived at 4:50 a.m. as an alliance to ensure they got what they came for, at 9:55 a.m. the crowd was still modest in comparison to the Comme Des Garcons queue in November. Once inside, the retail mob was quick to snatch up our favorite pieces, leaving only peacock cardigans, clutches, and necklaces behind. We scored a cute navy high-waisted skirt and marveled at the fact that this seemingly harmless crowd managed to clear the place out in ten minutes flat. Bravo.

 

Tiny Business Cards: What Gives?

OK, I know that saying this will probably make me sound like a giant square, but what is the deal with the tiny business cards making the rounds among “cool” professionals? At every single card-intensive event I have attended recently, when it gets to the inevitable swapping session, somebody—usually a creative type—busts out these micro-miniature cards. They’re about a third of the size of a standard business card and thus, by my expert calculation about three times as likely to get lost in the abyss of my bag. On one side is some nifty little graphic, and they’re usually made from glossy stock. But if you ask me, they’re a little too slick. And just so you don’t think I’m biased against the small, let me also say that I am no fan of the oversized or oddly shaped cards, either.

Jamie Stewart gets weird(er)

There is a scene I love in the movie “Baby Mama” where Steve Martin, as a pony-tailed vegan guru, rewards Tina Fey for a job well done with “five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact.” It’s just as hilarious and uncomfortable as it sounds, hence it was the first thing to come to mind while seeing Jamie Stewart sans Xiu Xiu at Café Du Nord last Friday. The now solo artist didn’t let a lack of accompaniment get in his way…which was extremely weird.

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