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Wexler's: What To Drink With "Not BBQ"?

Seeing as I grew up in the heart of Texas bbq country, I'd been eager to get in and try the fare at Wexler's, the new Financial District spot with cuisine "informed by" cooking traditions of the American South and Southwest. Now I knew better than to expect bbq itself, especially since last spring I took Wexler's chef Charlie Kleinman back to aforementioned home for an inspirational little two-day bbq tour, where I got familiar with Kleinman's concept, which is not easily summarized. Certainly "bbq-informed" is not the most romantic sounding culinary description. Luckily, none of that matters, as the final result speaks for itself. No, it's not bbq--not even close--but what I had was very good.

Creativity Explored Teams With CB2

We're very happy to see that this collaboration is still going strong! CB2 (Crate and Barrel's lower price point brand) is once again teaming up with Creativity Explored (a local nonprofit center for artists with developmental disablilities) to help bring the work of their artists and the mission of the organization to a wider audience. This time, they've developed a tote bag featuring a view of San Francisco's Victorian row houses as envisioned by Creativity Explored artist Antonio Benjamin.

SFMOMA's Free (!) Experimental Arts Classes

This October, SFMOMA will launch a new free-to-the-public educational program, Pickpocket Almanack. Under the direction of independent curator Joseph del Pesco, temporary faculty from the Bay Area arts community will build curricula around lectures, workshops, screenings, and other scheduled Bay Area events. The course will result in a new framework for each event, allowing the public to engage with the topic on a higher contextual level. Faculty include Megan and Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library and filmmaker Les Blank.

Outside Lands: The Best of the Night Shows

If you can hack it into the late night, the people at Outside Lands have set up quite the impressive line-up of night shows - 12 of them -  at various venues throughout the city. OSL night shows offer those who either can’t afford or don’t have time to attend the all day festival an affordable (shows range from $10-$25) option to preview some of the festival's biggest draws. Here's our roundup of the best night shows this week. For the complete list of night shows, click here.

The Voracious Reader: Omnivore Books' Pick of the Week

Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books on FoodSan Francisco's only food book store, specializing in both new and antiquarian cookbooks—knows what's cooking. Find the best of the latest food writing and cookbooks on Bits + Bites every other Monday.

Outside Lands: Best Of Friday

SF’s second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is just days away. We can hardly wait for the weekend, and we’re especially excited for this year’s OSL night shows (details to come later today) to quench our thirst until Friday. But speaking of Friday, here are our picks for Friday’s must-see acts at Outside Lands. We recommend getting well acquainted with the stage layouts before showing up and running around. It’s going to be a tight schedule, so make sure you plan who you want to see beforehand. Here are our picks for the best of  Friday.

Link Love: Miss Universe, Manties on the Rise, Grace vs. Anna and more...

Good reads from our feeds...

In case you missed it (does anyone actually watch this pageant anymore?), Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez was crowned Miss Universe 2009 yesterday, via the Shopping Blog. It was the second win in a row for Venezuela.

First Look: James Cameron Celebrates 'Avatar Day'

By now, the story of Avatar is well known: James Cameron, who, along with George Lucas, has done more to revolutionize the moviegoing experience than any other filmmaker during the past quarter-century, began writing the sci-fi epic in 1994 and has been developing the photo-realistic 3-D technology necessary to realize his ambitious vision since the 1997 release of Titanic. After postponing the $200 million project on several occasions, his much-anticipated tale of human imperialism on an alien moon is due Dec. 18.

Summer Lovin’, Pt. 3: Sophie Middlebrook & Boe Hayward

 

Local couples had a blast this summer (and spring) celebrating their love and commitment with family and friends. From heart-warming tales of romantic triumph to the drama of logistical snafus and allergic reactions ... we’re here to tell you more.

A walnut tree played a supporting (and dramatic) role on June 13 in Calistoga at the outdoor wedding of Sophie Middlebrook and Boe Hayward.

“Meet Us Under the Walnut Tree” trumpeted the couple’s stylish and very creative save-the-date card which arrived in a box with a real walnut.

Taste Catering Gets a Tomato of Their Own

No matter that the farmers markets are brimming right now with heirloom tomatoes of all shapes and sizes, some chefs want a customized tomato that they can call their own. So it was with top-notch local SF catering company, Taste, who dreamed of a tomato that was the ideal flavor—a balance of sweetness and acidity—as well as the perfect shape. 

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