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Where to Shop this Weekend: Martin + Osa, ShoeBiz and Noise Pop 'N Shop

During the weekend ahead, say goodbye to the shortest month of the year with a feel-good mixture of shopping, art and fashion.

Start tonight at the Westfield San Francisco Centre for an evening of shopping at Martin + Osa with style expert Katrina Szish, who will be on hand to offer tips on translating red carpet trends into everyday looks featuring apparel from the casual retailer’s current collections. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a $25 gift certificate for Martin + Osa. During the event, merchandise will be discounted 20 percent. Proceeds benefit the Northern California Cancer Center.

What's in Helena de Natalio's Handbag?

With her Helena de Natalio line of handbags recently picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue— and featured in the retailer's spring advertising campaign—BayArea native and designer Helen Lubetkin, 29, is understandably optimistic about what lies ahead for her bohemian-cool line of leather carry-alls and clutches. We caught up with the Marin resident to chat about her latest collection, her stint in the Peace Corps and the contents of her handbag.

How is your forthcoming collection for late summer/early fall 2009 a departure from your previous collections?

Noise Pop: Port O'Brien Sick of Writing Songs About the Sea

Folk wonders, Port O’Brien, never forget their roots. Their name itself is a tribute to a now abandoned cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska where singer/guitarist Van Pierszalowski’s parents met in the late 60s. It’s also a little reminder of their summers spent working on fishing boats and in canneries. Despite their modest fisherman façade, the Oakland-formed quintet opened for indie alt-rock superstars Nada Surf on their last tour, an experience they claim “was simultaneously hilarious and amazing.” Port O’Brien’s third album (yet to be named and set to drop later this year) is in the works with a guest spot rumored to be filled by none other than Lily Allen.

Where do you find some of the most unexpected sources of inspiration?

Noise Pop Film: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Don't get your hopes up. There's no recently unearthed footage of the legendary live album in Bestor Cram's documentary, At Folsom Prison, but there's a decent montage of photographer Jim Marshall's stills from this career-defining performance of The Man in Black. Additional video includes interviews with his children, Roseanne Cash and John Carter Cash, former inmate Millford Derdon who was there for the show, and the two children of Folsom inmate Glen Sherley whose song, "Greystone Chapel," was learned the night before the show by Cash and his band and performed that day. Artsy animated interpretations of songs from the album and archival film of the era round out the visuals.

It’s Got Legs: Beringer’s Rhine House

As more once-great institutions appear to teeter on the brink of oblivion, a Wine Country landmark is back in vogue. And thriving.

On a recent rainy night, card-carrying members of the SF and Napa Valley Swell set convened to celebrate the return of Beringer Winery’s historic Rhine House in St. Helena with a glamorous black-tie dinner.

Beringer was founded in 1897 and, though recently purchased by the Australian Foster’s Beer empire, it reigns as the oldest continuous winemaking facility in the Napa Valley.

Deerhunter: Way Too Much Fog, Not Enough Vocals

Last night's Noise Pop launch party at Mezzanine was packed.  And...a bit of a letdown.  San Francisco's own Lilofee opened, and while seductive singer Kimi Recor had serious stage presence, the performance was a bit reminiscent of No Doubt circa when Gwen Stefani decided to start partying with the Harajuku girls instead of playing real music.  Recor took off her tights during the show and proceeded to fling them into the crowd, stripper style.  Right.

Rancho Gordo's New Cookbook: Get Cheap and Chic With Two Bean Stews

If anyone has made beans a cool commodity, it's Rancho Gordo, the heirloom bean company owned by Steve Sando. Sando recently co-authored a cookbook called Heirloom Beans (Chronicle, 2008) and here are some of our favorite recipes from it. Get out the Le Crueset: Winter's on.

Fat Tuesday at Townhall

The Hurricane cocktails were definitely flowing last night at Townhall's annual Fat Tuesday celebration, as were the oysters, the fried chicken and the gumbo.  Check out photos from the fesitivies.

Mitch and Steve Rosenthal (Townhall owners) shucking oysters.

Eat + Drink List: Battle of the Chefs and $1 Oysters

1. Kid’s Menu
If you’re a parent trying to get your kids to eat something other than chicken nuggets and cheese pizza, then you may want to join author Stephanie Rosenbaum for a book signing of her book, Fun Food, which includes healthy and fun recipes for kids. Join her at Omnivore Books on February 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Morning Benders on Stonehenge, Love Songs and the Best of Noise Pop

These Berkeley-based California natives have been making splashes in the indie pool since “the very beginning,” which, according to them, is "somewhere around 2006, 2007."  (With a band named "Morning Benders," memory lapses are acceptable).   They've toured with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kooks, MGMT, Two Gallants and We Are Scientists, and now are one of the most anticipated Noise Pop performances - playing this Friday at Slim's.  Despite all the fame and fortune, The Morning Benders took some time out with us to answer some very important questions:

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