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The Plant Cafe: Outdoor Dining at Its Most Organic

I'm a person that never feels like they can get enough of summer. Knowing that the season is fleeting makes me greedily eat as many peaches as possible. The same goes with the Indian summer in SF; I have this urge to dine outside every minute I can—all the while, looking, in a slight panic, towards the horizon to see if I can see the fog threatening to spill over. I feel it's important not to waste a moment of blue sky. (Except when you're at your desk writing a blog.)

Berkeley Rep Meets Rock Theater With "American Idiot"

Green Day, you may or may not know, began in Berkeley when, at age 15, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt connected at The 924 Gilman Street Project, an all-ages, non-profit performance co-op that is also known as the Alternative Music Foundation.

Seven Academy of Art Students Headed to New York Fashion Week

San Francisco may no longer have a fashion week of its own, but the City by the Bay will at least be well-represented under the Bryant Park tent on Saturday, when seven recent graduates of the Academy of Art present Spring 2010 womenswear collections during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

A few things you need to know about each:

Amanda Cleary: Inspired by packaging, this MFA Fashion Design student and native Californian incorporated box tab and cut out detailing into her collection.

A Chandelier on the Cheap

This charming chandelier (and a few more just like it) were above head at a wedding we went to recently in Sonoma. The picture may not do it justice, but these simple lighting solutions cast a warm hue on the party and added a much appreciated rustic element to the otherwise stately french ballroom in which the event was held. Best part, they looked like an easy DIY project that anyone could replicate in their own home. Start by finding three rings to act as the exoskeleton of the chandelier. The ones used here looked like they were made from an old barrel, but we're sure you could erect something similar out of items from a craft or hardware store.

Mike Judge Happily Returns to the Workplace with 'Extract'

It’s been a decade since Mike Judge, the soft-spoken creator of animated TV hits including Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill, took his first foray into live-action with the subversive workplace comedy Office Space.

Link Love: Leibovitz Down on Her Luck, Pelosi's Hairstyling Hopes and More...

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Talk about hugging deadlines. As Style List notes, Annie Leibovitz reportedly has until tomorrow to pay back $24 million in loans or risk forfeiting the copyrights to her entire collection of iconic photographs.

If you don’t already know Dallas-based shoe designer Rocio Ildemaro, start now. The W Editors' Blog insists.

Only in San Francisco highlights local walking tours that focus on shopping.

Family Ties Revisited: ‘Still Walking’ Takes A Stroll Between Life And Death

Hirokazu Kore-eda may be the most incisive cinematic chronicler of the modern Japanese family since master moviemaker Yasujiro Ozu. His first feature, Maborosi (1995), centers on a widow coping with the suicide of her husband, while his acclaimed 2004 film, Nobody Knows, revolved around the hardscrabble plight of four children, abandoned by their mother and forced to scrape out an existence on their own.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1495 Lower Haight 1 Bedroom

Despite common belief, there's something to be said for living on a busy street. We grew up on one, and the whir of constantly flowing traffic acted as white noise and actually helped us fall asleep at night. It can also be convenient: busier streets are usually connected to other major roads and nearby transportation. Perhaps most importantly (for this column, at least), living on a busy street often means lower rent - you get a deal because many prefer a quiet neighborhood to one with more hustle and bustle. If you're not of that view point, this apartment on Oak may be just the place for you.

Upcoming Local Talent: Scene Of Action and Robots Of Fury at Bottom Of The Hill

There is something about Bottom Of The Hill, most likely in large part due to the infamous booker there, Ramona Downey (and Ursula Rodriguez, of course), but nonetheless they are always on the cutting edge of what's coming up in the San Francisco music scene. And perhaps that's the point when you place a club in the middle of an abandoned warehouse district, you better know what you're doing just to get bodies in the door. Case and point, last night local alt-rock power bands Robots Of Fury, Fighting The Villain and Scene Of Action schedule a bill filled to the brim with writhing guitar solos, pedal distortions, grungy female (and male!) lead vocals and so much angst it could barely contain the room.

The Carnelian Room's Closing: End of a Wine Institution

I was sorry to read the note in the Chronicle that the Carnelian Room is closing. More than for its commanding view of the city and its classic menu (think steak Diane), I'll remember it for its incredible wine selection and its sommelier Mike Jabari. Jabari was one of San Francisco's hidden gems—a man who humbly and quietly had one of the longest tenures on the floor of any sommelier in the country, more than 30 years. Jabari also amassed one of the city's deepest and most interesting wine collections. Reading through his list (of which many selections were still great bargains) was often an activity that could satisfyingly eat up the better part of an hour.

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