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DAWN 2010 is Coming...

Get your party pants on, because DAWN 2010 is throwing one helluva celebration in honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot. On May 15th you can lounge with libations in-hand, and party with the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Have a few laughs with Sandra Bernhard, chill with Gary Shteyngart, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), and dance those party pants right off at a live performance from Fool's Gold.

The Tenderloin: SF's Hottest Tourist Destination?

G-d bless this guy, Shaw. Randy Shaw. A San Francisco housing advocate with a very ambitious plan to, um, exploit the grittiness of the Tenderloin in an attempt to transform the neighborhood into—get ready for it—a tourist destination. You heard me right: a tourist destination. Shaw's strategy—reported on today in the New York Times—includes building a new $3 million museum of TL history (to be housed in the Cadillac on Eddy & Leavenworth, a Single Room Occupany hotel where Jerry Garcia once laid his weary head) and designing a walking tour of the district's many other historic SROs.

Citizen Cope's Fillmore Show

So apparently self-proclaimed "Cope Heads" consists of overly-affectionate couples, creepy single dudes looking to pick off the strays, and me... or at least those were the dynamics at Friday night's show. Despite the strange (and loud!) crowd chatter, Citizen Cope commanded the room, delivering consistent crowd pleasers (aka almost the entirety of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings), a surprising choice due to the heavy push for the brand new The Rain Water LP. Perhaps we caught him on the throwback night, as both of his 2-night stints at The Fillmore were said to be at capacity.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine: The Aftermath

From the desk of Jessica:
A quick survey of the tweets from other attendees of the third annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival confirms a few things—everyone is still hungover, and everyone is regretting finishing the foie gras loco moco that the chefs from Animal prepared for the Food and Wine Best New Chefs Alumni dinner on Friday night. Yes, indeed, as the three-day eating and drinking bonanza has now come to a close, it's time to reflect on what we've learned.

Oscar-Nominated Bay Area Filmmakers Track Down America's ‘Most Dangerous Man’

Daniel Ellsberg was derided in 1971 by President Richard Nixon as a man who “gave aid and comfort to the enemy … putting himself above the President of the United States, above Congress, above our whole system of government” by revealing a secret Pentagon study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. His remarkable story arrives at the Red Vic this week in Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich’s Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

Get Ready. Get Set. Shop Social!

All shopping events are not created equally.

But let's just say that if this was high school, Shop Social would be undoubtedly be the "cool kids" table packed with a mix of impeccably dressed girls that you (somewhat grudgingly) look to for inspiration.

SF Spa Week: Pampering for Cheap

It's safe to say it's officially our favorite time of the year - the days are getting longer, nights are getting warmer and facials are getting cheaper.

Yes that's right, SF Spa Week kicks off today, meaning you can almost score an impressive variety of beauty treatments at spas around the Bay Area for a mere $50.

And since the options can be a bit overwhelming to spa veterans and novices alike, we decided to share some of the offerings we've been ogling:

Bay Area Bauhaus: Is This the Dawn of a New Design Movement?

The creative forces behind this home in Marin can be compared to some of design’s most influential visionaries.

In 1919, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school, was pronouncing: “Architects, painters and sculptors, we must all turn to the crafts . . . Let us conceive, consider and create together the new building of the future.” Today, a contemporary group of Bay Area–based idealists are embracing those tenets to create buildings that are significantly elevating the standards of residential design.  Read more...

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