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San Francisco International Film Festival to Honor Animator Don Hertzfeldt

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival will present its coveted Persistence of Vision Award to Academy Award–nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt tonight at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Tickets are $10 for San Francisco Film Society members and $12.50 for general admission.

Fremont's Hertzfeldt, 33, whose work frequently features hand-drawn stick figures, received a 2001 Oscar nomination for his short comedy film Rejected. His films have earned more than 150 awards from festivals worldwide. He will be in attendance for an onstage interview at this evening's presentation of Life, Death and Very Large Utensils at the Sundance, with a collection of short films to follow.

Berkeley Art Museum’s Secret Architect Suitors

Ten letters, ten firms. The design community is in serious speculation mode about which ten firms will be receiving letters from the folks at the Berkley Art Museum (which were apparently already sent out), courting them and their architectural prowess to jump in the ring and battle it out for the design of the new museum. Or, er, the new-ish, museum. As you probably know, the initial plans were for a brand-new structure designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, but then the world ran out of money, Berkeley included (your bubble didn’t do you much good there, Berkeley-ites!) Read more...

When Home Competes for an Ardent Traveler's Affections - and Wins

When I stepped off a ship last October after a month at sea and saw the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, gleaming in the morning light, my heart fluttered. It was the same giddy feeling I’d had the first time I saw the bridge, 25 years ago, when I drove someone else’s Buick Riviera all the way from Denver to California and finally through the tunnel that frames the bridge’s magnificent towers, the bay and the city beyond: I’m home.

Market Watch: Shopping with Chef Leif Hedendal

Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Shop on!

Hobnob With the SF Design Community at Drinks by Design

In this town, there's a new bar or restaurant opening every week. And just as often, I'm left wondering who designed the space, guessing at their inspiration, and wishing I could pick the designer's brain. Well, no more. Drinks by Design has happily solved this dilemma with their monthly happy hour. Read more...

Is San Francisco Impacting How New York Eats?

Formerly local chefs say this city’s myopic focus on rusticity and pizza is a yawn. Yet in NYC—freed from SF’s trappings—they’re still cooking up meatballs, and New Yorkers aren’t complaining.

Last year at the NYC Food & Wine Festival, when Momofuku chef David Chang “called bullshit” on SF restaurants, asserting that they were all “serving figs on a plate with nothing on it,” he inadvertently started a heated debate that—as more and more SF chefs resettle in New York—continues.

Get on the Bus: TransportedSF Plays Designated Driver for PacificSound's Sunset Party on Sunday

If you're thinking about shaking your tail feathers to the electronic dance music at PacificSound's Sunset Party opener this Sunday, April 25, at Stafford Lake Park in Marin, consider putting safety and the environment first by taking the bus there. Not just any bus, mind you. I wouldn't suggest you jump on Golden Gate Transit in scant party attire and a few open bottles of booze. TransportedSF's tricked-out biodiesel buses, which seat 40 adults each, come complete with dancefloor, state-of-the-art sound system and film projector.

Look of the Week: Eco Chic

Say what you will about the term "green" being thrown around entirely too much, but there's no denying that the movement has also created some pretty rad results.

Eco-conscious fashion has finally shaken off its crunchy exterior (thank god), and designers and fast fashion companies are getting refeshingly innovative with sustainable fabrics.

Even better still, staying local has extended past slow food and farmers' markets with up-and-coming local designers taking the spotlight.

So for this week's Look, we focused on puttting together a pretty spring ensemble that highlights exactly that:

 

 

 

1. Garden Collection by H&M Floral Scarf, $12.95

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