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Film Night in the Park: A Good Excuse to Cuddle

The platonic ideal of the outdoor movie experience involves a balmy summer’s eve, a picnic blanket to stretch out upon, plus various picnic delicacies. The San Francisco reality of the open-air movie spectatorship is usually more like a freezing fog-filled night, a down sleeping bag to cuddle in and wine to keep you warm.

Even so, Film Night in the Park rakes in the crowds, the happy campers and the masses yearning to see movies in the great outdoors. 

Kamei Restaurant Supply: Hidden Source for Home Decor

It may come as a surprise, but Kamei Restaurant Supply in the Inner Richmond is our go-to spot for cute accessories for around the home. Sure, they're best known for carrying all manner of cooking devices, from rooster-shaped cookie cutters to giant rice dispensers, but plenty of Kamei's inventory works for areas outside of the kitchen too. We picked up this curvy little vessel to hold our keys and other detritus that accumulates in our front entrance. The shape is reminiscent of Eva Ziesel designs, but at under $4 was a much more affordable find.

The Ultimate SF Father's Day Gift Guide

If there’s one rule of Dad gift-giving, it’s this: he’s not going to give you any great gift ideas. After all, if he knew he needed it, he’d already have it. We think the best gifts for Dad are the ones he doesn’t even know he needs.

He may not realize it, but his hard work and dedicated dad-ness probably means he needs some serious R&R. For guy-friendly pampering he won’t come up with on his own, whisk him away to Cocoon Urban Day Spa for a Father’s Day Package that includes a dude-friendly sports massage, manicure, pedicure and – but of course – beer.

And Now For Some Fun: Michael Pollan's Doppelganger

Not only does Michael Pollan—along with Eric Schlosser—drive the upcoming film, Food, Inc., about the industrialized food system. But he also looks a hell of a lot like the former French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Check this little bit of esoteric brilliance out: Michael Pollan or Michel Foucault?

This Week's Top Concerts: The Power Female Edition

They say that it’s a male dominated world, but with power females like these, we beg to differ. Check out these women dominating the stages this week (and a few men too):

Neko Case, The Warfield, 6/9-6/10: Just in case you can’t make it to tonight’s performance, an encore is lined up for tomorrow, so there’s really no excuses. Miss Case gained fame by working on the New Pornographer’s debut album, but she’s held her ground and is proving to be one of indie’s new leading ladies with her fiercely independent and artistic voice. She’s definitely someone to keep your eye on these days.

Takashi Miike Takes Over the Roxie Tonight

At 48, Takashi Miike has directed more than 70 theatrical, television and straight-to-video productions. In 2009, a slow year by his dizzying standards, he has already released two films, with another, his 2010 remake of Eiichi Kudo’s Thirteen Assassins, on the horizon.

Greenskeepers Cover NIN's Hurt

Here's a little something to break the monotony of spreadsheets and emails. Chicago-based band Greenskeepers are at it again. First they manipulated Robert Pattison and Twilight, now they've put a creative spin on NIN's "Hurt" and joined it perfectly with a clip from the Academy Award-winning short animated film, Harvie Krumpet. Not sure if it'll play into their live set, but you can find out. They are playing Mission Rock on July 12.

Unraveling And Reveling At The Queer Arts Festival

Have pride - don’t hide. Oh-nine finds the 12th National Queer Arts Festival doing just dandy: “Threads” is this year’s theme, a unifying leitmotif running through the warp, woof, and weave of San Francisco’s all-out queer communities. Rally the kids and Prop.

Required Viewing: Robert Kenner's Remarkable 'Food, Inc.'

Now playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, one of the year’s most important films, Food, Inc., traces the industrial food revolution from its mid-20th century beginnings, when new, profoundly influential restaurant chains like McDonalds introduced the factory-inspired concept of line cooking in their kitchens, to the present, when supermarkets are routinely stocked with genetically engineered meats and vegetables.

Doctor In the House: St. Mary's Medical Center


There were many, many doctors in the house at Tosca Cafe recently when owner Jeannette Etheredge and her pal Blanche Brown hosted a reception there for St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Fans (and former patients) celebrated the dedicated doctors of this 152-year-old institution -- the oldest continuing operating hospital in San Francisco. Now under the umbrella of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the hospital was originally founded and run by the Sisters of Mercy Order from Ireland.

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