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A-Track Brings Back the 90's at the Independent

Stopping by the Independent last night on his 10,000LB Hamburger Tour wunderkind A-Trak made it clear that the 90’s are making a come back. The Montreal native, clad in his signature ensemble of a leather jacket and shades rocked the crowd of 20-somethings with a sample-filled electro set. Remixes of cult favorites like Daft Punk and Justice were interlaced with hip-hop throwbacks that had us feeling nostalgic for our youth. Safe to say if you were looking for a hot summer dance party in the midst of the chilling San Francisco weather last night’s show is where you would have found it.

Summer is Here: Orange Rosés For Sunny Days

I love the fact that Alder Yarrow over at Vinography is so unabashedly exuberant about "orange wines." Some of his quotes from the last year: "Regular readers know that every once in a while I wax poetic about an orange wine here on Vinography"; "Orange wine is nearly always a good sign!"; "Orange wines aren't easy to come by, but to my mind they represent some of the most exciting wines being made on the planet."

Find Handmade Treasures at the Renegade Craft Fair

Shopping in Union Square may be convenient, but these days, it's all about unique, handcrafted goods. Digging through Etsy can be overwhelming, but the FREE Renegade Craft Fair will make your treasure hunt a little easier by bringing 200 crafters, artists, designers, and more to the Fort Mason Center this weekend, July 18 & 19 (11a - 7p).

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Nopa Raises the Bar

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

Link Love: H&M Fall/Winter Campaign and Fashion's Billionaires

This weekend's fashion food for thought …

Take a peek at H&M's Fall/Winter campaign by Terry Richardson, courtesy of Design Scene.

San Francisco to the rescue. Locally based private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital saved Eddie Bauer from bankruptcy with an auction bid of $286 million. The Cut reports.

Vision Quest: 'Seraphine' Paints A Portrait Of A Lost Woman Artist

So often cinema holds up the female artist’s life as the stuff tragedy. One can’t help but look back to 1988’s Camille Claudel and begin to believe that women (albeit of a certain time and place) who choose art over hearth, home and convention are doomed to obscurity, madness and misery. Mercifully, France’s latest history of a lost woman painter, Seraphine, which opens Friday, July 17, doesn’t dwell on the martyrdom of Seraphine Louis (1864-1942), otherwise known as Seraphine de Senlis, a servant, cleaning woman, and laundress born long before her time and driven to make art in a society that treated women of her class as little better than dogs.

The Eater Wrap: Nate-O-Matic and the New Home of Frances

Welcome back to the Eater Wrap, the weekly report from Eater SF on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including dive bars, unfortunate celebrity chefs hairdos and a little thing called the Nate-O-Matic.

1) With the help of Citysearch's Patrick Heig, Eater SF rolled out a new feature called A Beer At, in which the city's many anonymous, forgotten watering holes are examined, one by one. For the maiden voyage, Mr. Heig soaked in everything Chelsea Place had to offer. And more.

What’s the Deal: Nordstrom, Barneys, Indie Industries, Frankee Uno and more!

Because paying full price is so '08....

Nordstrom: Nordstrom stores across the Golden State opened their doors at 7 a.m. today to kick off an Anniversary Sale that runs through Sunday in stores and online through Aug. 3. New fall arrivals for men, women and children are discounted up to 40 percent.

Beklina: This Santa Cruz-based online retailer of coveted indie labels has marked summer styles down 20 to 50 percent. A brief perusal this morning revealed deals on Stewart + Brown, Ivana Helsinki, Edun, Fox in Mociun, Linda Loudermilk and Mr. Larkin.

Culture Klatch

 

Dispelling the gloom of June, July is a-sizzle with artistic events which will set even the most slothful-summer soul soaring.

 

Rockin’ On at Backstage Pass

First up? The Old Mint opens its doors (again) tonight (July 16) for a special, limited re-engagement of the exhibition, Backstage Pass: A Sweeping History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Anti-West-Coast Bias Brewing in the Cocktail World?

Is the cocktail world showing bias against the West Coast cocktail scene—and San Francisco in particular?

In support of such an idea there is the following evidence:

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