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Peace, Love and Harmony, Man

If you're not so much into the free love attitude that San Francisco embodies, if you hear the word "harmony" and automatically want to leave this page, hold on just a sec. While the prime focus of this weekend's Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa does encompass art, green living, ecology and spirituality "from the roots up," there's a whole lot more going on than just that.

Drink Champagne Daily, But Toss the Flute

The just-out July Esquire has a good article, pointing out that, in general, we don’t drink enough Champagne. It's titled, "The King of Wines: The problem with champagne is that we celebrate it, but we don’t drink it." Yes, we pop it on New Year’s, at weddings and birthdays, and spray each other with it when we win major championships. But the only thing we don’t do is treat it as a wine.

Life on the Line: Laurence Jossel Can Do It All

Richie Nakano, a line cook at Nopa, chronicles his experience on his blog, linecook415. For six weeks, his guest blog will give us a snapshot of life in the kitchen.

1:22 p.m. 
Prep period.

Tuesday is an exciting day in the Nopa kitchen for two reasons: It’s typically a slower day, which allows the cooks a chance to recover and refocus. And better yet, it’s a market day.  Market days mean a flood of new produce to taste and play with. There’s an energy that surges through the kitchen on these days, setting a nice tone for the next few days.

LEBO Reception at Arts Fund

On Friday, June 5, San Francisco Sentry and Arts Fund together with artists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and patrons of the arts gathered to welcome the latest addition to their collection, "Holy Smoke" by David "LEBO" LeBatard. The Arts Fund offices provide a spacious venue (with spectacular 360° views from the 27th floor) for their burgeoning art portfolio.

Arts Fund also announced the launch of a new digital media animation studio in partnership with LEBO, as the well-rounded crowd of San Francisco luminaries enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and champagne hosted by San Francisco Sentry and Arts Fund.

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.

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