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Imagining a Greener Future: The Post-Carbon City

Tonight, one week after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against an appeal to the citywide bike plan's environmental impact report, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition executive director Leah Shahum joins Carl Anthony (Urban Habitat), Jeff Tumlin (Nelson\Nygaard), Harrison Fraker (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) and Benjamin Grant (exhibition curator) for a SPUR symposium, "The Post-Carbon City: Planning for abundance in an era of dwindling resources." The discussion focu

Food52: The Crowd-Sourced Cookbook

As readers of our July issue may have noted, we took a different approach to making a magazine (and we think we may well be the first city magazine in the country to have done so). We solicited essays and photographs from our readers—you—and the resulting magazine is a cool (well, we think) keepsake, a beautiful collector's edition. But we're not the only ones who are taking this user-generated approach. New York Times food writer and cookbook author Amanda Hesser, together with Merrill Stubbs, have just launched the beta version of their website, Food52, with the full version coming September 15. The premise?

Indie-rock Americana Rising: Wye Oak Ties ‘The Knot’

If one were to unravel the ties that bind when it comes to Wye Oak, one would surely link the twosome to that Sparkhawk couple that holds down Low. There’s something in Wye Oak’s stately, almost elegaic rhythms and the way the Baltimore duo works in morose tones and a minor key, with appreciation for a good drone, on its second album, The Knot (Merge), that reminds one of the other’s sad-eyed and beautiful downers. On “Mary Is Mary,” the guitar and organ take on funereal hues, and Jenn Wasner’s cry cuts through the never-out-of-hand noise. And of course, there are the songs, which cast a dour eye toward relationships of all stripes.

Peek Inside: Vim and Vigor Salon

Step inside newly re-launched King Street salon Vim and Vigor, and the first thing you’re likely to notice about the club-like interiors are walls strewn with what, from afar at least, appear to be undulating tendrils of hair. But take a few steps closer, and you’ll find the swirling lines are actually mane-like fibers embedded in the walls. And thank the styling gods for that. The real deal could easily have had the unintended effect of creeping us out long before we were able to learn about the salon’s all-star team of stylists, trendy Brazilian Blowout service and signature cutting technique.

The Booze News: Fast Food And Wine Builds Momentum

Just trying to sweat off the hangover from a long weekend of eating, drinking and talking. It seems SF Chefs.Food.Wine was largely a success. Despite a few glitches, I heard great things about lots of the sessions. But life goes on, and here's a few stories I culled from the world of drink which might be interesting/amusing to you.

 

Hello Kitty Co-Chairing the J-POP 2009 Summit Festival, Opening NEW PEOPLE

Well Hell-O Kitty! The pink kitty-cat whose face launched 10 thousand cutsie-pie knick-knacks is going from frivolous fluff to serious stuff, co-chairing the 2009 J-POP SUMMIT Festival next weekend. Hello Kitty will attend the tape cutting ceremony for the grand opening of NEW PEOPLE, the new Japantown complex serving all your Japanese pop culture needs.

Anthony Bourdain Can't Help But Like SF

Despite wanting to "leave a Cleveland steamer" on our beloved Ferry Building Farmers Market, author/chef/TV host/general bad-ass Anthony Bourdain was surprised to find quality, cheap eats and nice people while filming an episode of No Reservations that airs tonight—Monday@ 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The often bitter chef blogged about his experience in the city and declared his love for San Francisco. Of course, he laments on our faults but eases the gut shot with this: "I guess it's like any love that's true—sooner or later you learn to accept the good, bad and silly all together. It's all part of the package when you know, without any question, that you want the package.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Balboa Cafe and Its Baguette

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!

BALBOA CAFE

1300 on Fillmore's Gospel Brunch: The Perfect Mom-in-Town Activity

The Scenario: Mom’s in town for the weekend and you need to plan some good, pure fun.

The Solution: Skip Sunday mass and go for food instead.

1300 on Fillmore’s bi-monthly gospel brunches prove that you can be spiritual without going to church.

The deal? A three-course prix fixe meal with a side of house band, Future Perfect, featuring restaurant owner Monetta White’s friends from Oakland’s Imani Community Church. An instant hit, Monetta’s gospel brunches have become a regular gig at 1300 on Fillmore, so with mom in tow, we decided to check it out.

Link Love: Tie One On, Pucker Up Naturally and Stare in Horror at Whit Port

We know. It's Monday. Sorry about that. But at least you can start your week off with some good reads from our feeds…

We love scarves all year round, but we will admit occasionally falling out of love with our current tying techniques. FocusOnStyle.com’s Sharon Haver comes to our rescue with short how-to video 10 Ways to Wear a Scarf.

Another how-to vid we’re diggin’ this week comes from Sephora’s Beauty and the Blog. It’ll teach you the basic steps you need to go dark and sultry this fall with an ultra smoky eye.

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