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Countdown to Handmade Nation: Diana Fayt

First in our look at vendors participating in the upcoming Handmade Nation event is Bay Area native Diana Fayt. Each piece of Fayt's handmade ceramic art requires 13 steps to complete, and takes as much as seven hours from start to finish (and that's not including kiln time). You can see the attention to detail in every aspect of her work, from the freehand illustrations that adorn many of the pieces, to the lead-free glazes in rich, deep hues. If you're not able to make it to the Handmade Nation screening and sale at Mezzanine next week, not to worry.

Nailed: How to Get that Mani-Pedi for Less

We’re all for being fashionably late, but sometimes, it pays to be early. That’s a little piece of wisdom we’ve picked up recently from the bevy of San Francisco day spas and nail salons offering midweek and workday specials to those who can sneak in during off-peak hours.

A few of our favorite places to take attention-deprived cuticles and weary soles this month:

The Eater Wrap: Tavern on the Green Meets the Metreon and Contigo (Finally) Opens

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including hot new openings, hot design renderings and Rachael Ray in flames.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation a San Francisco indie theater near you.

Powell Street Pie Fight Photos

Check out the photos from the pie fight that went down this afternoon at the Powell Street Cable Car circle.

 

 

Countdown to Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation, a new documentary chronicling the rise of the crafting revolution, has been cutting a swath across the country (and the world) with their screenings drawing massive crowds and equally impressive praise.

Countdown to Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation, a new documentary chronicling the rise of the crafting revolution, has been cutting a swath across the country (and the world) with their screenings drawing massive crowds and equally impressive praise.

The SF Chocolate Salon: The Good, the Bad and the Guy in the Top Hat

The SF Chocolate Salon is coming up this Saturday. I know this because a month before the salon, we are literally deluged with chocolate samples sent to us, from bars to truffles to chocolate-dipped pretzels covered in toffee chips. (We're on the fence about these. They taste better the hungrier you are and the longer you've been chained to your desk—after dark).

The standouts so far (for better and for worse):

The HIGHS

The Orchid Quiz: Win Orchid Expo Tix and...an Orchid

Maybe it's because of Adaptation, but we're kind of fascinated by orchids.  And we're pretty excited for the 57th annual Pacific Orchid Expo, which kicks off tomorrow and will shower the Fort Mason Pavilion with more than 150,000 of these mysterious, beautiful plants (okay, so maybe we're kind of obsessed with orchids).

In celebration of this orchid take-over, we're running an orchid trivia contest.  The first commentor to answer all these questions correctly will win free entrance to the Expo and a beautiful orchid.  Good luck to you.

The Orchid Trivia Quiz

True or False

Katrina Szish's Advice on Shoulder Pads: Just Say No

Fresh off the Oscars' red carpet, fashion expert, TV correspondent and InStyle magazine’s Style Spy blogger, Katrina Szish breezed through San Francisco for a recent society soiree at the downtown Martin + Osa store. We caught up with the bicoastal style maven over lunch and lattés to chat about her top trend picks for spring, the return of the shoulder pad, and advice on staying fashionably afloat in a tough economy.

What are your favorite Spring 09 trends?

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