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Kathryn Bigelow Comes of Age with 'The Hurt Locker'

Americans have made their will known at the polls and the box office, and the message is clear: Our military presence in the Middle East is only slightly less popular than the movies inspired by it. The Hurt Locker may not change that sentiment, which felled recent offerings like Ridley Scott’s underrated Body of Lies and the equally overlooked Rendition, but that takes nothing away from Kathryn Bigelow’s most gripping thriller to date.

Porn Star/Artist/Author Zak Smith Reads Tonight at City Lights

We finally got out to Berkeley last night to meet painter/author Zak Smith, currently on a book tour for the first release of Tin House-published We Did Porn. Nestled in the back room of Moe's Books, Smith read from his newly published memoir, which details his career as an actor in adult films under the name Zak Sabbath. Far from being the stereotypical bohemian artist, Smith's reading is smart, sarcastic, bitchy, and downright hilarious. He challenges us NorCal folk to ask more questions during the Q&A than his LA audiences - we couldn't let them be more "intellectual" than us, could we?

Look of the Week: French Femme

With Bastille Day rounding the corner, it's time to say au revoir to freedom fries and Budweiser and bonjour to pomme frites and viognier. Stateside, this French holiday gives foodies and party-goers alike a delicious excuse to indulge at your favorite bistro while channeling your inner Brigitte Bardot. We've assembled a look to give you that very distinctive je ne sais quoi (eyeliner not included).

1. Fred Flare Inés Sunglasses, $11: These rounded shades look classic yet impossibly modern.

Steady As It Goes: Tortoise's Latest Travels Land Them at GAMH

Tortoise will be forever linked my noggin with the dude who yelled from the audience during the Chicago ensemble’s super-heated set at Bimbo’s 365 Club around the time of Standards (Thrill Jockey, 2001).

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, former editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Mastery in distilling, artery-killing, and a great place to drink outdoors. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

What's Opera, Doc? Bugs goes to the Symphony

As if anything could possibly be more erudite and high brow than Elmer Fudd or the full-frontal loins of a stuttering Porky Pig, the San Francisco Symphony will soon supersize them and synchronize them with the high-falutin' tunefulness of violins and flutes, timpani and bassoon.

Next Friday, the Symphony hosts “Bugs Bunny On Broadway," a combo symphony orchestra concert and big screen cartoon festival featuring the beloved Warner Brothers cartoon critters and those that want to shoot them, smoosh them or eat them.

Save Your MUNI Quarters for Arcade Games

Get ready to twist some knobs and pound some buttons as the California Extreme classic arcade games show returns to the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency this weekend. Once you've paid the admission price, alll games on display, from Caterpillar to Simpsons Pinball, are free to play, no quarters required. Competitive gamers should check out the Guitar Hero Arcade World Championships, pinball tournaments for all ages, and The Gauntlet, a race to see who can complete the goal set for each of five machines the fastest.

Market Watch: Chef Chris Cosentino Seen Snagging the Prospect Tomatoes

The chef’s carts were loaded down with heirloom tomatoes this week as the first of the field grown beauties started to make their debut. Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant in Noe Valley was seen snapping up flats of a variety called Prospect at the Balakian Farms booth to use on his menu in a dish featuring smoked escolar and charred Padrón peppers. Farmer Ginger Balakian grows over 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes on her farm including Green Zebras, Watermelon Beefsteaks and Yellow Brandywine.

Link Love: Heidi Klum Barbie, Online Vintage and Don't Miss the Marc

Daily reads from our feeds …

Immortalized in plastic? Ideeli brings us the new Heidi Klum barbie doll.

Speaking of Heidi Klum, the cast for Project Runway's sixth season has been revealed to us via The Cut. The show starts August 20 on Lifetime.

Scouring racks for purchase-worthy thrift finds is a tough job. Refinery29 brings us eight online vintage boutiques that make shopping easy.

Today's Hot Links: Chefs vs. City, Dame Julia Child and Bacon Potato Chips

Michael Recchiuti is making irresistible peanut-butter pearls, writing a cookbook.

You may continue to worship at the altar—Julie Powell may be cool, but Julia Child is the real deal.

More chefs on tee vee—Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez battle local foodies in a new Food Network Show, Chefs vs. City.

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