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Are You a Muggle or a Maniac? Potter Fandom hits SF

Did you run not walk to be among the first to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?


Have you spent one or more midnights waiting at your local bookstore for the next tome in the Potter series to be put on the shelves? Did you wear some kind of a wizard’s get-up?

Rage To Live: Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista

Carla Bozulich could have been Courtney Love. Looking back on Bozulich’s storied career, I’m sure more than one music writer has toyed with the thought. As the fire-starting frontperson of Ethyl Meatplow and later the Geraldine Fibbers, playing sprawling Alternative Nation-era shows and filling the stage with her eye-pulling magnetism, her tempestuous charisma, Bozulich could have crashed and burned on the shores of too much public and media attention too soon. Heck, she even had her Kurt, an esteemed fellow musician and love interest in the form of Nels Cline, who now plays guitar with Wilco.

Market Watch: Flying Saucers Sighted, Plus Kraut Galore

Dahlias were out in full force and in just about every color at Cypress Flower Farm this week. Farmer Randy Dardanelle grows these summer beauties on his 12-acre farm in Moss Beach. This flamboyant flower, a native to Mexico and Central America, is also the official flower of San Francisco. It’s hard not to swoon over these delicate blooms in all their bright hues and intricate forms.

Link Love: Invisible Eyebrows and Man Corsets

Daily reads from our feeds …

Shorn eyebrows as asexual element and exercise in modernity? Sounds like a bunch of hooey. NYT reports on this ridiculous and (hopefully) short-lived trend.

As if the murse wasn't enough. Australian company Equmen introduces Spanx for men. These mirdles (man girdles) are flying off shelves at Saks, purporting to improve posture and reduce back pain—ha! The Cut has the scoop.

Today's Hot Links: Cane Rosso's Open, Free Ice Cream Sundaes

Because, really, who can resist a free upside-down sundae?

The Ferry Building's newest addition, Cane Rosso, stands at the ready with porchetta.

Trigger fingers: the new crop of hunting enthusiasts.

How a cruise ship serves 4,000 meals.

A first glimpse at Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's memoir.

Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?

Litquake, San Francisco's literary festival, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year (October 9-17). To help honor a decade of Litquake with the best festival ever, Litquake will host its first ever mystery fundraiser tonight from 6-8p at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room ($12). "Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?" plans panels and conversations with Bay Area mystery writers including Rhys Bown (Molly Murphy series) and Seth Harwood (Jack Wakes Up). Litquake will also raffle off great prizes, from tickets to Litquake events to the chance to be a character in a mystery novel.

Shotwell's (Almost) Back!

A mere two weeks after owners Michael Weaver and Holly Kricher closed Shotwell's doors to move three blocks down (Vince is eventually taking over their old space), the local favorite is officially back. Though the expansive two-story space is still very much a work in progress until the official grand opening in early August, suffice it to say we still spent an hour perusing the racks and trying on everything in sight during last night's soft opening. Expect to find new designers, an expanded mens section (that we'll definitely be delving into from time to time), not to mention increased foot traffic judging by their prime location at 320 Grant Ave. Check out the new store from 11-7 daily.



Get Your Craft On

More than 200 artists from all nooks and crannies of the country will convene at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion this weekend for the second annual Renegade Craft Fair to showcase and sell their goods.

Ceramic pottery, linens, clothing, jewelry, homemade bath goods, vintage posters, high-end stationary--the Renegade Craft Fair has it all. There will even be DIY tutorials on tasks like how to fashion old toys into bangles and earrings, and Mozilla Firefox will be on hand to help you create your own custom Web persona.

Plus, there will be a Magnolia Photo Booth on site, and who doesn't love a little posing and picture-taking fun with friends?

Weekend Getaway: The Endless Summer That is Huntington Beach

You don’t need to travel halfway around the world to feel like you've landed there. Huntington Beach—only a little over an hour flight from SFO straight into the ridiculously quaint Long Beach airport (Virgin flies direct)—drops you straight into the OC, which feels about as far away from SF as Siberia. (It’s just that Siberia is farther—and a lot colder.)

Can Architects Save SF from Sinking?

Surrounded as it is by three sides of water, San Francisco has always seemed to us a particularly precarious place to live. Okay, so it's not just the water... it's also the fault lines and the low elevation level combined with that whole global warming thing, if you must know the paranoid truth. Perhaps we'll be able to rest easier now knowing that the heroic architects, ecologists and engineers of the world are hard at work creating a plan to prevent our city's eminent demise, or at least that's what the results of the Rising Tides Competition would have us believe.

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