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Indie Mart, ATYS, Openings and Sales: Weekend Design Events

A few events happening around town this Father's Day weekend:

After a winter hibernation, Indie Mart is back this Sunday with its first outdoor event of the season. They'll be shutting down the street at 17th and Wisconsin for outdoor vendors, food, and crafters galore. Also, local bands The Frail, Shannon and the Clams, and The Red Verse will be performing throughout the day inside Thee Parkside.

Dear Stern Grove Festival, Thanks (Sincerely, The Recession)

These days, we're all about anything that's free. And when what's free happens to be an annual, venerable SF event - an institution in many ways - we're all about it. Yep, it's Stern Grove Festival time again, and it's kicking off this weekend beneath the eucalyptus trees in the Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat (which, for festival newbies, is not to be mistaken for Golden Gate Park). This season's performers run the gamut - there's folk, opera, ballet and rap in the mix. Get excited for Roberta Flack, the SF Symphony (July 5), Lyrics Born (July 26), Joan Baez (July 12) and the SF Ballet (August 16). So grab a blanket and head out to the Sunset to enjoy some good, free summer fun.

 

Year One Wins Over With Very Old-School Buddy Flick Chemistry

Michael Cera is a geek poet and he knows it. He’s the stealthily saucy secret sauce - a cunning mixture of naivete, vulnerability, and nerdiness - that made Superbad, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Juno, Arrested Development and the online Clark and Michael shorts that much better, healing the wounds of 90-pound weaklings and cubicle-bound bookish waifs with his empathetic portraits of brainy goofballs with love in their hearts and stars in their eyes.

The Eater Wrap: More Pig, Less Postrio and Reporting From Aspen, Live!

'Twas quite the week over at Eater SF, and since it's already Friday, here's editor Paolo Lucchesi to provide your weekly recap of all the restaurant news from the last seven days.

1) The big restaurant news of the week was the star-studded Postrio farewell, but before the SF classic rode off into the sunset, Eater took a look back on 20 years of media buzz, from Herb Caen to Michael Bauer.

What's the Deal: Lemon Twist, Dress, Flowie and more...

Because paying retail is oh-so-passe....

Lemon Twist: Saunter on over to this Hayes Valley boutique tonight, and you’ll be rewarded with 20 percent off this local label’s clothing and fine art offerings. Part of the Hayes Valley Block Party, the store’s happy hour runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ghosts of the Past: Susan Hiller's "J. Street Project"

Three years and 303 photographs later, artist Susan Hiller completed her journey through Germany with the sole purpose of recording all street signs that used the prefix Juden (Jew) in their names. From a desolate snow-covered road to graffiti-tagged city storefront, Hiller documents the past presence of a people and a culture through geographical markers. All in existence prior to WWII, these street names mark neighborhoods where Jews lived either by force or choice. Some were changed during the Nazi cleanse initiative and were later restored in a denazification process.

Market Watch: Get Your Pluots, Smoked Salt and Man the Torpedos

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

LGBT Film Festival Begins with An Englishman in New York

Billed as the consummate tale of homosexuality in the 20th century, Richard Laxton’s An Englishman in New York kicks off the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival tonight at the Castro Theatre.

Ask Bruno Anything

Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego (well, alter-alter ego, considering Borat), is ready to cause more of a stir. Though his movie doesn't premiere until July 10, Bruno has been making headlines by disrupting fashion shows, crashing crotch-first into Eminem's face at the MTV Movie Awards, and posing nude on the cover of this month's GQ. And now's your chance to get inside the faux-Austrian television host's mind. On June 30, Baron Cohen will appear in all his Bruno glory on Digg.com's Digg Dialogg.

Look of the Week: CFDA Edition

Seeing as this past Monday was the Oscars of the fashion industry, we decided to salute the CFDA (that's the Council of Fashion Designers of America for those who always or never wondered) Awards by featuring three of this year's winners: Calvin Klein, SF native Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. And what better way to do so than by showing the designers' take on the ultimate wardrobe essential, the Little Black Dress, at three different price points? While we're always on the search for the elusive perfect black dress to add to our collection, we might not have a few grand to throw down on a dress at the moment (or ever), but hey, a girl can dream can't she?

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