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Local Etsy Shop We Love: Kate Durkin

One of the best features about Etsy, the popular website that lets you buy and sell all things handmade, is the different ways to explore the site.  You can shop by color, by editors' picks, or by my personal favorite, locally.  Through Etsy, I discovered Kate Durkin.  A San Francisco artist who creates playful home items such as original works of art, pillows and tote bags, all under $65.  Kate works with a palette of subtle muted colors to create wonderfully original pieces that would be an excellent addition to any home.  To see more of her work, visit

Wilkes Madness: The Wilkes Bashford Warehouse Sale

Long before there was March Madness there was ... Wilkes Madness.

As in Wilkes Bashford -- the man, the legend, the bon ton boutique!

For the last 20 years, Bashford & Co. have swung open the doors at their San Francisco and Mill Valley boutiques to the sartorial masses for the twice-yearly (February and August) Wilkes Bashford Warehouse Sale.

Knife Classes and Cocktail College: This Week's Top Events

1. Heart to Heart
Kick off your weekend by attending the sixth annual Food From the Heart event at the Ferry Building, an evening of music, dancing, food and wine. This year, entertainment comes in the form of gypsy jazz, Tango and a classical music quartet—sample small plates from $2 to 4 per taste and wine pours from $4 to 6. Admission to the event is free; for more information click here.

How To: Style Sexy Valentine’s Day Hair

For advice on creating fabulously foxy hair for Valentine's Day, we turned to local stylist Frankee Uno. Here are her tricks of the trade for perfecting two classic styles.

Romantic curls

-    Start by applying a thermal protectant (Uno recommends S-Factor Heat Defender) to wet hair.
-    Power dry hair using a back and forth motion until it’s completely dry. Using a brush isn’t necessary.
-    Divide hair evenly into small sections and secure in place with sectioning clips.

Slumdog Millionaire-esque "Dystopia Chic" at the Robert Koch Gallery

We ducked into 49 Geary at lunchtime today—having missed First Thursday, for, like, the millionth month in a row—and had time to hit one gallery, Robert Koch. (We'll be reporting from more in days to come...) We have a bit of a weakness for photography, and for big color prints of massively detailed images in particular and, even more specifically, for Edward Burtynsky's lush yet grim scenes from the shipbreaking beaches of Bangladesh. Imagine our joy, then, to discover we'd wandered into "Dystopia," a group show at Koch that features, among a slew of cool photos, a Burtynsky diptych.

The Bonnaroo Lineup Just Blew Our Minds

After viewing some of the headliners for Coachella this year (Amy Winehouse, c'mon!) we're glad we saved our money for something more worthy. All the whispered rumors of an amazing Bonnaroo lineup have turned out to be true! Not only do the headliners blow Coachella out of the water, some of the best ones from Coachella will also be at Bonnaroo. And this is the best part - catching onto the collapsing economy, the Bonnaroo peeps are offering the recession special of INSTALLMENTS for paying the full $250. Genius. There's absolutely no excuse not to enjoy this music wonderland. Here are some of the acts that we're totally stoked on (there's definitely going to be some heartbreakers if schedules collide):

-Nine Inch Nails

The Grouch's Latest Music Video

The Grouch (Living Legends solo phenom) finally released a music video for "Hot Air Balloons," the hot track off of his newest album Show You The World. While we're not usually huge fans of these videos, this one has some artistic elements and even features two of Living Legends' other superstars, Bicasso and Scaru. 

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Book Coming Soon

Starting this April you'll be able to see San Francisco-based designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy's rich yet simple interiors without leaving your own home. Is your apartment getting a complete Diaz-Azcuy-approved makeover, you ask? Sorry, but no. Did you think this was Oprah? But you can purchase best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks' book entitled Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, which features page upon page of the designer's interiors, as well as insight into his design methodologies and style. Then you can try and recreate the look in your own place (designer not included).

Love, All: Allison Speer and Fred Moll

Getting a jump on St. Valentine, love was celebrated in great style last week at a big-hearted party toasting the engagement of PR pro Allison Speer and Dr. Fred Moll, founder and CEO of Hansen Medical.

Hosted by Alexis and Trevor Traina and Sloan and Roger Barnett, their sweet party invitation encouraged guests to dress in, Red, Red and More Red!

So it was that a sartorial red-hued sea washed over the sleek black-and-white tiled and glass-walled solarium in the Traina’s gracious and glamorous home.

Every Week is Beer Week . . .

But this is San Francisco Beer Week. And there's a ton of great stuff going on.

For instance, tonight at Magnolia Brewpub, brewmaster Dave McLean and Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf are doing the Fest of Meat, pairing Taylor's carnal delicacies with McLean's delicious brews (call Magnolia to see if any seats remain). On Wendesday, Sierra Nevada brewmaster Terence Sullivan will be hanging out at the Page, and Toronado's Beer and Cheese Night with famed NY State brewery Ommegang will be going down in the Lower Haight. And there's much, much more. If you love beer, there's not a better week to be a San Franciscan. Check it all out here.

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