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Basque Happy Hour at Bocadillos

I can't say how pleased I was to get the press release from one of my favorite SF restaurants, Bocadillos, that it is now offering a Basque happy hour menu from 5-7. Having visited Basque, Spain for the first time last fall, I can verify that every hour in that wonderful town of San Sebastian is a happy one, especially come evening in San Sebastian, when the town's myriad bars open their doors. Inside, revelers find the txacoli (a light, tart, slightly sparkling white wine) flowing and set platters of the world's tastiest drinking food, pintxos--or tapas, as we know them.

Free Paul Madonna Print at Electric Works

If Valentine's is one of your less-than-favorite days, allow Electric Works and the artwork of Paul Madonna to sweeten it up for you. This Saturday, be one of the first ten people to make a purchase at the Electric Works store on 8th Street and you'll be gifted a limited edition, signed and numbered print by local artist Paul Madonna.

Price Chop on the St. Regis Penthouse

The penthouse at the St Regis at 188 Minna became national news when the press got a hold of the Sotheby's listing. Why? Because it was for a cool $70,000,000. Victor MacFarlane bought it for $30,000,000 as a raw shell in 2005, and it appeared on Sotheby's website with the $70,000,000 asking price and beautiful renderings of the soon-to-be interiors back in August of 2008.  The penthouse isn't ready yet, but when it is it'll be 20,000+ square feet (including 2,900 square feet of terraces); six bedrooms and seven full baths (in addition to the four half baths); a home cinema; 22 foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls; and six car parking.

Sidewalk Chic: Style Chameleon in Union Square

Name: Miguel Lopez

Age: 37

Occupation: Owner of Sui GENERIS boutique

Spotted: 7x7 Concierge Event at Infusion Lounge, 6:42 p.m.

Wearing: Brooks Brothers peacoat, John Varvatos tie, Ralph Lauren shirt, jeans, and wingtips

Fashion must-read: Fantastic Man

Most recent purchase: A black short and fitted wool pea-coat from Ralph Lauren. "(I) Have to have it for this end of the winter to replace the bit longer one."

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

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