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Ozian Politics and the Bush Administration 101

Quiz: Who said these things?

1. “Where I'm from, we believe all sorts of things that aren't true. We call it - "history.”
2.  "Man's called a traitor - or liberator. Is one a crusader - or ruthless invader?”
3.  “The best way to bring people together is to give them a really good enemy”

A.    Karl Rove advising George Bush behind closed doors.
B.    Dick Cheney explaining the point of the Legacy Tour to George Bush
C.    George Bush on truth serum
D.    The Wizard Oz revealing his M.O. in the Broadway musical Wicked”.

Answer: It’s all Wicked!

Pay the Same Price for Life at Artificial Flavor

One local apparel company is challenging the long-held notion that prices must be subject to change. On Friday, Artificial Flavor launched its Price for Life men’s jacket promotion that allows customers to purchase a jacket on sale now for $50 (regularly $114 to $200) and lock that price in for future jacket purchases – for life.

What Inspires a Top Chef Food Stylist?

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers (Jamie Lauren being our first), 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie’s inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

Vegetable Delivery: Getting in on a New CSA

I like flowers as much as the next girl, but I must admit that receiving a big basket of gorgeous organic vegetables at my desk was pretty much the highlight of last week. The vegetables—from deep-purple Rossa di Treviso to fat Brussels sprouts and super-sweet carrots the size of my index finger—represented the weekly harvest from Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, who have recently begun offering weekly CSA boxes. Because of Oak Hill's partnership with Marina lunch spot Blue Barn Gourmet (Blue Barn's owner, Sam Josi, is the step-grandson of Oak Hill owner Anne Teller), Blue Barn is the pickup spot for the boxes, delivered each Wednesday.

The Bluegrass Festival: Putting the Appalachia in SF

There’s bluegrass, but there’s also newer-grass and jazz-grass.

At the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, there’s green grass and that other kind of grass. But while it's free and open-air, the Golden Gate Park festival has pretty much outgrown its lazin' on a sunny afternoon appeal. It’s a massive crush of bodies and bicycles and the parking is hellish.

Slipping under the sonic radar is the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, a non-profit, grassroots festival that runs for 9 days in local bars and small venues San Francisco, Berkeley, Piedmont and Fairfax.

Valentine's Fair at DWR

There's already a lot to love at Design Within Reach, but this Saturday the Potrero Hill branch is upping the ante with its Valentine's Day: A Fair event. From 10a.m. to 2p.m you can sip mimosas and nibble on breakfast noshes all while taking in new and discounted wares from Bay Area designers. Surprise a forgetful friend with these placemats from Josh Jakus - the napkin rings are built right in, so they'll never be misplaced again. What's not to love?

Sidewalk Chic: High-low Mix in Union Square

Name: Slo Casasola

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser at Shotwell

Spotted: Shotwell and Harputs Market Party at Shotwell boutique, 7:12 P.M.

YSL rolling sneaker, vintage bow-tie, H&M denim, Zara cardigan, YSL button down. "I just threw this outfit on because I was in a hurry to get to the party. I always want to stand out but at the same time look simple."

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

There’s an old adage warning against ever working with kids or animals.

But at Fort Mason last night for the Arts of Pacific Asia Show (through Sun., Feb 8), both groups, including dragons, were front-and-center.

The opening-night gala of this show benefits the arts and education programs of the Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. And supporters gaily banged the gong, ringing in the Lunar New Year with great style.

Featuring exquisite goods from dealers ‘round the globe, guests played their part, too -- swathing themselves in cheongsams, saris, kimonos and jewels of jade.

The Nob Hill Gazette's Eligibles List

Just in time for V-Day, The Nob Hill Gazette released its annual "Single and Smashing" Eligibles List, which is providing more than enough Friday afternoon entertainment.  Here's a sampling of some of the gem descriptions:

Arjun Gupta; Telesoft venture capitalist & mountain climber, frequents Aspen & the world

Alex Marr; neo-Orwellian musician; digs Kierkegaard, windy walks on CA’s eastern coast [side note: where is this?], raspberry waffle cakes & naps in his music studio

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Indie Fest is here, the Oscars are just around the corner, and the rainy days of winter are upon us – simply put, it's a good time to be at the movies. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

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