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2008 Raphael House Gala

On May 8th, the 2008 annual Raphael House Gala commemorated 36 years of service in the Bay Area. The Moroccan Paradise, designed by Robert Fountain, set the stage for the successful auction featuring Celebrity chef dinners and a destination trip to Europe, courtesy of Lufthansa.


Tenika Small, Elizabeth Thompson, Claudia Ross


Inessa Obenhuber, Stanislav Mikhailov

Summer Color Trend: Fuchsia

Sunny skies call for shedding your basic black. We’re seeing this “it” color all over the city—from patent leather peep toes to bow bedecked jackets.

Dress Up


Courtesy of Revolveclothing.com

Adam Lippes, one half of now-defunct Adam + Eve, has launched his own line, Adam. We love this button-down silk dress in dip-dyed ombre that’s the perfect easy summer dress—wear it loose or give it shape by cinching the smock waist tie. $464; Romi Boutique, 2512 Sacramento St., 415-922-7664

Top 7 A+E Picks


Tim Fite

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1. Tom Waits meets Eminem (with a twist of Forrest Gump—trust us, it’s awesome) in Tim Fite’s live show. Adam Green of the Moldy Peaches joins the talented Brooklynite for a can’t miss performance tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. Tuesday, May 20.

A Taste of Morocco in SF



My mother's family is Moroccan and to them, everything equals food. Visits from family: food. Saturdays: food. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays: food. Getting on a plane = packing food. My suitcase from a recent trip to Toronto was, in fact, full of Tupperware containers of couscous, tagines and salads when I got home. Here’s how someone homesick for Moroccan copes:

1. I get preserved lemons from Rainbow Grocery. You can find them in one of the bins at the back of the store, near the olives. I dice them and put them in salads with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, hearts of celery and onion. And a dash of parsley.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 4

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 3

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Closing an Open Relationship, Part 2

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

Project Runway Star Ricky Lizdale at the Levi’s Store

Ricky Lizdale, Winner of the Project Runway’s Levi’s challenge, made a special appearance on May 1st at the Union Square Levi’s store to debut his winning design. The Fierce dark denim mini dress sold out in a shocking 8 hours! In addition to the runway dress, Lizdale designed five pieces in celebration of Levi’s “501 Day”. “501 Day” is an annual event encouraging Levi’s employees to participate in local volunteer projects. This year, to kick off “501 Day” Levi’s introduced the “Take your Jeans Off” campaign where customers receive 20% off a new pair when they donate an old pair of jeans benefiting Goodwill Industries.

Closing an Open Relationship

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

My boyfriend and I have had an open relationship for a little over two years. We are free to have safe, physically intimate relationships with other people, but have always said that our emotional relationship would be exclusive. This worked for both of us for a while because we love the fun of the first kiss, the first touch, etc, which you can’t get when you only have one partner.

S is for Swanton Berry Farm



I don’t think there’s any path you can take directly from SF that offers a quicker—certainly more breathtaking—antidote to city-living than a trip down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. On a sunny weekend, like this last one, it was everything I needed. Find a friend to drive you, so you can gaze out to the sparkling ocean without careening off the steep cliffs to a horrible death. It’s impossible not to look.
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