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Glen Park Festival and Discounts at Perch

When we used to live in Noe Valley one of our favorite activities was hiking up Chenery and spending some time in Glen Park. The relaxed neighborhood is a great place to spend a chilled out weekend day, with great food (Gialina's Chocolate Hazelnut Pizza = insanely good) some cute shops, and a lovely park all in a three block radius. Now that we live across town our visits have become few and far between, but with the Glen Park Festival this weekend there's no better time to make the trek. You'll find local artists and craftspeople displaying their wares, music and entertainment, and food, glorious food.

Brian Barneclo Releases New Print

You can find the work of local artist Brian Barneclo throughout the city, from Nopa (the restaurant) to the Mission. Brian will be releasing his new signed edition, a 18" x 24" four color silkscreen print of "Peep's Corner" for $100! Pick one up this Thursday night at Rye, where the artist will also be introducing new original paintings.

Anything But Straight: Alonzo King's LINES Ballet

Ethereal hardly begins to describe the performances by Alonzo King’s eight classically trained LINES dancers (the ninth dancer, Laurel Keen, was absent due to injury) in last night’s three-piece set at YBCA’s Novellus Theater.

The San Francisco-based contemporary dance company presented a revival of Signs and Wonders, first choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1995 and recently named an American Masterpiece. Set to indigenous African music, dancers dipped and swirled to tribal rhythms and chanting children, evoking animal spirits in tango-like entwinement and seductive carnal arguments. Lithe bodies rolled flawlessly in slow motion across the stage, showing nature’s grace through delicately flowing movements.

No Child Left Behind

 

On a bright sunny spring day last week, a sold-out crowd of 600 supporters crowded the Ritz-Carlton ballroom to raise some $300K in support of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Under the dynamic leadership of new director Katie Albright, this 12th annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon: For the Love of a Child, also featured a knockout keynote speech by Katie’s mom, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Get a Tan This Weekend

Say goodbye to the winter blues by adding a little bronze to your look. This weekend, Tan Bella is offering a free tanning session for any first-time client. Choose from 6-12 minutes of UV bed/stand time or a 30-second spray session. Current clients can take advantage of this year's biggest promotion—purchase any tanning membership and tan free up to 7 weeks or purchase any type of tanning credits and receive free tans with purchase.

Tan Bella Tanning Special

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26

Castro location, 2185 Market St., 415-522-1234 
Mission Bay location, 272 King St., 415-512-8267

David Sedaris, Live and in Paperback

Just in time for beach reading, David Sedaris’ latest, When You Are Engulfed in Flames comes out in paperback this June. His latest collection of essays focuses on him turning 50, matters of death and mid-life crisis-ing. And just in time for plane travel season, Sedaris is also included in a forthcoming collection of stories about air travel, Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying (also in June.)

Have a Bonnie Ol' Weekend in Woodland

Apparently, you needn't travel the 5,000 miles over the Atlantic to get a taste of the Scottish Highlands; rather, hop in your car and drive the hour and a half to Sacramento 'burb Woodland this weekend instead.

Buraka Som Sistema: The Soundtrack of the Summer?

Buraka Som Sistema may just provide the party soundtrack for the summer.  Fresh from Coachella, these Portuguese up-and-comers brought the early week heat wave to new heights at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday.

Chasing Unicorns: Update on the ABC vs. All-Ages Clubs Drama

We wrote earlier this week about the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control's assault on several of the city's all-ages venues. As it turns out, ABC officials have pledged to try and work it out with venues and state legislators instead of making up clauses in an attempt to shut clubs down. State Senator Mark Leno took up the cause and met with ABC chief Steve Harvey. According to the Chronicle, there's no update on the individual cases already in motion, but Leno is quoted as saying: "It was a positive meeting," said Leno, D-San Francisco. "(Hardy) came out wanting to work with me ...

The Eater Wrap: Korean Tacos, Red's Java House and Keller's #12 Spot

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including the best restaurants in the whole world, crucial Twittering, sad shutters and yet another week in the alternate universe of Alice Waters.

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