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Where to Shop this Weekend: Barneys Shoes, Chillin' and Indie Mart

Daylight savings, which goes into effect early Sunday morning, isn’t the only reason to spring forward this weekend. Here are three more:

Get a leg up on the season’s latest trends in footwear courtesy of Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York. The well-known arbiter of style touches down in San Francisco today especially for this afternoon’s event highlighting must-have shoes for spring 2009. Prepare to drool over showstoppers from such designers as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. To attend, RSVP to the number below.

Reconsidering the Zuni Balsamic Bloody Mary

I found myself at Zuni Cafe last Sunday. It was my first visit in months, and the first time on a weekend in even longer. Among other things Zuni is famous for (its chicken, its caesar salad, its shoestring fries, its oysters, its ricotta gnocchi, its espresso granita--jeez, that's a long list) is its Balsamic Bloody Mary.

Nopalito = Good Drinkin'

The other day we braved the crowds loitering outside Nopalito (mostly young, hip, good-looking people, mind you), on Broderick in between Fell and Oak, to get some Carnitas. Yes, Carnitas, that staple of, oh, every single tacqueria and burrito joint in San Francisco. But Nopalito's were supposed to be better, and in fact its entire, authentic Mexican menu was said to be very, very good.

Gav 4 Guv ... ?

No official declarations were made last night at the Hotel Kabuki, site of the (presumed gubernatorial) “I Knew Him When ...” fundraiser for Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Nonetheless, some 500 folks ponied up the price (from $100 to $5K, or $25 smackers for the under and unemployed), to learn more about this potential candidate. And hopefully, hear a few fun factoids from those who knew Newsom when.

American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter "Paint the Town Red" Gala

Ladies in red were the star of the annual SF fashion parade, otherwise known as the “Paint the Town Red” gala hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on Feb. 28 at City Hall. Co-chaired by gadabouts Roberta Economidis and Kelly Bryson Murphy, the sophisticated soiree, which raised $300,000, featured a live auction, three-course sit-down dinner (courtesy of McCall Associates), dessert buffets and dancing. Among the 450 guests, local fashion designers Cari Borja, Stephanie Verrieres and Kimie Sako turned out to support the cause, donating gowns they designed for the pre-dinner silent auction.

Art Opening and Trunk Show at Rare Device

For the past few years, we've noticed that felt is making a major comeback in the home. What's not to love? it is versatile, durable, and oh so soft. This week Rare Device will be hosting an art opening for their new exhibit by Arounna Khounnoraj and a trunk show from Papaver Vert. Both use felt in their works, from pieces dispersed in Khounnoraj's mixed media art to Papaver Vert's bright and bold home accessories created entirely of the material. The event will be going down this Friday (March 6th) from 7 to 9PM at Rare Device, 1845 Market St.

In Case You Missed It: Noise Pop on Speed

Check out our warp speed mashup of Noise Pop 09.  It's like you were there...kinda. 

Style How-To: Shop Wisely in the Downturn

Shopping strategies for the new (read: bad) economy abound. Some we can get behind. Others are just silly. Among the more ridiculous notions is the shop your closet trend. We’re willing to wager that, for any item of clothing stuck in the dark depths of a dresser drawer, there’s a reason we forgot the item in the first place. Nor can we quit shopping completely. The economy may have come to a veritable stand-still, but our lives are still moving on. No matter how cinched our budgets become, we still need new items of clothing from time to time.

Your Dream Photoshoot Could Become a Reality

Every writer, photographer or artist of any type has a dream assignment: that often unreachable goal that could only be potentially accomplished with unlimited funds (or at least a large chunk of change). Well, now all those with a panache for photography have the chance to turn the dream into a reality.

Noise Pop '09: Closing Night with Les Savy Fav

For the closing night of Noise Pop 2009, Les Savy Fav, The Mae Shi and The Drums played a mayhem-riddled show at Mezzanine.

First of all, if you were in town, you know it was raining (and has been raining and there's no end in sight. Hopefully, of all the impending doom, at least we might not have a drought.) I was in no big rush to leave my cozy apartment, but I'd seen Les Savy Fav before with The Faint and remember them as a whole load of crazy fun, so I rallied.

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