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Eat, Surf and Be Merry in Santa Cruz

If you're in Santa Cruz this weekend for the half marathon you, like me, might be wondering just how to spend your downtime. This hippie seaside enclave is far from boring, but can be overwhelming for visitors, as its many offerings aren't well-publicized. Nevertheless, I've scoped out the scene for you in advance; here's where you'll find me in the coming days.

Hayes Art Walk/Block Party Tonight

We are so, so hoping that this weekend is going to be the warm bath of sunlight that all the meteorologists keep promising it will be. One of our favorite harbingers of late Spring is being able to take an evening stroll without needing three layers, a hat and a scarf, and with Hayes Valley's monthly Art Walk/Block Party tonight, the timing couldn't be better for a temperate evening. But if, as is so often the case, those weather forecasters are pulling our chain, you'll likely find a celebratory mood in the Hayes the rest of the weekend, too - Flight 001 is comemorating 10 years in the biz with a mega-sale going on through Sunday.

The Eater Wrap: Michael Mina's Latest and Fabio and Stefan's Facebook Tickle Fight

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 dining scene's new black, high-profile restaurants in transition, general Yelp silliness, and most importantly, Wolfgang Puck's soothing Austrian accent.

The Best San Francisco Parks

Sure, there are the usual suspects -- you know, the Dolores' and the Crissy Fields.  But there are also some less frequented places to lay down a blanket.  Check out California Home + Design's Best San Francisco Parks roundup and expand your lounging and picnic-ing horizons.

A Year of Cards and a Warehouse Sale, to Boot!

In this digital age, a "year of cards" might not amount to very much, but if you (like us) strive to be the type of good friend/sibling/child/human that actually acknowledges moments of importance with a message through the mail, than a year of them can end up being a rather substantial investment. Blogger Wee Birdy took the challenge to create a year of handmade greetings for the low price of £20 (that's about 30 US dollars) by using the templates found in local letterpress Hello! Lucky's book, Handmade Hellos.

What’s the Deal: Mabel Chong, Verrieres & Sako, Sample Angel and more

To go with the gorgeous weekend ahead, a fresh bunch of sunny sales are sprouting around the Bay:

Sample Angel: You might think someone up above is looking out for the state of your spring style when you hear everything at this Presidio Heights shop is $50 or less this weekend. Hours are Friday, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dispatch From Pebble Beach Food & Wine: What Bad Economy?

Good morning. Reporting live today from Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a multi-day chef extravaganza taking place at the storied Inn at Spanish Bay, located on 17-mile drive. The event kicked off last night with an absolutely packed wine-and-food reception, where celebrated chefs offered bites of food and wineries poured their best.

Here are my early observations.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If your idea of recreational bliss includes bowling, driving around and the occasional acid flashback, make your way to the Red Vic this weekend for a cinematic experience of the most transcendent order. And if that’s not your thing, no worries – there are plenty of worthwhile films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

1. The Big Lebowski
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: April 17-20
Why: So you can die with a smile on your face, without feelin' like the good Lord gypped you. Any questions?

A Museum as Big as The Ritz

There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.

The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.

Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the Saturday market. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

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