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Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she’ll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, seasonality and goings-on.

1. The Hamada family of Hamada Farms, based in the Kingsburg area, has farming for almost 90 years. During the summer, their stone fruits are some of the best, but for now, pick up branches of vibrant, springy peach and quince blossoms at their booth.

New Trina Turk Fabric for Schumacher

If the slow-coming warm weather has you dreaming of Palm Springs sun, a dose of color via Trina Turk's fabric might work just as well as a plane ticket. The designer's new line of indoor/outdoor prints from Schumacher evoke modern Southern California with each bright, crisp pattern. We say a chair or some pillows in Turk's fabric would certainly help banish any lingering chills in the air.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Chaiken, Yummie Tummie, Vintage Fashion Expo

This weekend is all about classic silhouettes, solid foundations and exploring the fashions of the past.

Start in SoMa at the Chaiken Spring 2009 Sample Sale for up to 70 percent off women’s apparel and accessories from the San Francisco label’s current collection. Founder Julie Chaiken’s signature sense of easy-going yet quietly refined style comes through once again in the season’s subdued and versatile sheaths, twill shorts, jersey knit dresses and roomy leather carryalls.

Finally: Gavin’s Mane Secret Revealed

We were glad to learn we aren’t the only ones who’ve pondered the substance responsible for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s ever-so-neatly coiffed ‘do. The product or products behind the mayoral mane’s enviable hold and impressively uniform shape have intrigued us for years. Finally, today we have the answer. And we have none other than Ryan Seacrest to thank.

Seacrest opened his KIIS-FM radio program yesterday morning not with queries probing his guest’s political aspirations, but with this far more personal question: “What is that product that you put in your slick, shiny hair?”

Philanthropy Lesson #1: Time is Cheap

Meet Sophie Azouaou, 7x7’s new Community Impact Contributor. As owner of SophiSticate Interiors and host of the upcoming NBC TV show, Touching Hearts, she has established herself as a key player in the Bay Area community and is a valuable resource on ways to lend a hand. In this bi-weekly Thursday column, Sophie serves up the philanthropy dish for the budget-conscious volunteer. Tune in to get tips on giving back that put your mind and your wallet at ease.

Spring Has Sprung! Sfgirlbybay's Color-Infused Wish List

It would seem that Spring has sprung, or at the very least its trying really hard! The Cherry Blossoms came out bright and early this year and color is everywhere I look. So this week's Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven is all about color and lots of it!

1. It's time for a Spring fling! Dust off the patio furniture, invite some friends over and get your best apron out. In need of a new one? Check out the vintage-inspired aprons from Red Velvet Art - a new online shop created by three very crafty girls, filled with homemade and stylish goodness.

This Week: Chocolate Salon, Artisan Cheese Fest and Provençal Wine Tasting

1. Sip and Sup with a Master Sommelier

Great wine paired with outstanding cheese—you in? On March 24, Fifth Floor wine director and master sommelier Emily Wines will be leading a wine-and-cheese pairing class featuring six different wines together with six or more cheeses. The hour-long class, sponsored by the NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association), begins at 6 p.m.—tickets are $50 ($30 for NLGJA members). To buy a ticket, click here.

2. Cuckoo for Cocoa

Word of the Day and Deals from Hygge & West

Do you know about living hygge? It's Danish for something sort of like coziness, comfort and contentment all rolled up in one. Sound good? Christiana and Aimee of Hygge & West think so, and they've filled their online boutique with all sorts of items that have that "hygge"-like quality to them. In an effort to do a little spring cleaning and streamline the shop, all items outside of the Hygge & West brand are now 50% off through the end of the month. 50! Anyone know the Danish word for deal?

Murder Most Musical, Lemony Brings in the Goth at the San Francisco Symphony



The Cellos and bass are weary from dragging their large bodies around.  Likewise, the percussion instruments are beat.

(They had employed xylophoniness and cymbalism, you see). Such orchestral shenanigans bare the distinctively peculiar mark of Lemony Snicket, the pseudonymous author whose name is synonymous with macabre mayhem for the younger crowd.

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