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This Old Bag Fundraiser Preview at the Clift Hotel

On Wednesday, August 6, guests attended a preview party for the fourth annual This Old Bag fundraiser auction benefiting the city’s Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Celebrity and designer purses were on display in the Spanish Suite at the Clift hotel during this event hosted by Bella Farrow and Hilary Newsom Callan. Guests sampled appetizers provided by the Clift, specialty cupcakes from That Takes the Cake and beverages from J Vineyards and Pearl Vodka while perusing handbags autographed by such stars as Sharon Stone and Renee Fleming.

Channel Your Inner Ariel at The Castro Theatre

Start warming up those vocal chords. You know you've perfected "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea" in the shower.  Now it's time for the big leagues.  Break out the mer-gear, channel your inner Ariel (or of course, Sebastian), and head to The Castro Theatre for a Little Mermaid Sing-Along (Aug. 22-28).  Don't fret if you forget what comes after "each little clam here know how to jam here"- lyrics will  be streaming across the screen (FYI, it's "each little slug here cuttin' a rug here").  And come dressed to impress - prizes will be awarded to the best sea-costume. 

Put On Your Shopping Shoes

Elizabeth Wilson in her Kansas City studio. Courtesy of Asiatica

What: Designer meet-and-greet/Asiatica Trunk Show

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 19

Where: Boulette’s Larder, Ferry Building

Emporio Armani Hosts Academy of Friends Season Kickoff

Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails and shopping at the Academy of Friends 2008-2009 season kickoff on Thursday, August 7. The event, hosted by Emporio Armani at their Union Square location, helped raise money for AIDS organizations in the Bay Area. Attendees sampled drinks by SnowQueen Vodka and food from Armani Caffè.


Jeffrey Braff, Steven Helfand, Brad Vanderbilt

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Bassnectar at the Greek Theatre

Electro-heroes and local stars Bassnectar and Santa Cruz's Sound Tribe Sector Nine spin the Greek Theater in Berkeley Saturday night. Watch out for dirty bass beats twisted with synth atmospherics and funky cuts from Sound Tribe's recent release, Peaceblaster.  Doors open at 5:30.

Sex with Emily: This Week's Sex Menu

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Summer Vegetable Cianfotta from A16 Food + Wine

Welcome to the very first installment of Recipe Friday, the latest feature here at Bits+Bites. We've got a stack of soon-to-be-released cookbooks from local chefs and bartenders and we couldn't resist sharing—each Friday, we'll be giving you a sneak peek at one of the recipes from the book. This week, we're pleased as punch to be sharing a recipe from the forthcoming book, A16 Food + Wine. This lovely book, photographed by Ed Anderson (who photographed our "Around the World in 31 Meals" story in the August issue) makes me want to rush into the kitchen. This recipe, summer in a bowl, is the first thing I plan to cook.

Slow Food Nation: Slow on the Go

El Huarache Loco, just one of the many vendors
at Slow Food Nation's Slow on the Go.

Slow Food Nation is only 11 days away—have you bought your tickets yet? If not, hop on over to the site now and take your pick—taste pavilions, day trips and special dinners await. But today we want to tell you a part of the Nation that requires no special admission—Slow on the Go.

Sentinel's Lunch Menu Now Online

Dennis Leary's Sentinel, our favorite downtown lunch spot as of late, now has its daily menu online.  Today's special?  Roasted Pork Loin with Figs and Caramelized  Onions.  Wow. Hurry and go grab it!

Au Revoir, Rubicon

Is a taco truck pulled up outside a great restaurant at midnight an ominous sign? Is it comparable, symbolically, to the raven perched outside the house of someone at death's door?

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