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Pecha Kucha Tonight at 330 Ritch

Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? The event, originating in Tokyo and Japanese for "to chat", aims to bring together designers from all sorts of disciplines in order to share their work and get inspired. There's usually about nine to twelve presenters per evening, and here's the catch: each one is limited to showing 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece, to keep things moving. You can check out the Pecha Kucha site for tonight's list of presenters, and for details on how to sign up to show your work at the next event. But you don't have to present to get involved, simply stop by and take in all the design-y goodness being shared.

Lance Armstrong: He's Just Like Us (?)

Lance Armstrong swept through town yesterday on the Tour of California, and we took this opportunity to ask his strength and conditioning trainer, Peter Park, for some insider info and get-healthy tips.

Bay2Breakers Saga: It's Not Just About Nakedness and Peeing

With Facebook groups and boycott cries growing daily as a result of Bay to Breaker’s ban on alcohol, nudity, wheeled objects and floats, it’s easy to forget there are real issues here. And for Edward Sharpless, founder of the group Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers (7,798 Facebook group members, and counting), the issue involves the freedom to march his “Disco 2 Breakers” float as he did last year with 500 friends while also having the resources to nicely clean up afterward. We caught up with the 36-year-old Cow Hollow resident, who was so confident in his mission, he wouldn’t even admit alternate plans if the race succumbs to a Halloween-in-the-Castro fate.

Woody Allen on Hollywood, Penélope Cruz and the Joys of Being a Foreign Filmmaker

Hyperbole runs rampant in the entertainment industry, but it’s hardly effusive to call Woody Allen a living legend.

At 72, the Brooklyn-born director of Annie Hall and Manhattan has received 21 Oscar nominations during his four-plus decades behind the camera, taking home the statuette three times. He has expanded his canon at the astonishing rate of a movie each year since 1992, and his latest, the remarkable romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona, won an Academy Award nomination for Penélope Cruz. In short, he has earned his place in the fraternity of the finest filmmakers of any era: among them, Fellini, Scorsese and the man Allen once described as “the great cinematic poet of morality,” Ingmar Bergman.

Commonwealth Club Cocktail Smackdown

Come see me moderate a panel on cocktails tonight at the Commonwealth Club. I'll be interviewing several of the city's premier mixologists onstage, and afterwards there is a reception with cocktails created by these bartenders and a vote to see which was the preferred drink. It'll be educational, entertaining and intoxicating. What more can you ask for in two hours?

 

Here's the release:

Noise Pop: 7 Must-Sees

Can you hear the indie drum beats?  Noise Pop 2009 is taking the city by storm.  And like most festivals, it's a breeding ground for scheduling heartbreaks. Like Stephen Malkmus and up-and-comers Maus Haus, for example. Here, we distill the 7 must-sees:

Cocktails Worth a Thousand Pictures

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

SF Graphic Design Exhibit at Museum of Craft+Design

San Francisco is a design-obsessed town, no question, so looking at notable Bay Area designers is not only a lesson in contemporary design, but in the culture of the city, as well. Right now through April 26th, the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design is exhibiting "San Francisco Graphic Design", an exhibit featuring thirteen local designers whose work runs the gamut from website to exhibit, print to packaging. There's some truly inspiring (and often very recognizable) work in the show, so it's definitely worth checking out.

A Winter Wonderland

President's Day weekend travelers were rewarded for all the hard effort it took to actually reach Tahoe--a seven-hour drive from the city, if you were lucky--by the biggest snowfall of the season. And it just keeps getting better for ski junkies and snow bunnies alike. Northstar-at-Tahoe, for example, has accummulated 59 inches of powder in the last week alone, with the promise of more in coming tonight, as a winter storm lingers over the Sierras.

Sidewalk Chic: Inspiration Strikes in SoMa

Name: Kirsten Knick

Age: 20

Occupation: Personal Stylist/Wardrobe Stylist, Sales Associate at Jeremy's and Sephora

Spotted: Jeremy's Department Store, SoMa, 3:22 p.m.

Wearing: Black oversized cardigan from a thrift store in Half Moon Bay, vintage Joy Division tee, vintage fur stole, altered leather skirt, Vintage Onk necklace, Tibetan opium necklace, Doc Marten boots

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