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SF's Master of Up 'Dos

It’s high season for cultural events around town, and that means hair stylists skilled in special-occasion hair are in serious demand. I recently went looking for an expert who could pull off the quick-fire task of giving me some innovative up ‘dos—spurred by a recent flurry of post-work weeknight galas. Here are a couple of gorgeous styles whipped up by Cinta Salon’s Ernie Meneses, a Tinseltown-native and recent SF transplant, who has been in the hair biz for more than eight years. After my first visit with Ernie, I quickly realized I’d never have to worry about ending up with the dreaded over-curled and shellacked “bridesmaid” hair.

Tiger Army at the Fillmore

The Bay Area welcomes home Tiger Army on September 21 at the Fillmore with  The War Tapes and so should you...

Mayacoba Bean Salad with Pesto and Shrimp from Steve Sando's Heirloom Beans

Even if you don't know Steve Sando by name, you're probably familiar with his heirloom beans, which he grows on his farm in Napa, Rancho Gordo, and sells at the Saturday farmers market at the Ferry Building. His new cookbook, written with co-author Vanessa Barrington, is chock-a-block full of delicious-sounding recipes, from spring lamb with flageolets to Anasazi cowboy chili. If you can't make it to the farmers market, you can also find Rancho Gordo beans in the bulk bins at Rainbow Grocery. If your experience with beans is limited to the canned variety, you're in for a treat. Sando's varieties (with such fun names as Marrow Beans, Black Valentine and Appaloosa) are toothsome and tasty.

Mayacoba Bean Salad with Pesto and Shrimp

Big Bang: Major donor dinner at the new California Academy of Sciences

Most succinctly, Doris Fisher uttered the adjectives on the tip of every patron's tongue at the Celebrate Leadership dinner last night at the new California Academy of Sciences .

"Fabulous!" "Amazing!" "Fantastic!" enthused the philanthropist and arts patron.

The 154-year-old Academy deserves all those superlatives and many, many more. Perhaps even some 484 million more. Which is the dollar amount (outside of new universities, the largest ever private capital campaign in the West) this group of 300 deep-pocketed (500K-and-up) donors raised to get the Academy up and running after sustaining irreparable damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

OPEN City at New Langton Arts

Even in my jaded moments (like, say, when we’re in the throes of shipping our October issue and are wondering why on earth we decided to put so many goddamn words in each story), I realize I live in a pretty unique food town. And not simply because we have such good raw product to work with and so many talented chefs and great restaurants, but also because we live in a town where people are willing to take chances.

In-town turkeys: potential ingredients for OPEN City?

SF Symphony 2008 Opening Night Gala

Music enthusiasts of all ages joined in celebrating the opening of the SF Symphony’s 2008–2009 season on Wednesday, September 3. The evening’s performances included Bernstein's Symphonix dances from West Side Story and pieces by pianist Yefim Bronfman.

Anna Alioto

Holly Grochmal, Sarah Lewis, Roberta Economidis

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7

1. Chocolate Coma

SF Fashion and Beauty events

Courtesy of

What: Fresh Mini-Facial Event

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 10

Where: Fresh boutique, 301 Sutter St., 415-248-0210

Why: Come meet the ebullient local Fresh boutique team and Fresh’s cofounder, Alina Roytberg, who will be in town demonstrating color application. Bonus: complimentary champagne, makeovers and mini-facials.

Courtesy of Spa Week 2008

City Bites at Macy's

As we assemble our weekly eat + drink events e-newsletter (Sent to your inbox every Wednesday! Chock-a-block full of useful information! To sign up, enter your email address on our homepage!) there is always an event or two that we can’t squeeze in but that you certainly shouldn’t miss. This fall, there’s a whole series of events, called City Bites, happening in the Cellar at Macy’s, and the series kicks off this Wednesday with an event all about honey.

Who are you calling honey, sweetheart? Scott, Mayclem and Werner together at Macy's

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) at the Independent

Photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

As usual, Nic Offer of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) brought a packed audience with his wild dance moves on Wednesday, August 27, at the Independent. The eight-member ensemble had the crowd singing and shaking right along with them. Sugar and Gold opened the show.

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