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Seven Questions for Starfucker

Catchy, upbeat, danceable, addictive - Portland-based electro-pop group Starfucker (or STRFKR to some) is on the up-and-up. They took a minute to chat with us before swinging through the Bay Area later this week. 

Welcome back to San Francisco! What’s been happening with you guys since the last time you were here? 

Urban Escape: Mexico City

If long walks on the beach, piña coladas by the pool, and afternoon naps sound like a snore, then the hustle and bustle of Mexico City (population: 19.3 million) might be just the thing. A far cry from your standard sleepy beach town, Mexico DF (Distrito Federal) is home to top-notch restaurants, 150 museums, and a flourishing art scene.

Like San Francisco, this is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct identity. While artists and creative types flock to bohemian Roma for its galleries, boutiques, hip bars, and restaurants, Polanco is the destination for swanky shopping. Condesa, meanwhile, dates to the turn of the 20th century and is home to magnificent old homes, cafes, and parks.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master's Son)

Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Be More Efficient in 2012 Thanks To 8 Local Startups

It may not seem all that sexy, but much of the most significant innovation in digital technology is devoted to helping us get things done more efficiently.

Here are eight local startups that are leading the way in that regard as we enter the new year:

This Week's Hottest Events: Rice Paper Scissors, Remedios Varo, and Mythbusters

Film
Bill Cunningham New York
See the NYT street style photographer extraordinaire in action on the big screen.
When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mon. 1/2
Where: SF Film Society, 1746 Post St.

Food + Art
Rice Paper Scissors Pop-Up Lunch
Have a special Rice Paper Scissors banh mi for lunch on Friday. Designed specifically to complement Sharon Lockhart's "Lunch Break" exhibit, now in its final weeks at SFMOMA, the Vietnamese pop-up cafe joined Blue Bottle and Caffé Museo in making special menus to celebrate the show.     
When: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Fri. 1/6
Where: The Schwab Room at SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

Hipline Fitness & Belly Dance: Fight Club For Women

There is a place in Berkeley where women congregate and dance their asses off. What began as a belly dancing studio three years ago, is now a thumping, sweating, smiling mecca for women who want to let loose and get down. Hipline takes the fear out of exercise and puts the fun back in. Weekend classes book a week in advance, evening classes are illuminated by a disco ball and glow jewelry and Shimmy Pop Ninjas teach their hearts out.

SF Street Style: Provocative-Meets-Classy + Local Wears, in NoPa

Sun out and shorts on, we spotted David Choi, waiting for a haircut at Population salon on Divisadero. I really like how David's fedora and shawl collar cardigan elevate his otherwise basic t-shirt and shorts outfit. Those classy finishing touches also soften the provocativeness of his locally designed t-shirt by CALAB

SF Start-Up Wantful Makes an Old Space New in Upper Haight

It may be unusual, but for this Bay Area start-up, an Edwardian home in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco turned out to be the perfect space for their big ideas.  

A Green-Hued Wedding in the Woods

Kris Branco had long been Erin Thacker’s secret crush, and she had been his. But she lived in San Francisco, and he lived in Providence, Rhode Island. They saw each other infrequently when visiting friends, so it didn’t seem to be in the cards. But while dancing at their friends' wedding, they couldn’t deny their feelings for each other. “I knew that I loved him the moment my hand touched his,” says Erin. “He kept whispering ‘you have no idea,’ so I knew he felt it too.” Two days later, she delayed her flight to SF for four hours just so they could be together at the airport.

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