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Save These Dates: The Bay Area's October Bridal Events

From San Francisco to Santa Cruz, you’ll find a slew of wedding inspiration throughout the Bay Area and beyond this month. A host of events including designer trunk shows, registry parties, and creative bridal fairs will get those wedding wheels spinning. Here’s the geographic rundown:

In SF, stop by Bella Bridesmaid October 7–9 for the Spring 2012 Ivy & Aster Trunk Show. Then head to Macy’s Union Square on October 13 for the retail outlet’s final Sip & Scan Registry Event of the year.

Two Sense: My Wife Lives In Another City But My Mom Lives In SF. Who Should I Be Near?

My wife and I married almost a year ago. I live in SF, and she lives in LA near her large family. I’m an only child from Taiwanese parents. My recently widowed mother, who doesn’t speak much English, is in good health and lives in her Chinatown apartment near several close friends, but she’s getting old. Since we’re planning to have kids, my wife says it’s better to live in LA where there’s more help and extended family. But I feel obligated to stay near my mom. My wife and I are digging our heels in, and I’m worried.

Litquake Is Here: Our Picks for the Best Events

This week, thousands of bookworms will be crawling out of their holes and preparing for Litquake, SF's annual celebration of all things literary. Founded as a one-day festival in 1999, Litquake has expanded to eight days of readings, parties, and events, capped by the Mission's infamous Lit Crawl on Saturday, October 15th. As always, the full lineup yields plenty of treasures, but we've narrowed the schedule down to six particularly memorable events.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Friday, October 14, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

Potential Mayors vs. the Music and Entertainment Industry

When you realize that Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival hosted more people than four sold out Giants games, or that Hardly Strictly Bluegrass accommodated an estimated 800,000 people (the same sum of people inhabiting San Francisco), it really drives home how important the music and entertainment industry is to our city.

Fire Relief Fundraiser Tonight at the Peacock Lounge

You know you’ve always wondered what’s up with the somewhat mysterious Peacock Lounge in Lower Haight. Well, tonight is a fantastic reason to check it out, as there will be a fundraiser to benefit the residents who were displaced by last week's devastating fire at Haight and Fillmore. The night will include:

Dum Dum Girls Heat Up Great American Music Hall Tonight

A few years ago, a crush of scrappy girl-fronted groups flooded the airwaves, all crooning about love, the thrill of the chase and broken hearts. The comely ladies of the Dum Dum Girls, with the release of their 2010 debut I Will Be, arrived on the scene with a way-too-cool-for-school attitude, shimmering, atmospheric harmonies, a song about spending the night in jail and even a song sung completely in German–yet despite the nuances of their music, they got lumped in with all the rest.

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.

An added note: In addition to these events, the Litquake festival begins this Friday, with tons more readings. Here are our picks for Litquake.

Belo Cipriani (Blind: A Memoir)

Wednesday, October 5, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Vote for San Francisco to Host Early Screenings of 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Sure, it's a shamelessly shrewd marketing ploy, the same kind Paramount rolled out so successfully four years ago in support of writer-director Oren Peli's original low-budget shocker about suburbanites terrorized by an invisible demon. But if you want Paranormal Activity 3 to premiere in San Francisco on Oct.

Cities Are Good For Kids - and Kids Are Good For Cities

My son was a colicky baby, wailing for hours and up before dawn. To comfort him—and escape our cramped apartment—we would take long walks. Fortifying coffee in hand and baby in pouch, I’d scale Folsom Street and then spiral up to Bernal Heights, where we could find nature without leaving San Francisco. Once I saw an owl gripping a branch, looking back at us with agate eyes. We kept up the ritual after the fussy baby turned into a happier toddler, and we would walk side by side. Max was just 2 when he surveyed the view and said, “Our city.” Some people argue that SF is no place to raise a kid, but I’ve always felt differently.

Photos: 7x7 and SF SPCA's Pet Event in Hayes Valley: SF Dogma


On September 24, San Francisco's pet-izens hopped, trotted, flew and sauntered to Patricia's Green, the lovely strip of park in Hayes Valley on Octavia between Hayes and Fell, for SF DOGMA, a day to explore local arts, crafts and businesses—and to celebrate our city's uniquely dedicated love for our pets!

Hangar 1 Vodka

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