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Hot 30: Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table

It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.

A Summertime Celebration at Solage Calistoga

Miriam Ziskin & Mike Swofford said their vows in Calistoga, California under a beautiful arbor surrounded by family and friends. Pops of purple, blue and yellow added color to an already picturesque outdoor setting.

11 Great Places for Kids' Haircuts in the Bay

Kids' haircut

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Photos: SF Dogma 2012 Presented by the SF SPCA and 7x7

On September 30, the SF SPCA and 7x7 turned Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley into San Francisco's center of petcentricity for the second annual SF Dogma—one of the city's liveliest street fairs where hundreds of supporters came out to meet local artisans, merchants, and proprietors of all things pet-related. It was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day for petlovers to meetup, catchup—and possibly pickup a new furry friend!

The Weeknighter: Doc’s Clock

Doc's Clock

Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Stuart Schuffman will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, giving you the lowdown on how and where to do your weeknight right. From the most creative cocktails to the best happy hours, Stuart's taking you along on his weeknight adventures into the heart of the City's nightlife. So, who wants a drink?

Sunday's Seven Best Bets at Treasure Island Music Festival

The War on Drugs

As Treasure Island Music Fest rages on into Sunday, you'll need a game plan to separate the think-I-wanna-see-them shows from the I-have-to-see-them-or-I'm-going-to-die shows. Here are the acts we'll be staking out the front rows at.

Sunday Brunch is Served at The Ritz-Carlton's Parallel 37.

Bloody Mary

Need a new brunch destination to put on your radar? Pencil in Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton on the top of Nob Hill. The team there has rolled out quite the decadent brunch menu, stocked with food and drinks that will make your weekend.

Secret San Francisco: Exploring the Point Bonita Lighthouse

The Marin Headlands is one of those places that seem to evade San Franciscans. I grew up in the Bay Area and I'd never been there before stumbling upon it while looking for a wedding venue. I sheepishly thought I was the only one, but the more people I asked, (both locals and transplants) the more shocked I was that no one even knew what I was talking about, let alone had seen the area's crown jewel: The Point Bonita Lighthouse. 

Off the Beaten Path in Sonoma

Windsor Vineyards Sonoma

While Napa reigns king of wine country, underrated Sonoma skims under the radar. Time passes slowly here. Instead of tour buses, traffic, and crowds, you can stretch out in the town square with an open bottle of red, bike between wineries without getting run over, and have leisurely conversations with local proprietors. 

That being said, high-end restaurants, hotels, and boutiques are popping up and polishing up their games. Travelers wanting a more covert experience need to be a bit more intrepid in their journey. Here are a few of our favorite off the beaten path destinations in Sonoma:

Calligraphy and Dance Dominate the SF's Fall Museum Shows


Two seemingly dissimilar museum exhibitions opened this week. Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy at the Asian Art Museum marks the first major U.S. exhibition since 1999 of China’s most revered art form. Rudolph Nureyev: A Life in Dance at the De Young pays homage to a legendary ballet dancer and choreographer. Both, interestingly enough, put dance front and center.

Calligraphy does not open up to the Western viewer by itself. At least half of its impact, as poetry, is bound to be lost on those who cannot read Chinese. The other half, as a formally beautiful and astoundingly meticulous form of abstract painting, has the potential for more universal appreciation. A good curator, though, is required to pave the paths of entry.

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