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Pat Brown's Legacy Recalled in Mill Valley Standout 'California State of Mind'

At one point during an old interview featured in California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown, the so-called “Architect of the Golden State” is asked to name California’s greatest governor – a loaded question, perhaps, considering that Brown’s son Jerry held the office at the time.
 

Local Celebrities End Up in the Pool for TNDC

We all have a few celebrities we’d like to toss in a pool. Like Ryan Gosling, mainly because we want to see him wet. (Oh, come on. Tell me you don’t want to see that.) Ryan Gosling won’t be there, but Team Twitter will. 

Celebrity hurling has been a proud tradition for Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) since 1992, tossing celebrities like Robin Williams, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Mayor Willie Brown into a pool to support TNDC’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing in the Tenderloin for low-income seniors, families, and people with disabilities. 

Giftiki Brings "Collaborative Gifting" to Facebook

Another week, another message from Facebook about which of your friends have birthdays this week. You could post a message to their wall. You could purchase a virtual gift for them -- the very essence of a symbolic act.

Or, starting today, you could join with others in their social network to make a small cash gift ($1-10) that just might add up to a tidy bundle for the recipient of your collective largess.

Meet Giftiki, a collaborative gifting engine that attempts to extend commerce into social media in ways that may just alter gift giving as we’ve known it up until now.

“Your social network is a lot bigger than your wallet,” says CEO Justin Stanislaw. "With Giftiki, you can contribute small amounts of money to a friend and it won’t break the bank. But, along with 20 or 30 others in their network, it will add up to a significant gift for the recipient.”

Oakland's Domain By Alta Throws An Opening Party This Thursday

Right in the heart of Oakland's city center, a new development called Domain By Alta has sprung out of the concrete to provide the best of Oakland at your doorstep, from the Oakland Museum of Art, schools for kids, the attractions of Old Oakland, farmers markets, and countless eating and drinking options. Best of all? They're throwing an awesome opening party on October 13, complete with live music and complimentary food and beverages from 5-8:30 pm. Come check it out!

This Week's Hottest Events: Treasure Island Music Fest, Mortified, and Richard Serra

Art Lit
Book signing hosted by Southern Exposure and THE THING Quarterly
Get a signed copy of SF State Art History professor Gwen Allen's new book Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art. The books takes a deep look inside the magazine as medium, a '60s and '70s movement in which the page functioned as an alternative exhibition space. A panel discussion and book launch follow the next evening at Southern Exposure (Thurs. 10/13, 7-9 p.m.) 
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 10/12
Where: THE THING Quarterly office, 3285 20th St.

Dance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Bay Area artist/activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents his latest work, red, black & GREEN: a blues, a multimedia effort in which he's collaborated with six artists to present a statement about sustaining the planet by first sustaining humanity. A perennial favorite, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet returns for its fall home season featuring King's celebrated work Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?, complete with music by tabla master Zakir Hussain.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. 10/13-15 and 10/20-22; Fri. 10/14 – Sun. 10/23
Where: YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St.; YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.

Treasure Island Pre-Festival Playlist

Get psyched for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival with this preshow playlist. Here are 10 picks from the folks at Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment. Oct. 15-16; Treasure Island, treasureislandfestival.com

Shabazz Palaces1. SHABAZZ PALACES
An Ech From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum

Two Intense Workouts at Hayes Valley's Informed Body

Though I am not a marathoner, it seems an increasing amount of my friends are. Training includes not only running ridiculous distances, but adding in ample cross-training to prevent injury. Tucked away in Hayes Valley, Informed Body is an intimate exercise studio specializing in Pilates, yoga, and personal training. Pilates may be a fine workout for overall fitness,  but Kettlebell and Gyrotonics are two completely different, wholly effective stretch and strength workouts ideal for the avid runner. 

10 Quiet Neighborhood Restaurants

Sometimes eating to the tune of bartenders shaking drinks, groups guffawing, and the latest indie rock sensation on the sound system is cool. (We're looking at you, Bottle Cap.) But there are (so many) times when dinner needs to be a respite from noise. Maybe it's been a rough week. Maybe your older relatives are in town. Or maybe it's time for something a little corny romantic with your SO. Whatever the reason, here's our list of quiet, calm restaurants, by the neighborhood. There might even be a delicious pork chop or two for your enjoyment—in hushed tones, of course. 

Theater of Yugen’s Minor Miracle

Oh, childhood. That magical time when people fetch you milk and carry you places. When getting dessert is the epitome of success and every road leads somewhere good. In Sorya! A Minor Miracle, Theater of Yugen distills childhood stories of Western literature through ancient Japanese performance traditions, emerging with new Kyogen comedies of dwarfs in dismay, charlatan prophets, and sake. 

SF Street Style: Color Block Dress + Adorable iPhone Case

Meet the lovely Abigail Holtz, a product manager at Google who worked on Boutiques.com. I caught up with her outside The Grove in Hayes Valley, in this colorful print -- a refreshing print for the office, or a fun weekend day dress. Taking a closer look, Abigail had some fabulous accessories going on, too.

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