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Q & A With Geographer's Mike Deni

Originally published in the My SF series on Huffington Post SF

Mike Deni is the soaring voice and creative force behind Geographer, San Francisco's increasingly word-conquering blissed-out indie-rock sensation that anchored a stellar line-up of local bands at this year's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

Harvest 2012 in Napa Valley off to an Explosive Start

On Friday, August 6, corks flew and wine flowed freely as an army of eager employees gathered on the crushpad of Mumm Napa to welcome the arrival of Pinot Noir from the nearby Gamefarm Vineyard — the first fruit to arrive at the winery and the beginning of the 2012 harvest in Napa Valley.

Market Watch: Exotic Summer Produce Comes to the Ferry Plaza

We’re at the height of the summer season at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and each week brings new warm-weather fruits, veggies and legumes to savor and experiment with in the kitchen. This week, as I picked up three of my favorite summer market finds—French prunes, Costata Romanesca squash and Tongue of Fire shelling beans—I checked in with the farmers who grow them about their favorite ways to enjoy them.

Wavii Delivers Real-Time, Facebook-Like Personalized News Feeds

Imagine scanning status updates for the topics you care about the same way you follow friends on Facebook, and you’ll get the idea behind Wavii, which crawls the web to deliver real-time personalized news feeds to its users.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Here, a playlist (that's partially a joke) to help you detox from Outside Lands madness.

Whale Watching Adventures in Alaska

While San Francisco sits on the Pacific Ocean, it doesn’t have the wildlife viewing opportunities that many have come to expect from the west coast.

In fact, you have a better chance of seeing wildlife in the San Francisco Bay, such as the sea lions at Pier 47 or the occasional dolphin. Just off the coastline you can have the excitement of possibly seeing great white sharks at the Farallon Islands, although it may not have the allure you’re looking for.

However, take a short flight north to Alaska and you’ll find some of those unique wildlife viewing opportunities that you’ve heard about in the Pacific Ocean, but may have not experienced firsthand for yourself, such as whale watching.

Feistyelle: Statement Jewelry With All of the Drama and None of the Weight

Bold, heavy jewelry. It may be enchanting at first, but these heavyweights usually find themselves lonesome left in your jewelry box. That is the last thing local jewelry designer Leslie Yang of Feistyelle wants. Yang also wants to promote sustainable style. Combine laser-cut wool felt, vegan suede and bamboo ply, with sustainable standards, and you have a featherweight, eco-friendly accessories collection.

SPLASH! The 2nd Annual Summer Cruise Sets Sail on August 24th to the SF Giants

Join Infusion, a group we've previously described as the “Top 20 under 40” up and coming for a spectacular evening on The Empress luxury yacht to benefit the UCSF Partners in Care. Dance to DJ Franco "Freestyle" Finn and sip cocktails while cruising to McCovey Cove to watch the last inning of the Giants vs. Braves game from the water.
 
It'll be a glitzy night on the Bay, so come ready to party and dressed to the nines. Proceeds from this spectacular cruise help fund UCSF Partners in Care, which supports patients and their families at the renowned UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

This Week's Hottest Events: Dr. John, Alamo Square Flea Market, and the Street Food Festival

Dr. John

Conversation
Burning Man

Before making the trek to this month's Burning Man festival, get some tips from photographer Philippe Glade. The Frenchman sits down with Peter Dodge, Janika McFeely, and Harley K. Dubois to share his experiences after documenting dwellings, camps, and structures from the annual week-long debauchery for more than a decade. His new book, Black Rock City, NV: The Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man, makes for insightful road trip reading. 

When: 6-8 p.m., Wed. 8/15
Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St., Suite 600

Four Asian Burritos That Will Blow Your Mind

Our city's two largest immigrant populations form a beautiful union in one uniquely San Francisco treat: The Asian burrito. Like the classic Mission staple, most of these foil-wrapped gut bombs use rice and a flour tortilla as a canvas for flavors, but the similarities to taqueria fare stop there. Here are four great Asian burritos that are worth checking off your to-eat list. 

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