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Esprit Park's Gorgeous Housing Development Ignites the Spark of the Dogpatch

It's no secret that the Dogpatch is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in our dear city. Not long ago, the Dogpatch was a place people came to work–not necessarily a place to hang around, drink and eat. Now, it's the future home of Magnolia Pub's new brewery, Sutton Cellars' wine tasting venture, Michael Recchiuti's new cafe and a major revitalization of the Pier 70 area. That's not even considering all the delicious eateries and wine bars already packing the area.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Andalu's 10th Anniversary: Andalu, the Mission small-plates spot, has been in business for a decade, and they're celebrating by giving every diner a free glass of Prosecco and gratis donut holes on their birthday this coming Tuesday. Can't make the big day? They'll also have a $34.95 wine-pairing dinner (normally $55) from this coming Sunday through the following Friday. (Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-9:30 pm, at Andalu, 3198 16th St., Mission.)

Alexa Chung Celebrates Her Second Madewell Collection With a Visit to San Francisco

It seems like a long time since Alexa Chung debuted her first collection with Madewell last year. Too long. A sequel has been in the works and this time Alexa is making a cameo at San Francisco's nearly-mint Madewell store this Thursday to celebrate.

Varying Gradients: Bay Area Glaze Rockers Brilliant Colors Gig at Engine Works

Slumberland Records, the less-under-the-radar-now label straight outta Oakland, is making some predictably sage deals in its 20th year repping some of indie world’s quieter success stories. A few recent notable signings include Brooklyn bygone-era-exercisers Pains of Being Pure at Heart and fellow Brooklynites/noise-pop makers Crytsal Stilts, both of which are netting key critical kudos and growing followings by the day. Then there’s SF’s own Brilliant Colors, which falls both in between and on the periphery of PBPH and Crystal Stilts stylistically, as heard on its second proper release Again and Again.

This Week in Food: Foreign Cinema Anniversary Party, Eat Real Festival, and South Beach Street Fair

Thursday, September 22

Foreign Cinema is lining up Peking duck profiteroles, white prawn tempura, prosciutto-wrapped nectarines, Early Girl tomato cappuccinos, cocktails, contortionists, and burlesque for their 12th anniversary party. The $85 tickets support the Bay Area Chapter of Little Kids Rock, as does the live auction of signed guitars from Green Day, Counting Crows, and Lady Antebellum, autographed drum sticks from Phil Collins, and rare rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Call 415-648-7600 for tickets. 2534 Mission St. (at 21st)

Two Sense: Can Sexting Be Forgiven?

I went through my boyfriend’s phone and found dozens of vulgar sexual texts from many girls going back a year (we’ve been together six months). Some had graphic pictures. Apalled, I confronted him, and he denied sleeping with or even meeting any of them. He said he considered it a form of porn and that he’d been meaning to stop.  He was very ashamed, but things aren’t the same. I’m so hurt. I see him as a hypocrite, perv, and liar—yet I want to work things out with him because I love him, and I know that he loves me. Can this get better?

SFJAZZ's Genre-Bending October Lineup Spans Art Pop to Samba

The beauty of the SFJAZZ Festival lies in how broadly its organizers define it. October’s schedule opens and closes with veteran masters who are forward-thinking creators. Visionary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter (Oct. 2), now 78, and 80-year-old guitarist extraordinaire Jim Hall (Oct. 23) lead finely tuned all-star bands of much younger colleagues.

A Michael Mina Bash: 14 of the City's Best Chefs to Celebrate 20 Years

Every chef in town seems to have paid their dues at Chez Panisse over the years. But on the fine-dining side, the cooks that have come out of Michael Mina's kitchens are an impressive lot.

On October 9, Mina—who's only 42 years old with 19 restaurants under his belt—is celebrating the 20 years that have past since he opened Aqua in what is now Restaurant Michael Mina in the Financial Distrct. The Anniversary Tribute Dinner will include 14 contemporaries cooking up six courses. At $500 a person, supporting Ronnie Lott's All Stars Helping Hands, it's a fête that seems worth the price considering both the good will and the star power.

Chefs included in the line-up:

Bay Area Designer Brian Singer Turns SF's Telephone Poles into Art for Target

From the Bay to the Golden Gate to its awe-inspiring scenery, San Francisco is famed for its stunning beauty. But when graphic designer/artist Brian Singer moved to SF in 2000, he fell head-over-heels for the city’s–telephone poles. “I found them beautiful... layers and layers of paper, rust, events past. I wanted to hang them on my wall and couldn't figure out how, short of cutting down the pole and putting it in my house.” says Singer.

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