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A Breakdown Of SFMTA's Newest Texting-Based Solution for Parking Nightmares

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

As we all know, the SFMTA implemented its SFpark demand-responsive pricing on the streets. With all of SFpark's pros and cons not yet resolved, it now has implemented the demand-responsive pricing model in eight city-owned SFpark garages, with six more planned for the coming months. Since the SFpark approach is based on parking occupancy, some city-owned garages that are underutilized will see rates go down, and some will see rates go up. The Fifth & Mission Garage rates fell from $3.50 to $3 per hour before noon and after 6 pm. Rates in these SFpark garages vary by time of day and are adjusted quarterly based on occupancy.
Yesterday, the SFMTA launched their latest effort to get you a driving while distracted ticket: A text message service for SFpark garages. Customers can receive parking availability and pricing information for the 14 SFpark garages (see list below), along with garage locations and hours of operation. To get started, customers can text "SFpark" to 877-877.  When you text the code for a particular garage, it'll send you the info.

Project Bandaloop Suspended in Oakland

In twenty years, Project Bandaloop has flown from mountain tops, down skyscrapers, and through the air as if they had made the evolutionary leap from shoulder blades to wings. They aren’t precisely weightless, more strapped in with super-strength harnesses, but they do defy gravity. 

Known around the world for innovative aerial work in unconventional spaces - like the cliffs of Yosemite and the Chattanooga Bridge - Project Bandaloop kicks off its 2011 season with something new. A large-scale vertical work, Bound(less) is accompanied by live music from Dana Leong and his band. A physical - and death-defying - look at how we forge our identity through interactions with our community and our environment, Project Bandaloop hits the wall again.  

City Hopes Graffiti Will Go Virtual Via GraffCity App

In many parts of the inner city, graffiti sprouts as naturally as weeds, or flowers, depending on your perspective. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) has been trying to reach the (mainly) youth population that's behind tagging in a variety of ways over recent years, and last week it unveiled one of its most intriguing initiatives yet.

GraffCity is an app that turns your iPhone into virtual spray can. You can point it at any building or vehicle or sidewalk (or even the sky) and tag without breaking the law or defacing someone else's property.

"It's quite amazing, actually," says Tyra Fennell, Arts Education Program Manager for the SFAC. "The tag looks like it's right there on the building."

But it's only there virtually. Once you upload your work to Facebook or to the website associated with the app, the augmented reality mode embedded in the app uses GPS to allow you to see other people's virtual tags as well.

Tilt: The Alternative Wedding Fair

If the thought of donning a puffy white dress and nibbling on hors d'oeuvres causes sudden onset freak-out, vow to usher your soon-to-married self (and better half) to the Tilt Wedding Fair on September 25. Designed as the first-ever, against-the-norm Bay Area bridal affair, Swarm Gallery’s party-cum-event promises to inspire with local visionaries and their off beat, ultra-modern twists on wedding wares, event styling, floral designs, food, music, and more.

Legendary Hüsker Dü Rocker, Producer (and Now Author) Bob Mould Begins A New Career Chapter

It’s back to forward thinking for Bob Mould, who spent the better part of the last two years testing his hindsight vision. The alt-rock trailblazer-turned-electronica champion recently finished writing his autobiography, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, a process that put him in the odd position of reflecting back on a life spent mostly considering his next move. Mould, who has been living in San Francisco for the past two years, will treat his adopted hometown to a public conversation with fellow proto-punk artist Shepard Fairey on Tuesday, Sept. 20 as part of City Arts & Lectures.

This Week in Fashion: Meet Betsey Johnson, The Bold Italic Pop-Up, Cuts for the Cure + More

 1. The Bold Italic Print Launch Party + Pop-up Shop at Gershoni Creative (785 Market St.), Friday September 15, 8pm, $20

Tonight, our friends at The Bold Italic are celebrating the launch of their quarterly magazine with an epic penthouse affair. The festivities will include a performance by Gregangelo's Velocity Circus, a plethora of juicy libations, yummy eats and so much more. At the center of it all, a pop-up shop will showcase 10 designers including:  Anfzer FarmsCary LaScalaYellow Owl WorkshopIn Haus Press and Kyler Designs.

2. Betsey Johnson Live at Her New Boutique Launch Party (33 Grant Ave.), Saturday September 17, 4pm-6pm, Free

Betsey Johnson. Live. Glitter mural. Oh, hells yes. That's right, folks -- the spunky little rock-star designer will be in the flesh, celebrating the launch of her new, multi-level SF boutique. Word has it, Betsey will be performing a live mural painting with glitter cans galore! This is one neon-meets-leopard-print-sparkle fest you don't want to miss.

Remake of Peckinpah's Controversial Study of Savagery Is One for the 'Dogs'

While Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs challenged viewers either to embrace Dustin Hoffman’s passive mathematician as a man of non-violent principle or deride him as cowardly and hypocritical, Rod Lurie’s remake, which replaces Hoffman with James Marsden as a mild-mannered screenwriter bullied by brutish hillbillies, dispenses with the ambiguities and – ta-da! – misses the point.

Secret Recipe: Benwaffles from Bar Jules

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Once a month, Belgian-born Benoit Tordeur stands at the helm of a waffle-maker for brunch at Bar Jules in Hayes Valley. You can see him turning out his Liege-style waffles he grew up eating this Sunday at the restaurant. But in case you miss him, you can make his yeasty, bready waffles with pops of sugar at home. Top them with fresh or stewed fruit, creme fraiche, and a dusting of powdered sugar, and you won't even need syrup.

White Caps & Night Caps 2011 To Benefit St. Francis Memorial Hospital

This month on September 23rd, raise a glass to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, an institution that has served SF's most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods for more than 100 years. In honor of their swanky, annual White Caps & Night Caps event, break out your best cocktail attire (nautical styles preferred!), strap on your sea legs and get ready for a floating evening gala that embarks from Pier 39.

Weird Art in Bars: White Horse Tavern

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

White Horse Tavern & Restaurant in Hotel Beresford is modeled after a traditional Old English Pub and audaciously named after the very spot that poet Dylan Thomas frequented in New York City (it was the last place he drank before dropping dead at age 39).

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