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A Condensed Cool Guide to Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney

Up here you may not have heard the word that GQ recently dubbed Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney Boulevard “The coolest block in America.” The reality is that Abbot Kinney (AK for short) is more than one block and it's pretty cool. It has everything a shopper and foodie could consume. It runs through historical beach bohemia. Colorful people abound. And, it's summer in Los Angeles—the perfect time for a quick escape south.

This Week's Hottest Events: Dirty Projectors, Kathy Griffin, and the Beer Olympics

This Week's Hottest Events: Dirty Projectors, Kathy Griffin, and the Beer Olympics

Fashion
TWO Trunk Show
Bay Area native and Prada vet Monica Patel shows off her latest collection of caftans and dresses made from hand-loomed Indian saris. Patel has recently been featured in Harper's Bazaar and InStyle, so you'd be wise to check out her wares.
When: 3-7 p.m., Mon. 7/23
Where: March, 3075 Sacramento St.

First Bite: Central Kitchen

Central Kitchen is the new restaurant project in the Mission from the Flour + Water team. As you probably know by now, Flour + Water has an amazing reputation for its Mugnaini-fired pizzas, and heavenly pasta. Though Central Kitchen boldly eschews both items from its menu, the team's sophomore effort has come with its fair share of hype and expectations. Now, two months in, the nightly results on OpenTable usually turn up a discouraging number of 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. tables. It's probably easier to score a seat by just walking in.  

Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

 Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Formerly a silent repository for precious wines, today’s wine caves beckon with sparkling lights, mesmerizing art and the tinkle of wine glasses. Slip away from the summer heat with these cool wine caves you won’t want to leave!

Street Style Report: Four Looks from Vendors at the Renegade Craft Fair

Last weekend, we swung by Fort Mason (along with half the Bay Area!) for the Renegade Craft Fair. The fair started nearly 10 years ago in Chicago, and now hits six cities a year with a caravan of craftsmen, women, and artists of all sorts.

Among the sea of DIYers, we spotted four California class acts – a Santa Cruz dressmaker, two local tea guys, and a jewelry maker from LA – with fabulous threads to match their awesome merch.

This 18-Year-Old SF Native is Repping America at the London Olympic Games

This 18-Year-Old SF Native is Repping America at the London Olympic Games

Quick jabs, explosive flicks, and tricky footwork: Fencing is often described as a physical game of chess. The age-old sport, which was once a way of resolving chivalric disputes among the European aristocratic class in the 18th century, has evolved into a most sophisticated and well-to-do athletic event—right up there with dressage and polo—and Alexander Massialas might just be considered its local ringleader.

5 Must-See Bay Area Concerts This Week

5 Must-See Bay Area Concerts This Week:

There’s a time and a place for getting weird. Here they are: 

On Location: Tracking the Car Chase in "Jade"

On Location: Tracking the Car Chase in "Jade"

Welcome to "On Location," a micro-feature taking you to little-known cinematic locations of SF and taking a look at the films shot in the city by the bay over the years.

In Photos: Seven Days of San Francisco Music

This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene the past seven days...

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Pt. Reyes Limantour Loop Road Ride

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Pt. Reyes Limantour Loop Road Ride

We know there's an entire universe of world-class biking beyond San Francisco. That's why we're enlisting the experts at Studio Velo, hands-down one of the Bay Area's best bike shops, to give you the lowdown on what's hot and what's new in the cycling world.

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