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Off The Grid Brings Its Biggest Food Truck Gathering Ever to Golden Gate Fields This Saturday

We've just stumbled upon an awesome new power couple: Off The Grid's food truck army and horse racing at Golden Gate Fields this Saturday, September 3. Time to dust off your Kentucky Derby hat and get ready for a day of throwing down bets with a cocktail in hand! They've partnered up for four entire Saturdays, so you can hustle over to the race tracks (if you've never been to GG Fields, you're seriously missing out) to get your fill of 30 of the Bay Area's finest food trucks–Hapa SF, Curry Up Now, 3-Sum Eats and more–while celebrating a classic American tradition.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play "A Delicate Balance" Comes to Berkeley's Aurora Theatre

American playwright Edward Albee, perhaps best known for his theatrical productions of The Zoo Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Lolita, brings his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance to Aurora Theatre.

Last Minute Labor Day Ideas in Wine Country

The wine industry is busy with harvest but it’s a three-day weekend for you, so why not a trip to the wine country for a little relaxation and celebration? September has been officially dubbed California Wine Month, so there’s a ton going on in general and many wineries will be having last minute Labor Day specials. Here are some notable deals and special events for those of you who haven’t yet decided how you want to celebrate another year of hard work.

Weird Art in Bars: Kozy Kar

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.

Kozy Kar (website slightly NSFW) is an unabashedly, endearingly trashy bar on Polk Street that mixes 70s car culture with copious pages torn from vintage Playboy magazines that seem to cover every surface of its interior–they're even shellacked to the dancefloor.

Chain Gang: Giro di San Francisco Races Through the City on Labor Day

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

It’s almost Labor Day, a time for beer, barbeque, and in San Francisco—bikes. Or rather epic bike races. This Monday is the 37th annual Giro di San Francisco, a full day of racing that attracts more than 800 riders of all levels, from Cat 4 amateurs to top-tier pros. Greg LeMond won the race in the late 1970s/ early ‘80s, when it was known as the San Francisco Grand Prix, and you’re still guaranteed to see some top notch riders today.

Diffbot, the "Visual Learning Robot," Helps Web Content Go Mobile

Diffbot is one of those applications (and companies) you probably are not even aware of when you use it, but that's not necessarily a problem for the company's co-founder and CEO Michael Tung.

That's because his product is a "visual learning robot," that hundreds of developers are using to translate web content into better mobile apps, and as such it stays pretty much under the hood.

"We've invented this visual ID algorithm," says Tung. One of our core insights is that the entire web can be classified down to 30 page types. There are product pages, event pages, news pages -- we can identify them visually with 99.999 accuracy."

Diffbot technology identifies each page's components, such as nav bars, footers, etc., as part of its identification process. Design standards are such that there is a high degree of similarity between the various page types grouped by category.

One customer using Diffbot at present is AOL's recently launched Editions, which is a personalized daily magazine for the tablet.

UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden: The Bay Area’s Coolest Living Museum for Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids. Read the full article here.

Museums are always a favorite way to spend an afternoon – set your sights on a living
 museum, where everything on display has its place in nature. The UC Botanical Garden is one such location, with over 13,000 different kinds of plants spread across 34 acres. And this Berkeley garden has oodles of fun stuff in store, especially for families.

The Best Cheese in SF (Recommendations from Local Cheese Shops)

Mmmmm, cheese. What more is there to say? We talked to passionate cheesemongers around the city to see what cheeses they're most excited about eating now.

Cheese Plus, 2001 Polk Street @ Pacific Ave., 415-921-2001 

What they sell: cheeses, charcuterie, wine, imported Italian condiments, chocolate, seasonings, bread, sandwiches.

Favorite affordable cheese: Point Reyes' Toma ($19/lb). "It's grassy, milky, and dense," says cheesemonger Samantha Chertoff. "It's great to cook with, put on a cheeseboard, or eat in the morning."

Favorite new cheese in stock: Cabra Blanca ($38/lb). It's a pasteurized, natural-rind goat cheese from a very small Colorado farm, making it hard to get outside of the state. "It's a bright cheese with lemon tones, perfect for warm days. Pair it with cornichons (French pickles), champagne, or a nice pilsner."

Escape to South Lake This Fall with Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe

With Tahoe just a breath away from the Bay Area, it's easy to pop over for a long weekend of relaxation. The icing on the cake? A luxurious place to stay tucked in the mountains bathed in gorgeous fall colors on the shores of South Lake and minutes away from all the action. You can get that at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe, which offers a ton of travel packages so visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Tahoe and tailor their stays to their moods.

Soul Revivalist Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band Inspire at the Independent

Feeling down? Lonely? Spiritually absent? Undersexed? Or — god forbid — oversexed? Feeling like you need a change? Charles Bradley has some advice for you.

The one-man answer to cynicism put on a resounding and thought-provoking soul/funk/R&B revivalist show Tuesday night at The Independent that doubled as a self-help sermon. The 62-year-old phenom has lived quite the life, and his wisdom came across matter-of-factly–sometimes in his lyrics, other times in his impromptu evangelistic addresses, imploring the audience to stop being such bastards to each other (my words). “Love each other,” he said a few times. “Let’s change the world!”

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