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Philip Glass' Inaugural Days & Nights Festival Comes to Carmel & Big Sur This Month

Head south to Carmel this month to catch one of the America's most revered living composers, Philip Glass, and his crew of artistes for the inaugural Days and Nights Festival. It's a heady mix of music, theater, film, dance, poetry–all led by ringmaster Glass as a way to explore the evolution of the arts across space and time.

Ticket Giveaway: Sade with John Legend at Oracle Arena, August 26

Sade: sexy, soulful, smooth. This is the woman responsible for staging romantic date nights and fulfilling love fantasies. One could even say she's every man's ticket to the bedroom. And it all started with her '80s hit "Smooth Operator." She's since become the most successful solo female artist in British history.

Pop Quiz! An SF Pop Culture Pop Quiz from popchips

Every Tuesday this summer (in July, August and September), in partnership with our friends over at popchips (which is headquartered over on Montgomery and Clay), we'll be testing your local knowledge with SF Pop Culture Pop Quizzes from popchips. Follow and tweet to @popchips and @popchipsSF for your chance to win a...wait for it...month's supply of popchips. Your party-snack shopping for the rest of the summer? Done.

Wendy MacNaughton's NY Times Snacking

You know how it feels when you have a little surge of pride—pride that comes from knowing someone cool? I'm feeling that now because I know Potrero Hill-based artist and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and just spotted her work in the Times (a few days late).

Design Crush: California-Shaped Coffee Tables by SF-Based J. Rusten Studio

We're big fans of local designs, but this series of tables takes the concept to a whole other level. Designed by San Francisco-based J. Rusten Studio in the Mission District, this series of Nakashima-influenced desks and tables has been shaped in the image of our favorite state.

The Espresso Martini: Cocktail #2 in SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

To celebrate the last month of Summer 2011, 7x7 and SVEDKA are teaming up to honor the city's bartenders and their skills of invention with an epic mixology competition! You can vote for your favorite featured bartender and their lascivious libation from August 1st through August 31st. You (yes, you!) will be entered to win a $50 bar tab at the winning watering hole. The winner of the San Francisco contest will be revealed on September 7th. Have fun trying all the great cocktails!

Here's our second featured bartender, Nick Ranahan from Cow Hollow's Izzy's Steaks and Chops . He mixed up an Espresso Martini using SVEDKA vodka. Visit Nick at the bar at Izzy's, or try his recipe at home.

Head to the Mission's Rosamunde to Celebrate International IPA Day

Local hopheads will be pleased to know that this Thursday beer lovers everywhere will help launch the first International IPA Day. San Francisco’s premier event location, organized by Beer 47’s David Jensen, is at the Rosamunde Sausage Grill on Mission, where eight India Pale Ales will be on draft:

Local Love: First Look at Alyssa Nicole's Fall 2011 Collection + Q&A With the Designer

Yesterday, Alyssa Casares, a local 19-year-old designer, launched the Fall 2011 collection of her clothing line, Alyssa Nicole. Alyssa's latest work is her most sophisticated and cohesive collection to date. Vibrant reds and blacks, are mixed with a range of textures -- playful red Swiss dot day dresses, and tightly tiered black evening wear -- all of which is perfect for fall.

Local Band Name Breakdown: Dominant Legs

Local Band Name Breakdown: Where we ask Bay Area bands the story behind their names. Don't pretend you never wondered.

Ryan Lynch, who's done time lending guitar licks to SF mainstays Magic Bullets and Girls, formed Dominant Legs as a solo shot-in-the-dark in 2008 after getting the boot from his job. Three years later, the band has bloomed to boast four other members–including fellow vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hunt and former Girls drummer Garett Godard on guitar–and a gloriously sunny, synthy shimmer that pops with Hunt's harmonies.

The "Spiked Lassi": Cocktail #1 in SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

To celebrate the last month of Summer 2011, 7x7 and SVEDKA are teaming up to honor the city's bartenders and their skills of invention with an epic mixology competition! You can vote for your favorite featured bartender and their lascivious libation from August 1st through August 31st. You (yes, you!) will be entered to win a $50 bar tab at the winning watering hole. The winner of the San Francisco contest will be revealed on September 7th. Have fun trying all the great cocktails!

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