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Scope Rare Richard Serra Sketchbooks At SFMOMA This Month

If you’ve ever stared up at the two steel monoliths on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus or felt dwarfed by the 60-foot square tower at the Gap’s headquarters, then you’ve marveled over the brilliance of artist Richard Serra. The San Francisco native is legendary for his massive sculptures, but in October, SFMOMA highlights a lesser-known side of his artistic career in the first major museum retrospective of his works on paper.

SF-Based Artist Casey Gray Turns Stencils Into Pop Art at White Walls Gallery

If you dig bright pops of color in your art, San Francisco-based Casey Gray’s solo exhibit "Style of Eye" at White Walls Gallery is a must-see. Featuring more than twenty large-scale panels, Gray uses spray paint and hand-cut stencils to combine graphic imagery, bold color schemes, and geometric shapes and patterns into unique layered works. The eye-popping exhibit runs now through October 29.

Ditch Your Car & Get On Your Bike for the Ultimate Napa Valley Wine Tour

In the Napa Valley, crush doesn’t just mean the time of year when grapes are harvested. It often translates to heartbreak—the kind that comes from rolling to a complete stop on Highway 29 in bumper-to-bumper traffic—which, in the popular month of October, is par for the course. So much for your relaxing Wine Country getaway. But there is a solution: Sail by on a bike.

Moving quietly across the valley at a slower speed allows you to experience more of its sights, smells, and sounds. 
Whether you want to pedal all the way from SF to Napa, drive up with your bike on a rack, or rent a two-wheeler when you arrive in Wine Country, we’ve stitched together a mellow 27-mile cyclist’s loop of leisurely wine tasting. It can easily be trimmed to 20 miles, should you want to veer off and head back to the hotel for an early, guilt-free, and much-earned nap. After all, you’ve got to gear up for dinner.

The Posh Poutine of San Francisco

Two things you may not know about Salt House co-owner Doug Washington: 1) He's Canadian 2) He hates poutine. That's precisely why it's been a menu staple at his restaurant since it opened five years ago. His partner, executive chef Mitch Rosenthal thought it would be a funny joke to put poutine on the opening menu at Salt House. It's not too much of a surprise that the Quebecan comfort food—an unmistakable combination of French fries, cheese and gravy—caught on. "It's fat on fat on fat," says Rosenthal. "People love it."

Beer of the Month Clubs for Brewski Buffs

One of the joys of ordering online is that, when your package arrives, it’s always a bit of a surprise. If you’re a beer fan, consider giving yourself (or someone whose refrigerator you share) a subscription to a beer of the month club. 

While it’s certainly manageable to stay current on the Bay Area beer scene, it can consume much time, money, and liver cells to research and locate the great beers of the world. The clubs below are priced similarly, and each club’s website includes a compilation of previous selections.

ACRE/SF Brings Clothing + Coffee to North Beach

Calling all bridge & tunnelers, tourists and yes, even you locals -- there's a new reason to head out to North Beach, and it's not for a night of epic boozing, but rather, for a daytime tryst. That's right, take a little urban hike out to Acrimony's amazing new sister-store, ACRE/SF, a cafe-clothier that recently opened on Telegraph Hill.

For her latest retail endeavor, local fashion darling Jenny Chung chose to open a concept store that incorporates the little pleasures in life: clothing, accessories and a good cup of coffee. Twice the size of Acrimony, the loftly new storefront houses a full boutique and cafe, serving keenly fresly brewed Blue Bottle coffee, an assortment of bottled beverages, daily pastries from House of Bagels, and even some It's-Its ice creams sandwiches. That's right, ladies and gents -- shopping just got a lot sweeter.

The Olympic Gods of San Francisco

The hipsters are bringing back ancient Greece. So gather the tattered shards of your theatrical optimism, all ye who enter Exit Theater. Calling this year’s San Francisco Olympians Festival “a Pandora’s box of plays, leaving all who attend with hope for independent theatre,” No Nude Men premiere thirty-two new works this month. Written by twenty-nine local writers, nine are full-length and the rest are delightfully random shorts. Each night is something different - some folks saw as many as ten shows last year. 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

The Litquake festival continues through Sunday. This column features non-Litquake events; our top picks for Litquake are here.

David McCullough (The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris)

Thursday, October 13, noon, at the Commonwealth Club (595 Market St.)

Why You Need to be in Santa Barbara Right Now

With temps averaging a beachy-perfect 70 degrees, Santa Barbara’s Indian summer is in full-on awesomeness right now. Which means – road trip! Get thee to the palm-tree dotted coastal town ASAP for some serious beach bumming, poolside lazing, water sporting, shopping, eating, and insane vista ogling.

Pier to Plate: Part I

Look down at your plate. Do you know where that food came from? It's the question of the decade, if not the century, and everybody (in the Bay Area anyway) is paying attention. Surrounded by open water, San Francisco has quite an advantage over our landlocked sister cities when it comes to indulging in fresh seafood. We wanted to take a closer look at the journey our local fish takes on its way to the dinner table, so we hung out at Pier 45 to document the process. The first part of our three-part series is all about the pier.

 

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