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Week in Food: Dessert First, Book Signings, Full Moon Barn Dance, and Bagel Workshop

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Today, August 10

Here's a good excuse to celebrate hump day. The Royal Exchange is on for an all-you-can-drink Pacifico beer bonanza. Proceeds from the $10 wristbands go toward Make-A-Wish Foundation. The guilt-free gluttony begins at 4 p.m., and goes on until 7 p.m. 301 Sacramento St (at Front)

Safety First, Style Second: Bold Bike Accessories

The more I hear about bike accidents the more excited I am about stylish bike safety. Wearing a Bern helmet and bike lights are not enough. And with Burning Man less than a month away, channel your inner playa baby with some tricked out bike accessories that help ward away potential road damage.

SFMOMA and YBCA Do 'Four Saints in Three Acts' (Gertrude Stein and Virgin Thomson's Experimental Opera)

SFMOMA has joined forces with YBCA to recreate Four Saints in Three Acts, Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s 1934 experimental opera. The original work’s nonlinear narrative follows Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, and other saints as they muse in heaven about their mortal lives. The multimedia adaptation maintains the essence of its predecessor but gives it a modern spin with a varied cast of collaborators that include Bay Area contemporary chamber opera group Ensemble Parallèle, composer Luciano Chessa, and New York’s hyped video-performance artist Kalup Linzy.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. The Bold Italic's Dogpatch Party: The fine folks of The Bold Italic are throwing another of their "microhood" shindigs, this time in the Dogpatch. As always, there's plenty of free booze to be had. Magnolia Brewery, future Dogpatch residents, will be dispensing free beers at Olivier's Butchery and Rickshaw Bagworks, while Sutton Cellars will be hosting a free wine tasting, Poco Dolce will be pairing wines with their chocolates, and Serpentine will be serving up $1 oysters and $5 whiskey smash cocktails. RSVP here. (Thursday, August 11th, 6-8 pm, 3rd St. and 22nd St., Dogpatch)

The Latest Wonders In the Freak Show Lineup from Shmaltz Brewing

While most of the craft beer world has been exploding the boundaries of ale brewing, New York’s Shmaltz Brewing has been de- and reconstructing the world of craft lager though their sideshow-inspired Coney Island Lagers. Most lagers enjoyed in the US are known for their light and crisp styles, but Shmaltz has been creating a riotous freak show lineup and this latest two-headed lovechild is the progeny of their Human Blockhead lager and some Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

The Nature Line at Sleepwalker's Theater

Haunted by the apocalypse since his early twenties, playwright JC Lee's poetic visions of the end of the world as we know it form the landscape for his three-play cycle, now in its final installment at Sleepwalker’s Theater. "If this is what post-apocalyptic life looks like, I don’t think I’ll mind so much when everything goes to hell," says theater critic Chad Jones. 

In The Nature Line, Aya is on the hunt for her lost children, a journey that carries her past pavement reclaimed by forest and vine-choked vending machines until she reaches the wall at the edge of the world. Fond of using whimsy to make sense of chaos, Lee's characters are forced to create their own safety in luminous inner worlds, even as they try to save what's left. 

Hayes Valley’s Boxing Room Makes A Case for California Creole

There’s little about Louisiana that translates in San Francisco. You’re not going to receive an open-arm reception to the soupy humidity, the headhunting mosquitoes, or the crooked right-wing politics. A New Orleans-style daiquiri drive-through? Forget it (although it sounds kind of fun).

However, crawfish etouffée? Maybe some chicken and sausage gumbo? Now you’re talking to our stomachs. That’s what Boxing Room, the latest venture from the Absinthe team, is headed straight for with a menu of traditional and not-so-traditional Creole and Cajun dishes cooked up by chef Justin Simoneaux, a native of the Louisiana coast, who made some waves at the Moss Room in the Academy of Sciences.

Outside Lands By the Numbers

A hundred thousand music fans will make their way to Golden Gate Park this weekend for San Francisco's big-deal music festival and with such mind-boggling numbers, we wondered just how much of this and that the whole shebang requires for three days of smooth sailing. Here's what organizers from Another Planet Entertainment told us:


Port-a-potties: 550

Miles of fencing: 12 miles

Roadies between all the bands that play: 750

Jumbotrons: 2

Security guards: 500

Oysters expected to be shucked this year: 15,000

The "My Little Pony": Cocktail #8 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!

Two Sense: Yelling, Blaming, and Now Lying? Dump Him

I've been dating a guy for four months, and we’ve had so many ups and downs. He's had issues with substance abuse, and he has a hard time communicating his feelings.  He doesn't have patience when I say the wrong things, and he makes a huge deal out of it and yells at me when we try to resolve an issue. I've  gone to therapy to see what I can fix, and have learned not to let my negative thoughts get in the way of communicating. But lately he’s been dishonest on top of it all. He went to Hawaii alone, saying he had to clear his head. But I found out on Facebook he met up with his ex-girlfriend there. He blames me for his inability to be honest, saying he was afraid I’d get mad. I feel betrayed and disrespected, and I don't know if I can trust him.

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