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Local Eco-Brand, PACT Has Your Butt and Now Your Back Covered, Too

 Wouldn't it be nice if, by lounging around your apartment all day in a t-shirt and undies, you could make a difference in the world? Well now you can -- with PACT.

Last week, the do-good, Berkeley-based, hip-hugging underwear brand, PACT, launched a line of basic tops to match their everyday-sexy underwear. Like the undies, these tops are hyper sustainable, too -- PACT’s shirts are manufactured under the strictest social and environmental standards, and a portion of each purchase is donated to a PACT Cause.

Rustling Silk at Counterpulse

Drawing parallels between ancient nomadic civilizations (requirement: horses) and the growing trend of modern nomads (requirement: internet access), Counterpulse’s latest is an evening of structured multimedia improv, with dance, live painting and music, and video.

Improvisation can go one of several ways - it can be inspired and twice as impressive for having been born of the moment or it can be a bit of a mess. But with so many pieces being invented on the spot, the law of averages means there will be some interesting or insightful take-aways - possibly an evening full of them. Rustling Silk, part of CounterPULSE’s Summer Special, is a deep dive into people's need for freedom, no matter what century they live in. 

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.

826 Valencia Write-a-Thon

Friday, August 26th, 12-8:26 pm, at 826 Valencia (826 Valencia St.)

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.

 

Here's this week's question:

Refreshingly Unhip: Five of SF's Old-School Barbershops

To tweak a song lyric*, I’m an old school kind of guy who likes his coffee black(-ish) and his parole denied (except in cases of caffeine-related incidents). And when it comes to getting my mop dropped, I prefer the barbershops of yesteryear, where the guy snipping my hair makes snippets about how he’d run the world if he were president, and where the guy sitting next to me could care less about that Justin Beaver kid's latest haircut. Yes, tell me how it all went wrong sir, because you — like my hairdo — strive for perfection.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our new column "Jams We Love," we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. We'll showcase a new playlist every Monday so you can start the week off right.


Barefoot Wine's Facebook Film Debut: One Beach

Isn't it refreshing when brands get off their butts and do something to help the world? Do-good local winery Barefoot Wine has launched a Facebook campaign to promote their beach rescue initiatives through a viral film called One Beach: A film about creativity, optimism, and fun, while cleaning the world's beaches. Directed by surfer and filmmaker Jason Baffa, this environmental documentary about beach preservation, is in collaboration with Surfrider and BBDO SF. Blending the world's of wine, the environment, the arts, advertising, and social media, it's a short film with a lot of gumption.

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Suprisingly Modern Takes on the Deviled Egg Spice Up Local Menus

Despite its mischievous-sounding name, the deviled egg is about as obedient as you can get when it comes to the text-book American appetizer spread—right up there with spinach dip and brie wrapped in layers of warm puffed pastry.  But when you think about it, whoever came up with the idea to take the yolk out of a hard-boiled egg, mix it up with spices and mayonnaise, and then put it back into the original egg white, was really rather clever. These days, as food costs continue to rise and diners continue to seek out familiar, comforting flavors, the deviled egg makes sense in a restaurant on many levels. So when chef Adam Carpenter's new menu for Jasper's Corner Tap came out with an eyebrow-raising trio of plays on the deviled eggs, I really should've been surprised.

This Week's Hottest Events: Sade, Jeff Bridges, and Kreayshawn

Film
Bay Area Animation Fest
Celebrate local talent at this year's Bay Area Animation Fest, and meet the filmmakers behind these fantastical creations.
When: Wed. 8/24 – Sun. 8/28
Where: Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

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Tabitha Soren

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