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L.A. Comic Dan Cummins Makes His Art Like Few Others Do

Like any great artist, comic Dan Cummins knows how to source his inspiration — or where to source his inspiration, to be exact. In his weekly Off the Pot YouTube series, Cummins goes to that last solitary place where man can escape the distractions of modern life and be alone with his thoughts — the porcelain god. OK, so it's not exactly Walden Pond, but there's a certain genius to it. He riffs topically, and quite cleverly. It's potty humor, technically, but it's not.

Cummins has been on the comedy beat for some ten years now, having matriculated to Los Angeles from the Pacific Northwest to pursue comedy and all its related fields: TV, film, novel writing, web series, etc. His tongue has sharpened and he seems primed to be L.A.'s next great comic you may or may not have heard of. Before his stint at Punchline this week, he took a moment to answer some of our questions:

The Hot 20 Under (and Over) 40: The Top 20 Finalists

Jamie Kutch, The 2009 Hot 20 Readers' Choice winner. Photo by Erik Almås

You hear that the Bay Area is a hotbed of creativity and innovation a lot. So much, in fact, that it's easy to get a little jaded on the subject. But it's true —we live in a community brimming with do-gooders, entrepreneurs and risk takers, as evidenced by the extremely impressive group of Hot 20 Reader's Choice nominees below. After going through hundreds of submissions, we narrowed down the nominees to this list of 49 finalists. Below is who you voted as your top 20 of the bunch (listed alphabetically by first name). So read their quick stats, get inspired and then vote on who you think we should feature as the Readers' Choice Winner in our October Hot 20 Under (and Over) 40 issue, an annual celebration of the city's 20 most up-and-coming movers and shakers. The Readers' Choice winner will join the 19 other Hot 20 honorees chosen by 7x7 editors. (Check out the 2010 Hot 20 class here).

Real Estate Report: Classic 1909 Flat Near Dolores Park, $989K

It's not quite in the Liberty Hill Historic District and a few feet outside the Mission, and probably in Dolores Heights. Whatever, it's on a beautiful block in a classic San Francisco location.

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. Art in the Age Cocktail Competition: Art in the Age is holding a cocktail contest at 15 Romolo, designed to show off its two signature spirits, Root (which tastes like root beer) and Snap (reminiscent of gingersnaps). But what really has us rooting is that the event is open to the public, and they'll be offering $4 Root and Snap concoctions all evening, plus free hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to get on the list. (Monday, July 11th, 8 pm, at 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Pl., North Beach.)

Week in Food: Bottle Cap Opens, Give A Dog A Bone Dinner Fundraiser, CUESA's Summer Celebration

Thursday, July 7

Bottle Cap opens in North Beach at 5:30 p.m. Chef Dane Boryta and Liz Ferro's bistro-style American menu will feature cocktails, heirloom tomatoes with crispy, cured pork belly and buttermilk dressing, and mushroom and Carmody cheese pierogi in dill and pearl onion broth with some red cabbage slaw. 1707 Powell (at Union)

Friday, July 8

Help support EAT's pop-up fundraiser for Give A Dog A Bone, a local nonprofit that offers dogs in long-term shelter care treats, attention, and love. Portions of the proceeds from dinner, which takes place at the Corner starting at 5:30 p.m.) will go toward the organization's efforts.

Stop, Shop, Sip, and Sniff Joshu+Vela at The Common

After teaming up with Tartine back in February, SF-born accessory brand Joshu+Vela is proving to be a team player. This time, a fashion twofer. Throughout the summer, craftsman meets craftsman at Common SF where a Joshu+Vela shop-in-shop will house the full range of backpacks and totes in all the colors.

July Classical Roundup: Cypress Quartet, Pamela Z, and Mozart

Robin Cox Ensemble with Amy X Neuberg and Pamela Z

Musician-composers (and local institutions) Amy X Neuberg and Pamela Z join the LA-based Robin Cox Ensemble at Pamela Z’s infamous Room Series, where classical meets experimental and everyone gets those musical horizons broadened. Featuring violin, cello, clarinet, percussion, piano, electronics, and video, the Robin Cox Ensemble is a smart post-classical sextet that integrates multimedia with classically leaning instrumentals. 

July 8-9. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street. Tickets are $10 at


Midsummer Mozart Festival Program One

Two Sense: Help! The Sex Is Gone

I've been with my boyfriend for three years, and we've always had a great sex life. We went to college together, he gave me my first orgasm, we've achieved a lot together, we've got the same sense of humor, we love each other, and we're best friends. However, in the last few months, I'm afraid we've become solely that—best friends. We both work 50-hour weeks, but in the past we've been able to balance work and playtime. Since about April, however, we've undergone a radical change in our sex life. We went from having sex at least once a day to (maybe) once every nine days. It happened fairly suddenly. He just stopped initiating. When I attempt to seduce him, he lets me, but barely reciprocates. He barely touches me or looks at me. It's been breaking my heart.

Fire Escape Farms Pop-Up Shop: Green Thumbs for Small Spaces

Naya Peterson was perplexed that the Mission, "one of the sunniest and most food-centric neighborhoods in the city," didn't have a gardening store. So she opened Fire Escape Farms, a pop-up mecca for urbanites looking  to grow gardens in their small apartments. Fire Escape Farms focuses on edible gardening in small spaces and offers seeds specifically meant for San Francisco growing. And for bike and foot-bound urbanites, Fire Escape even offers delivery via bio-disel wagon. 

Soundtracking Lets You Broadcast The Soundtrack of Your Life

How many times has a song instantly reminded you of an experience from years ago buried in the back of your brain? Maybe it was the first time that band ever blew your mind, or something you listened to during your move to a new life in a new city. With SF-grown app Soundtracking, whatever songs impact moments of your life can now be broadcast to the world via your social nets.

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