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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

Tabitha Soren

A Room With a View: Nine Coastal Hotels With Views To Die For

Going coastal? Forget a “room with a view” and get a view with a room. From Big Sur to Bodega Bay, we’ve scoured Northern California for the best waterside retreats where sea vistas rule. From patio to pillow, these nine hideaways will have you sightseeing blue 24/7.

Ask A Vet: How Do I Get My Dogs to Leave My Baby Alone?

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: My dogs (a Jack Russell and a Dachshund) seem to resent the fact that my baby is walking. They urinate on his crib and Pack-N-Play, on the floor, etc. It is getting to be too much for this mother. What to do?

SF Street Style: The Man in The Red Bow-Tie, in The Mission

I caught up with visual designer Shawn Carrico, while standing in line at the SF Street Food Festival, last Saturday in the Mission. His red bow-tie and wicked-sharp glasses immediately caught my attention but, while he's incorporated great details, his outfit is still refreshingly casual -- and thus, street food appropriate. Shawn said his favorite eats at the festival were the Penang Curry Bomb Bun and Sharbat from Azalina's

Submit Your Designs to California Home+Design's 2011 Hitlist!

Our sister mag California Home + Design is asking readers and the statewide design community to help round up and nominate the top 10 best California creations for a year-end feature they call their ‘The Hit List." Hop on over to their submission page and send in 2011's  most stunning and innovative products, places, websites and design.  CH+D readers will then vote on which items will make the list and winners will be featured in their November/December 2011 issue. Good luck!

Pisco: One of SF’s Longest-Standing Spirits Is Ready to Be Loved Again

Post-1900, there were three things every visitor to SF had to do: “… ride the cable cars, watch the sun set through the Golden Gate, and try Duncan Nicol’s pisco punch.” Or so writes SF author Gregory Dicum in The Pisco Book, which includes a 1940s photo of House of Pisco, a former bar on Pacific Street, with a huge crowd milling around under a sign reading “Original World Famous Pisco Punch.”

Welcome to 'Fright Night'... Again

The casting of Fright Night, Craig Gillespie’s mostly faithful 3-D take on the 1985 cult favorite starring Chris Sarandon and the late Roddy McDowall, is so spot-on that it’s almost enough to justify the movie’s existence. Yet once again we find ourselves frustrated by the shortcomings of second-hand goods, in the too-familiar form of a remake that never needed to be made.

This Week in Local Music News

The uber-prolific Fresh N Onlys release new song "I Would Not Know the Devil", a house-of-mirrors psych-garage jam that whets our appetites for more. [via Pitchfork]

Banana Republic: Mad About Style

Photo Credits: Video Amusement


In anticipation of AMC’s fifth season of Mad Men®, Banana Republic launched their limited edition Mad Men Collection with a swanky soiree at the flagship San Francisco Grant Avenue location on August 11. As guests walked in on the glamorous red carpet, they enjoyed delicious appetizers by LRE Catering, took pictures in the vintage photo booth, and put themselves in Mad Men scenes with the magic of Yoostar 2 and Kinect for Xbox 360. SenSpa specialists pampered guests by providing complimentary makeovers, gift bags, and raffle prizes while DJ Niall Stevenson played Mad Men-era music to enhance the atmosphere.

Chez Panisse Continues Its 40th Anniversary Celebrations, Here's How To Make the Most of It

Even if you haven't yet ridden the Alice Waters/Chez Panisse media waves that have taken the world wide web by storm over the past month, you've probably heard that it's Chez Panisse's 40th birthday this year—next Sunday, August 29th, to be precise. This coming Wednesday—in an effort that's bound to draw crowds rivaling those at this weekend's SF Street Food Festival—Chez Panisse will continue its celebrations by serving lunch in Union Square. Obviously, it's not just any lunch. Click through to learn more about what's in store for the remainder of the most organic, locally-sourced birthday bash imaginable.

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