Local stylist Alix Jiang, caught outside Four Barrel (my new favorite hot spot for shooting Street Style), enjoying a nice iced coffee. Adorable bowl-cut and statement glasses aside, the way her breezy parachute pants moved is what really caught my eye.
Rarely does a music venue match a band’s aesthetic as well as it did Saturday night when the alter boy-folk revivalists known as Fleet Foxes played an al fresco show at Berkeley’s Greek Theater. Strawberry Canyon in the Berkeley hills is exactly the type of place that inspired the band’s most recent album, the ridiculously successful Helplessness Blues, where the wonder of wilderness interacts with a generation coming of age (the venue is adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus).
On September 1, Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette headlined a fundraising concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco to benefit the building of a new home for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Special guest Jay Leno opened the show, which was underwritten by the Salesforce.com Foundation. DJ will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas spun at an exclusive after-party.
The new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay will be part of a 289-bed integrated hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients. Upon completion in 2014, the 183-bed children’s hospital will set a new world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.
On August 31st, sports luminaries from around the Bay Area—including Brian Wilson, the world-champion San Francisco Giants—convened at Broadway Studios in San Francisco for the annual benefit for the Foundation for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The event included a lively auction of cherished memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, entertainment packages and more, while guests enjoyed complimentary beverages and bites.
Dear Parking Guru,
Thanks for all of your parking insight. I recently received a $65 ticket for a meter violation at a broken meter. I thought it was legal to park at a broken meter. Is this ticket worth fighting? Do people ever win?
Whether they’re crafting vintage eyewear, high-end jewelry, or ready-to-wear, the Bay Area’s top designers are turning heads. Here, our 10 favorite local looks for fall.
The East Bay native honed her fashion skills in New York City before returning to the Bay Area to open her first retail shop in 1994. Tanov gained an impressive following in no time and opened a second store in NYC’s posh NoLita neighborhood. She now has three Bay Area stores and continues to design for a growing community of customers. Her latest collection mixes soft, feminine looks with bold, sexy furs and tailored jackets. This breezy chiffon peasant dress in navy transitions seamlessly from day job to date night. $304 at Erica Tanov, 2408 Fillmore St. (at Washington), 415-674-1228, ericatanov.com
With the barrage of new art sweeping through town, this weekend's ripe for gallery hopping. As you bounce around downtown from show to show, be sure to add an oldie but goodie to your hit list. Rex Ray, the Bay Area's beloved local artist who has always had a particular penchant for bold colors and abstract designs, is showing off some new work at Gallery 16. The opening reception happens tonight from 6 - 9 p.m.
It's Fall. And with Fall, restaurant openings go haywire. Charles Phan's Wo Hing General Store, three new BBQ/Southern-inspired restaurants (in the Mission and the Marina) and the first of three Bay Area Umami Burgers should be opening in the next few months. And that's just off the top of my head. With soft-opening this, and grand opening that, firing off left and right, sometimes it's nice—necessary, even—to step back and relish the gems that've been sitting here, right underneath our noses, for years: the Chez Papas, Canteens, and Outerlands of our city. This post is dedicated to the San Francisco fixtures that haven't just survived for three, five, maybe even 20 years, in our cutthroat restaurant-scape; they've flourished. And you better believe they've got something good in the works for the next few months.
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