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KALW 91.7 FM's "Creatives" Series Chronicles Six Movers & Shakers in the Bay Area Arts Scene

There's definitely never been a shortage of bustling, creative minds here in the Bay Area. The region has boasted some of the most groundbreaking work in music, literature and technology the world has ever seen. So to celebrate, KALW 91.7 FM, the Bay Area's longest-running non-commercial radio station for 70 years, has put together a fascinating video series called Creatives on KALW, which profiles six eccentric creative minds making waves in the Bay Area today, and how KALW has nurtured their work.

Jawbone Promo Video Pokes Fun at SF's Start-Up Scene In Another Viral Success for Portal A Interactive

Here's an amusing one making the rounds this week: Another video produced by Portal A Interactive, the digital media and production company behind last year's omnipresent Giants Don't Stop Believing video. Portal A hosted a Viral Video Summit last week at Public Works to discuss how brands can get better exposure via video. This one for Jawbone's JAMBOX release (where ASHKON makes a cameo in a taco truck) is yet another example of a success — it was posted within hours of its release on Techcrunch last week and has been enjoying some more exposure on The Bold Italic.  Happy Wednesday. 

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IndieFest's Another Hole in the Head to Close Thursday with a Trifecta of Chillers

It's time to close the casket on the eighth Another Hole in the Head Festival, IndieFest's annual celebration of horror and the occult, and how better to do it than with the mortifying savagery of Philip Gelatt's The Bleeding House, Calvin Lee Reeder's Sundance oddity The Oregonian, and the Bay Area debut of Grave Encounters, the first feature offering from so-called "Vicious Brothers" Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz?

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. Marriage Equality Wine Tasting at Orson: The right wing may have stopped you from attending any gay weddings in California, but that doesn't mean that you can't drink like you're at one. Tonight's wine tasting at Orson celebrates vintages from countries that support gay marriage, including Argentina, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain, with selections by Skrewcap founder Pamela S. Busch. The cost to taste 40+ wines? An ultra-reasonable $15 ($20 at the door), and Orson chef Elizabeth Falkner will provide free bites as well. Tickets are here. (Wednesday, June 15th, 6-8 pm, at Orson, 508 4th St., SOMA.)

Come Sail Away, Nautical Bracelets Have Headway

What's the next best thing to having your own boat? OK, a friend with a boat. Thirdly, it's channeling cruise with a cool dose of nautical chic. Campy friendships bracelets have experienced an apparent wind and roped, corded, and anchored bracelets are aloft.

Week in Food: Knife Skills Class, Boxing Room Opens, and the Tamale Lady's Birthday Bash

Today, June 15

Still fumbling with that fancy chef's knife you got for Christmas? Starting at 6:30 p.m., 18 Reasons second knife skills class will show you the ropes with a three-hour, hands-on course, where you'll peel, chop, dice, and slice everything needed for chicken soup. Bi-Rite Market's Morgan Maki plays teacher and will be around for questions during the group dinner at the end. Tickets are $30 for 18 Reasons members; $40 for everyone else. 593 Guerrero (at 18th Street)

Thursday, June 16

Kim Epifano Dance at ODC

Why focus on one theatrical discipline when you can take a needle and thread to all of them? With fifteen years' worth of multimedia dance/theatre/music hybrids on her resume, Kim Epifano has three new works going up at ODC Theater this weekend. 

Inspired by her 2009 residency in Ethiopia, Kim Epifano developed Heelomali, a mash-up of movement, song, photos and personal narrative, developed with didgeridoo expert Stephen Kent and Burmese harpist Su Wai. Under the mentorship of Epifano and Kent, teens from Burma and Nepal fuse the traditional dance and music of their homelands with hip hop, Bollywood, and breakdancing to create a unique multicultural infusion. 

Ticket Giveaway: Okkervil River at Fox Theater, June 22

Okkervil River, the indie band that helped the legendary Roky Erickson make his first new music in 14 years, rolls through the Fox Theater next week on June 22, touting their ecstatic, frantic anthems of joy and forboding in a revelatory show that will shake the walls.

Two Sense: Who's on Top?

My boyfriend and I are either too much alike or he's copying me, and I don't know what to do about it. Both of us started out pretty versatile about being either a top or a bottom. But for whatever reason, I gravitated to the top more (someone had to!) and have stayed there for much of the last year. Recently though, he told me that he wants us to start trading off again. While I was talking this over with friends, they mentioned that they thought my boyfriend was just emulating me, pointing out that he's started to dress more like me, changed the way he talks, etc. So I’m not sure whether he really wants to be top or whether this is just another way for him to copy me.

The 2011 Hot 20 Under (And Over) 40: Readers' Choice Nominations Now Open!

Every October, we publish our Hot 20 Under 40, a series of profiles on the city's most up-and-coming movers and shakers. Former Hot 20s have included local luminaries such as Tim Lincecum, Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, Chris Kronner and Anthony Strong,  Digg founder Kevin Rose, cyclist Levi Leipheimer, Supervisor Jane KimDwell Editor in Chief Allison Arieff, Michael Mina, novelist Stephen Elliott (whose newest book rights were just bought by James Franco), 49er Vernon Davis and designer Alexander Wang. We're gearing up to select our 2011 class and are now accepting submissions for the Readers' Choice spot. This year, we’ve decided to take away the “under 40” age rule, since fabulousness knows no limit.

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