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Storify Seeks to Reinvent Story-Telling for Social Media Era

Journalism is fundamentally about good story-telling. Which is why San Francisco-based Storify looks to be a journalist's dream come true.

This little company has built a revolutionary new platform for publishing and distributing stories. More than any other tool out there, it makes it easy for you, the writer, to add content from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other social media sites to your story with a simple "drop and drag" function.

So if you find a Tweet from someone on a topic you are covering -- say, the uprising in Libya -- you can grab it and also ping that person back, telling them you are quoting them in your story.They will then more than likely reTweet your story, and help it go viral.

Best Piggie Haiku Wins Tickets to Cochon 555 This Weekend in St. Helena

The ultimate piggie fest known as Cochon 555 goes down this Sunday at Greystone in St Helena. It's a challenge to five local chefs to prepare a menu based around heritage breed pigs (from nose to tail) for an audience of carnivores and local judges.

Two Sense: Dealing With the Martyr Meltdown

My girlfriend offers up the world to me—cleaning up, buying me things, doing me favors—and then withholds it all as soon as the slightest thing disappoints her, pulling the silent treatment. In our last fight, she hung up on me because she didn’t get her way about something I had no control over, and hasn’t spoken to me for several days. Usually at this point, I call her and apologize for being so selfish, and then the cycle starts again. But something is off here, because I actually don’t feel “selfish” for accepting her favors and I don’t think they mean I forfeit my right to my own boundaries. I feel like we need to change this unhealthy cycle once and for all.

This Week in Food: Luella's 6th Birthday, The Front Porch's Fat Tuesday Shrimp Boil & More

Tuesday, March 8:

Soul food staple The Front Porch is staging a classic shrimp boil on Fat Tuesday, flying the shrimp in from Terrebone Parish in Louisiana. It all begins at 5 p.m. and runs until there's no more. Wash it all down with Abita beers, and expect bead-throwing and a live jazz band. Full dinner service will be available all night with some New Orleans special additions to the menu.

65A 29th St., 415-695-7800.

Also on Fat Tuesday:

Marmot to Open New Flagship Store in Union Square

Marmot, the beloved, local gear and clothing company, opens its flagship store this Friday on Post between Grant and Kearny.
For San Franciscans, the move brings a touch of Sierra Nevada backcounty  to one of the city’s highest-end retail blocks.
A true northern California company – like two of its big competitors, The North Face and Mountain Hardware – Marmot built its reputation by making some of the best down-filled and Gore-Tex products in the early 70's.

Award Winning Radio Producers The Kitchen Sisters' Workshop Will School You On the Art of Storytelling

Are you an NPR junkie? If you answered "yes", you've probably heard one of the fascinating radio pieces by the genius producers of The Kitchen Sisters, who are responsible for the "The Hidden World of Girls" series and "Hidden Kitchens", both poignant looks at two very different incognito sides of life.

The Dogpatch: Your Next Shopping Destination?

It’s an unlikely neighborhood to lay claim to the next hot shopping destination in San Francisco, but, nevertheless, the Dogpatch seems destined for that distinction, thanks to the long-anticipated opening later this month of the new MAC—Modern Appealing Clothing store inside a 170-year-old building renovated to house a collaborative project featuring the aforementioned retailer, Blue Bottle Coffee, Piccino Restaurant and DIG wine bar.

Scheduled to open on the 14th, the Minnesota Street complex is one we’ve been eyeing for so very long now.

Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite Opens Tomorrow!

The new bridal boutique at Nordstrom, dubbed the Wedding Suite, is all about style, value and meeting the needs of the entire wedding party. It’s officially launching with an event tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m., and you are—as traditional invitations say—cordially invited to check it out yourself.

That '80s Movie: Topher Grace Rewinds the Clock for 'Take Me Home Tonight'

If Topher Grace seems a natural fit in Take Me Home Tonight, an ’80s-themed coming-of-age comedy in which he plays an underachieving M.I.T. grad stuck in a dead-end job at the mall, the reasons could be twofold.
For one, Grace, 32 – who chose the nickname “Topher” over his birth name, Christopher – starred for eight years in That ’70s Show, the TV comedy in which he played Eric Forman, a bright but directionless teen hanging out with his hapless friends and struggling to find his way in the world. Matt Franklin, his character in Tonight, could be Eric a decade removed.

Stephen Petronio Company

For the last 25 years, Stephen Petronio’s company has performed his unpredictable brand of dance in 26 countries to music by collaborators like Fischerspooner, Rufus Wainwright, and Lou Reed. Petronio has choreographed works for companies in London, Berlin, and Paris, and drawn people like Andy Warhol and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to his shows. What we’re saying is, the man has charisma. 

Considered one of the leading dance makers of his generation, Stephen Petronio mixes a potent blend of new music, visual art, and fashion - and is constantly trying to top himself. “My job is to make things that are just beyond my grasp from last year,” Petronio said in an interview with Dance magazine in 2009.

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