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The 5 Topics Everyone Will Be Discussing Over Brunch

Impress your friends with these conversation-starters. 

Get Lost With This Map of San Francisco

London-based illustrator Jenni Sparks spent a month living in the Mission District combing the city to collect information for her artistic specialty: hand-drawn maps.  Five months later, her newest creation is now available: a painstakingly detailed and personally quirky map of our beloved city, from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way south to Crocker Amazon.

Intimate Portraits of Rock Legends in New Hedi Slimane Exhibition

Showcasing such rock 'n' roll legends as Keith Richards and Lou Reed (photographed shortly before his death), Sonic—a retrospective exhibition of Hedi Slimane's photographs—will be on display in Paris, France starting this month. The show features intimate black-and-white portraits from the music scene shot over the past 15 years in London, New York, and California. 

Weekend Guide: Free Chicken Sandwiches, Oktoberfest, & More

The 5 things you should be doing this weekend. 

3 New Books on Our Must-Read List

Sarah Waters is one of the most talented historical-fiction writers today, updating Dickensian-style stories with compelling prose and honesty. If you haven't read her books Fingersmith or The Night Watch, I highly recommend them.

We Wanna Be Friends With Editor in Chief of The Bold Italic, Jennifer Maerz

Day-tripper, music junkie, and all around cool girl (oh, and did we mention newly-appointed editor in chief of The Bold Italic?) Jennifer Maerz lets us in on her chill life in San Francisco. 

Neighborhood Guide: What To Do In North Beach

Beyond the throngs of tourists and kitschy Italian restaurants hides the real North Beach, a bastion of hidden alleyway spots and Beat-laced history. Whether you're sipping a killer cocktail or searching for a poetry tome, keep your eyes—and your mind—wide open when exploring this history-laden neighborhood gem. 

SFMOMA + OMCA Joint Exhibit Features Legendary California Painters

Did you know that legendary artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were stirring up the San Francisco art scene in the 1930s? You've heard of the movement-for-change that characterized Berkeley in the 1960s, but what about the now-famous art scene that was erupting at UC Davis? 

Robert Townsend, Jason Segel, and More Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

One female singing duo with an album titled Slippery When Moist, pimps, and Jason Segel reading his book about childhood nightmares make up this week's roundup of comedy shows.

Hot 20 Look Back: Where Are They Now?

In preparation for this year's annual Hot 20 list — you might remember me as "The Funny Girl" in the 2011 issue — I decided to check in with a handful of my fellow Hot 20 classmates and see what they're up to now.

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