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Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Before we get in the mood for the heaven-sent Noise Pop Festival next week (more to come tomorrow), let’s get in another mood. A weirder mood, perhaps. Like this:

In Photos: Seven Days of San Francisco Music

This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene over the past seven days...

Artist and Scientist Phil Ross Wants to Make Buildings Out of Fungal Bricks

Artist, scientist, and madcap inventor of sorts—Phil Ross is known for his unusual work with mushrooms, which you may have seen in the form of trippy furniture at the Workshop Residence and the Exploratorium.

Your Guide to Decoding SF's Secret Victorian Symbols

Early San Francisco residents didn’t have Instagram and Facebook, but it turns out that presenting ourselves to the world as we wish to be (known today as "insta-shaming") is an age-old practice. But in the Victorian era, people posted in a more personal and enduring way: They updated their status by building it onto their homes. The motifs that they included on their houses spoke of their social standing, their net worth, and even their superstitions.

SF-based Sitcom “About a Boy” Star Al Madrigal on the Daily Show, Hippies, & Growing Up in SF

No one has more San Francisco Bay water coursing through his veins than comedian-actor-“Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal. “I’m a total city kid,” he says. “I went to Notre Dame de Victoires grammar school, then to Saint Ignatius, and then USF. I met my wife here, and we had our kids here.”

We Wanna Be Friends With: Artist Ian Ross

Our city is chock-full of interesting people and wild personalities. Overwhelmed by the coolness? Every week we'll pick one standout local we'd love to be friends with to answer seven essential questions about their life in San Francisco.

The Guilty Party: 7 Films to Watch this Week San Francisco

Riding high on "House of Cards" intrigue, Netflix has quickly become a prime source for political docs. Recently, its documentary Mitt was praised for its humanizing portrait of the candidate, but before that, Netflix had exclusive lease of HANK: 5 Years from the Brink, an eye-opening doc that makes its way out of the browser and onto Bay Area screens this weekend.

The Weeknighter: Superb Martinis and a Shot of Nostalgia at Aub Zam Zam

Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Stuart Schuffman will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, giving you the lowdown on how and where to do your weeknight right. From the most creative cocktails to the best happy hours, Stuart's taking you along on his weeknight adventures into the heart of the City's nightlife. So, who wants a drink?

Photo Contest: Submit a Pic of Magic in SF and Win a Cinderella-Inspired Staycation

Last year Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella was sold out before it even began. Given its overwhelming success, the wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production is back for a second year. Woohoo!

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