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Jennifer Pollock

Win Tickets to Cal Academy's Big Bang Gala

We can't believe it's already been a year since the new Cal Academy first opened its doors.  But alas, the anniversary is upon us, and they're celebrating big time with the Big Bang Gala -  dinner, dancing and a live performance by Chris Isak inside the museum.  And we've got two tickets (valued at $400 each) and a hotel room for the night of the gala at the Laurel Inn in Pacific Heights (a Joie de Vivre hotel) to give away to the reader who tells us...the name of the museum's albino alligator (email us your answers here and we'll pick a winner!)

Get Glammed Out With Your Girls for Ladies Night at The Opera

Ah, the opera. To wear a gown (+ gloves), sip champagne and be swept away by Richard Gere in balcony seats. But for those without the man (or with a man who would rather not), there's a Ladies Night at the Opera next Tuesday (September 22), a chance to get glammed out with your girls and hit the War Memorial Opera House for Verdi’s Il Trovatore.  Oh, and wine and cheese are included.  Oh la la! To purchase tickets, visit and enter offer code LNITE10. On Friday, September 18 at midnight, the offer will turn into a pumpkin (a.k.a. expire).



Want a Castle? Albion Castle in Hunters Point for Sale

We agree with Sfist.  Someone needs to buy Albion Castle in Hunters Point and turn it into a sweet party spot. Stat. The historic home (and the former Albion Porter Ale Brewery) is now on the market for mere $2,950,000 (Curbed, via SocketSite).

The Nightman Cometh to SF

The Nightman Cometh, the beloved mock-musical from FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia kicked off its live tour Tuesday night in Boston and is now onto New York and Philadelphia (where the show takes place) before it makes its way westward to our fair Nob Hill Masonic Center on September 24. You can tell how hot a show is by its Craigslist presence, and this one's got the boards buzzing.

Spare the Air, Confess Your Carpooling Secrets

Today is Spare the Air Day, which means you should feel really guilty for driving, smoking, burning firewood, roasting a pig or attempting a hair-tease. And if you can't avoid getting behind the wheel, you should carpool. You'll save gas money, spare the air and maybe even meet your early-morning soulmate.

Disney, Gooflactus and the Walt Disney Museum

Disney's acquisition of Marvel (cha-ching! movies!) yesterday rocked the animation world. Laughing Squid posted a great reaction by artist Adam Koford, called Gooflactus. Ha!

Photos From The National Cougar Convention

Don't think we let this gem of an event fall off our radar just because Outside Lands was this weekend. Cougars from across the country pounced on Palo Alto on Friday for the first ever National Cougar Convention. Check out the photos below.  Rarrrrrrr.

(Photo by Daniel C. Britt)

Outside Lands Video: Bat for Lashes

So, we'll level with you, Bat for Lashes is pretty freaking cool. And it's not because she's British, rocked a head piece that put the tween hipsters to shame, and had crows and sparkles (oh, and a Jesus?) all over her Outside Lands set (which, naturally, screams, ethereal cool). It's because she's got an amazing voice. Like, operatically amazing. She mesmerized the Panhandle stage with songs like "Daniel" and "Pearl's Dream." Check out "Glass" below.

Outside Lands Video: Black Eyed Peas

Competing with TV on the Radio, who were playing at the same time across the park, The Black Eyed Peas brought the party to the main stage today, revving things up with "Let's Get It Started." Oh, Fergie, you make us want to run to the nearest pilates class.

Outside Lands Video: Portugal. The Man

These guys are a favorite of the cool kids we share an office with at Spin Earth and now we know why. Portugal.The Man lived up to all their hype today and totally rocked out the Panhandle stage. Lead singer John Baldwin Gourley's haunting vocals and drummer Jason Sechrist's (who, we've gotta say it, looks way too much like Napoleon Dynamite) drum-cirlce-esque sessions were definitely enough to convince us to buy tickets to their more intimate show a few weeks from now (Sept 23) at The Independent. Check them out below.

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