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Join the Michael Pollan Dinner Party

Michael Pollan

Mark your calendar—City Arts & Lectures is hosting an intimate evening with foodie author and activist Michael Pollan to raise funds for their big Nourse Auditorium restoration project. Newsflash: Herbst Theatre will close for refurbishing next May, and City Arts will be out of a meeting place. So if you've ever come out to hear the likes of Annie Leibovitz or Jacques Pépin, reach deep into your pocket for $500 to support the cause.

Get Your Drink on at Exploratorium's Science of Cocktails Event

The Exploratorium knows how to throw a party, and for the third year, they've turned their annual fundraising event (100% of proceeds from the event go to the museum's programming) into a grand 'ole time.

Thanks to the continued popularity of the now widespread mixology movement, everyone's getting behind the science of the drink. Learn the physics, chemistry, and biology about everything from alcohol's components and cocktail creation to inebriation and the dreaded hangover—all while sipping a martini, of course. SF's best mixers—Bloodhound's Brandon Josie, Ricky Paiva and Russell Davis of Rickhouse, former Rye bartender Doug Williams, and more—will be on hand to concoct a killer combo.

John Waters' Live Christmas Show at the Roxie

This holiday, John Waters is "putting the philander back into philanthropy." The famous filmmaker, actor, writer, and artist best known for cult classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented is bringing his Sleigh Full of Smut to the Roxie this Saturday.

SF Fall Antiques Show

 

 

As attendees of the SF Fall Antiques Show Preview Party well know, things change.

From vendors, style, and available objets to even the size of shoppers’ wallets, change (and plus ça change) was in play on Wednesday in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

“It’s a fresh, new feeling this year,” enthused designer Christian Huebner. “Not everything is 100 years old. Some of the paintings I’ve seen tonight were created just two years ago.”

However what hasn’t changed is the commitment of Glady Thacher who founded Enterprise for High School Students which is the beneficiary of this favorite Fall fête.

Il Cane Rosso to Raise Money for Soul Food Farm

Just over a month ago, a devastating fire wreaked havoc on Soul Food Farm, a 55-acre chicken and egg farm situated in Vacaville. Flames engulfed the trees, the old 1880's barn burned to the ground, and more than 1,000 baby chicks died as a result. Firefighters were able to put a stop to the burning before more animals were killed, but the damage was already done.

Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?

Litquake, San Francisco's literary festival, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year (October 9-17). To help honor a decade of Litquake with the best festival ever, Litquake will host its first ever mystery fundraiser tonight from 6-8p at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room ($12). "Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?" plans panels and conversations with Bay Area mystery writers including Rhys Bown (Molly Murphy series) and Seth Harwood (Jack Wakes Up). Litquake will also raffle off great prizes, from tickets to Litquake events to the chance to be a character in a mystery novel.

Green Gala: A Runway Show Amongst the Redwoods at UC Berkeley

Whispers of “nice stems” and “check out the trunk on that one” at one Bay Area fashion event taking place this weekend are likely to have nothing to do with willowy models coming down the runway.

Can’t Miss Fashion Benefit: Discarded to Divine

One of San Francisco’s can’t-miss fashion events of the year takes place tomorrow night in SoMa. In case you’ve been trapped in a dressing room somewhere and haven’t heard the buzz (not likely, we know, but possible), the Discarded to Divine benefit held each year taps fashion designers to create garments from donated clothing and textiles and auctions the finished wearables off to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs aiding the poor and homeless. Recycled fashion? Design for a good cause? A chance give Project Runway’s Sweet P props on her copious arm tattoos? It goes without saying that we.are.so.there.

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