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Enter to win: The Mission's Aldea Home Celebrates Earth Day

Aldea Home invites you to their new location on the Valencia Street corridor during Earth Day weekend to meet British-born San Francisco writer Billee Sharp! Her new book, Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping, is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to shift their lives to a more planet-honoring paradigm with "tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life."

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market (DRAFT)

The Detox Market began with Valerie Grandury, a breast cancer survivor looking to wipe her health slate clean with a vegan diet and non-toxic skincare. She found a partner in fellow toxin-free advocate, Romain Gaillard, who helped Valerie source additional natural products for her clientele. A pop-up shop of detox-inspired products on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was born, a Beverly Hills outpost followed, and now San Franciscans in search of a “dream team of organic and natural products” can be found on Valencia Street.

SF Street Style: A Local Stylist Wears Parachute Pants, Vintage + YSL, in the Mission

Local stylist Alix Jiang, caught outside Four Barrel (my new favorite hot spot for shooting Street Style), enjoying a nice iced coffee. Adorable bowl-cut and statement glasses aside, the way her breezy parachute pants moved is what really caught my eye.

SF Restaurant Industry War Stories: Bare Feet on The Bar, $130 Bribes & More

Crazy things happen all the time in the service industry. If you've ever been a server or a host, you definitely have a story or twelve to tell. I, for one, will never forget the time, many years ago, when a fellow server had to somehow remove a maimed rat from amidst her outdoor tables during one particularly hot summer night in Washington, D.C. She saved the day—rather delicately I might add—with a take-out box. The point is, servers are asked to handle the unlikeliest of situations with poise all the time. In light of this, let's see what some Bay Area front-of-house folks have been dealing with these days.

The 20 Best Dishes Under $10 in the Mission

We asked the fine folks over at Mission Loc@l to bestow upon us their 20 favorite dishes under $10 found in the Mission District (10 seemed like about 10 too few for such a sprawling and food-rich neighborhood).

Their list of picks — ranging from Tartine Bakery treats to bites from Valencia Pizza and Pasta — are below. Check out their "Best Thing I Ever Ate in the Mission" feature and our other 10 under $10 neighborhood lists while you're at it.

JumpstART: A Free Day of Dance, Theater, and Performance at ODC Theater

How's this for a cool gig? ODC is throwing a housewarming party to celebrate its brand-spanking-new community performance space in the Mission. But unlike most housewarmings, you'll be the one getting the gift. 

Haven't yet had the chance to witness Joe Goode's masterful choreography? Always been dying to see a skit by Killing My Lobster? Secretly want to get in on the madness of a Youth Speaks poetry slam? Curious about playwright/director Mark Jackson's work and Lily Kharrazi's world music? This Saturday is your chance to tap into the arts for free.

The Mission Celebrates Art + Culture in a Big Way This Fall

A staple art and cultural institution for four decades, the Mission's Galería de la Raza celebrates 40 years of bringing community together through activism and the sharing of the neighborhood's strong Latino culture. The season-long programming is comprised of four main events taking place now through November, and you'll also have the chance to snag Galería de la Raza's 40th Anniversary Catalogue, which features essays, interviews, and color reproductions illustrating the space's 40-year history, and a limited-edition fine arts portfolio. Local art icon Guillermo Gómez-Peña will team up with novelist Sandra Cisneros (known  for her contributions to The Village Voice and The New York Times and her novel The House on Mango Street) in a special collaboration that will serve as the finale ceremony.

Public Works: New Art Comes to the Mission

Just what the Mission needs—another art offbeat gallery. But with the opening of Public Works, the neighborhood's hipsters are going to get a taste of something different (we'll call it Mission meets SoMa). The new multipurpose space is a gallery, bar, artist's workshop, and community room, with the goal of bringing underground scenes and styles together under one roof and promoting some of the Bay Area's most creatively-oriented nonprofits.

First Drink and Bite: The Sycamore

The Sycamore, the city's newest beer-and-bar-bites spot, calls itself "Your Favorite New Bar in the Mission." Based on its 15 five-star-perfect Yelp reviews, that statement might just be correct.

The Mission Gets Its Own Farmers Market

The Mission is finally getting its own farmers market (and adding one more gold star to its foodie status) in the new Mission Community Market, set to debut this Thursday, July 22, from 4 pm to 8 pm on Bartlett and 22nd.

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