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We Wanna Be Friends With Children's Book Author Mac Barnett

Local author Mac Barnett creates "secret doors" out of stories. Usually, it’s in the form of picture books for children, but he’s also brought his creative genius into the three dimensional world in other ways.

We Wanna Be Friends With Chef and Niners Fan Michael Mina

If you've never been to a Michael Mina tailgate, then you're doing football wrong. Possibly the biggest Niners fan in the Bay Area, Mina throws a truly insane pre-game party. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Actor Liam Vincent

Twenty years after heading to San Francisco with dreams of becoming a stage actor, Liam Vincent has it made. "Having smart people who want to work with you is way more gratifying and challenging than playing the father of a girl who's hot but is also a mummy on the CW," he says.

We Wanna Be Friends With Local Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

Hailed by Newsweek as one of the “women shaping the 21st century," singled out by NPR on their list of “best commencement speeches, ever,” and hot off her recent Emmy-nomination, Tiffany Shlain is a local filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and author who we really want to be friends with.

We Wanna Be Friends With Local Artist Michael McConnell

Michigan-born artist Michael McConnell may have gotten his love for furry animals from the long days he spent watching squirrels out the front window of his childhood home.

We Wanna Be Friends With "Check, Please!" Host Leslie Sbrocco

You never might have guessed that the enthusiastic and charming wine-lover of Check, Please! Bay Area once wanted to be a senator. She also had a short stint as the hand model in Pillsbury Dough Boy ads. 

We Wanna Be Friends With SF Giants Organist, Steve Hogan

The next time you're at AT&T Park, pay close attention to that moment in the 7th inning when you're expected to rise and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." That's a live organist accompanying the baseball classic, and we sat down with the man behind the pipes. 

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. 

We Wanna Be Friends With KQED Newsroom Host Thuy Vu

KQED "Newsroom" host Thuy Vu is responsible for keeping Bay Area residents abreast of global affairs every Friday night. The three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, who has covered everything from the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War to the impact of Burning Man on the Bay Area arts scene, let us in on some of her favorite places in the City. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Foreign Cinema Wine Director, Shannon Tucker

Sommelier Shannon Tucker joined the Foreign Cinema wine program in 2013. Since then, her wide ranging wine knowledge has helped the Mission restaurant highlight small unique productions, local visionary producers, and garnered a current wine menu of over 300 varietals. 

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