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Blue Angels' Captain Greg McWherter on the Most Difficult Stunts, "Chair-Flying" and 'Top Gun'

Like the Blue Angels? Of course you do. There are few things more bad-ass than flying 700 miles per hour in $21 million fighter jets. Are you watching them this weekend for Fleet Week? Of course you are.

But before you do, read what Blue Angels' Captain Greg McWherter has to say about their most difficult stunts, pre-flying rituals and Top Gun.

 

How many years have you been flying with the Blue Angels?

I've been flying with the Navy for 20 years and this is my second year as a Blue Angel pilot.

What does it take to become a Blue Angel?

Etsy Craft Labs Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary @ Museum of Craft & Folk Art

We love us some Etsy, and we know you do too. So we're excited to get crafty with them this Thursday from 6-9 pm at the Etsy Labs' Craft Bar at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art  to celebrate the first anniversary of their monthly craft labs.

This Thursday: The Best Heidi Goes to Switzerland

Get this: The best Heidi (the wholesome one) getup on the "Alpine runway" this Thursday at Justin Herman Plaza wins tickets to Switzerland. We hear it's kinda pretty there, so you'd better accessorize with a goat to win over the judges, which include Hooman from the morning show of Alice 97.3. 

Major October Deals in Lower Haight, Courtesy of I Bike SF

Haighteration alerts us to deals across Lower Haight for bikers in October, courtesy of  I Bike SF. Cyclists can score deals during the entirety of October when they brandish their bike helmets or locks.

So stop off The Wiggle and head into these spots for some biker-ly discounts: 

Nickies Bar: $1 off Red Tail Ale

merch: 20% off non-sale items

Leap's 27th Annual Sandcastle Contest This Saturday

In between Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Open Studios and the rest of this weekend's madness, Ocean Beach will be invaded by gargantuan monsters (like the kind in Tremors?), whimsical castles and who knows what else rising out of its sands during Leap's annual fundraising sandcastle building contest. This year's theme is "Sand Francisco", so get your butt down to the seashore and watch the magic happen.

Weekend Sherpa: BBQ at the Dog-Friendly Heart's Desire Beach in Inverness

Recipe for a sizzling barbecue spot: abundant grilling sites, great views, hiking trails, and a warm swim-friendly waterfront. Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park delivers the goods. There Barbecue at Hearts Desire Beachare a few prime picnic sites right on the sand, but just a couple of minutes up the Johnstone Trail is a secluded grilling nirvana: a dozen picnic tables and barbecues overlooking Tomales Bay.

Fair Trade Month Kicks Off With A Party @ Temple

Party for a good cause. Fair Trade Month kicks off tonight at Temple, one of the greenest bars in the country -- a celebration of those who work to make the worlds of food, drink and goods a safe and more just place for all involved. 

There will be FAIR. Vodka in the house, which is made from fair trade quinoa and also appetizers, all made with fair trade-certified ingredients, of course. Come out and support the Fair Trade movement.

Escape to Los Angeles for DineLA

During the fog-entrenched days of July and August, I kind of—to my own surprise as a diehard adopted San Franciscan—fell in love with L.A. (I know, right?!) Its funky neighborhoods, its huge sprawling diversity, even its smog-tinged sky framing those impossibly tall, thin palm trees all beckoned me southward more weekend than one.

Free Movie Nights in Duboce & Dolores Parks This Saturday

Everyone loves free stuff, right? You've got two chances for free movie nights this sure-to-be-beautiful Saturday.

Brave the crowds who will undoubtedly show up, White Russians and joints in hand, for a showing of The Big Lebowski in Dolores Park at 8 pm. Dress up like The Dude or Jesus Quintana, just do whatever you have to do to pledge your allegiance to this movie, because you'll have a lot of competition.

If warm and fuzzy films are more your speed, head down to Duboce Park in the heart of the city for a free screening of The Pursuit of Happyness, that Will Smith flick about hard times in the Bay Area filmed in, well, the Bay Area.

Weekend Sherpa: Pacifica's Gorilla Barbeque and a Hike at Mori Point

With the motto "If it's smokin', we're open" Pacifica's Gorilla Barbeque is a glorious dedication to the fine art of grilling meat. Chances are good you'll stand in line for 15 minutes before getting to the order counter. Then, you better be fast! Pork ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, or chicken?! Place your order, and step aside; a whole lotta barbecue is coming your way. Established by two Pacifica natives, the big orange boxcar on Highway 1 has been churning out choice grilled meats since 2006, even landing a spot on the Food Network.

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