In Arj Barker’s opinion, global warming is entirely the sun’s fault. As he puts it in his stand-up routine, “When I burn my toast, I don’t blame the bread.” This is just one example of Barker’s slightly twisted observations that have captured the attention of the masses. Despite his role in HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and appearances on Comedy Central and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, the comedian has yet to really take off in the U.S. Count yourself among the intimate group to jump on the Barker bandwagon at this month’s Cobb’s Comedy Club performances.
Put your Wii controller down, don a pair of vintage plaids, and get thee to the links.
Fill up your water bottle, strap on that helmet, and roll up your right pant leg. May is National Bike Month. More than 100,000 Bay Area riders are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, including Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels, who bikes 38 miles roundtrip on his regular commute. “I ride along the bay through Marin County, where I have views of Mt. Tamalpais and the shore of Sausalito. You can’t beat crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise,” he says. Energizer stations set up around the city make the Bike to Work Day commute even easier with free beverages and snacks. After work, pedal to DNA Lounge for a party and fashion show complete with raffles, DJs, and valet bicycle parking.
From humble cobbler to internationally renowned designer, Franco Sarto has come a long way since he began working at a shoe factory at the age of 14. His roots as a shoemaker in Dolo, Italy have given Sarto the technical background to create footwear that is lasting, wearable, and versatile. Recently, Sarto made an appearance at Nordstorm in the Westfield San Francisco Centre to promote his new self-titled spring collection. After meeting with devoted fans and handing out autographed sketches, Sarto (and his translator) sat down with us to talk about his methods, inspirations, and his appreciation of California wine.
Antique shops pale in comparison. Garage sales don’t hold a candle. And thrift stores are downright pitiful when compared to the 96,000-square-foot warehouse that is home to the annual White Elephant Sale. The two-day rummage fest is the largest in Northern California, and admission is free. More than 1,200 volunteers work the 17 departments that include vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, shoes, tools, electronics, and sporting goods. Rack up karma points while scavenging for bargains—proceeds support the Oakland Museum of California.
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