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How Working Hard & Playing Hard Built Method's Eco-Friendly Soap Empire

Step into the Method offices during a busy day, and you’ll see 
the household cleaner company’s founders, ad man Eric Ryan and climate scientist Adam Lowry, jamming on the guitar with 70 employees. Or they might be in raccoon outfits shaking hands with Target execs or playing broomball with retailers. “We compete on creativity,” says Ryan. “So if you create an environment where people aren’t afraid to dance in costumes, it’s an open, collaborative workplace where you can share ideas without embarrassment.”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play "A Delicate Balance" Comes to Berkeley's Aurora Theatre

American playwright Edward Albee, perhaps best known for his theatrical productions of The Zoo Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Lolita, brings his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance to Aurora Theatre.

SF International Animation Festival's Cartoons Aren't Just For Kids

The word is out—this month, the much-anticipated San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema theater opens the doors to its state-of-the-art, 143-seat facility in Japantown. It’s the first time in the film society’s 54-year history that it’s had a permanent home for films, classes, and events. The modern building flaunts THX-certified surround sound and perfect sight lines that ensure a full acoustic and visual experience.

SFMOMA and YBCA Do 'Four Saints in Three Acts' (Gertrude Stein and Virgin Thomson's Experimental Opera)

SFMOMA has joined forces with YBCA to recreate Four Saints in Three Acts, Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s 1934 experimental opera. The original work’s nonlinear narrative follows Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, and other saints as they muse in heaven about their mortal lives. The multimedia adaptation maintains the essence of its predecessor but gives it a modern spin with a varied cast of collaborators that include Bay Area contemporary chamber opera group Ensemble Parallèle, composer Luciano Chessa, and New York’s hyped video-performance artist Kalup Linzy.

The Bay Area's Dog Friendly Beaches

We're praying San Francisco's "summer" will arrive soon. (Please!?) In that spirit, we've decided to forget the current temperature and instead start planning for sun, starting with this guide to the area's dog-friendly beaches. If you're with pup, give these a walk (check their websites for leash rules).  

Kehoe Beach: The 0.6 mile trail to the beach is short enough that you can take your dog and kids without them complaining. The beautiful grassy hills, wildflowers, and mustard plants along the trail make the trip worth it. Bring your own food since there aren't many restaurants nearby. (Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay)

Fire Escape Farms Pop-Up Shop: Green Thumbs for Small Spaces

Naya Peterson was perplexed that the Mission, "one of the sunniest and most food-centric neighborhoods in the city," didn't have a gardening store. So she opened Fire Escape Farms, a pop-up mecca for urbanites looking  to grow gardens in their small apartments. Fire Escape Farms focuses on edible gardening in small spaces and offers seeds specifically meant for San Francisco growing. And for bike and foot-bound urbanites, Fire Escape even offers delivery via bio-disel wagon. 

Hot 20 2011: Emily Chang, Bloomberg West cohost

The Tech Sleuth
Emily Chang, 31
Bloomberg West cohost
Photographed by Chad Riley in the Bloomberg West studio

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