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Soul Legend Nina Simone Stars in Film Clip Night @ Bernal Heights Library Tonight

Do you remember the first time you ever heard a Nina Simone song? Did you think she was a man? An alien? The singular soul goddess and political activist was fearless, inimitable, and gone too soon, but most definitely not forgotten. Over the years, artists have paid tribute to this legend, from Anthony & the Johnsons' cover of "Be My Husband" to Mary J. Blige's forthcoming role as Simone in a biopic of the mercurial singer's life.

¡Viva Muralismo! Gala & Art Auction This Saturday to Benefit Precita Eyes

Precita Eyes, aside from adorning city buildings with gorgeous, eye-popping murals, is one of the most precious assets we have in preserving the Mission's dynamic cultural heritage, so celebrate their 2010 Muralists Gala Benefit and Art Auction, called ¡Viva Muralismo! this Saturday, September 25 at SOMArts Cultural Center. Schmooze with artists and politicians (Nancy Pelosi! Mark Leno!) while dancing to DJ Special K's beats and sipping on champagne, and bid on original artwork by the night's featured creative minds.

Hot 20 2010 Reader's Choice Winner: Mabuhay Health Center

Alvin Teodoro, 33
Founder and director, Mabuhay Health Center
(Left, pictured with co-workers Ruben Lachica and Jaleel Arnado)

ICHI Sushi Opens Tonight In the Outer Mission

Roll fanatics, take note. ICHI Sushi, the brainchild of Tim and Erin Archuleta, is opening its Outer Mission brick-and-mortar restaurant tonight! Though the restaurant is a first for the duo, they cut their teeth first with a catering venture before later opening Lucky Cat Deli at 331 Cortland. Insiders know Ichi is also responsible for the Monday night sushi at Bender's.  

Bay Area Power Couples: Dosa's Anjan & Emily Mitra

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Free Espolon Tequila @ El Rio's Screening of VICE Magazine's Motorcycle Documentary

Want a VICE Magazine-style change of pace for the week? Head to El Rio tomorrow for the premier of their Easy Rider-meets-skater-bro film, Doin' It Baja. It features skate rats like Arto Saari, Heath Kirchart and photographer Patrick O'Dell on an epic, debaucherous motorcycle trip from San Diego to the tip of Baja California, Mexico.

Fringe: Indie Music Dance Parties at Madrone

If you're yearning for some good old fashioned indie rock, get a dose of it at  Madrone Art Bar's Fringe night, where DJs Blondie K and subOctave blast cuts from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, the Ting Tings and others while projecting music videos all over the walls for the full sensory experience.

Pssst, Book Lovers: Friends of the SF Public Library's Annual Book Sale Starts Next Week

One of my favorite times of the year is just around the bend. The Friends of the SF Public Library's annual Big Book Sale--basically Christmas for book lovers and record collectors alike--starts next week bright and early at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Fort Mason. It's the West Coast's largest book sale, and it's truly a sight to behold: expect thousands upon thousands of books from every genre imaginable just waiting to come home with you.

01SJ Build Your Own World Biennial in San Jose Reimagines the Future

Attention all Bay Area gadget freaks, design nerds and forward-thinking people: the Tech Museum in SOMA is participating the mind-expanding 01SJ Biennial celebration Build Your Own World in San Jose from September 16th through the 19th. The art show presents hundreds of artworks, performances, events and artist talks that imagine the future of the world and have also begun to build towards it.

Transported: What's the Deal with Parking on the Dolores Park Medians?

Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A hot button issue for people in the 7x7 offices with cars is how, why, when and where parking on the Dolores and Valencia Street medians is legal. And besides, doesn't it seem strange for a liberal town like San Francisco to mix church and state?

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