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Tomorrow's 2nd Annual Atheist Film Festival @ the Red Vic Is So San Francisco

The Atheist Film Festival, which comes to the Red Vic Movie House this Saturday (and is FREE), is bound to attract many an intellectual, along with a a delightful splattering of conspiracy theorists and wackos.

The full day includes six films and documentaries, like Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, The Rapture and The Four Horsemen, as well as a collection of shorts starring the irreverent minds of George Carlin, Ricky Gervais and others. Filled with curiosity and a hankering to see a young David Duchovny in 1991's The Rapture, we talked with the festival's co-founder and director David Fitzgerald to get to know how this San Francisco oddity came to be.

Black Francis Celebrates the Birthday of The Pixies' 'Doolittle' With A Pair of Bay Area Shows

Which Pixies album is your favorite? Mine is Doolittle, which I knew back to front in my high school days. It's hard to believe the timeless alt-rock album celebrates its 20th anniversary today, but I'm not complaining because that means Black Francis, also known as Frank Black, the voice behind the Pixies, is in full force supporting his masterpiece.

Plush Toys & Psychedelic Cereal Boxes @ Giant Robot's 'Hot Pink Fuzz' Opening Tomorrow Night

If you're looking to duck in away from the fog and warm things up a bit, stop in Giant Robot tomorrow night for the opening reception of their 'Hot Pink Fuzz' show, featuring colorful, wacky and FUZZY art.

Hot Pink Fuzz, which runs until September 8, is a group art show featuring new works by Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs, three artists who have wild imaginations and artistic prowess to match. Miss Muju is UK-based sculptor who excels in symbolic figures, both palm-sized and gigantic.

Rufus Wainwright Piano Playing His Way to the Fox Theatre Next Week

The Fox Theater's impeccable string of summer concerts just won't quit. Crystal Castles is throwing down there tonight, and in just a few weekends, beloved crooner Rufus Wainwright is piano-playing his way onto the stage on August 21st with his singer-songwriter sister, Martha Wainwright.

Bay Area Power Couples: Jeff & Lori of Baker & Banker

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 new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. This week we chatted up the brains and brawn behind Baker & Banker.

Melt The SF Summer Chill: A Whiskey Cocktail Recipe from Beretta's Ryan Fitzgerald

It's hard to overstate the popularity of Mission District watering hole and pizzeria Beretta. The place is perpetually packed. And while many talented hands that go into the making of Beretta's reputation as a go-to hot spot, perhaps one of the most charismatic is mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald.

Alite Designs Bringing the Sexy Back to Camping, Hosting a "Camp In" Movie Night at Sports Basement

Mission-based Alite Designs is trying to bring the sexy back to camping, and has a few tricks up its sleeve to do so.

Creative Director Tae Kim, a former North Face design director, is determined to get city-dwelling young people away from their computers, cell phones and 9-to-5 jobs and into the wilderness. But where does the "innovation" step in? Enter the "Sexy Hotness" sleeping bag ("the perfect sleeping bag for making love in the woods"), their Monarch Butterfly camping chair ("packs down to the size of a very large burrito"), their "In-Law Outlaw" tent (excellent for couples on cozy get-aways), or any of their totally styling backpacks and outdoorsy dog accessories.

In early June, Alite Designs hosted a singles event at Bloodhound Bar in SOMA, and on Friday, August 27 Alite Designs is putting on a "camp-in" movie night at Sports Basement where they'll show Stand By Me and serve beer and snacks.

Transported: The City's 270 New Smart Parking Meters, Found!

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 lines and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

El Tecolote's "Imagining the Mission" Opens Tomorrow Night @ Mission Cultural Center

El Tecolote (which means "The Owl") has chronicled every bit of change in the Mission since it was first published 40 years ago. In those 40 years, the newspaper has amassed a staggering photo collection of the political, cultural and social changes that have swept the neighborhood, which they are putting on glorious display in "Imagining the Mission: Pasado, Presente, Futuro" at the Mission Cultural Center this month.

Where to Get Warm (and Vitamin D) Less than 1.5 Hours Away

It's supposedly the coldest San Francisco summer in almost 40 years. That means you can pretty much bet that Outside Lands is going to be one foggy, cold music celebration. While you can warm yourself with the festival's galaxy of food and wine offerings, shivering to Al Green classics under four layers of clothing isn't everyone's cup of tea.

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