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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Outdoes Itself For Its 10th Anniversary

How does the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival manage to outdo itself every year? The FREE, three-day festival announced the lineup last week for its October 1st, 2nd and 3rd shows and dare we say, it's worlds more exciting than a certain big festival coming up this weekend.

At the Giants Game Tonight: Kazoos En Masse and a Jerry Garcia Tribute

Records may be broken tonight at the Giants game, and they don't have to do with baseball. SF Appeal has alerted us to a tribute to the 15th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia's death, in which over 7,000 kazoo-ists will congregate tonight at AT&T Park to blow "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch in an attempt to score a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Free Movie Night @ the Independent: Hot Tub Time Machine

Other than the Roxie Theater's $5 Monday movies, the Independent's free Cinema Drafthouse nights are the best regular film bargain in town. Plus, they require you to drink during the film, which is like asking a 7-year-old to eat pizza and ice cream for dinner.

Boxwars 2010 in Dolores Park: It Was a Savage Battle to the End

Battling bitter cold yesterday, the participants in this year's Boxwars Battle really flew those freak flags high, bringing out their inner warriors for an epic battle of cardboard in Dolores Park. 

Filmed on top of that green storage container, you can see a samurai, a giraffe, some sort of car, a robot and bunches of other cardboard warriors savagely duking it out for victory in this video, posted yesterday on Mission Mission. Though it's still nothing compared to what goes on in Europe or Canada, our mini version looks pretty badass.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Oakland: Have You Seen Them?

Have you seen Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or any of their small army of children? The Jolie-Pitt clan is hanging around Oakland these days while Brad films Moneyball, his new flick about the Oakland A's and the story Billy Beane, the team's manager.

Tonight: de Young Museum's Mission Muralismo Film Series & Performances by Amaldecor

Add this to the mountainous pile of awesome art events kicking off this weekend: the de Young Museum's got a lot going on tonight, starting at 5:30 pm with their excellent Mission Muralismo film series, showing Piece by Piece and one of the Berlin International Film Festival's favorites, Qualit

Next Weekend's American Craft Council Show Rivals the Coolness of Outside Lands

No ticket to Outside Lands? No problem, because there's an almost cooler event going down the same weekend: the American Craft Council show at Fort Mason. It's a celebration of all things handmade and one-of-a-kind, and there's so much to take in, there's no possible way you could do it all in one day.

The main attraction is the showcase of talented up-and-coming artists from around the country who excel in making uncommon creations, like upcycled jewelry made from LEGOs to "trashion" pieced together from weird materials like fish skin and fruit bags.

Bay Area Power Couples: James & Caitlin Freeman of Blue Bottle

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. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.

Drinking Outdoors: The Essential Hardware, Plus a Lemon Cooler Recipe

Summertime calls for drinks sipped out in the open air. If you're roughing it in the great outdoors, you need to have sturdy hardware to get your cocktails to your lips intact. Liquor.com has rounded up a few essentials, plus a Lemon Cooler recipe for any alfresco occasion:

Before Justin Herman Plaza's Court, Where to Get Your Bocce Ball On in the City

Earlier this week, Curbed reported that Justin Herman Plaza could get two bocce ball courts in the next few years. Hello, new lunchtime activity. 

In the meantime, satisfy your urge to bocce at one of the city's current courts:

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