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Supermarket Street Sweep: Ride Your Bike for the SF Food Bank!

On December 3, San Francisco's cycling community will come together once again for the 6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, a charity event to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The race brings together all types of cyclists—casual riders, commuters, messengers, competitors, etc.—to help feed the city's hungry by picking up food from various grocery stores around town. This year, there are two ways that you can participate: ride in the race—speed or cargo—or fundraise at Firstgiving. To ride, just show up at Cupid's Span (Folsom & Embarcadero) on Saturday, December 3 at noon.

Japan Meets the Mission in Letterpressed Sugar Skulls

Inspired by the iconography of the calaveras de azúcar associated with Dia de los Muertos, local artist and Mission resident Jonathan Koshi has released his second series of pop culture sugar skulls. While his first round ran the gamut from Kermit to Spy vs. Spy, this round draws directly from his Japanese heritage, transforming cultural icons like Tetsujin, Domokun, and the daruma into sugar skulls. “Growing up in Hawaii, I was influenced a lot by Japanese pop culture,” says Koshi. “One of my earliest childhood memories is of my first toy robot my parents brought back from a trip to Japan when I was 6.

Twilight Singers to Play "Blackberry Belle" in its Entirety at GAMH in September: Tickets On Sale Now

Performing an album in its entirety has definitely become a trend over the last few years. This year alone Jethro Tull will dust off Aqualung for its 40th anniversary, Matthew Sweet will relive Girlfriend for its 20th, and Pixies continue to add dates to their never-ending Doolittle tour because—well, probably because people are still paying for tickets. Add to this list Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers, who will play their 2004 album Blackberry Belle in its entirety one night only at the Great American Music Hall on September 17.

SFBC Happy Hour!

There are only two Thursdays left in July, which means there are only two SFBC Happy Hours left! SFBC happy hour is like those magical hours at your favorite bar but instead of deals on booze in one palce, the SFBC pick a location along popular commutes each week and offers tasty treats, a free tire pumping, and deals at local businesses. This week's happy hour is at Fell and Masonic, so for those of you who regularly wiggle your way home to the Haight and beyond, this is your chance to catch some free stuff during your commute. Next week catch happy hour at Duboce Park. SFBC Happy hour runs from 5-7.

Joan of Arc's Tim Kinsella on the New Album, The Chicago Music Scene, and SF Bands

Joan of Arc is not so much a band as it is a constantly changing collective of musicians spanning over 15 years. One member remains constant, though: Tim Kinsella, who you might say is Joan of Arc. The band's latest album, Life Like, brings yet another lineup on the most stripped-down, simplified Joan of Arc album yet. We talked with founder and frontman Tim Kinsella about the Chicago scene, the revolving door band model, and the new album. Joan of Arc plays Cafe du Nord this Thursday, May 12.

 

Learn The Art of Homebrewing in Small Spaces With 'Beer Craft'

SF-based designer Jessi Rymill and writer William Bostwick, authors of the Beer Craft (out today!) have brewed over 150 batches of beer in the last two years. Their method is a little different from what you might learn from the Grizz at SF Brewcraft’s introductory classes. Instead of focusing on large batches (that weigh a ton and take up half your closet space), they've zeroed in on the perfect batch size for small-spaced, urban living: one gallon.

Work Up A Thirst at Oddball's Home Brewed Cinema

Capp Street's Oddball Films—home of the Film+Video stock film archive specializing in the rare and the bizarre–will present a beer-themed program of films titled "Home Brewed Cinema: From Popular Drink to Pop Culture" tomorrow at 8pm. Highlights include a 1973 documentary about the brewing process, filmed at Germany's Dortmund Brewery; a 1933 W.C. Fields parody film on the evils of drinking, using his son Chester as the comitragic boozer; and "The Cat Who Drank Too Much," the description of which sounds like LOLcats meets anti-drug PSA.

Is It Safe to Eat Sushi? The Experts Weigh In

When the Fukushima nuclear crisis–now ranked at level 7– banned certain Japanese exports, we all wondered what effect the disaster would have on something San Franciscans love to eat: sushi. Henry Icinose of San Francisco's ABS Seafood Inc., the fish supplier to ICHI Sushi in Bernal Heights, tells 7x7 that most of the fish his company purchases comes from the Fukuoka area of Japan, far south of Fukushima, below Tokyo and Sendai.

Singer/Songwriter Diana Gameros To Play in Berkeley

Singer/songwriter Diana Gameros is a Bay Area musician to watch. A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Diana mixes traditional Latin and World styles in compositions that, with her soft, soulful voice, result in a beautiful folk sound (watch a performance of "Ligerita" at the Independent). Diana will join Mexican poet and activist MamaCoAtl at Berkeley's La Peña Cultural Center this Friday for International Women's Day and in support of the No+Bloodshed campaign against violence in Mexico. The show is $15, and starts at 8:30pm.

 

Pop-Up Magazine Comes to the MOMA

Pop-Up Magazine isn't something you page through on the train or scroll through on your phone. Every issue of the magazine is a live performance, one night only, bringing together documentarians, writers of all kinds, photographers, and radio folks for a 90-minute show. The issue "unfolds like a magazine," with short bits first and longer pieces following. Pop-Up doesn't record the show and they don't put anything online, so if you're not there, you've missed it. Next Wednesday, March 17, Pop-Up presents the first staging of their shorter between-issue series, Sidebar, in the atrium of the SFMOMA.

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