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The Jewish Contribution to Modernism and More Intriguing Art Openings

From never-before-seen Native American artifacts to raw, 19th century photos of Yosemite, here are the three art openings you must add to your cultural calendar.  

Todd Selby Turns His Lens on the Bay Area

Todd Selby, Brooklyn dweller and photographer du jour, may be house hunting in L.A., but he still maintains solid ties to the Bay Area. The UC Berkeley grad travels here frequently and continues to find inspiration in creative types across industries. Here's a look at just a few of the locals he's zeroed in on over the years.

Two Local Coffee Gurus Offer Their Tips for SXSW

A Film About Coffee director Brandon Loper and Wrecking Ball Coffee founder Nicholas Cho are both headed to South by Southwest (March 7-16) this year. The two coffee gurus let us in on what they're bringing to Texas and offered some tips on what to do once you get there. 

Alternative Apparel's Erik Joule Advocates For Sustainability on a Corporate Scale

It may be small, but San Francisco is a city that continues to matter,” says Erik Joule, whose company chose to open the third location of Los Angeles based Alternative Apparel here, back in January, to make a point. “This city has always led the way with innovation,” says the 43-year-old Russian Hill resident. He deems the environment just right for “a brand like ours, whose goal it is to lead in a transparent and responsible way.”

Edgy, Art-Rock Goddess St. Vincent Comes to the Bay Area

Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is having her limelight moment. Since the New Yorker’s 2012 collaboration with David Byrne on Love This Giant, she has emerged as an edgy, art-rock goddess. Nowhere is this more evident than on her fourth solo studio album, St. Vincent, which dropped today.

Artist and Scientist Phil Ross Wants to Make Buildings Out of Fungal Bricks

Artist, scientist, and madcap inventor of sorts—Phil Ross is known for his unusual work with mushrooms, which you may have seen in the form of trippy furniture at the Workshop Residence and the Exploratorium.

Coyuchi's Grown-Up Table Decor

If you've ever spent any time wandering about the main drag in Point Reyes Station, then you know Coyuchi. The first company to bring organic cotton bedding to the U.S., the 20-year-old brand is expanding its repertoire with the launch of its first-ever Spring 2014 tabletop collection.

B.J. Novak's Hilarious Debut Story Collection

We all know B.J. Novak's adorable face from The Office, but now the actor, screenwriter, director, and executive producer is adding short story writer to his ever-growing list of talents. In his debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (released by Knopf on Feb. 4), he tells oddball tales of friendships, missed connections, historic roasts, celebrity intel, and more.

Fine-Art Photographer Jerry Takigawa Contemplates Our Disposable Society

When artist Jerry Takigawa, 68, saw a jarful of plastic pieces retrieved from the entrails of an albatross at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, he had an epiphany:

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