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Room With a View: Hotel Palomar's Golden Gate Suite

Room With a View: Hotel Palomar's Golden Gate Suite

The blow-out Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of ways to pay homage to the International Orange icon. Here's an unexpected one: Hotel Palomar has tricked out one of its suites in honor of the double G. As you step off the elevator and into the hallway, you'll see the familiar tollbooth entry to the bridge, blown up and plastered on the door and walls framing room 512. One foot inside the door and you're presented with a sweeping view of the bridge. Sounds impossible, right? A printed opaque decal expands across the five bay windows in the room to give the illusion that you're staring out the window of a sweet Cow Hollow pied-à-terre. It sure beats the real view of gritty Market Street.

This Week's Hottest Events: Le Dîner à San Francisco, the Underground Farmers Market, and Cal Academy's Gallery Crawl

Le Diner

Philip Glass & Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain
It's not too late to get tickets to tonight's benefit concert for Big Sur's Henry Miller Library. Legendary composer Philip Glass will take the stage with chanteuse Joanna Newsom and classical violinist Tim Fain in a not-to-be-missed show. All money raised will go towards the $140,000 goal needed for the nonprofit venue to build much-needed, up-to-code bathrooms.     
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 6/25
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.

Brit Brand Mulberry Opens in Union Square

Grant Avenue gets a dose of London chic with the opening of Mulberry this week. The opening marks the luxury brand's first foray into the West Coast—it's their first SF store and only freestanding location outside the tri-state area.

This Week's Hottest Events: Pride Events, Stern Grove Festival, and Chronicle Books Sale

SF Pride

BAASICS.2: The Future
Artists, inventors, and futurists come together for a discussion about what lies ahead in the years to come. Former physicist and tech journalist Aaron Saenz talks good robots vs bad robots and prospects for synthetic life. It's fodder for the science geek in all of us.    
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 6/18
Where: ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.

Bourbon, Banter, and Texas Hold 'Em with Aisha Tyler and Chuck Klosterman

Bourbon, Banter, and Texas Hold 'Em with Aisha Tyler and Chuck Klosterman

Pair sexy comedy queen Aisha Tyler with pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman in a booze distillery, and you get something like a modern-day literary salon of sorts. Class up your Friday night at this benefit for ScholarMatch—the Dave Eggers organization that connects Bay Area students with donors to make higher education a reality. Appropriately named Bourbon & Banter, you'll be privy to a live taping of Tyler's hit podcast, "Girl on Guy," accompanied by off-the-cuff commentary by Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs author Chuck Klosterman. Oh, and did we mention the plentifully flowing St. George Spirits cocktails?

This Week's Hottest Events: American Idiot, Jenny Lewis, and SF in the Movies

Jenny Lewis

American Idiot
Green Day comes home to the Bay Area with this Broadway coming-of-age tale based on their multiplatinum album of the same name. If you didn't catch the Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical when it premiered at Berkeley Rep in 2009, here's your big chance.
When: Tues. 6/12–Sun. 7/8
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

Thoroughbreds Face Off During Saturday's Belmont Stakes Races

Thoroughbreds Face Off During Saturday's Belmont Stakes Races

When my boyfriend mentioned Triple Crown a few days ago, I thought he was talking about that weird bar that used to be on Market Street near the freeway. As it turns out, he was referring to THE Triple Crown, the trifecta of thoroughbred horse races that includes the beloved Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and this Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The third and final leg of the Crown, the Belmont Stakes determines the races' overall champion.

Artist Jun Kaneko Unveils Giant Heads

The earthy color palette of historic buildings lining Van Ness is about to see a burst of bright colors. Acclaimed ceramic artist Jun Kaneko will unveil his two 6-foot heads on Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in front of the War Memorial Opera House. The sculpture installation coincides with the premiere of SF Opera's run of Mozart's The Magic Flute (June 13–July 8), for which Kaneko designed the set.

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Symphony B&W Ball, The Head and the Heart, and a Gatsby Garden Party

Janelle Monae

Critical Mass
Photolucida's program is to bring top emerging talent to the public. Here, industry jurors have narrowed the group down to the Top 50 works photographers from around the globe.
When: Through Fri. 6/15
Where: Rayko, 428 Third St.

ArtAround App Maps Out Public and Street Art in SF

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This city's big on public art, but how many times have you wanted to know who's behind what you're seeing? ArtAround, a public art technology platform first launched in Washington, D.C., aims to help answer those questions. The app's founders are now working with the SF Arts Commission to launch its mapping service in San Francisco. They already have 800 pieces of art owned by the city mapped out with photos, and they're working on expanding their service to include all the other great street art like murals and graffiti that aren't owned by the city. So, you can finally figure out who made your favorite Mission mural that you walk past everyday.

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