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A Weekend of Wine, Food, Art, and Pampering in Saratoga

To city folk, Saratoga may seem like a dark horse in the race for culinary greatness. But in fact, the town is home to serious contenders.

Hot 20: Singer-Songwriter Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt

HOT. The word carries so many meanings: passionate, sizzling, trendy, intense, and yes, sexy. But for us, it signals our favorite month. Meet the 20 movers and shakers that have us fired up this year.

Some might hear traces of a young Joni Mitchell or Karen Dalton. Others might liken Jessica Pratt’s soft, nymph-like warble to Joanna Newsom’s voice.

Your Chance to Rub Elbows (Literally) with James Franco

There isn't much that the Palo Alto native turned modern-day Renaissance Man hasn't conquered

FourTwoNine Magazine Makes the Case for Print

If you’re going to kill trees, you’d better make it spectacular,” says publishing veteran Richard Klein, who—against all apparent odds and a mercurial media landscape—launched his latest print venture out of his SoMa office this month.

This Week's Hottest Events: Tree of Life and Death, Sand Sculptures, and the Treasure Island Music Fest

Exhibit
"Tree of Life and Death"
Día de los Muertos is upon us, and we're all familiar with the iconic elements honoring the deceased—sugar skulls, marigolds, colorful offerings.

Oakland Gets Its Own Version of The Onion

You may have seen Matt Werner and his cronies peddling the paper—dressed up like 1920s street vendors—at last Friday's Art Murmur. Some of you may have even picked it up. If you did, you no doubt got a few chuckles out of the Bay Area's version of the infamous Onion.

Exploratorium Kicks Off Planning for Downtown's Living Innovation Zones

A few weeks ago, the Exploratorium kicked off planning for the first of 10 Living Innovation Zones—a series of new public spaces meant to strengthen community—on Market Street.

This Week's Hottest Events: Mill Valley Film Fest, Hardly Strictly, and Seven Sisters

Art
"City of Disappearances"
City becomes object in this group exhibit at CCA Wattis Institute. The show focuses on the concept as material, site, and situation for the modern lived experience and presents artists such as Michel Auder, Slater Bradley, Martin Boyce, and Kelley Walker. Works come from the collections of the Kadist Art Foundation (in SF and Paris) and the Zabludowicz Collection (in London, NYC, and Finland). See the city like you've never seen it before, and ponder its implications.   
When: Through Sat. 12/14
Where: CCA Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas St.

Art

SF Designer Camelia Skikos Transforms Hidden Beauty into Fashion

Photo by Claudia Goetzelmann

Fashion designer Camelia Skikos starts her creative process with a sketch of the human body.

Set Sail with Cavallo Point's Adventure Packages

Originally a fort and battery through World War II, Cavallo Point is now a national park lodge situated right across the bridge within Golden Gate National Parks boundaries.

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