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SFMOMA Selects Architects for Expansion

Drumroll, please … SFMOMA has selected the Norwegian architecture firm of Snøhetta to design the larger-than-life museum expansion set to house the massive Fisher Collection. Initial design concepts of the team's first West Coast building in the US will be unveiled in spring 2011. The renowned firm will collaborate with a local San Francisco team to create additional gallery space in the museum's Third Street building, as well as an extension designed for Howard Street, which will connect to the back of the existing museum.

Run Baby Run!

What does everyone want to do before running a marathon? Well,  naturally, run another marathon. San Francisco never ceases to amaze me. Already teeming with sporty types of all varieties—surfers, skiers, rock climbers—cityslickers aren't content with just casually enjoying their activities, they're hungrily searching for the next challenge in a game of one-upmanship that apparently has no end.

The Week’s Hottest Events: MGMT, Summer & The Symphony Finale with Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big) and the Miniature Tigers

Tuesday, 7/20/10
Comedy: Maria Bamford

The hilarious Maria Bamford, whose Black Friday ads for Target made our entire Thanksgiving weekend last year, will take the stage at Punch Line Comedy Club on Tuesday. Known for her self-depracating comedy, we’re confident saying she’s one of the most creative comics working today. Don’t be discouraged by the SOLD OUT warnings on LiveNation—work it on Craigslist or get yourself to the venue early. We bet you’ll find a way in.

Joanna Newsom on Harps, Elves and her SF Faves

Joanna Newsom is a serious musician. Don't reference elves and otherworldly creatures or draw comparisons to fairytales—she hates that. She prefers, instead, to pontificate on “patterns of syllabic emphases” and “the emotional landscape of songs,” and rightly so. The indie sensation known for her quirky demeanor, deft composition, intensely literary lyrics and mastery of the harp has perfected the art of marrying classical and contemporary in the most unexpected of ways. Don't mistake her music for the folk-psych chantings of Bonnie (Prince) Billy or Devendra Banhart. Newsom is vastly singular, as evidenced in Have One on Me, her newest 125-minute, three-CD magnum opus of poetry in motion. Here, she puts aside her harp for a few moments to enlighten us on self and song.

Cheap Date: Parada 22

At Parada 22, the two-and-a-half-month-old Puerto Rican spot wedged between bustling Cha Cha Cha and divey Murio’s Trophy Room in the Upper Haight, the menu is small and simple. You can’t go wrong with a classic Cubano—roasted pork, ham, pickles, mustard and Swiss served on a pressed baguette—but the entrees give you more bang for your buck.

Itinerary: A Long Weekend in Mendocino

Like a lot of small towns along the coast of Highway 1, Mendocino is a village unto itself. Quaint bed & breakfasts, mom-and-pop shops, organic coffee houses—you have a beautifully quirky place sought by visitors and guarded by locals. In a nutshell, it's the perfect long weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Academy of Art Grads Score Internships at Major NYC Labels

We’ve got our eyes on these four talented designers from Academy of Art University, each of whom just landed an internship with a major NYC label.

'Traveling Light:' Interactive Art Inside the Old Mint Building

Warning: If experimental performance art isn’t your thing, proceed with caution. Because the Joe Goode Performance Groups site-specific dance theater series, “Traveling Light,” now in its second year, takes interactive art to a new level. Performers will lead attendees on a journey through SF’s historic, moodily lit Old Mint Building (rarely open to the public). In each of the rooms a different story line will play out, meaning that over the course of one evening you can take advantage of 28 distinct performances—combinations of spoken word and athletic dance—and never see the same show twice. July 7–Aug. 1

Social Studies Drops First Album, Plays Rickshaw Stop

It all started when a girl trained as a classical pianist, raised on a commune in rural Oregon, met a boy bred on the Chicago punk scene. Social Studies—composed of Natalia Rogovin, Michael Jirkovsky, Jesse Hudson and Tom Smith—has been making the rounds on the Bay Area indie pop scene since 2006. But what separates the band from the indistinguishable masses is its ability to craft complex, intelligent songs. Social Studies’ first full-length album, Wind Up Wooden Heart (Antenna Farm Records)—a coming-of-age tale featuring cameos by Bright Eyes and Thee More Shallows—drops July 27, with a CD release party scheduled for Aug.

Best of San Francisco 2010: Fashion + Beauty

We’ve got Euro boutiques and bikini parties, stylist hand-me-downs and hidden spas, A-list colorists and heavenly facials, Brooks Brothers redux and on-the-go blow-drys. Here in San Francisco, skin deep never looked so good.

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