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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.

This Week's Hottest Events: Kara Walker, Station to Station, and Exploratorium's Fog Fest

Conversation
Chuck Palahniuk and the Cacophony Society
The infamous Fight Club author and member of Portland's chapter of the Cacophony Society talks to the minds behind the counterculture club. John Law and Carrie Galbraith reveal its history, from its edgy prankster beginnings to its current social media fueled events. Law and Galbraith are co-authors of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society.   
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 9/23
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

Art

First Look at Bulgari's Baubles

Ever since the announcement of "The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950 - 1990" the city's been abuzz with anticipation. And for good reason. The show, which officially opens on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the de Young is one of the most exquisite exhibitions to hit town. Each of the 150 shimmering specimens is perched in a black lacquered case or pedestal, all of which was painstakingly designed by the Bulgari team.

This Week's Hottest Events: Neko Case, Marina Abramovic, and Valediction

Art
"Valediction"
Timed to coincide with the opening of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather have some food for thought. Now that the new span is in place, what will happen to the original (soon-to-be dismantled) span? Their artistic endeavor explores its place in the Bay Area's memory and its future as a relic of the past through a series of abstract topographic illustrations.
When: Through Sat. 10/19
Where: Electric Works, 1360 Mission St.

Music
Neko Case

An Artsy Walkabout in Potrero Hill

In the tradition of Oakland's Art Murmur, Potrero Hill will be hosting its first annual Potrero Art Walk. The walk coincides with a recent mass exodus of downtown galleries to this new 'hood and kicks off right in time for several opening exhibit receptions.

Marin Country Mart's Suburban Oasis

With a three-star review from Michael Bauer and Thomas Keller protégés at the helm, chef-owner Jeff Cerciello’s second outpost of Farmshop (pictured above) is easily one of the Bay Area’s best restaurants right now. In addition to looking posh (think teal mohair banquettes and Heath Ceramics subway tiles), the local, seasonal menu is swoon-worthy. Standouts include an appetizer of crispy artichokes and roasted Jidori chicken with a peach mostarda. 

Shelf Life

Academy of Art University Strikes a Pose on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Once again, 10 lucky (and extremely talented) student designers will show off their collections at next week's Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. If, like us, you'll be stuck in San Francisco, you'll have the chance to view the show in real time via a live webcast. Here, a quick rundown of what to expect, with info on when to tune in.

Shanshan Bai and Winbo Shiau: Inspired by natural curling lines of floral panels and the twisting of sculpted surfaces. Her clothes use a blend of silk gazar, wool, and linen yarn.

Ryan Morar and Melissa Avalos: Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, Sonic Youth, and Beat Happening albums. Pieces of garments were deconstructed to create new shapes and silhouettes.

This Week's Hottest Events: MGMT, Woodworking Workshop, and Speakeasy Block Party

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Art
"Baydreaming"
Remember what you love about the bay while you're mourning the weekend-long closure of the Bay Bridge at this intimate gallery show ending this weekend.

Moment to Moment Magazine Thinks Outside the Page

Courtesy of Moment to Moment.

Have you noticed that block of text on the floor of the Castro Muni station? Or that bus shelter poster urging you to believe that "Good Things Take Time?"

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