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Allison McCarthy

The Macallan Kicks Off The French Laundry's Spirits Program

Last week I had the great privilege of attending an extraordinary dinner, which highlighted special selections from The French Laundry’s new spirits collection, including The Macallan Fine & Rare. The spirits program—which officially launched in February—is made up of 51 bottles, with spirits ranging from scotch, bourbon, rum, and tequila to cognac, chartreuse, grappa and eau-de-vie. Each, of course, has Chef Thomas Keller's personal stamp of approval.

Who's on Third? A Bayview Celebration

In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot going on in the Bayview neighborhood lately. The Bold Italic just ran a nice roundup of what to do out there, and their guide comes just in time for next week's 3rd on Third art and music celebration. What started as a plan to toast the murals along the Third Street Corridor soon turned into a full-blown block party when the Stern Grove Festival joined the SF Arts and Public Utilities Commissions to launch "Grove on the Road."

The Best of Bay Area Arts and Culture in 2013

We present to you our favorite local gems in the arts and culture department.

This Week's Hottest Events: Hitchcock, Mark Morris, and Stern Grove Festival

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Le Labo SF Scent
Fancy French perfumer Le Labo finally launched a scent exclusive to San Francisco. Available at their Pac Heights store and Barneys counter, Limette 37 is an "olfactive roller coaster," with fragrances as diverse as the Bay Area landscape—bergamot, jasmine, petit grain, clove, vetiver, tonka beans, and musks. This one's for your growing collection.  
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Where: Le Labo, 2238 Fillmore St.

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Beth Orton

Seven Questions for Fashion Illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer

On June 1, Firefall Media released Adam & Yves, the latest book of fashion illustrations by Gladys Perint Palmer (who doubles as executive director of the Academy of Art University's School of Fashion). Designed by Rod Dyer and edited by Elihu Blotnick, the tome presents Palmer's fresh and modern take on fashion history, peppered with her quick-witted insight and insider's perspective. 

An SF Artist Brings Back Old School Maps

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones has travel on the brain. Back in SF after a yearlong stint in Southeast Asia, where he was working as a digital artist for Industrial Light & Magic, the 32-year-old began thinking about exotic locales and the process of getting from place to place.

Affordable, Functional Art: The Headlands Center for the Arts' New Online Shop

Photography by Robert Divers Herrick; Carrier "Bucket" Stool, courtesy of New Factory

This Week's Hottest Events: Instagram, SFMOMA, and Francis Ford Coppola

It's a big week in music with lots of sold-out shows. If you missed your chance at tickets to Mumford & Sons, the XX, Imagine Dragons, and Sting, use your best Craigslist negotiating skills or check out some of this week's other hot events.

CCA's Emerging Talent Award in Fashion Design Goes to Tiśina Parker

For CCA grad Tiśina Parker, fashion design is more than stylish, trend-setting apparel, and her collection—4th Dimension—for CCA's graduation fashion show illustrated just that.

Kickstart SOMArt's Underground Performance Art Marathon

I've come to rely on SOMArts for a running calendar of envelope-pushing events and exhibits (i.e. the Underground Market, monthly Feast of Words literary potlucks, annual Dia de los Muertos extravaganza, not to mention all of the exhibits). A few years ago, curator and gallery director Justin Hoover clued me in to a show idea he was toying with that would make unprecedented use of SOMArt's exhibition space.

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