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A SF Designer Ditches a Science Career for Jewelry

Tej Kothari

“The stone dictates the look of each piece,” says jewelry designer Tej Kothari, whose family business dates to 1970s India, where his mother, Taru, worked as an antique jewelry dealer.

Paper and Painting Collide in Isabelle de Borchgrave's Latest Show

Anyone who saw the 2011 Legion of Honor show Pulp Fashion has great admiration for the delicate, intricate work of Isabelle de Borchgrave.

Paolo Troilo Elevates the Art of Finger Painting

Stand in front of one of Italian artist Paolo Troilo's paintings, and you'll marvel over what appears an impossible process. With an effect that looks akin to charcoal or pastel, Troilo's technique of splattering and spreading paint on a canvas with only his fingers is, in a sense, a natural extension of self. He is the painting.

A Frenchman Brings the Cheeses of His Childhood to Dogpatch

La Fromagerie

At Ruben Donze’s La Fromagerie, one rule is paramount: The cheese must be sampled. “There’s no better way to see what you really like,” he says. And you’d be wise to take him up on it.

Citizen Hearst Sheds Light on an Enduring Media Empire

Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Esquire, O, Town & Country, Marie Claire, House Beautiful, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Country Living. The San Francisco Chronicle. ESPN, A&E, The History Channel, King Features. Broadcast television.

Over the span of 125 years and across multiple platforms, the Hearst Corporation has made itself one of the largest media empires in the nation. And it all starts with the story of William Randolph Hearst who, as a young lad just out of college at Harvard, convinced his father to let him take over a flailing San Francisco Examiner.

10 Questions for Jersey Boys' Music Man Bob Gaudio

Start humming "Big Girls Don't Cry"—the Tony (and Grammy) Award-winning musical Jersey Boys has made its way back to San Francisco after a six-year hiatus from our streets. The story of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons, is told through the eyes of each of the group's members: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. We threw a few questions at Bob Gaudio—the band member who wrote all of the music for the show—to give you the inside scoop before you see the show.

Bay Area Artist Deborah Oropallo Channels the Circle of Life

Deborah Oropallo

“To witness birth, raise an animal, slaughter it, and consume it is something I have only now come to experience,” says the artist Deborah Oropallo, who began exploring the relationships of man to animal, animal to animal, and animal to food when she moved to a farm in Novato this past summer.

Sparkle & Fade: The Bay Lights Come Alive Next Week

Billed as the world's largest LED light sculpture and one of the biggest public art feats in history, The Bay Lights is poised to elevate our city on a global scale. The brainchild of New York artist Leo Villareal and San Francisco PR wunderkind Ben Davis, this monumental project is the result of relentless dedication—a true gift to our city.

Just in case you haven't heard the specs yet, here it is in numbers—25,000 LED nodes, strung along 5 miles' worth of vertical suspension cables, measuring 1.8 miles and more than 500 feet, $11,000 in energy costs over the next two years, and estimated to generate $97 million for the local economy. You do the math.  

This Week's Hottest Events: Eye Level on Iraq, Noise Pop, and Tom Petty Fest

Art
"Eye Level on Iraq"
Over the course of two years, American-trained photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson documented the impact and aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The 60 photographs in this exhibit attempt to illustrate the daily realities for Iraqi citizens and what the effects of politics and war have on ordinary people. Alford and Thorne placed themselves in risky positions to capture these images, and these photos shed light on both a shifting culture 10 years ago and today.
When: Through Sun. 6/16

Friday Jams: The Official Noise Pop 2013 Playlist

The good folks behind Noise Pop 2013 were kind enough to curate a playlist for your listening pleasure. Here, 20 songs that will give you a flavor for next week's festival. Put on your earbuds, sit back, and let these jams get you through the afternoon.

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