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941 Geary Goes Carnie for Its Opening Reception This Weekend

We scoped out Justin Giarla's (of White Walls and Shooting Gallery fame) new space, 941 Geary, in July. The gallery, hidden behind a smog check sign on Geary, is a sprawling 3,000 feet, with ambitions to bring internationally-recognized artists to SF and do some seriously large-scale installations. They're definitely delivering on those promises, lining up Glen Freidman and Shepard Fairey for an upcoming show and making a splash this weekend with their opening reception, something Giarla is calling an epic "Art Opera."

Pssst, Book Lovers: Friends of the SF Public Library's Annual Book Sale Starts Next Week

One of my favorite times of the year is just around the bend. The Friends of the SF Public Library's annual Big Book Sale--basically Christmas for book lovers and record collectors alike--starts next week bright and early at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Fort Mason. It's the West Coast's largest book sale, and it's truly a sight to behold: expect thousands upon thousands of books from every genre imaginable just waiting to come home with you.

Look of the Week: Inspired by Aida

Whether you're an opera fanatic or just looking to do something a bit more 'cultural' than people watching at your local dive, the SF Opera is officially in season and we're particularly excited about the chance to see Aida.

Weekend Sherpa: Head to the Yurts!

Yurts are traditionally found on the vast steppes of Mongolia. But perched high above the Pacific Ocean, in California's own Big Sur, the quirky Treebones Resort offers all-yurt accommodations—though the Mongols wouldn't recognize the polished pine floors, queen-sized beds, and cozy quilts to keep you warm. All yurts feature wooden decks from which you can watch the water churn below.  And the large communal hot tub overlooking the ocean is a nice way to warm your bones while watching the sun sink below the horizon. If you're inspired to explore, Treebones' homemade guidebook offers detailed information on nearby hikes and beach walks. One favorite local pastime is jade-hunting along Jade Cove.

Market Watch: Farmers Market Happy Hour Features The City's Brightest Bartenders

It’s not too late to get tickets to next week’s farmers market- inspired happy hour at the Ferry Building in CUESA’s Dacor teaching kitchen. On Wednesday, September 22nd from 6 pm - 8 pm, 12 bartenders will be mixing up drinks featuring the best of the late summer harvest.

Etiquette Comes Alive at Yerba Buena

The world is your stage, or so the saying goes. Starting today, this cliche can become your reality with London-based experimental theater company Rotozaza. A performance piece for two, Etiquette can be played out between strangers or friends across a table at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens. Turning the idea of audience participation on its head, Silvia Mercuriali and Anthony Hampton—the masterminds behind this offbeat experience—provide headphones which dictate instructions to layman-come-actor. 

SF's Top Restaurants Packing Some Mean Brown Bag Lunches

Set your Gmail calendar on alert: On Friday, October 8, the city's top restaurants, from Benu to Delfina, Bar Jules to SPQR, are participating in a sort of Brown Bag Lunch mob. The SFC Brown Bag Lunch Project is a fundraiser for San Francisco Community School (7x7 editor Sara Deseran's a committee member as well as parent)—a progressive K–8 public school in the Excelsior—and its functioning as online auction.

Beantown Confidential: 'The Town' Illuminates a Shady Den of Thieves

Doug MacRay could have been a contender. He robs banks and armored trucks for a living, moonlighting as a blue-collar construction type. Once upon a time he had a chance to escape the mean streets of Boston’s clannish Charlestown neighborhood, and with them the legacy of his father, a career criminal wasting away in Walpole’s Cedar Junction prison.
 
Doug (Ben Affleck) was a hockey player with a scorer’s touch, but instead of going pro he fell into the family business, emptying vaults for the neighborhood crime boss (Pete Postlethwaite) and setting aside just enough cash to harbor dreams of a better life. He has a tight-knit crew and a guiding sense of principle, though the two are often at odds.
 

Antiques Addicts, Get Your Fix at @ This Weekend's 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale

San Francisco is not a city short on antiques fairs. For starters, there's old faithful in Alameda and the new upstart at Candlestick Park, both of which occur monthly. And if you attend just those two with any regularity, you know how quickly you can become addicted to going. So what's an antique addict to do on the off-weeks between events? This weekend offers just the ticket, with the annual 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale pulling into Herbst Pavillion in Fort Mason.

01SJ Build Your Own World Biennial in San Jose Reimagines the Future

Attention all Bay Area gadget freaks, design nerds and forward-thinking people: the Tech Museum in SOMA is participating the mind-expanding 01SJ Biennial celebration Build Your Own World in San Jose from September 16th through the 19th. The art show presents hundreds of artworks, performances, events and artist talks that imagine the future of the world and have also begun to build towards it.

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