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Hop on the St. Patty's wagon

Our guide to getting green, in a good way

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EVENTS Diarmuid Philpott, chairman of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade and president of the Irish United Societies, knows a thing or two about SF's glorious Irish heritage, the holiday's significant religious and cultural roots, and of course, where the party is for the upcoming week. "First of all, it's a celebration of being Irish," Philpott explains. "Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day. And they are welcome to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" So don that emerald green, and buckle down for a hooley of a time.

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tlhIngan maH!

Klingon for dear life as Star Trek docks in San Francisco

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EVENT Encompassing an entire universe of exotic worlds, cutting-edge technology, and larger-than-life characters, the realm of Star Trek has inspired fans and captivated their imaginations since the first episode of the original television series was broadcast back in 1966.

Created by Gene Roddenberry, who wove many of the pressing social issues of the 1960s into the fabric of the Star Trek ethos, the franchise has continued to live on through several spin-off television series, feature films, books, video games, and more.Read more »

GOLDIES 2009

The 21st Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery awards, honoring the Bay's best in arts
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As the great man sings, "Do I hear 21, 21, 21? I'll give you 21, 21, 21." It's Fibonacci time: the Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery awards are turning 21, nine years into the 21st century. Read more »

Fitting in?

Local students make the cut at New York Fashion Week
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FASHION Earlier this month, the white tents of New York Fashion Week went up at Bryant Park, and the tranquil and unassuming grassy lawn behind the public library was suddenly besieged by celebrities, buyers, press, and a lucky few fans with golden tickets, hungrily packing themselves in to peep the 2010 spring lines — including a handful by Bay Area designers, rare birds in the big-fashion aviary.

Seven happily frantic design students from San Francisco's Academy of Art University had their senior thesis projects paraded alongside the collections of establis Read more »

PARK(ing) Day

Turn a metered parking spot into the playground of your dreams
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PREVIEW Screw the consumerism of Christmas, the war imagery of Independence Day, and the inevitable disappointment of New Year's Eve. Our favorite holiday of the year is PARK(ing) Day, when individuals and groups around the world turn metered parking spots into the playgrounds of their dreams. Started in 2005 by the SF art and design collective Rebar, the event takes advantage of a legal loophole that allows any (legal) use of parking spots as long as the meter gets paid. (Think of it as miniature, short-term space rental.) Want kiddie pools and pink flamingos on Valencia Street? Read more »

Architecture and the City

Where fantasy house-hunting becomes more than just hitting the Sunday open-house real estate orgy circuit
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PREVIEW I don't know whether this is awesome or boring, but one of the most perverse pleasures to be had in the Bay for the last decade has been fantasy house-hunting — dressing like you can afford more than a rent-controlled railroad flat's closet and hitting the Sunday open-house real estate orgy circuit, mostly to decry the recent penchant for tacky recessed lighting and cheap beige granite counter-tops. The '80s are back! Read more »

art.tech

The intersection of artistic exploration, experimental fabrication, and digital prestidigitation...on weed
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PREVIEW As I write this, I'm eating one of those new giant Cheetos — you know, the latest delectable Alice Waters heart attack, sheer processed junk food Armageddon, elephantiasis of the puffed balls? Yum. My point here is that there's no form of art that hasn't been deeply and irrevocably touched by technology, and also that I'm a little stoned. Read more »

Independent Erotic Film Festival

If you can't find something in this week of fun and film that revs your engine, you might want to get your motor checked
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PREVIEW Good Vibrations and Vibratex co-present this year's celebration of girls (and boys, and bois, and, well, everyone) on film, and we can't decide what we're more excited about — the movies themselves or the parties organized to honor them. The week kicks off Sept. 12 with a burlesque-tastic party at El Rio that includes a screening of Courtney Trouble's Speakeasy; moves straight to Dr. Carol Queen's peep show, naughty puppets, and vintage erotic cinema at Amnesia Sept. 13; thrusts into the next week with April Flores' Love Toy Art Show; and slides on into Sept. Read more »

San Francisco Street Food Festival 2009

Microentrepreneurs, informal food vendors, and renowned chefs, all peddling edibles and drinkables for $8 or less
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PREVIEW If you believe all the hype, street food is the best thing that's happened to the Bay Area since Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse. And who's going to dispute it? It's hard to argue when your mouth's full of crème brûlée, fried frog legs, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, or any of a number of cuisines acquired from non-staraunts. In celebration of this fun, funky, recession-busting trend, La Cocina, the nonprofit dedicated to helping female food-preneurs formalize and grow their busineeses, is hosting a one-day feeding frenzy. Read more »

Bowie Ball

A celebration of Bowie's many faces, styles, and sounds
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PREVIEW Not much can stop Swing Goth. Not the misperception that the biweekly dance class and party is strictly swing or goth (it's all types of partner dancing, to all types of post-punk music). Not a cross-town venue change earlier this year (from Fat City to El Rio). Nothing, it seems, except a big ass flippin' fire. In June, Swing Goth was all set to host the Bowie Ball, its biggest event yet, when an explosion in a man hole (remember that one?) shut down the Great American Music Hall. But even fire could only delay SG founder Brian Gardner for so long. Read more »