Landscape photos resemble traditional Chinese paintings

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Art on Thursday 5 January 2012

Chinese born Don Hong-Oai spent most of his life in Saigon, where he apprenticed with a photography studio. He stayed in Vietnam through the war, before fleeing by boat to California in the late 1970s. While living in San Francisco, he went back to China every few years to create new negatives. He remained largely unknown until the final years of his life when he was finally discovered by the wider public. He died in 2004.

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Oasis Clubhouse: a new project by Chef Felix

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Any tried and true foodie in Buenos Aires is an assiduous follower of Chef Diego Felix’s’ closed door restaurant, Casa Felix. Typically, however, his inspired pescatarian eats are only available a few months out of the year in Buenos Aires while the rest of the time, the Felix clan travels through Argentina, San Francisco, New York, Puerto Rico, and Latin America, generally, hosting closed door diners around the world. Luckily for all of us here in Buenos Aires, his contemporary yet distinctively regional fare can now be found in private events around the city as well thanks to the super exclusive Oasis Clubhouse.

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Large scale mural by Hugh Leeman for Art Basel Miami

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By Hugh Leeman in New Art on Wednesday 30 November 2011

This is my new 8′ x 20′ hand painted mural in Miami, Florida, for Art Basel week. The mural is of Tracy and Raymond. Both are friends of mine from San Francisco. Raymond stopped by my studio to chat the other day as I was finishing up his portrait, on the right. He had cut […]

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Laurie Lipton’s intricate pencil drawings

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By Angela Casserly in New Illustration on Saturday 26 November 2011

This year was my first year ever to go to Dias De Los Muertos San Francisco, but I’m so glad I did. It was incredible and inspiring. I recently came across Laurie Lipton’s work and it reminded me of that holiday. Her work is dark, eerie and all to do with death. I’m in love with her intricate, shadowy pencil drawings.

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West Coast USA photos by Brooke Holm

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By Brooke Holm in New Photography on Saturday 26 November 2011

A few months ago, I went on a road trip down the west side of the USA. With cameras hanging off every limb, I photographed the glory of places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, San Francisco and everything in between. If they make you want to throw down your day job and catch the next plane, my work here is done.

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Montana: single by Youth Lagoon

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By Kristin Farr in New Music on Wednesday 16 November 2011

I saw Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers) play a sold out, sweaty show in San Francisco and I suspect he’ll require a larger, less intimate venue next time he rolls through town. This talented young lad sings in a kind of granny falsetto that yanks at my heartstrings.

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Mars-1

Sam Octigan Reader Find

By Sam Octigan in New Art on Friday 28 October 2011

Looking at a Mars-1 piece has to be a bit like getting sucked into a black hole, right? The master of wild pattern, geometry and color opens his first solo show in San Francisco since 2005, at the FFDG temporary space on 11.11.11.

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Paul Madonna draws San Francisco

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By Jeff Faerber in New Illustration on Wednesday 26 October 2011

My friend introduced me to Paul Madonna’s work. He does these amazing, mostly monochromatic, ink-washed drawings of cities (mostly San Francisco, where he is based) that often have poetic, almost non-sequitur, captions. The result is often an almost haiku-esue narrative. His drawings are printed as comics called All Over Coffee for the SF Chronicle.

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Haute Bomb: a blog about ridiculous fashion items

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By Joshua Izenberg in Cool Websites on Saturday 1 October 2011

My sister runs an after-school college prep program in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. She loves fashion, but is also very frugal. She keeps a very funny blog about the most exorbitant, ridiculous fashion items around. I don’t care about fashion myself, but I find her blog to be good for a laugh (and […]

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The Brunch Box

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 14 September 2011

Once the weekend comes calling, so do brunch goers. In some cities, it’s all about the ladies that brunch while their kids wail in strollers, in others its crowds of hung-over hipsters waiting on their hair-of-the-dog Bloody Mary. In San Francisco, it comes on a truck, of course.

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Paxton Gate: a taxidermy store in San Francisco

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By Ben Frost in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 September 2011

I went into this taxidermy store today in the Mission, San Francisco. There’s something appealing about dead stuffed animals trying to look cute.

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Young and Free exhibition: Australian art in San Francisco

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By Ben Frost in New Events on Tuesday 13 September 2011

I’m part of an all-Australian group exhibition at 941 Geary, San Francisco which opened on September 10 called Young and Free. The exhibition features artwork by Ha-Ha, Kid Zoom, Anthony Lister, Vexta, Reka, Dmote, Rone, Meggs, New2 and Sofles. We’ll all be in town, and unlike our convict heritage, we won’t be taking prisoners.

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Skylite Snowballs: exotically flavoured ice shavings

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Thursday 21 July 2011

Who could resist a snowball in the middle of summer? And no, we’re not talking about the kind you used to hurl at your little brother. These are snowballs of a very different, foodie-pleasing variety: naturally sweetened scoops of flavored ice that can cool you down on the stickiest summer day. These are Skylite Snowballs, and you’ll have to go to San Francisco to find them.

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Food photographed with an electron microscope

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Tuesday 19 July 2011

Caren Alpert is a food photographer based in San Francisco. For the last 18 months, she has been shooting food with an electron microscope. The foods featured here are Cake Sprinkles (above); then (below) Brussel Sprout; Shrimp Tail; Passion Fruit; Sun Dried Tomato; Star Anise; and Blueberry.

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SodaCraft: Handmade Draft Sodas

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 22 June 2011

In true San Francisco style, your typically banal soda has been transformed into a flavorful, handmade gem thanks to SodaCraft. Using local and sustainable produce, of course, this new boutique company brews inspired sodas, lightly sweetened with cane sugar and naturally carbonated by yeast. Each handmade batch of pop comes in wildly creative flavors like smoked strawberry vanilla, plum soda with a touch of star anise, or their take on classic ginger ale, made with a pound per gallon of fresh juiced ginger and eureka lemons. (This is San Francisco, after all)

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