Also, I'm very in love with the idea of being a professional product reviewer, where people send me random items and I try them and out and tell the world in unnecessarily candid terms how that went. If you're looking for someone to publicly unpack and possibly dismember YOUR product, let me know ASAP and I will get you my mailing address.
Dust City Opera
Sometimes a sound just grabs you by the timpanem and tickles you until you surrender. That's Dust City Orchestra. I've become a fan of Paul Hunton's musical projects over the last couple of years, and this latest thing is really making me happy. Check them out whenever you get a chance. They have a couple of songs up on YouTube, but going to see them in person is a really, really good idea. They've got at least 5 appearances lined up between now and the end of July.
Dovetail Community Workshop
I've talked about Dovetail before -- like a gym membership, but for woodworking. All the equipment lives there, and you just go do projects. Cool place, very encouraging and supportive environment. Also has a good library of woodworking projects, technique instructions, and general reference.
I teach and volunteer time at Dovetail, and am super excited for the work that gets done there. Making Something is a tremendously empowering thing to do. All ages, all skill levels, all ambition levels.
Pixel Party Popup
If you're into the pixelated life, you'll want to get down to Metal The Store and get busy hobnobbing with visiting Portlander Shampton aka PIXEL PARTY, who creates some sweet 8-bit art.
Of course, if you've not been to Metal the Store, or you don't know about Metal the Brand and Mr. Michael's lineup of irreverent images and fun accessories, then you probably needed to book a visit down to the old El Vado and check that out.
Three Little Birds Cafe & Co.
Down in Nob Hill, very special cafe is about to open up. I know this, because I am horribly addicted to just about anything that comes out of the Swiss Alps Bakery / Three Little Birds Cafe in the heights (San Pedro x Candelaria). This very special cafe is twice as special to me because it is half the distance for me to get my fix. Bring me those amazing sandwiches, soups, pastries, and more!