Get ready to get your read on all over San Francisco. The annual Litquake Literary Festival returns this weekend, from Oct. 7-15.

Brooklyn designer Jason Miller is the man behind Roll & Hill and also the person who has created some of my personal favorites when it comes to lighting. His take on pendants, chandeliers and sconces is at once fresh and nostalgic, and tomorrow I'll sit down with him at Propeller in Hayes Valley in the attempt to discover what inspires him, what bugs him, and what the heck is "the American Perspective" anyway?

Coming this October, San Francisco’s most-creative set will transform our foggy city into a Willy Wonka-esque wonderland for art enthusiasts. 900-plus established and up-and-coming artists will open their creative digs to the public for ArtSpan’s 36th annual SF Open Studios - the country’s oldest and largest event of its kind. From the Dogpatch to Fort Mason, the Mission to Ocean Beach, you’ll peep inside artist quarters, ogle, drool, and snag affordable eye-candy covetables. And no golden ticket is necessary as this month-long event is totally free.

Don't miss this fantastic event! You can still buy tickets at the door for the 15th anniversary Art for AIDS art auction this Friday, September 23, 6PM-9PM at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the UCSF AIDS Health Project, who in the last 27 years has performed testing, education and counseling for over 240,000 people. Entrance tickets for the event are $100; VIP tickets are $200. Gourmet food and wine will be provided by Bay Area restaurants and cocktails by Ketel One. Below are a few of the over 140 pieces that will be up for auction.

I love design shows: Getting dressed up, wandering the aisles sipping champagne, and drooling over gorgeous art, imaginative booths and exceptional furniture. What's not to like?  This year, one of my very favorite shows, SF 20/21—formerly focused only on 20th century pieces but recently expanded to include contemporary artists and designers as well—invited us to participate. Not just to be a spectator/coveteur traipsing though the decked-out Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, but for CH+D to host our very own booth.

Gelato enthusiasts be advised: Although the colorful new tiles in SF’s Ciao Bella shop are a dead-on match to their scoop-worthy flavors - the walls are not meant for licking. With a sweet new revamp, you’ll need all the willpower you can muster not to face-plant yourself in this palate-tempting gelateria.

Now departing: Bad airport food. Now arriving: Palate-worthy “Farm to Flight” fare at Napa Farms Market - the first foodie-meets-jetsetter innovation of its kind to hit SFO’s recently revamped Terminal 2. 

Heath Ceramics is crafting a brand spankin' new project - but this one is sans pottery or glaze. The legendary Sausalito-based tableware and tile ceramicists just revealed exciting plans to open a 4,000-square-foot retail space and 16,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse in SF’s Mission neighborhood by early 2012.

Recently, I had the pleasure of going behind the scenes at San Francisco's Coup d'Etat as they photographed a beautiful quarter horse in the middle of their showroom for the creation of a new ad (see the final result in our forthcoming Sept/Oct issue).

The first day of summer was yesterday. Pair that with the warm weather we've been having in SF, and I'm in a seasonal state of mind. Perhaps that's why the works in the Palos Verdes art exhibition, Surf's Up, are so appealing to me.

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