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Heads up to all you Bay Area design and architecture buffs. It is time, once again, for San Francisco’s annual Architecture and the City celebration. This event is one of the largest architecture celebrations in the nation – and this year’s theme, Play: Design in Action, suggests it will be a month of fun and entertainment.

The celebration kicks off on September 4 with the Opening Night Party and continues throughout the month with home tours, walking tours, biking tours, sketching tours, and behind the scenes tours. When you need a rest from all that touring, take in a lecture or workshop, watch a film or two, or introduce the kids to the world of architecture by joining in the family fun at the Contemporary Jewish Museum or building a sandcastle

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One hundred years ago, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco opened its doors to the world in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal (as well as to show that San Francisco was back on its feet after the 1906 earthquake). This year the city marks the 100th anniversary of the expo with enough exhibits and programs that just about all of us are bound to find something of interest!

An event that I think will be of particular interest to all of you MCM and/or funky-architecture fans out there is tomorrow night’s presentation by Jim Heimann. (In case you are wondering who Jim Heimann is, he is an author, historian, and the guru of California’s roadside vernacular architecture.)

Heimann’s illustrated talk will take

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The San Francisco Bay Area always has a thing or two going on – and this weekend is no exception. In addition to the weekend-long Eat Drink SF, two other things that caught my MCM eye are happening today – so you might want to toss that Saturday newspaper aside and head up to Calistoga for the day or head to San Francisco for an evening of fun and chuckles.

I don’t think many things sum up the Mid-Century family experience more that than camper trailers. They are an iconic piece of history and continue to be popular with contemporary camping enthusiasts and collectors. If you would like to take a look at a few, join Napa County Landmarks at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park today for the Vintage Trailer Hitch-Up

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Looking for a fun time filled with food and drink? Come to San Francisco this weekend for a four-day culinary celebration at Eat Drink San Francisco. From tacos and tequila to wine tasting with some of the city’s top sommeliers, there is something for everyone.

The event will feature guest chefs, demonstrations, classes, grand tastings from some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, grilling, and chilling with cocktails – just to mention a few.

Most of the action will be at Fort Mason (with the exception of Thursday’s Taco Knockdown), but on Sunday, the celebration will spread its wings and expand to participating restaurants throughout the city where special Eat Drink SF brunch menus will be featured, as well as a brunch party at Foreign

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While the only “real” Eichler homes (with the exception of the 3 New York Eichlers) are in California, a developer in Denver put his own spin on Eichler’s Mid-Century, California Modern style with two 1950s subdivisions that could transport you to a California Eichler neighborhood.

Built in the 1950s, Krisana Park and Lynwood are southeast Denver neighborhoods that are virtual treasure troves of Eichler inspired Mid-Century homes. With low-pitched roofs, open floor plans, courtyards, post-and-beam construction and walls of glass that merge inside with outdoors, the 175 homes in Krisana Park and 80 Lynwood homes resemble bona fide Eichlers in just about every detail.

Dubbed as Denver’s “Best Mod 50’s Neighborhood”, Krisana Park was built in the

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Denver is the place to be this summer. With the debut of the Sunset Idea House, a Modern Home & Garden Tour and the Denver Food & Wine Festival, the Mile High City will be buzzing with activity for the next month!

Of particular interest to Mid-Century Modern fans is this year’s Sunset Idea House, which made its premiere last week. This year, the Idea House project involved the total renovation of a classic MCM home. The original home, built in 1954, had some major changes including relocating the kitchen from the front of the house to the back, creating a playroom and media room in the basement, and the addition of a second story – complete with a rooftop deck. As is often true with MCM renos, there was concern about what features should be saved

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Attention to our SoCal readers! Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles has a great promotion going on this month that benefits both you and some of the less fortunate residents of the Los Angeles area. Every year Heath LA partners with Skid Row Housing Trust through the Home Plate Dinnerware Exchange program to provide newly housed (previously homeless) individuals with dinnerware donated by you. “How does this benefit me?” you might ask. In addition to the satisfaction of helping the needy, you will receive a 20% discount on any Heathware you purchase in exchange for your donation.

It’s really simple to participate. Just bring your old plates, mugs, and bowls into Heath’s LA Studio & Store on Beverly Boulevard and exchange them for equivalent pieces of Heath

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It’s almost time for the 5th annual AIA East Bay Home Tour. Scheduled for Saturday, August 8, the self-guided/self-driven tour will visit spectacular homes in Oakland, Berkeley, and Piedmont in a celebration of design and East Bay living.

Two new homes will be featured on the tour, as well as 4 Mid-Century homes that have been renovated to varying degrees. One of the new homes, dubbed “Courtyard Retreat” because the house wraps around a central courtyard is set in the Berkeley Hills. The second newly constructed home on the tour is a boldly modern home in the Oakland Hills.

The most extensive remodels on the tour include a home that was built in 1937 and has been completely revamped into a home suitable for a 21st Century family; a

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After 60+ years in a property that has been dubbed a “laboratory for Western living”, Sunset Magazine is moving from its Cliff May designed headquarters in Menlo Park to Oakland’s bustling Jack London Square.

Originally a travel magazine, Sunset has, over the years, spread its wings to become a lifestyle media showcase that embraces just about every aspect of living in the West from architectural design, landscaping and home gardening, to recipes, travel, and trend-setting eateries.

Sunset’s move to Oakland is just part of its relocation process. In months to come, Sunset will establish its main test garden and an outdoor kitchen in Sonoma where they will host events, classes, and maybe even some wine tasting – after all, Sonoma is in wine

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Summertime brings thoughts of outdoor parties; and as an Eichler owner who has hosted a few parties myself, I think that Eichlers were designed with partying in mind. That casual, easy flow between inside and out is what summer get-togethers are all about. Preparations can be as simple or elaborate is you want – ranging from putting out chips and dip and throwing a few beers and soft drinks into a cooler to a catered affair with fancy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Start with invitations. In addition to letting your friends know when and where, invites help to set the tone and let your guests know what to expect. Although there is nothing wrong with traditional printed invitations, I’ve become a fan of evites, which spread the word electronically.

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