Have you ever noticed that the Chron's H&G is at its best when it's covering things other than home design? We've long suspected that editor Lynette Evans is much more interested in the G than the H. It's a good thing Zahid's in the mix, covering the D(esign). This weekend it was plumped with features that were only peripherally related to the home, including Zahid's story on the new back alley urbanism taking root in Hayes Valley (very cool), and coverage of exhibitions at Fort Mason and the Sonoma County Museum. All in all, a much more enlightening read than usual.
• Back to the alley: Zahid Sardar chronicles an instance of the new urbanism taking hold in San Francisco, with Loring Sagan's and architect David Winslow's efforts to revitalize an alley in Hayes Valley. (And if you're inspired by what you read, he includes info on how to get involved in the City's Adopt an Alley program.)
• Silver shined up for Fall Antiques Show: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, considered among the 10 most important in the world, begins Thursday and lasts through Oct. 29, at Fort Mason. The silver will "reflect the history of California and the tastes of Californians." Hmmm.
• Vintage poster fair at Fort Mason: Not to be out-antiqued, The International Vintage Poster Fair starts Friday and goes throuh Oct. 29, also at Fort Mason. Prices begin at $100.
• Artworks in 'Hybrid Fields' offer food for thought: Oi vay! The list of agri-ills this Sonoma County art show addresses reads like the Ten Plagues at a Passover seder.
• Too stupid to garden: Lynette Evans writes about a novel technique for preventing male moths from breeding in the garden: spritz the air with perfume, which muddies the scent of the females' pheremones. Too bad the prose is muddy as well. (Is that where the title of this piece came from?)