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Shorty, pinups and pit bulls for a doggone great night
On Feb. 12 at Lucky 13, Pinups for Pit Bulls and Chako Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy hosted a sold-out fundraiser with Shorty Rossi and Hercules of Pit Boss on Animal Planet. There was raucous burlesque performed by Hubba Hubba Revue, a silent auction, and barking good times for both people and pooches alike.

(Photo Top) Shorty Rossi of Pit Boss on Animal Planet was on hand to meet Bay Area pit owners at Pinups for Pit Bulls.

(Photo Bottom) Vanessa Kalinowski from Chako Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy with Mojo, a handsome grey pit bull available for adoption on and Roland Magill, with a "tuxedoed" Savvy, owned by Chako founder Dawn Capp.

Pet Food Express finally finds a home in the Northside
Supervisor Mark Farrell was on hand to help celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of Pet Food Express in the Northside on Feb. 11–12. As part of the celebration, the store offered free self-service pet washes and 20 percent discounts on purchases throughout the month. The new store is located on California Street at Presidio.

(Photo Top) Supervisor Mark Farrell (left) and Pet Food Express director of community relations Mike Murray (far right) oversee the ribbon "biting" by a member of SFPD's K-9 Unit.

From left: Supervisor Mark Farrell and San Francisco Animal Care and Control director Rebecca Katz look on as Pet Food Express co-owner Michael Levy (far right) presents Pets Unlimited executive director Sally Wortman with a $20,000 check for Pet Food Express's "My Mutt" gift-matching program.

If a tree falls at the New Conservatory Theatre, it will be heard
Treefall, written by Henry Murray and directed by Ben Randle, had a successful run at the New Conservatory Theatre Center Jan. 21–Feb. 27 as part of their 2010–11 Pride Season. Cast starring in this apocalyptic tale of love and survival featured

(from left) Josh Schell, Evan Johnson, Corinne Robkin, and Sal Mattos.

Art is not just a lark for Calderon-Gomez
The Amelia Hyde Gallery, a compelling new exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art, is displaying "With Your Blood, My Love: Tales of a Persuasive Revolutionary" by Lark Calderon-Gomez. This solo exhibition from California native Lark Calderon-Gomez features new paintings on wood and canvas along with smaller mixed media matchbox paintings. These paintings are based on the story of Lark's grandmother, Julia, and her emigration from Guatemala to the U.S. in the 1940s when she was a young woman. The Amelia Hyde Gallery is located above the Mscape furniture showroom at 521 Sixth Street. 415-990-2043,

From left: gallery owner Amelia Hyde and local painter Lark Calderon-Gomez at the opening of Calderon-Gomez's art exhibition in February.

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