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One Vintage Blow Out; a Slew of Art Shows; Excellent Shopping!

Welcome to Racked SF, where local fashion blogger Kristen Philipkoski reports on retail comings and goings around San Francisco. Phiipkoski has been living and shopping in San Francisco for 20 years, and she blogs about it over at Stylenik.com. Seen a store open, close, or otherwise claim your attention? Hit the tipline, s'il vous plait.

[Photo Credit: Justin Teodoro at RGB, 3rd Item below]

There's lots going on today and through the weekend to soothe your Fourth of July hangover, whether it was induced by too many burgers, beers or loud booms! If you chose chilling by the barby over consumerism yesterday (and we don't blame you one bit) here's a smattering of events and art shows to attend through Sunday and beyond.

1. Mission: Paxton Gate, your favorite taxidermy purveyor and ours, as you may already know has an outpost called Curiosities for Kids just down the street at 766 Valencia near 19th. So if you've got little ones (and even if you don't), don't miss the art opening on Friday featuring work by Courtney Cerruti on Friday July 6th from 6 to 8pm. Her collection of new work, entitled "Wild Child," explores childhood's sweet and wild elements. Then come back on Sunday July 7 from 1 to 2pm when local author Jory John Free will read his children's book All My Friends Are STILL Dead (sequel to All My Friends Are Dead, naturally). [Paxton Gate]

2. Mission: The Golden Collective is hosting A Vintage Pop-Up on Friday from 5 to 10pm. Local vintage aficionado and blogger Ashley Ording, the vintage content manager at Threadflip Rachel Combs and several other vintage mavens are organizing the event, so the scores are bound to be good. Plus, there will be cute leg wear from Tabbisocks, and lots of champagne! It's all happening at 3156 24th Street at the Asterisk SF Gallery. [A Vintage Pop Up Facebook page]

3. Cow Hollow: If you like fashion and art too, the RGB Shop + Gallery has an exhibit on at the moment that you would surely enjoy. It's Justin Teodoro's “How I’d Dress If I Were A Girl And Other Stories.” His high-fashion illustrations and celebrity portraits have appeared at outlets from Pantone to WWD, and now you can see them live and in person at 3024 Fillmore until August 11, and get your shop on while you're at it! [Refinery 29]

4. Tenderloin:The Lower Polk Art Walk is on today! The galleries between Polk and Larkin and from Bush to Geary will be opening their doors to passersby, offering treats and libations. Siete Potencias is going all out with artist and DJ Chico Coehlo spinning electronic beats from 9 to 10pm. Check out all the details, including a map, in the Art Walk's newsletter. [SF Bay Guardian]

5. Mission: Accident and Artifact, a big, eclectic shop filled with things you had no idea you badly needed, recently started carrying some wonderful bags and scarves by Job & Boss. We stopped by the 381 Valencia boutique the other day and couldn't help ogling the ocean-like indigo hues, which are all hand resist-dyed and made in Oakland. The clutches are to die (could not resist!). [Accident and Artifact Facebook page]

6. Sunset: If the cold Pacific Ocean doesn't daunt you but carrying around a heavy surfboard does, Mollusk Surf Shop has a new line of Hess handplanes— mini surfboards for your hands that allow for rock star body surfing. The new version (at right) has comfy-looking hand straps. They also wouldn't look bad decorating a beach house book shelf. Check them out at 450 Irving St. [Mollusk Facebook page]