Scott Karp wrote,

Why is it that so many social networks and other social applications assume that all social web users are not yet old enough to drink?

Scott, you had us at hello. We too crave a social network for people over 21. Thanks for giving us something to work toward. Cheers!

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Bring a smile to your friend’s tummy by passing along one of our delicious shots. Fun really does come in small glasses: B-52, Electric Lemonade, Peach Schnapps, Prairie Fire, Purple Haze, and for your homies in Veganland Wheatgrass. Other new drinks include: Cherry Cider, Hot Chocolate, Renkool-Aid. Ohhhh yeah!

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
Are you holding a Coke right now? Well you can thank Raymond Loewy for adding that striking white lettering back in 1955. Loewy is the French immigrant known in the U.S. as the Father of Industrial Design. Are you a car fan? He redesigned Studebaker’s logo in the 1930s and that is a mere mention of his 20+ year relationship with the company. You can learn all this and more today before “Designs for a Consumer Culture” exhibit leaves the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington.

Thursday
The Hilton in San Francisco is hosting the Joy of Sake tonight, bringing sake enthusiasts and brewers together to check out fall’s new releases. This world sake celebration started in Honolulu, and stops in SF on its way to New York and the entry fee increases as it heads east. $70 gets you samples of more than 300 varieties of sake and wait, that’s not all; you’ll also get Bay Area sake appetizers. See, there’s a whole world out there that you didn’t know about until you read about the Joy of Sake.

Friday
The Austin City Limits hits Zilker Park this weekend and big crowds and big music are the expected norm. This festival is based on the long-running PBS series and those hot Texas temps don’t shy people away. Kids under 10 are free and there’s lots to keep them occupied including School of Rock workshops, dancing and drum circle workshops and don’t miss The Sippy Cups. ACL has something for everyone including Bob Dylan, Pete Yorn, Amos Lee, Common and Arctic Monkeys. Not to mention, you can help keep Austin weird.

Saturday
Renkoo’s own Troutgirl lived two blocks from the location for the Chicago edition of the Renegade Craft Fair (on Division Street in conjunction with the Do-Division Street Fest). This is a haven for indie crafters who were shunned from local fairs before the renegades took over in 2003 and made their own darn fair. Now folks come from all over our fine land to buy and sell their crafty artifacts ranging from knitting, jewelry, sewn items, paper goods, silkscreening and more. If you’re not reconstructing your clothing or you don’t know what DIY stands for, you are not their target demographic.

Sunday
We know you’re tired of vacuuming up LEGOs, but stop cursing your kids and unleash their bulding and design skills instead. LEGO wants kids ages 6-13 who call themselves “curious, imaginative and creative” to apply for a Creativity Award, within their Creation Nation program. You must submit your entry by tomorrow if you want a chance to grab one of ten $5000 prizes. See, that will pay for a Dyson and then some. Oh wait, you’re supposed to use the money for your kids creative development. That’s pretty cool too though. Right?

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Renkoo Tip of the Week

Beeeeeeeeer! Octoberfest is just a few weeks away. It’s time to dust off your collection of antique steins and start passing around your favorite brewskies: Amber Beer, Hefeweizen, Light Beer, Pale Ale, and a Keg. O’zapft is! Other new drinks include: Chocolate Martini, Martini with Twist, and (of course) Monkey’s Lunch.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
Forget the Idol renditions last spring, see the real deal tonight. Stevie Wonder is on a short tour through the end of this month after more than a decade off the road. The Greek Theater in Los Angeles has him tonight and then he heads east. Check out Rolling Stone’s vote for the 20 best Stevie songs and then make up your own list. Isn’t he lovely?

Thursday
The Harvard
Museum of Natural History
features The Glass Flowers in their botanical galleries. They were made between 1887 through 1936 by German artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. It represents more than 830 species and there are more than 3,000 pieces. Sometimes they used colored glass and sometimes they “painted” with colored ground glass heated until it fused a layer of color on to the model. In any case, each one is 100 percent glass with an occasional piece of wire internally to lend support. See it to believe it!

Friday
We haven’t figured out exactly how many sheep and wool festivals there are in Wisconsin, but this weekend is the largest of them all. The Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival is entering its sixth year (or 30th depending who you ask) so head over to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Whether you go to Sheep 101 or the Wonders of Wool classes, remember that the “Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival is about sheep and fiber, that’s true, but first and foremost it’s about people.”

Saturday
The New York Bird Club will be leading a stroll around the West Pond of Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge today. This was timed carefully as it is the height of the fall migration season so all you bird lovers out there will be in rapture. They warn that it might be buggy, muddy and mucky so stay home if you love your personal comfort more than shorebirds, warblers, passerines, raptors, terns, waders and waterfowl. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Sunday
Treetown is hosting their 5th annual book festival at the farmer’s market in Kerrytown, the historic district in Ann Arbor, MI. Talk about books and paper galore! There will be book appraisals, eastern and western bookbinding, papermaking for adults and paper marbling for kids, wood engraving, storytelling and exhibitions from libraries, booksellers, authors, publishers and book artists. Don’t miss the Making of the Kerrytown Poster where you’ll get to use an historic press to make a festival bookmark or bookplate to take home. Don’t need a bookmark? Make your own comic book instead and then head over to “The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing.”

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Renkoo Tip of the Week

It’s time to toast the greatest invention since man/woman first drank from the distilled grain fountain of youth. Hooray for the martini glass! Get those lips a smackin’ with a high brow sip of our featured drinks: Blue Martini, Chocolate Martini, Cosmopolitan, Martini with Twist, and (of course) Monkey’s Lunch. Other new drinks include: Porn Star, Sambuca, Surfer on Acid, and Wheatgrass.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
In 20 seconds per frame, you can showcase 20 of your best images at Pecha Kucha night in San Francisco. This is volume 16 of SF’s version of a global sensation and tonight’s theme is “Pop.” Originally conceived by two architects in Tokyo, pet-shah coot-shah is a way for designers to showcase their work within the simple limits of 20×20. All the presentations are synched ahead of time so when it’s your turn, you get up and go. 6:40 later, you are done and it’s on to the next.

Thursday
Once you get past the standard concert rules (no bikes, skateboards, smoking, open flames, alcohol, film or photography), you’ll have a grand old time dancing under the stars at the Santa Monica Pier . Tonight is the last shindig for this summer’s Twilight Dance Series and you’ll be spending your evening with Los Lobos. Head over early to stake your spot in the sand and boogie the night away.

Friday
A lot of the other events on Labor Day Weekend are outdoors in the hot sun, this one is counterprogramming — indoors, art, quiet. It’s expensive to go to London these days with the exchange rate so stay on this side of the pond for now. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery just reopened this summer after a long shutdown and “Great Britons: Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, London” is a great way to check out the new space.

Saturday
Seattle Center is covering the gamut of art and music this weekend at the 37th Bumbershoot. They’ve got music all right, and when your ears need a break, check out the laundry list of things to do: comedy, literary arts, visual arts, film, theater and performance, dance, and yes, even activities for kids like Lego art. If you can’t get to Seattle, you can toodle over to their site and play with the band bio GENERATOR. If you show us yours, we’ll show you ours.

Sunday
Hopefully you are planning to drive to New Mexico for this year’s Hatch Valley Chile Festival, because the airport is closed for construction. You can roll your windows down as you approach and get a whiff of the roasting green chiles in the air. They prepare the soil and grow these babies with love since they have a reputation to protect as the “Chile Capital of the Universe.” Hey, since you’re already out there, why not do a road trip of the state with the most interesting city names? Truth or Consequences, here we come!

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Renkoo Tip of the Week

Our Booze Bot wanted to show how much he loves all you Trekkers and Trekkies by creating four new drinks, perfect for your next encounter at Far Point. Enjoy a Romulan Ale, Klingon Blood Wine, Tea, Earl Gray, Hot, and for those working on matter antimatter containment, we offer a tall Synthehol. Other new drinks include the Caribou Lou, Hefeweizen, Incredible Hulk, and Prairie Fire.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week… besides going to Sal’s Pizza

Wednesday
You’ve pretty much stopped shopping at WalMart, you support local agriculture at your neighborhood farmer’s market and you know why shade grown, fair trade coffee beans matter. Just when you think you have a handle on the issues, you learn about something new that’s bad. Richie Unterberger and Ellis Jones (the authors of The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience and The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference respectively) tell you why it matters how you spend your dollars tonight at their Booksmith book signing in San Francisco.

Thursday
Are you 21, a party animal or a do-gooder? Then Brew at the Zoo is the event for you.
Your $55 ticket ($40 for Friends of the National Zoo members) will support the National Zoo’s Asian elephant conservation program and samples from more than 20 microbreweries, appetizers from local restaurants and live music by Welbilt.

Friday
It’s PAX time in Seattle and if you don’t know that stands for the Penny Arcade Expo, you might be outside their demographic of “people who know their shit when it comes to games.” Nevertheless, the three-day festival for tabletop, video and PC gamers has it all: nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, exhibit booths with the latest and greatest and last, but not least, Omegathon. Omegathon is an elimination tournament with 20 Omeganauts culminating on the last day with a live match during closing ceremonies. Prior years’ games included Pong, Tetris and Atari’s Combat, with surprisingly awesome grand prizes.

Saturday
Smart Preppy or Smart Polynesian is the dress code tonight at the Embassy of
New Zealand
in Washington, D.C. They are hosting a Polynesian Luau with traditional food, music, art, film and native people. A highlight is a performance by the dance group Kahurangi, the only professional Maori dance company touring in North America. Seating is limited so wear your dancing shoes. Please let us know if the Quesadilla Hawaiian Style is as good as it sounds (colored tortillas filled with mango and brie and served with a side of peach-ginger salsa).

Sunday
We are all about good living this week: good spending, good drinking and now, good cycling: register for the Tour d’Organics. You don’t have to overdo it on a century either, choose the 35 or 65 mile routes and you will still be served farm-fresh organic fruit at SAG stops as you wind your way through scenic areas in California (Santa Cruz and Sebastopol) and Oregon. Forget the Oreos and orange slices from the rest stops of yore; this is the new wave of green. Next year, organic Chamois Butt’r!

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Renkoo Tip of the Week

To honor our new friends throughout the Facebook community, we’ve released a sampling of eclectic drinks from various points on the globe. Pass along a Colombian Aguardiente (gaaaah it burns!), Limoncello di Sorrento, Mezcal de Mexico, American Moonshine, or Caribbean Rum right out the other barrel. No problem!

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week… besides going to Amato’s Restaurant

Wednesday
The Penn
Museum
(University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is ending its Summer Wonder series for kids 6-12 and their families this week. The grand finale of this performance series is the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. All you need is a regular museum admission ticket and you’ll be mesmerized by the dancers and drummers who were inspired by their West African counterparts.

Thursday
The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza is the proud host of this year’s U.S. Air Guitar Championships whose motto is “The axes are invisible. The chops are for real.” Bjorn Turoque is the official MC of this year’s entire tour. It’s never too early to prepare your entry for next year so choose a stage name and your 60-second song, then start preparing your routine. Until then, let’s see if Hot Lixx Hulahan will defend his title and represent the U.S. in Finland for the Worlds.

Friday
Until August 26th, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is featuring Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. Gee’s Bend is a remote rural community in Alabama with quite a history and its African American women have been passing down patterns for generations. The style of quilting the women use is based on traditional American style, yet feature a geometric simplicity that brings to mind modern Art and Amish quilts. If you can’t get to the museum, you can spend a fascinating few matching the quilts to their makers on the Gee’s Bend website.

Saturday
The Bay Area Barbeque Cook-Off is a quintessential summer affair with funnel cakes, cotton candy, peach cobbler and oh, what else? That’s right! Barbecued food, as in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and the infamous turkey leg. Hello smokin’ good time! Just remember, take the kids over to the giant slide before you hit the food booths. The cooking teams making an appearance at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend include Johnson’s BBQ, PorkyNBeans and Rasta Jones BBQ — all regulars on the National Ribfest circuit. Now, give me a rib!

Sunday
Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by eucalyptus trees, is dedicated to providing free concerts each year. Today is the last performance of the 70th season, provided by the San Francisco Opera. Remember, Stern Grove is NOT in Golden Gate Park, but it is in San Francisco so wear layers. You can bring your own picnic, but not a barbecue. But you had enough of that yesterday anyway. Get there early to get a good seat, and relax — all those trees provide free aromatherapy so you won’t mind waiting for the free music to begin.

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Renkoo Tip of the Week

It’s a new day and we’ve got new drinks on Booze Mail. These are classic mixed drinks: an Amaretto Sour, a Jack & Coke, a Screwdriver, and a good old Keg.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (noun, plural: an ardent devotee, fan, enthusiast) is making the Crowne Plaza in Seattle the center of the typographic universe for TypeCon 2007. This year’s conference is “Letter Space” and workshops include Beginning Font Design, Basics of Arabic Calligraphy and Back to the Drawing Board: Exploring Letterforms by Hand. If you want a goodie to bring home, sign up for Letterpress Postcard Printing where beginners and veteran printers will produce a set of postcards and get a full set to keep. If Bezier Curves for Cowards doesn’t give you goosebumps just thinking about it, there’s always The Space Needle…

Thursday
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive — Sir Walter Scott may have been referring to the LA freeways if they had been around in the 18th century. All that traffic pays off at the Staples Center this week with the Summer X-Games. There will be skateboarding and BMX action, as well as Sport Climbing and Wakeboarding. Even your humble newsletter author has tried that fast-growing sport (luckily there were no television crews around).

Friday
Jason Bourne comes home today and whether you go to every summer blockbuster opening or just one, it’s sure to be an intense Friday night at the movies. The globe-trotting production continues so get your passport ready. You can make bets with folks all day long on how many countries they’ll cover in this installment.

Saturday
Keiki to Kupuna will be gathering at the largest mainland gathering of Pacific Islanders at the San Francisco Aloha Festival this weekend. The usual festival events will go on like arts and crafts, exhibits, activities for kids and also island cuisine and Polynesian dance. No pets and no alcohol, thank goodness, because they might be a handful during the hula.

Sunday
The Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is the site of the Virgin Festival. Your biggest problem will be deciding if you want to go to the North or South Tent or lose yourself in the Dance Tent. There are no sound conflicts between the two stages, just your internal ones. You don’t even have to sneak your camera into this event, as long as you’re not a pro with various lenses.

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