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Break Out the White Knee Highs for Go Go Spectacular

Get ready for white knee boots and ceiling-aimed coifs: go-go dancing is back. High-kicking girl gang The Devil-Ettes would probably argue that it never went anywhere, and would you naysay women in patent leather boots and devil horns? Neither would we. Especially when they’re backed by a solid decade of synchronized capering, complete with fake eyelashes, brief skirts and frisky grins.

Brushing on the glitter for their biggest gala yet, these quick-stepping hell vixens are joined by San Francisco burlesque powerhouses in a one-time only genre hop - Kitten on the Keys, Kellita, San Francisco Boylesque, and Alotta Boutte will all shimmy along with The Devil-Ettes and guest go-go pros The Mini Skirt Mob.

NPR Takes On the Music of the Decade

The past decade has been filled with genre-bending breakthroughs, so-so bands making it big, complete trainwrecks for musicians, and mind-blowingly amazing live performances among many other things. It's that time of the year again when people start rounding up their year-end's best lists, only this year NPR's All Songs Considered (a personal podcast favorite of ours) is twisting it up a little bit. NPR wants you to nominate "The Decade's Most Important Music," quite a huge task to behold upon their listeners. It's only been up two days and already is garnering a circle of debate around it. Quite shockingly there are a lot of indie and lo-fi bands up for nomination.

Hark! A Plethora of Store Openings Just in Time For the Holidays

Last month, we decided to shine a spotlight on the recent surge of new stores in Union Square, but the openings didn't stop there. In fact, there's just as much (if not more!) happening in November so without further ado, a quick recap of the newest spots around SF:

Cheap Date: Pauline's Wine Bar

Long before there was a fancy pizzeria on every block, there was Pauline’s, which opened in 1985 and was among the first places to serve “gourmet” pies topped with vegetables the owners grew themselves. Now, 20-some years later, the operation has expanded modestly to include a wine bar located in the alley right around the corner. Though the narrow entryway promises an underground vibe similar to Hôtel Biron, the décor within is more evocative of a Marin County home, circa early ’90s—a mash-up of gaudy tile, several paint colors and bright track lighting.

The Exploratorium Goes Adult with "After Dark" Tonight

We're not ashamed to admit it—we love the Exploratorium, the interactive science museum that caters to kids but inevitably delights visitors of all ages. Now that we're grown up, however, we have to confess having some fantasies about hitting the Tactile Dome after knocking back a few adult beverages. Wish granted! Based on the success of the California Academy of Sciences' "Nightlife," the Exploratorium now has a new "After Dark" series, where the fun of playing with their exhibits meets the fun of hitting the bar. Just think: You could meet that special someone while you toy with the Tesla coil.

50 Cent on Being Sexy and Sweat-Proof Stage Style

With his long-awaited new album Before I Self Destruct released online this week, it was no surprise to find hundreds of fans pouring onto the Macy’s Union Square cosmetics floor yesterday evening for a chance to meet Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in town for the launch of his new men’s fragrance, Power by fifty cent, sold exclusively through the department store.

Israeli + Swedish Design Trunk Show at Zinc Details

Nothing beats shopping while traveling. From the bargains on locally produced goods to the everyday items that, seen as an outsider, feel exotic and one-of-a-kind, there's always a lot to see (and buy). Of course we can't forever be gallivanting across the globe (tragically we're not all Keith Johnson), but that doesn't have to stop our hunt for fresh finds. Instead of hopping a plane, head to Zinc Details this weekend for a trunk show with designers from around the world.

Tonight At The Embarcadero: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

The fourth San Francisco International Animation Festival kicked off last night with a celebration of live music and animation at Mezzanine, where innovative avant-garde filmmaker Lawrence Jordan presented live animation for the first time in his 57-year career.

The San Francisco Holiday Survival Guide

16 ways to make from now until 2010 go as smoothly as possible.

 

 

 

Richard Curtis, Philip Seymour Hoffman Bow to the Majesty of Rock in 'Pirate Radio'

Sure, it’s only rock n’ roll, but Richard Curtis likes it – so much that he wrote and directed Pirate Radio, a joyous ode to the irrepressible spirit of rock, put to the severest of tests in the ’60s by closed-minded British government bureaucrats.

Best known as the screenwriter responsible for hit comedies including 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill (1999) and Love Actually (2003), which marked his directorial debut, Curtis, 53, says Radio reflects a personal passion for music that has been increasingly evident with each of his films.

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