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The Answer Man Opens 12th Sonoma Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the Northern California premiere of The Answer Man, a shrewdly amusing drama starring Jeff Daniels (The Lookout, Traitor) as the author of a spiritual self-help book.

The film, which earned critical raves and a Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance, marks the feature debut of writer-director John Hindman, who was able to lure Daniels to the project on the strength of his script alone. (At the time, Hindman had no movie deal, much less a budget for big-name talent.) Daniels, whose reclusive writer believes none of his own bestselling psychobabble, heads a talent-rich cast featuring Lauren Graham, Kat Dennings and Juno’s Olivia Thirlby.

Kris Saknussemm Reads from His Latest at The Knockout: It's Like Ellroy Meets David Lynch

Bay Area-raised novelist Kris Saknussemm has never met a genre he didn’t want to bend.

Beach Bound? Resort Apparel and Accessories Marked Down at Carrots this Weekend

Yesterday, you may have played the fool, but that’s all in the past. Here are three reasons to get excited about what lies ahead:

Start by taking a trip to Carrots, where the Jackson Square shop’s entire collection of resort apparel and accessories is marked down 40 percent. From the racks, pluck souvenirs such as Stella McCartney dresses, cashmere by KOI, tailored Kaufman Franco suits and brightly hued frocks from Sari Gueron and Peter Som.

Nate Appleman Named One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs

This just in: Nate Appleman, pizzaiolo, San Francisco darling, butcher extraordinaire and chef of A16 and SPQR, has been named one of Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs of 2009. He's joined on the list by Chris Kostow, chef at Meadowood in St. Helena, giving the Bay Area ample representation on the New York-based mag's list. Congratulations! And also, oh no! Now we'll never be able to get a table.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream Of The Crop

If anyone has the inside sccop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

Win Tickets to Snoop Dogg at Mezzanine

We've got four tickets on our hands for this Friday's Snoop Dogg performance at Mezzanine.  (He's throwing down to celebrate the birthday of Warriors star forward Stephen Jackson).    Want em?  Tell us your favorite Snoop song in the comments below and we'll choose two people to win sets of tickets.

Snoop not your thing?  Check out our first installment of Radar Live for more events this week, inclulding Ratatat, Lily Allen and the John Jasperse Company.

Matthew Palladino and More at Sketch Tuesday

Headed over to 111 Minna last night for Sketch Tuesday. Rumors floated that Jason Jagel might be there, but he didn't materialize (as far as I know). What was amazing though was Matthew Palladino's single fluid depiction of several bodies in a tumbling pyramid heap. Behold the magic for yourself.


Ted Lincoln, whose solo show opens this Thursday, April 02 at 111 Minna and Matthew Palladino.

Valentino Chronicles a Fashionista's Farewell

Who is Valentino Garavani? To those who know fashion, the answer is obvious: He is the legendary Italian designer behind the Valentino line of hand-stitched dresses favored by two generations of the celebrity elite, from Jackie Onassis to Jennifer Lopez.

Fashion Don'ts on Display at the San Francisco Public Library

We may be serious about fashion, but there’s at least one place in San Francisco where we’re more than happy to embrace fashion that’s a total joke. House of Nat: Fashion Tips from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opening today in the San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery, pokes fun at fashion through the ages with artwork, photography and ephemera displaying the ha-ha-funny side of haute couture.

Ode to April 1st: Or Why We Might Be Better Off Without the Family Table

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