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Friday Night Flash Mob: The SF Restaurant Scene at 8 pm Sharp

Calling all diners, cooks, servers and chefs: The February Food Issue is approaching and for a little visual drum-roll, we invite you to give us a peak into one night in SF’s restaurant world. Whether you're slurping up ramen noodles in Japantown, cooking on the line at a four-star restaurant downtown or serving a bevy of tourists at Fisherman's Wharf, we want to see it. So go ahead and shoot.

Date: Friday, January 15, 2010
Time: 8 pm, sharp
Location: Any restaurant in San Francisco

Link Love: From Trash to Charity, Chanel Tattoos and Wig Wonders

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

Caught: It was recently discovered that large retailers such as H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing away unsold merchandise. According to NYT, H&M promised to donate these garments to charities going forward. Talk about power of the press for positive change.

Transfer tattoos and body paint have been all over the runways and Chanel has capitalized on the trend. Elle UK previews their uber feminine offerings that will save us from tacky alternatives.

How a Football Game Can Be Corked

It's happened too many times to remember, and the disappointment is always piercing, but you learn to move on. A bottle of wine--a special one, maybe it's very old, maybe you carried it back in your suitcase from France, maybe it's very expensive. You save it for a special occasion. You dust it off and present it to your guests. You remove the foil, savoring every moment of the process, licking your lips in anticipation. And then you pop the cork and get a whiff. Damn, it's corked. Nothing you can do about it. Have to move on.

The 20 Best Dishes of 2009

No longer in a pre- or post-holiday stupor, we finally feel we've got the clarity to reflect on a year of eating. It took some sifting through our notebooks, some brain jogging, some staring off into space: And then it all came back to us with the shocking clarity that only memories of delicious meals can conjur up. Some of these dishes are from new restaurants, and some from old favorites. Either way, they all defined a moment.


What's the Deal: Market SF, Ben Sherman, Belljar and more...

We’d take dealin’ over wheelin’ any day…

Market SF: The Hayes Valley pop-up shop closes for good this Sunday. Until then, remaining items from over 50 local artists and designers are going for 25 percent off. Stop by during the Friday closing party between 6 and 9 pm for drinks and live beats by Mr. Rogers.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

January is traditionally a time for Hollywood studios to empty their storage lockers, tossing out the trash (like last winter's Bride Wars) and dusting off movies previously unreleased due to scheduling conflicts. No matter. The city's indie theaters remain a premier destination for cinephiles in search of top-flight documentaries (What's the Matter with Kansas?), cheerfully twisted fantasies (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Oscar front-runners like The Hurt Locker and A Serious Man.

January's Classical Music Offerings

Classical Revolution

By performing chamber music in bars and cafes, Classical Revolution aims to alter people's perception of classical music; namely, that it's inaccessible and the bastion of gray-haired octogenarians. By playing in venues of the young and hip, local artists of varying pedigree - students or recent grads of top conservatories and accomplished non-professional musicians - help thread classical music through San Francisco's nightlife. Proving that classical music is still relevant, no matter what Lady GaGa might tell you.

Revolution Café, 3248 22nd St. every Sunday night. For information, visit

Look of the Week: Let's Get Physical

Back in the aughties, the gym was a place where you'd find us sweating (and we mean sweating) to deafening techno in spin class, the one place where all fashion sins were cast aside and the ratty tee prevailed. Well, we say no more! And what better time to update our workout wardrobe (adieu high school sports bra!) and stick to our New Year's health resolutions than the beginning of a new decade. In the '00s, we scowled at those whose who miraculously walked out of a class well put-together and dare-we-say...glowing.

This year, we plan on getting out of our comfort zone and into the latest "extreme" classes with the help of our new threads, butt-sculpting kicks and retro gym bag (which also clips onto your bike handles!). So without further ado, this week's look:

Bolivia's Rainbow Warriors: A Film at ATA

In 2007, the Bolivian Constituent Assembly met to draft a new constitution for the country. The draft they produced became a polarizing source of political outrage because of its implied empowerment of indigenous people, and by December 2007, the struggle had become violent. Tonight at Artists' Television Access on Valencia, A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition will screen "Guerreros del Arcoiris" (Rainbow Warriors), a film that tells the story of the majority and minority sides of the conflict, followed by a report on the current state of the ongoing struggle. The film starts at 7:30 ($6).

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