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Songwriting Savant: Daniel Johnston Plays Regency Ballroom

The phrase musical legend gets tossed around far too often for most music critics’ comfort, but when it comes to Daniel Johnston the appellation’s perfectly acceptable and understandable. The man is an original, a true-blue all-America outsider artist who made music despite the odds, despite the outright oddness of his vision. The Sacramento-born savant has made more than 30 albums, written jillions of songs, collaborated with artists like Sonic Youth and Sparklehorse, found fans in musicians like Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, played to initiates the world over, and was the subject of the ‘05 doc, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.  

Emily Blunt Closes Mill Valley Film Festival

Those who came out to San Rafael for the closing night of the Mill Valley Film Festival on Sunday got a double shot of celebrity: Emily Blunt, the evening's leading lady, and her fiance, John Krasinski of The Office fame. Moments before the screening of Blunt's new film, The Young Victoria, due out just before Christmas, the doting duo pulled up to the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center for the show.

Blunt, a vision in pink Moschino, stopped briefly to talk to us about her role as a teenage Queen Victoria.

Shoe Porn: 11 Fall Boots We Love

From Western we'd gladly wear to turn-of-the-century style capable of going the extra mile, fall boots are anything but boring. Here, 11 picks our calves are craving:

 

 

1. Wild West: Sparkling studs and a distressed leather finish add fun to the Call-of-the-West Booties by Frye, $498.

 

Enjoy a Spooktacular Stay at Hotel Triton

If you consider Bella and Edward among your inner circle, not only do you need to see a psychiatrist, but you might be interested in Hotel Triton's Halloween-themed Vampire Weekend package.

Style on a Budget from Grant K. Gibson

San Francisco-based designer Grant K. Gibson's home has been all over the place lately, featured in San Francisco Magazine, The New York Times, and too many blogs to count. Normally such saturation might bug us, but Gibson's amazing attitude (have you read his blog? He seems to be in a perpetual good mood) and excellent taste make it a pleasure instead. And unlike the vast majority of interior design spreads, Gibson's home offers inspiration for a wide range of budgets.

'Weed's' Pot Head Kevin Nealon Does Dishes, Diapers and Stand-Up

20 years after first appearing on Saturday Night Live --most memorably as  pumped-up muscle-head Franz (of Hans and Franz), Kevin Nealon is now getting in touch with his inner girly-man -- or should we see granny-man? He’s changing diapers and pushing a stroller at the ripe old age of 54.

Tear It Down: The Heavy Bring It To Slim’s

Funk, soul, hard rock, pop, and a downright twisted, manically twisting sense of humor are all hallmarks of the Heavy, a band that must be enjoyed live to be believed. I know ‘cause the UK combo had me -- and the Playboy bunnies -- in its sway with its fusion of old-school soul and rock ‘n’ roll aggression last year at South by Southwest’s Playboy bash, as the group opened for Moby, Justice and MGMT. Now the time has come for you to throw down your arms and surrender to the Heavy beat at Slim’s Oct. 27.

Step Aside, Sandra Lee: Local Designers Show How to Set a Table with Style

These days 'setting the table' might consist of little more than swiping a pile of magazines to the side of the coffee table, but during the holidays everyone's eyeing ways to step up their home dining experience. For Thanksgiving hosts planning to forgo the cornucopia-and-dried-corn centerpieces of stodgy home magazine,s or obsessive color palette 'tablescapes' made (in)famous by Sandra Lee, we suggest trying a fresh approach. Need a little inspiration?

Terroir Wine Bar Closed for a Month

Despite the "open" sign in the photo, Terroir Wine Bar, the hipster hangout and natural wine bar in SOMA is a week or so into an unfortunate closing. Plumbing issues in their building and flooding on the floors above have caused damage that necessitates repair. (No, that "barnyard" smell is not coming from the French country wines--just kidding). They hope to be back up and running by early November. Let's hope this is the case, as the place is a lo-fi refresher from the more glitzy, polished wine bars about town.

Beats for Boobs at 111 Minna

If a slightly pornographic headline didn't get your attention, maybe this will: On Friday, Oct. 23, 111 Minna Galley will open its doors to a colorful breast cancer fundraiser, "Beats for Boobs," comprising a fashion show; bumping DJ lineup; nibbles from local culinary talent; performances by hula hoopers, breakdancers and the like; and much, much more. The all-night event runs from 6pm through 2am.

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