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Where to Shop this Weekend

If there’s one thing that always remains in fashion, it’s the weekend. As plenty head out of town on holiday adventures, others will be launching last-minute shopping missions and hunting down enviable outfits for upcoming soirees.

For either endeavor, you can start the weekend off feeling warm and fuzzy when you take a can of food to the Maneater Threads Holiday Sample Sale and save an additional 35 percent on already discounted apparel from such designers as Nu Collective, Burning Torch, Rami Kashou and Mike & Chris.

What's a Jew to Do? A Schtick and a Nosh, (hold the MSG and the Baby Jesus)

A very merry Upper West Side Jewish Christmas usually meant dinner at the Hunan Balcony and a not too long line at the new Woody Allen movie.

Here in San Francisco, the city pretty near closes down on December 25 as families cocoon around a dead tree and the Jews often find themselves left out in the cold.

For those who eschew all things Christmas in favor of Hebrew delights such as egg rolls and wanton soup, “An Evening of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’’ answers the age-old question:  "What are Jews supposed to do on  Christmas?"  Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant is a swell solution.

The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7

1. When author Andrea Nguyen’s family left Vietnam in 1975, one of the few possessions they brought with them to America was their notebook of recipes. She celebrates this culinary tradition in her cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. Join her for a free book signing at Omnivore Books on December 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

2. Dine out on December 18 and you’ll be helping the 150,000 San Franciscans who don’t have enough to eat.  Ten percent of the proceeds earned by restaurants participating in the Dine Out Against Hunger (including Maverick, A16, Americano, Sociale, Delfina, Foreign Cinema, Incanto, Kuleto’s, Magnolia, Range, Serpentine, Slow Club and SPQR) will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Green Guru Holiday Gingerbread Challenge

Consider yourself a Green Guru? Know your way around a water catchment system or living roof? How about around a frosting tip and baking pan? If you answered yes to all of the above, you are quite prolific. You also might consider entering architect Michelle Kaufmann's modern gingerbread house challenge.

Santa's Little Helper: Ooma Shopping Night for Guys

If there’s anything more difficult than finding the perfect gifts, it’s figuring out how to keep prying nosey-noses away from them until the big reveal. Need a genius excuse to get your guy out of the house so you can finally wrap and ready his gifts without scuttling around under the cover of night or enduring a 3 a.m. session with the scissors and scotch tape? Send him to ooma’s Guys Shopping Night, taking place tonight at the North Beach boutique from 7 to 10 p.m.

Live 105's Pre-Not So Silent Night Party with Vampire Weekend

Mezzanine hosted Live 105's sold out Pre-NSSN party for city-dwelling kids to revel in this year's buzz bands and local favorites.

From the opener, "Turn Me Off," the Audrye Sessions continuously blended arresting rock, Ryan Karazija's vocal range, and a welcome hint of 90s style.

Brooklyn-based Chairlift broke away to deliver the bouncy "Bruises," already featured in an iPod commercial. Their atmospheric, 80s thing takes on ominous and cute.

Dreidels, Israeli Folk-Dancing and...Charlton Heston?

Is it something in the air? This morning, we got a heads-up about an exhibit coming to the CJM called "Jews on Vinyl"—which is about pretty much what you'd think it'd be about. Then, about five minutes later, we heard that Rob Tannenbaum (music editor of Blender) and David Fagin are coming to town with their latest revue, Good for the Jews. Coincidence?

Is Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" The Best Song of 2008?

Pitchfork thinks so. Check out their performance at the YBCA Artists Ball and then weigh in.

 

 



video by Jason Jurgens

 

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