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40% Off at Therapy

Who couldn't use a little therapy after the hectic holidays, right? And if you prefer the retail kind, make your way over to the Mission this week where home decor store Therapy's entire stock is 40% off. There is a great selection of simple Mid-Century Modern inspired sofas, as well as a good mix of decorative accents to fit any space. Get over there soon though as the sale is just to clear some space for new inventory, and will be over in about a week.

Clean Out Your Closet and Give Back, Part II

With the New Year, we all get a fresh start. Why not give your closet one, too? The benefits of an end-of-year closet clean-out extend far beyond better-organized shelves and shoe racks by helping worthy local charitable organizations fund their programs and provide clothing to families and individuals in need. So grab a giveaway bag and get started. When you’re done, any one of these local non-profits will be happy to give your pre-loved goods a second life.

Clean out Your Closet and Give Back

Before you ring in the New Year later this week, consider these style-conscious charitable organizations for year-end, tax-deductible donations.

Mendes' Tale of Suburban Angst Proves a Bitter Pill

An attack on ‘50s suburbia as a bastion of gray-suited conformity is hardly a fresh idea. So what, pray tell, is the point of Revolutionary Road, besides providing a showcase for two dynamic actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, to chew the scenery in an overwrought exposition of domestic combat Connecticut-style?

There’s no denying the pair’s ability to infuse their dialogue with a wintry chill, and here they attack each other like a pair of poisonous passive aggressors, lacing every syllable with bruising bitterness. Theirs are intense, tortured performances tailor-made for awards consideration, but where is the pleasure in watching them?

A Revamped Redding?

Let's be honest, Redding has not historically been the hippest of destinations.  But what was once written off as a rural wasteland has now evolved into a hopping little city that serves as a convenient jumpoff point for Mount Shasta escapades. Here are our recommendations for the next time you happen to be passing through.

A Saintly Will Smith Contemplates the Ills of the World in Seven Pounds

Will Smith has played an alcoholic superhero, a mystical caddie and a fighter pilot on a mission to save the planet from aliens, but Ben Thomas, the guilt-ridden do-gooder at the heart of Seven Pounds, might just be the most unbelievable role of them all.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Year-End Sales

Post-holiday sales, year-end sales, New Year’s sales. They come with many different names, but have one thing in common: great deals. Here are a few of our favorites starting up in the city today:

2009 Decorator Showcase Home Announced

The home for the 2009 Decorator Showcase has been announced and, surprise! it could probably fit about ten of your apartments inside of it. Built in 1910, the four story Georgian mansion located at 2830 Pacific Ave features five bedrooms, a formal library, family kitchen, and penthouse level with wrap-around terrace and panoramic views of the bay (along with much, much more, natch). No news yet on the roster of participating designers, but check the event's website in the coming much for updates. The Showcase will take place from April 25th through May 25th with proceeds going to San Francisco University High School's financial aid program.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

1. Stock your holiday pantry with a visit to Cheese Plus—they’ve got panettone, Stilton, mince pies and Nordic glögg aplenty, perfect for whatever wintry celebration you have planned. For more information, visit cheeseplus.com

2. On December 24 Incanto will be hosting the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, a four-course all-seafood menu that is the traditional Italian meal served the night before Christmas. The price is $55, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage, call 415-641-4500 to book your spot. For more information, visit incanto.biz

Clean Shaves: Another Victim of the Economic Crisis

Beards and their slightly-less hirsute brethren, the manly moustache and chin-hugging goatee, are making a comeback, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal. But don’t give all the credit to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, both of whom have been spotted donning facial fur in recent weeks. No, as with so many other things these days, the real blame lies with the nation’s flagging economy.

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