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SF Sketchfest: Refried Sit-Coms Make Tasty Theater

San Francisco Sketchfest, the annual Bay Area comedy festival, doesn’t limit itself to showcasing local-grown talent. Nationally-known comedians, -- especially a brigade of Late Great comics (not dead, just no longer eligible for prime time) are here to answer the burning question, where are they now? In past years, celebrated but sorta superannuated icons such as Paul Ruebens, Gene Wilder and Jonathan (AKA Dr.)  Katz have all been showcased at the festival.

Home Movies: Through the Glass, Darkly

While director Alexandre Aja and longtime screenwriting collaborator Grégory Levasseur have proven themselves artful purveyors of fright, they too often squander their talents on stories that collapse beneath the weight of misplaced ambition.

Consider their singularly frustrating breakthrough, 2003’s High Tension. It’s a nasty slice of psychotic mayhem, straightforward and unsettling until, in its waning moments, Aja and Levasseur play fast and loose with the film’s internal logic. Their follow-up, a remake of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, was little more than a technical exercise, but a mostly effective one, demonstrating that the French duo is quite capable of spinning nightmarish visions into tightly constructed yarns.

Dylan Closes on Chestnut Street

The rumors have been swirling, but we’ve confirmed that Dylan, the Vintage 415 owned co-ed boutique in the Marina, has closed. Callers may still get a voicemail message at the location that connotes business as usual, but as of today, the e-tail arm of the Dylan website has shut down—sans any official going-out-of-business sale—and the homepage announces: “The boutique at 2146 Chestnut Street is closed. … Please check back for updates in the coming weeks.” Those updates could end up being that the Vintage guys are selling the store to new owners, but that’s still TBA, according to partner Nate Valentine.

Relive Middle School Angst With Boyz II Men

Yeah, so, we’re down on bended knee.  Boyz II Men are playing at Mezzanine this Sunday and we’re kinda excited.  They’re performing songs from their new album, MOTOWN: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, (like whoah) and recording the whole thing for a live PBS broadcast.   Tickets are $35+ – a small price, in our estimation, for potentially meeting your soulmate. Here are some videos to get you prepped.  (And a ringtone, if you're so inclined).

Drama!  On Bended Knee

Sidewalk Chic: Impeccable Details in NoPa

Ryan Wong

Age: 29

Occupation: Advertising

Spotted: Little Star Pizza on Divisadero, 9:21 p.m.

Favorite place to shop in San Francisco? “I like going to Rugby (Ralph Lauren) for shirts. They always fit me well.”

Describe your ideal Sunday: “Making breakfast with what I find in my girlfriend’s refrigerator, going to Green Apple Books for a while, then grabbing some French macaroons from Miette and getting together with family for a Chinese banquet in the evening.”

Whopper Gods No Longer Accepting Friend Sacrifices

We had to hand it to Burger King for creating what is perhaps the most creative Facebook application ever – sacrifice 10 of your friends, get a free Whopper.  The casualties have come in at more than 233,906 friends (which, by the way, is around 23,390 Whoppers –sick).  Unfortunately, the application notified the people it axed.  Ouch.  So it’s being suspended while they tweak the privacy settings.  Hopefully the next time you want a Whopper, your friends won’t know that your craving is more important than them.

CB2 #2 Opening in Berkeley

Now all you Berkeley kids have another place to find inexpensive home furnishings, without having to schlep across the bridge for them. CB2 will be opening its second Bay Area store at 1730 4th St. this January the 29th. Expect to see oldies but goodies (like the phantom lamp) and new styles for 2009 (including the teepee dining table and spindle chair, both of which j'adore very much).

OMG Pinkberry is Coming!

Bay Area tweens, start flexing those texting thumbs and rejoice – Pinkberry is coming.   Though we gotta admit, we’re a bit sick of the SF froyo wars, the chain’s opening this Saturday in San Jose’s Santana Row is big news.  It’s the first location outside of Southern California and New York, and let’s get serious -  they eat it on Gossip Girl.

Yes We Can! (Decorate for Under $200)

I have a black apartment.  Meaning, I have an apartment that mostly has black walls.  It's daring, yes, but I think it works really well in my light-filled Victorian home.  It's also really fun to buy furniture and home accessories.  I have to be extra careful because, you know, my apartment is black.  One of my favorite rooms in my apartment is my home office.  It's got a lot of pop, and I spend most of my days there.  People always ask me where I bought the furniture and home accessories, so I thought I'd share some of my local finds with you.  The white wall stuff is the Algue by Vitra, and it's available at Zinc Details.  The

Mind the Waves: Big Swells in Marin This Weekend

Planning on winding your way to Stinson Beach this weekend to take advantage of the warm weather?  Bring your floaties.  They’re predicting huge swells at Marin beaches, the result of a storm coming our way from Japan.  Not the best for casual swimming, but it could make for an extremely exciting Mavericks competition, which kicks off...TBD.  It's still too close to call.

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