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Broke-Ass Stuart's Buying Everyone A Beer

In a bold move to bring back the fun, one of SF’s most well-known cult writers is throwing an eloquently named “Fuck The Recession” party.  And buying a keg for the occasion.

Broke-Ass Stuart drops knowledge on how to live cheaply in this pocket-draining city of ours (through frequent posts to his website and guest blogs on Yelp and Unemploymentality) and explains the ins-and-outs on San Francisco and New York in his city guides.

And, he throws great parties.

Where is the YBCA Dream House?

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is raffling off a 2.4 mil dream house to raise funds for the organization. The official site lists its whereabouts as in the Inner Sunset, but to get our $150 for the raffle ticket, a little more information was needed. After all, in a city of four-square block neighborhoods, the Inner Sunset is truly a behemoth, stretching from Arguello to 19th Ave and Lincoln to God knows where (Ortega? Noriega? Taraval?). A dream home next to the entrance to UCSF's emergency room didn't sound appealling, nor did one in the alphabet streets lettered N and beyond.

Five Easy Pieces: William Kentridge

Well, perhaps they weren’t all that easy. Over at SFMOMA, the blockbuster Five Themes show (through May 31) starring South African artist William Kentridge is drawing crowds and major kudos.

Bruce Springsteen Wows Fans at Tour Opener in San Jose

The 19,000 people crowded into San Jose, CA's HP Pavilion Wednesday night for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's kickoff to the Working on a Dream tour provided a snapshot of a generation.

Many had Blackberries and receding hairlines; some sported gray ponytails; a few brought their teenagers along. But the minute the music started, none of that mattered, because Bruce and his band… well, you already know that they can rock. What you might not realize, until you see them live, is just how fresh their energy is, and how relevant Springsteen's music remains.

Sidewalk Chic: In the Mix in Pacific Heights

Name: Melody Nazarian

Age: 25

Occupation: Associate editor for and personal stylist (

Wearing: Old Navy olive green shirtdress, Mossimo for Target faux leather jacket, purple scarf from the Gift Center in San Francisco, DKNY tights, Colonial Madness tan gladiator sandals, Derek Lam bag, Banana Republic layered gold necklace

The Answer Man Opens 12th Sonoma Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the Northern California premiere of The Answer Man, a shrewdly amusing drama starring Jeff Daniels (The Lookout, Traitor) as the author of a spiritual self-help book.

The film, which earned critical raves and a Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance, marks the feature debut of writer-director John Hindman, who was able to lure Daniels to the project on the strength of his script alone. (At the time, Hindman had no movie deal, much less a budget for big-name talent.) Daniels, whose reclusive writer believes none of his own bestselling psychobabble, heads a talent-rich cast featuring Lauren Graham, Kat Dennings and Juno’s Olivia Thirlby.

Kris Saknussemm Reads from His Latest at The Knockout: It's Like Ellroy Meets David Lynch

Bay Area-raised novelist Kris Saknussemm has never met a genre he didn’t want to bend.

Beach Bound? Resort Apparel and Accessories Marked Down at Carrots this Weekend

Yesterday, you may have played the fool, but that’s all in the past. Here are three reasons to get excited about what lies ahead:

Start by taking a trip to Carrots, where the Jackson Square shop’s entire collection of resort apparel and accessories is marked down 40 percent. From the racks, pluck souvenirs such as Stella McCartney dresses, cashmere by KOI, tailored Kaufman Franco suits and brightly hued frocks from Sari Gueron and Peter Som.

Nate Appleman Named One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs

This just in: Nate Appleman, pizzaiolo, San Francisco darling, butcher extraordinaire and chef of A16 and SPQR, has been named one of Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs of 2009. He's joined on the list by Chris Kostow, chef at Meadowood in St. Helena, giving the Bay Area ample representation on the New York-based mag's list. Congratulations! And also, oh no! Now we'll never be able to get a table.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream Of The Crop

If anyone has the inside sccop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

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