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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.

The Hautest of Haute Cuisine Mag: Now in English

Le Sanctuaire, the bastion of top-grade spices and molecular gastronomy equipment, has a showroom right here in Union Square. And as of January, they've also gotten involved in the magazine business, co-publishing the first English language edition of Apicius, the very beautiful, very serious, very expensive ($65), semi-annual Spanish magazine on haute cuisine.

Get Tipsy at the San Francisco Wedding Fair

Not every bride-to-be is fortunate to have her own Mindy Weiss (wedding planner to the stars - think Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson and Avril Lavigne). Nope, sometimes we actually have to plan it ourselves.  Which, let's be honest, sometimes sucks. 

Enter The Four Seasons. All day on Jan. 18, the luxury hotel will play host to the San Francisco Wedding Fair, where bride-to-bes can sip champagne, listen to the sweet sounds of a string quartet and drink, er, plan away her worries with the help of a panel of professionals.

Maverick's Purse Now At $150K - Which Day Will it Be?

With a monster low-pressure swirl rolling towards the West Coast, it looks like Mavericks could make a run of it either Friday or Saturday.  Forecasters are predicting swell in the 8-12 foot range, which isn't quite as big as last year, but still a good size for paddle-in surfers.  And with the announcement that purse is the biggest in big-wave history - at $150K - we're all anxiously awaiting the announcement of when the games will begin. 

It's Possible, Folks: The Perfect Jeans

Few things in life are perfect. But most of us, at least once in our lives, have happened upon the perfect pair of jeans. When it happens, it’s a beautiful thing.  But let's be honest, it never happens. 

Live in Paradise--and Get Paid for It

Sick and tired of your current life? Dream of somewhere nice and tropical and far from the Bay Area, because sometimes you just need to get away? Vacations to exotic locales are not really on many people's list of things to do this year--at least until the rapidly declining unemployment rate reverses itself. However, you're in luck. The Queensland tourism board in Australia is going to bring one lucky gal or guy to Hamilton Island (the central hub for the Great Barrier Reef) for an entire six months, to serve as the “island caretaker" as part of its "Best Job in the World" campaign. What does an island caretaker do, you may want to know?

Director Edward Zwick Sets the Record Straight with Defiance

Almost invariably, Hollywood has cast the Jews of Europe as helpless casualties of the Third Reich’s reign of terror. But director Edward Zwick tells a very different story in his latest film, Defiance.

Glowing Birds Freaking People Out in North Beach

Before you head to North Beach for your next foray, mentally prep yourself for some skyward weirdness.  Apparently, the glowing, flying objects are freaking some revelers out.  They're not ghosts, they're not invading aliens - they're art.  Public art.   It's called "Language of Birds," and it's an installation by Brian Goggins and Dorka Keen.  Read all about it in our review.

"Come Together" at the Curiosity Shoppe

There are always curiosities to behold in the Mission (thanks, crackheads!) but perhaps few as enjoyable as furniture designer Thomas Wold's art installations. A combination of furniture, lighting effects and various ideas the artist has been working on over the years, each installation is actually a grouping of the Wold's individual pieces. The official opening party for "Come Together: New Installations by Thomas Wold" is taking place this Friday the 16th from 6 to 8pm, at ye olde purveyor of all things delightfully curious, The Curiosity Shoppe.

Is Josh Kornbluth Good for the Jews?

Josh Kornbluth's show is drawing crowds of young Jews to the Contemporary Jewish Museum.  “Andy Warhol; Good for the Jews?” is Kornbluth’s first commissioned piece and coincides with the museum’s new exhibit -- “Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered.

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