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Your SF International Film Fest Events Playbook

SFIFF is a must-attend on the San Francisco cultural and social calendar. But with over 150 films and live events, it can be a bit harrowing to figure how to divvy up your time.  Here, we distill the glitziest of the glitzy and the best of the best. Get your tickets now, these will fill up fast.

Opening Night: La Mission Premiere

How To Be a Better Diner, Step 2: Don't Be Shy

Welcome to our third guest blogger series written by Ella Lawrence, who works as both a freelance writer and a server at popular restaurant in San Francisco. Lawrence has been published in Travel & Leisure, Time Out, and the San Francisco Chronicle and has her own blog, Restaurant Girl Speaks. Every Tuesday for six-weeks, she’ll be dishing out the tips on how to be a better diner, something about which she has a lot to say.

Must See New Music

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Listen Up: This Week's Top Concerts

Alright, so you didn't make it to Coachella. Stop sulking and take advantage of the great music this week in SF instead. Here's what's on our radar:


Fleet Foxes, Fox Theater, 4/21

Paolo Nutini, Slim's, 4/22

Britney Spears, Oracle Arena, 4/22

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, Paramount Theater, 4/22

Jeff Beck, Fox Theater, 4/23

My Morning Convo With Gavin

So I just got off the phone with Mayor Gavin Newsom! But really, no biggie.

Considering the catbird seat I am often afforded at numerous galas, openings and super soirees, it just goes with the territory that civic leaders and politicians would send an email the previous evening telling me to ring them at 9 a.m. (PST) to check in with the G-Man.

Policy? Party planning? It’s all rather similar territory.

Besides -- as many folks know, I’m at my best and brightest as the sun rises.

Gavin Newsom's Tech-Savvy Announcement

Well, look at our up-with-the-times mayor.  Gavin Newsom made it official this morning via Twitter, YouTube, Facebook (1,309 fans, and counting, "like" this) and the Huffington Post that he's throwing his hat in the ring for governor.  Round of applause for the use of new media.   Let the commenting madness begin!  It's already a hot topic on Twitter.


New for Him: Peasants and Travelers Bags

Everyone’s got baggage. It’s whether he's packing baggage that’s up to the task at hand that counts.

And that’s exactly what new San Francisco men’s bag company Peasants and Travelers has for the fellas – and, really, anyone looking for weekenders, totes and carryalls with a healthily frills-free prepster-meets-urbanite attitude.

Green Day Hits The Green to Benefit Music Programs

What are Green Day up to when they're not playing impromptu shows around the Bay? Golfing, apparently. But for a cause. The band hit Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland yesterday to host the third annual Music in Schools Today golf tournament, an event that benefits the music curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District.

Makin' Change: North Beach Citizens


The spirit of Abbondanza filled hearts (and tummies) Sunday in the auditorium of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in North Beach at the North Beach Citizens dinner.

Now in its eighth year, the down-home event raises funds for this neighborhood homeless organization founded by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Al Gore, Robert Redford Expected Tonight at Goldman Environmental Awards

Al Gore, Gavin Newsom and Robert Redford are all expected tonight at the War Memorial Opera House to congratulate the winners of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize (often dubbed the "Nobel Prize" for environmental activistsm and "The Green Oscars"). 

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