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700 Billion Dollar Martinis at Kells and Cigar Bar

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait until Tuesday to celebrate inauguration.  So let's get the party started now – with some cocktails.  Head over to Kells or Cigar Bar and indulge in the “$700 Billion Martini,” ordered up as part of SVEDKA Vodka’s "Join the Party," marketing campaign, which launched on Super Tuesday and has a yearlong mission to put the “party” back in politics.  They're serving the martinis now through inauguration night.

Here’s what’s in them:

Liberal amounts (ha! get it?) of  SVEDKA Vodka

1 part fresh lime juice

1 part simple sugar

Conservative splash (ha! again) of Lemon Juice

Garnish with $700 Billion of freshly minted US Currency
(fresh mint works too)

Josh Brolin Acting Out Again

Get a load of Josh Brolin, acting out again on the awards circuit.  True, his portrayal of Dan White in Milk was spot on, but does that give him license to mouth off to Whoopi Goldberg?  Or, for that matter, to moon New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley?  Yikes.

Charles Phan's Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop on the Eve of Opening

Now that Charles Phan is about to open his latest restaurant, Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop, comparisons between the San Francisco super-star chef and his New York equivalent, Momofuku empire-keeper David Chang, seem inevitable. They both now preside over some of the best-loved restaurants in their respective cities, serving Asian food with a decidedly modern bent. Reservations are hard to come by at both Slanted Door and Momofuku, Ko and Momofuku Ssam bar. Chang's recently opened Momofuku Bakery–Milk Bar is his fourth venture, and Heaven's Dog makes baby number three for Phan.

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).

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