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Santa's Little Helper: Ooma Shopping Night for Guys

If there’s anything more difficult than finding the perfect gifts, it’s figuring out how to keep prying nosey-noses away from them until the big reveal. Need a genius excuse to get your guy out of the house so you can finally wrap and ready his gifts without scuttling around under the cover of night or enduring a 3 a.m. session with the scissors and scotch tape? Send him to ooma’s Guys Shopping Night, taking place tonight at the North Beach boutique from 7 to 10 p.m.

Live 105's Pre-Not So Silent Night Party with Vampire Weekend

Mezzanine hosted Live 105's sold out Pre-NSSN party for city-dwelling kids to revel in this year's buzz bands and local favorites.

From the opener, "Turn Me Off," the Audrye Sessions continuously blended arresting rock, Ryan Karazija's vocal range, and a welcome hint of 90s style.

Brooklyn-based Chairlift broke away to deliver the bouncy "Bruises," already featured in an iPod commercial. Their atmospheric, 80s thing takes on ominous and cute.

Dreidels, Israeli Folk-Dancing and...Charlton Heston?

Is it something in the air? This morning, we got a heads-up about an exhibit coming to the CJM called "Jews on Vinyl"—which is about pretty much what you'd think it'd be about. Then, about five minutes later, we heard that Rob Tannenbaum (music editor of Blender) and David Fagin are coming to town with their latest revue, Good for the Jews. Coincidence?

Is Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" The Best Song of 2008?

Pitchfork thinks so. Check out their performance at the YBCA Artists Ball and then weigh in.

 

 



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Economical Gift Ideas from the Curiosity Shoppe, Scandinavian Details and Frette

It seems that everyone is trying to scale back this holiday season, but that doesn't mean gifts have to go to the wayside. Make something, donate, or check out our picks for inexpensive finds for any holiday budget...

 

Jamie Lauren: 10 Things I Haven't Done In Years

My life consists of working. All. Of. The. Time. When I am not working I attempt to maintain some sort of normal life—like see the dentist, clean the bathroom or get the dishes out of the sink and into the cupboard. Since graduating from the CIA Hyde Park I have not:

Standout-Sparkle: Melissa Joy Manning One-of-a-Kind Diamond Rings

Diamonds. Girls. BFFs. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Got it. But that shouldn’t mean befriending just any ‘ole dazzler. For sparkle that stands out, look to Melissa Joy Manning. The Oakland-based designer recently added a handful of one-of-a-kind diamond rings to her web site that feature colored stones and 18K gold bands. Ranging from .4 to 3.6 carats, the bezel set stones are strikingly unique, and most feature the designer’s signature hammered texturing on the bands.

What you have in common with Thomas Keller: In-N-Out

Google “Thomas Keller” and you’ll turn up 774,000 results. So what can I tell you that you don’t already know about the celebrity chef who made Yountville a town worthy of food pilgrimage? Well, there’s the In-N-Out thing. Google “Thomas Keller and In-N-Out Burgers” and you’ll get only 32, 600 results. Which means, by my quick calculations, that many of you may not know that the VFC (very famous chef) who “invented” such dishes as oysters and pearls (oysters set in savory tapioca) and salmon tartare cornets (fashioned after ice cream cones) also really likes In-N-Out burgers. His standard order? Standard cheeseburger, fries well-done (“Because,” he says, “at least then they’re crisp.”).

Snow!!!

Now that we're finally getting the shivers, let's all take a deep breath of cold, cold air. For many Bay Area skiers and snowboarders, this storm has quelled the nervous wait. Our prayers were granted; our snow dances were answered. There will be skiing and snowboarding this year in the Sierras, and just in time for Christmas. Hallelujah!

Need proof? Check out these live cams.

 

 

Tip the Season

Tipping Point Breakfast Honors Poverty-fighting Organizations


As the world economy continues to wobble (and the holiday spirit is deflating faster than a dying dirigible), Tipping Point Community raised spirits (and awarded major moolah) during its 2nd Awards Breakfast.

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