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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.

This Week's Top 7 Eat + Drink Events

1. Becoming a Wino
Was learning more about wine one of your new year’s resolutions? In that case, get yourself to CAV on January 17 for the Intro to Wine class. The three-hour “hands-on” lesson runs from 2 to 5 p.m; for more information call 415-437-1770.

2. In a Jam
June Taylor, the grande dame of jam, will be opening up her Berkeley kitchen for one-day jam and marmalade-making workshops throughout January and February. Sign up for the first five-hour class on Saturday, January 16 ($195) and you’ll learn how to make the most of the season’s citrus. For more information, visit

Jamie Lauren: Where I Eat On Monday Nights

As a chef, one of my favorite things to do is go out for dinner. I hate the thought of cooking at home—hate hate hate! I figure if I spend 60-plus hours a week in a restaurant, one of my luxuries when I am not at work is to have someone else cook my dinner. So, behold, my list of places I go on my night off.

1. Gialina

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