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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Whether you're fascinated by fashion, stoked on surfing or just seeking an alternative to the latest Fast & Furious, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.

1. Sin Nombre
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week

Who's Decorating the Decorator Showcase?

San Francisco's annual Decorator Showcase is fast approaching, and after seeing the mansion where it's taking place our interest was, needless to say, piqued. Now the full list of contributing designers is available, as well as information on which room/space they'll be decorating.

The Eater Wrap: Majestic Closure, Taco Tiffs, Gitane Behind the Scenes

Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including hot openings, sudden shutters, industry interviews, and all the taco truck minutiae your Friday can handle.

1) Despite housing a pair of rising star chefs in the last two years, Cafe Majestic never quite caught on with the local dining scene, and as a result, the restaurant suddenly shuttered its doors this week, claiming it didn't have enough money for dinner service. You do hate to see that.

Video: Inside Paul Smith's New Union Square Store

From the moment you approach Paul Smith's just-opened store on Grant and Geary, the window display beckons you to come in and explore the Londoner's wonderfully quirky world. Inside, it’s all about the details. Vintage typewriters sit beside shoes, framed ski goggles and branches adorn the walls, rare books line bookshelves and tables and the blazers are lined with flowers. We were lucky enough to get a tour of his new Union Square boutique from the man himself, and here’s what he had to say about San Francisco, spring fashion and the importance of individuality:

First things first, where did you have dinner last night?

Spring Art Weekend: Hot Lochness Dog

Hey hey, it's First Thursday and that means new openings at 49 Geary and Fifty24SF. Check out the many floors of openings downtown first (Dana Harel at Frey Norris looks promising), those run early (starting around 5pm), then you can swing on over to 111 Minna for Ted Lincoln's opening then head to the LoHai for the street-art-to-gallery offerings (Upper Playground's specialty) of U.K.-based artist Hush.

Cory Branan: Good Songwriting Goes A Long Way

With nothing but a guitar, a great voice and some amazing lyrics, Cory Branan can captivate an audience for hours. Songs with intelligence, humor and edge are present in all of his albums, but especially on his 2006 release, 12 Songs. He’s currently recording his newest album.

Blue Bottle Opens At Ferry Building

Well, what can we say? It's about time. We predict that in a few years that little blue bottle you see to the left will be popping up elsewhere—New York? Los Angeles? Seattle? Blue Bottle, it's time to fly.

Broke-Ass Stuart's Buying Everyone A Beer

In a bold move to bring back the fun, one of SF’s most well-known cult writers is throwing an eloquently named “Fuck The Recession” party.  And buying a keg for the occasion.

Broke-Ass Stuart drops knowledge on how to live cheaply in this pocket-draining city of ours (through frequent posts to his website and guest blogs on Yelp and Unemploymentality) and explains the ins-and-outs on San Francisco and New York in his city guides.

And, he throws great parties.

Where is the YBCA Dream House?

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is raffling off a 2.4 mil dream house to raise funds for the organization. The official site lists its whereabouts as in the Inner Sunset, but to get our $150 for the raffle ticket, a little more information was needed. After all, in a city of four-square block neighborhoods, the Inner Sunset is truly a behemoth, stretching from Arguello to 19th Ave and Lincoln to God knows where (Ortega? Noriega? Taraval?). A dream home next to the entrance to UCSF's emergency room didn't sound appealling, nor did one in the alphabet streets lettered N and beyond.

Five Easy Pieces: William Kentridge

Well, perhaps they weren’t all that easy. Over at SFMOMA, the blockbuster Five Themes show (through May 31) starring South African artist William Kentridge is drawing crowds and major kudos.

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