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SF's John Vanderslice takes 'Names,' kicks out a new CD

John Vanderslice just might be one of the less-appreciated natural resources in the city’s indie scene. The man is whip-smart, writes a mean pop song, crafts a complex lyric, and runs the gritty-fabulous Tiny Telephone, the all-analog decade-old recording studio at the bubbling borderlands of Potrero Hill, the Mission, and the 101-280 interchange (a neighbor for years with the internationally renowned, blow-‘em-up-real-good DIY-robotics crew of Survival Research Laboratories).

Joe Cocker, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak To Play Wine Country's Jazz Fest

Where might you find the likes of Joe Cocker, Shelby Lynne, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, all wrapped up in one pretty package and presented to you this Memorial Day weekend? Why, the annual Sonoma Jazz Fest, of course!

Beginning on Thursday and lasting through Sunday, jazz and country acts will take center stage at downtown Sonoma's Field of Dreams, which seats 3,800. In its fifth year, the Sonoma Jazz Festival stands apart from other musical events of its kind by including some of Wine Country's most celebrated chefs and vintners.

Waste Not, Want Not: Kiehl’s In-Store Recycling

If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, now would be a good time to stop tossing the empty containers from your favorite products in the recycling bin (‘cause we just know you’re not throwing them in the regular ‘ole trash).

Instead, gather up bottles, jars and tubes and take them to a Kiehl’s free-standing store for recycling through the Recycle and Be Rewarded program that recently went nationwide. For your trouble, you’ll receive a card to collect stamps for each container you return to the store.

Flipping Channels: Brit Rock Past and Present With Doves, The Kills and The Horrors

Ah, Anglophilia -- it can be so fulfilling when it comes to UK music-makers like Doves, the Kills and the Horrors, all passing through doors of the fair Fillmore in the next few.

SF first sighted Doves when the group touched down at Bimbo’s 365 Club around the release of the Mercury Prize-nominated, transportive and achingly emotive Lost Souls (Astralwerks/Heavenly, 2000). (Factoid that will make you rub your peepers and wonder where the years went: the Strokes opened for the boys from Manchester at that show.)

RN74: Can The Mina Group Do Casual?

I've been thinking about RN74 since my dinner there last week (full disclosure: I went on a "media night" and was treated to dinner). It's no surprise that fine dining restaurants are on the decline here in San Francisco—this has never really struck me as a white tablecloth town, and with the economy being in the tank the demise of all but the best of the "fancy" restaurants seems inevitable. So when I heard that the Mina (as in Michael) Group was opening a more casual wine bar-inspired spot, I took notice.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If the idea of a Da Vinci Code sequel fails to move you – join the club – here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.

1. Rudo y Cursi
Where: Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., 415-751-3213
When: All Week
Why: Eight years after Y Tu Mamá También effectively launched their international careers, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reteam for Carlos Cuarón’s slyly amusing tale of two ultra-competitive brothers whose primary interests are limited to playing soccer and drinking beer, though not necessarily in that order.

2. Outrage

Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Explore Brotherly Love in 'Rudo y Cursi'

So often has their longtime friendship been chronicled by the media that it’s easy to forget that Gael García Bernal and fellow Mexico native Diego Luna have spent the past eight years traveling independent paths to big-screen stardom.

Not that rumors of their closeness have been exaggerated.

Craigslist Deal O' the Week: 1 Bedroom in Noe for $1600

Livin' the dream in Noe Valley usually entails a golden retriever and at least one baby, but it could just as easily entail scoring a one bedroom for less than $1700. Yup, it's a notoriously pricey neighborhood, and with good reason - consistently decent weather and more breakfast joints per capita than anywhere this side of the Mississippi (uncorroborated fact) means you're almost guaranteed a relaxing, sunny weekend (should the screaming children not spoil your three hour brunch). You can also use your Noe Valley digs as a calming respite between jaunts to the Mission or Castro (both nearby), and really show those yuppies how to live the dream.

Farm:Table Brings Third-Wave Coffee to the Nob

A Third Wave-coffee spot for every neighborhood! It's starting to feel like our God-given right.

Wine and Dine in Paso Robles

In Northern California, Sonoma and Napa Counties get all the buzz. But what about their southern little sister, Paso Robles, which has often been considered the next wine country destination by oenophiles from far and wide? Even if you're not already heading that direction for this weekend's 27th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, may we suggest you add this pleasant region to your list of summer travels? (Just be sure, you pronounce it right: That's PAS-oh ROH-buls to you.) Here's how we recommend passing the time in Paso.

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