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Wicked: Paintin' the Town Green

We're off to see the wizard...the wonderful wizard of Oz! In celebration of Broadway's smash hit, Wicked, coming to town next week, two of San Francisco's top-notch restaurants, Roots and Daffodil, housed at the city's greenest hotels (sense a recurring theme here?) are rolling out special menus just for the occasion (guys, take note: they're doing all the date planning for you!).

Up to 80% off at Design Public

One of the major downers to moving is getting rid of all the cool stuff you no longer have room for (ah, life-size David Lee Roth poster, I hardly knew ye). But when it's the offices of Design Public doing the moving, we all end up winners. The online store needs to clear some inventory before they ship out, which means sales at up to 80% for you. No Van Halen posters to be had, but there's plenty of good interior decor available, nonetheless. You can view all sale items in their Outlet section, and make sure to check back often as they'll be rotating stock every other day. Sale ends January 24th.

A John Guare Revival? You Shouldn't Have.

The problem with “zany” and “kooky” is that sometimes you get “Dr. Strangelove” and sometimes you get dumb-goofy and annoyingly silly. There are a few moments in ACT’s new revival of John Guare’s“Rich and Famous” that approach Peter Sellers-esque kookiness, wackiness in the best sense of the word. And then there’s the rest of the play.

Where to Party on Inauguration

At long last, the day we've all been waiting for—out with the old and in with the new. We're guessing every home, bar and office across the country will be tuned in to see Barack address the nation for the first time as President of the United States, but if you're looking to get out for this momentous occasion, here's where to party.

Loudon Wainwright III at Great America Music Hall Tonight

Little suggestion for some great music tonight at the Great American Music Hall.....


Loudon Wainwright III 
Claudia Russell 

How to Collect Vintage Cameras

Summer Briggs, 35, designer and founder of Millesime Designs and Retail Operations Manager at Kendall Wilkinson Home, shows off her vintage camera collection from her Sunset home. From big, white Polaroids reminiscent of the 80s to 1940s Art Deco beauties, the collection itself is a walk through history.

People Still Into Talking About Wine

It seems that wine is seeing it through all of this economic glumness.  Talking about wine, that is.  Snooth, a social wine review site, just closed another round of angel financing of around $1 million.   The site’s mission is to “help you find better wine,” and is a place for people to rate, explore and discuss all things vino. 

Cheap Eat Of The Week: Balompié Cafe

What if I told you that the best meal that I, someone who dines out four or five nights a week, have had recently cost only $9.95? True! Last Friday I headed to Limón Rotisserie in hopes of getting a good, cheap meal within a one-block radius of my house. The crushing mob of people with that same idea (and the one-and-a-half hour wait) deterred me, so I soldiered on to Balompié Café, one of my favorite restaurants.

Fleet Foxes: From Bottom of the Hill to SNL

The Fleet Foxes have had quite a year.  We knew they were something else when the hype machine made it near impossible to score tickets to their Bottom of the Hill show last Spring (maybe one of the most amazing shows of last year).  Then they played the Treasure Island Music Festival, drawing Jack White out from his trailer to watch the magic.  They’ve secured the coveted number 1 spot on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2008, and this Saturday, will join the short list of indie label bands to perform on SNL.   They’ll be performing “Blue Ridge Mountains,”  (which Pitchfork crowned the

Don't Start a Fire Today! Don't Do It!

I know you’re tempted – I mean, it’s soooo cold outside, right? – but resist the urge to start a fire today.  Because it’s illegal.   Spare the Air Day is in effect until noon today – which means Bay Area residents are forbidden to burn wood or fire logs in fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor stoves.  It’s a shame, because we’re kindof obsessed with all of these outdoor fireplaces featured in our sister magazine, California Home & Design.   But fires can wait – until tomorrow.

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