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SenSpa Raises Mind, Body and Spirit with Project Uplift

Times are tough. You recently got laid off. You're feeling pretty "down and out" but know that you can't play the "woe is me" card forever. What you need right now is a little TLC to pick yourself up and start fresh. Enter SenSpa. For its third anniversary, SF's largest day spa and wellness center is offering a free one-day special event to local unemployed workers. You got it—a dose of pampering and inspiration, gratis. Appropriately titled "Project Uplift," you'll be able to take advantage of life coaching advice, bodywork and a giveaway that could land you a Stress Release package or Wellness package, valued at $260 and $2,000 respectively. Dig up that unemployment check stub and make your reservation today.

Look of the Week: Statement Shoes for Less

In a perfect world, we'd all be able to walk into Barney's and drop $1300 on the designer must-have heels of the season without blinking an eye. Unfortunately, most of us live in the real world of scouring H&M and boutique sale racks in an endless quest to find high-end looks that will leave our bank accounts relatively in tact. Luckily we love a good style challenge, so we did the dirty work for you and found five pairs of statement heels that will leave you looking au courant and feeling guilt-free.

A Fine Mess: Wolverine Goes Solo

Perhaps I was spoiled. My induction into the world of X-Men mythology came courtesy of Bryan Singer’s X2, which remains on the short list of the most brilliantly realized comic-book adaptations ever made. Surprisingly sophisticated, Singer’s parting gift to the franchise deftly juggled a teeming cast of exotic mutants and made them relatable without seeming tediously awed by their superpowers.

L.A. Confidential: The Taking of the South Central Garden

Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Oscar-nominated follow-up to 2002’s OT: Our Town, his documentary about a Compton high school attempting to stage its first play in over 20 years, chronicles a South Central Los Angeles farming community’s struggle to save its land from a millionaire developer. The stage is set for a power struggle rife with moral outrage, and The Garden delivers that in spades, but Kennedy’s second effort is as much a compelling, seamlessly crafted underdog tale as a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of big-city politics.

Muckraker Kirby Dick Outs DC Muckety Mucks

In his new film “Outrage,” filmmaker Kirby Dick outs hypocrites. They’re gay, they’re closeted, they’re big political muckety-mucks, too, but Dick is exposing their hypocrisies. The documentary, which opens on Friday and just premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, focuses in on politicians who legislate against gays by day… and sleep with them by night. (or in the case of Larry Craig, during lay-overs.)

Party Animals at The Zoo

To describe the past year at the San Francisco Zoo as Annus horribilis, would be an understatement. But last week, some 500 Zoological Society members were out in force at the annual ZooFest fundraiser.

Modern Economy Sale Saturday

Oh boy, this could be trouble. Saturday marks the return of Modern Economy (one of our favorite events) to Fort Mason's Conference Center. Started by Meg Mateo Ilasco in 2006, Modern Economy sales provide an outlet for independent designers from all over the US to sell their samples and overstocked goods at up to 80% off the retail price, all under one roof.

Urban Peasant Launches With MYOB

A town full of DIY maniacs, a communal love of food and drink, and a harsh economy: It’s the perfect storm in which to launch Urban Peasant, a group of urbanites dedicated to teaching “homesteading in a modern world” (read: canning, preserving, cheesemaking and the like). At their first workshop, held Tuesday night at Living Room Events/Kitchenette in Dogpatch, home-brewer and -winemaker Scott Mansfield showed 30 folks how to make their own booze—in small batches and without the need to stomp grapes or mash hops and barley. Within two hours, Scott (full disclosure: he’s my husband) showed how to make cider, pomegranate wine, ginger beer and blackberry melomel (a honey-based drink).

Market Watch: This Week's Cream Of The Crop

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

MP3 Jukeboxes: A Cult of Personality

Lately, I've found myself walking into bars I haven't visited for a while, and have been mortified to see the old school CD jukebox replaced by a neon monstrosity: the MP3 jukebox. At face value, the MP3 jukebox seems brilliant. And from a digital music nerd standpoint, it is. As media technology has evolved—vinyl to cassette to CD—so has the technology of the jukebox—vinyl to CD and now to digital. Its place in the world makes sense. The problem is that I am unable to reconcile my love of new technology's ease with my sentimental attachment to the old school mechanical jukebox.

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