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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 junetaylorjams.com

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

Good Buys at Bae: Up to 70% Off

It's your last week to stop by Bae and check out their annual Post-Holiday Sale, with items to be had for up to 70% off. If you've been there before, you know what's going on: a beautiful selection of chic furniture, unique accessories (perfect pieces for wedding or birthday gifts are all over the place) and jewelry. If you haven't been, well, there's no time like the present, darling!

Sidewalk Chic: Well-Heeled in Union Square

Tifani Wilt

Age: 39

Occupation: Women’s Fashion Director, Macy’s West

Spotted: Outside of Macy’s, waiting for a ride from her fiancé, 5:47 p.m.

Favorite place to shop in San Francisco? (laughs) “Well I would have to say Macy’s.”

Most recent purchase? “Lots of Christmas presents and a pair of Paige Boyfriend jeans.”

Deciphering Hotel Deals with DealBase

Here’s a common element of modern-day travel that can baffle even the most seasoned globetrotters among us: the hotel deal. In times like these, they seem to appear at every turn and on every travel web site. Some are good, decent, all-American deals that give us the chance to go, see and do for less. But just as many are gimmicky, glossy temptresses without much real value.

But as more and more travelers see deals as deciding factors in whether they’ll travel far and wide in the coming year, the art of deciphering the travel deal becomes ever more important. So how is the average traveler to assess a hotel deal’s, well, dealiness (see: truthiness)?

Sale at Wynne Alex

Like sass and class? What about Hollywood Regency, but with a dab of San Francisco's laid back sophistication? Then you, my lovelies, need to head over to Pacific Heights to indulge in the sale that's currently going on at Wynne Alex. Everything in the store is 25% to 50% off. And all of the Oly Studio and Barclay Butera Home is 25%. No, I did not stutter. That's 25% off Oly Studio and Barclay Butera Home. Wow indeed! The sale goes until January 31st. Wynne Alex: 3085 Sacrament Street.

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