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Hitch a Ride up Potrero Hill: 50% Off at Collage Gallery

Making the trip up to the thick of Potrero Hill (you know, like on the actual hill part) can seem like a drag and a half if you don't have a car. But the 22 bus just might become your new best friend once you find the hidden gem that is Collage Gallery. With a well edited collection of vintage finds, pieces by local artists, and of course, collages, the shop is brimming with unique, beautiful decor. Select items are on sale for up to 50% off from now until the end of the month, so it's the perfect time to hitch a ride up there.

Berkeley Author’s Life Story Is Not Her Life Story

In Nami Mun’s debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, a 13 year old Korean immigrant girl runs away from her dysfunctional Bronx home and embarks on a harrowing journey through the streets of 1980s New York. Though Mun herself left home at a young age, she wouldn’t consider her novel autobiographical.

“If I had to put it in numbers, I’d say maybe one percent of the book is autobiographical. Yes, I left home at a young age but I chose not to write about the actual events of my own life as a runaway. I kept those actual events in a ‘reserve’ of sorts and used my knowledge of them to strengthen the narrative artifice I was creating,” Mun says.

This Just In: High Heel Wearers More Likely to Get Mugged

We’ve come across many a disturbing fashion trend in our day, but this one certainly outranks many of them: high heels and shopping bags may make you more attractive to muggers. Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department reportedly announced that the flagging economy has coincided with an increase in robberies, and women wearing heels have been frequent targets for purse snatchers and petty thieves. And while sprinting in stilettos seems to work just fine on the silver screen, we wouldn’t recommend that kind of action for San Francisco’s hilly streets.

Happy Trails: Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe for Free

Planning on staying home in your cozy bed this weekend warding off the Bay Area drizzle? That’s suddenly not going to sound so good when you hear what we have to tell you. For one day only--Saturday, Jan. 10--100 ski resorts in 23 states sprinkled across the country are offering snow bunnies the opportunity to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing FREE in celebration of the 14th annual Winter Trails Day, part of Learn a Snow Sport Month put on by SnowSports Industries America.

For the Best Cocktails, Go West

Well, it’s official. New York (or, at the very least, the gray lady) seems to be looking westward when it comes to cocktails. Remember the article a couple of weeks ago (which caused me to grouchily wonder why Bourbon and Branch wasn’t included)? Well, hot on its heels comes a second article in the Times travel section, this one written by local drinker Gregory Dicum who, we think, gets it just right.

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Roxy Weber, Los Angeles

Favorite thing at Macworld: "Kid stuff for the iPhone, iPhone covers."

Travis Dunn, Chattanooga, TN

"I was looking for more hardware to be announced, nothing really big happened."

 

Celebrate Obama's Inauguration Without Spending $400,000

With all the excitement about Barack Obama arriving in at the Hay-Adams hotel in DC, Sasha and Malia starting at Sidwell Friends School, the choice of family dog  – and oh yeah, incoming President Obama saving the world, many of us have forgotten the other awesome thing about Inauguration Day --- Bush is leaving!!!!!!!!!  That's right, it's time to celebrate.

Fly Guy: New Men's Wear Store Opens in Embarcadero Center

If you’re not a Fi-Di regular, chances are you haven’t noticed the popular online retailer OnTheFly.com recently opened up a bricks-and-mortar shop in the Embarcadero Center. Formerly based in a little-known warehouse in SoMa, the five-year-old company founded by haberdasher and Russian Hill resident Ami Arad, specializes in all things a stylish gentleman could need from croc-embossed cigar cases and shaving kits to silk ties and tailored trousers.

This Week's Top 7 Eat + Drink Events

1. Fry One On

Looking for a weekly fish-fry with a conscious? Every Wednesday, Magnolia Pub serves up heaping helpings of fish ‘n’ chips made with sustainable seafood. Don’t miss the chocolate stout cake for dessert.

2. Half-Off and Happy

This Friday, knock off a little early and get yourself over to Bacar for happy hour(s) from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Start the weekend off right with $1 oysters and half-priced cocktails and beer.

3. Bean There, Done That

Macworld 09: Tony Bennett, Improved iLife and DRM-free iTunes

The big news leading up to this year's Macworld was obviously Steve Job's mysterious hormonal imbalance and his decision to not give the keynote for the first time since 1997. Amid palatable pressure and expectation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller filled some big shoes this morning, delivering a solid keynote that highlighted an impressive but not groundbreaking array of new products.

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