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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Fried chicken at Miss Ollie's

Don't let the bone-chilling cold and threat of rain keep you home this weekend. Following are three great ways to warm up across the bridge. 

This Week in Local Music News

Noise Pop 2013

Noise Pop announced its preliminary 2013 festival lineup, which includes a DJ set from Amon Tobin, Toro Y Moi, DIIV, Ramona Falls, Rogue Wave, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Free Energy, Jenny-O, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), OBN III, Bear Mountain, FUZZ, and Sinkane. Thoughts? [via email PR land]

The Bay Bridged put together an awesome mix of Christmas music by Bay Area bands because, let's face it, Christmas music is pretty inescapable these days. You may as well make it count. [via The Bay Bridged]

A Wild Wine Country Wedding

We don't know this couple personally, but we definitely want to after flipping through their wedding album! Kathleen Watson and Brandon Antoque sure know how to celebrate. This beautiful event took place on a relative's ranch, an amazing french plum farm, and was filled with lots of friends and family from all over the country.

There's More to December Than Christmas: Seven Nontraditional To-Dos

Edward Scissorhands

Want to kick your usual Christmas traditions to the curb? Use our ideas to get it done.

Foodie Agenda: A Clandestine Dinner, Santa Sightings, and More

Santa at Nick's Cove

Saturday Dec. 15

Take a break from crazy Christmas parties and scout out this fancy five-course dinner taking place at a secret location in the Mission. Up-and-coming chef/writer Aida Mollenkamp has partnered with the Stag Dining Group to create a dreamy holiday menu including faux pho, caramelized fennel tarte tatin, and shortcake (and that's not all). Aida will also pepper you with tips and tidbits on cooking and entertaining throughout the dinner. $125 dinner includes champs and wine pairings. Buy tickets here.

Sunday Dec. 16

Forget the crowded mall, head to Tomales Bay where Santa Claus is coming to town.

A First Look at SFMOMA's Offsite Programming

If you're fearing modern art withdrawal when SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3 for its two-and-a-half-year-long expansion, rest assured. The museum has planned robust offsite programming to give you the culture fix you crave. Here's what to look out for around town.

Crissy Field (May 2013–May 2014)

Vote Now for the First-Ever "Niteys" Awards!

Nightclub Dancing

What would we San Franciscans be without our vibrant nightlife scene? There's no shortage of things to do once the sun goes down, and on any given night, you can choose to be as wild, ridiculous, messy, bold, or indulgent (or all at once!) as you want to be. Of course, everything starts with a stiff drink in hand and killer atmosphere to set it all off–and where else do those two things come together more perfectly than at one of SF's myriad bars and clubs? We're saluting the watering holes and hotspots that make it happen by partnering with the inaugural 2013 Nightlife Awards (aka The Niteys!), and we want you to vote!

Parking in SF: An Expensive Game of Inches

Parking Goal Line

Dear Parking Guru,
On Sunday, I was towed for "blocking" a driveway. I was parked in one of the relatively small curb spots between two driveways, but my car fit completely within the spot (i.e. no part of my vehicle entered the portion of the curb that starts to slope downward into either driveway). I am confident of this because I, along with three friends, made a thorough examination of the car's position before deciding the parking spot was safe. One of the driveways had the edges of their curb painted red on both sides, and my back bumper did break the plain of the red line (my tires did not), but I figured it wouldn't be a problem since the driveway was clearly unobstructed. When I came back the car was towed.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Christmas

Santa Dog Portrait

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Five Reasons to Head to Bodega Bay in Winter

Bodega Bay beach

The holidays may be right around the corner, but instead of spending your weekends shopping, give yourself a gift: A getaway to the beach. Whether it's for the day or the weekend, being able to spend a typical winter Saturday on the beach is a huge Bay Area perk. One of my go-to favorite beaches is Bodega Bay.

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