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Support Local Business at This Week's Evening Art Walks

Night is falling quickly these days, and the chilly early eves are perfect for a mosey at this week’s back to back art walks in two of the city’s most happening ‘hoods.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

ZYZZYVA Winter Issue Celebration

Thursday, December 8, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

This month marks the 93rd issue of the beloved local literary journal, and editor Laura Cogan and managing editor Oscar Villalon will join four contributors to the new issue for readings of their pieces: Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Adam Johnson (Parasites Like Us), short-story writer Katie Chase, and poet Joseph Di Prisco. Wine and holiday cheer are both promised.

Kira Stackhouse (Project DOG)

Saturday, December 10, 4-8 pm, at WAG Hotel (25 14th St.)

Noise Pop 2012 Lineup Announced

At least now we know we'll get to see some great shows before the world ends in 2012, right? The venerable Noise Pop  just announced their 20th festival lineup slated for next February. While there are still some names to be added, the list of confirmed performers definitely isn't a blinged-out roster of earth-shattering indie artists, it'll definitely be six days worthy of the big 2-0.

Ring in 2012 in Style at the Julia Morgan Ballroom

Can you believe it's already time to start planning what you'll be doing at the very end of 2011 and the very beginning 2012? Make sure New Year's Eve is an decadent one by heading to the Julia Morgan Ballroom for "A Night of Opulence."

It's a swanky affair high above California Street that you'll want to don your best cocktail attire for and take advantage of their premium drink selection, champagne and appetizer reception, treats to satisfy your sweet tooth and dance music spun by DJ Katz.

Holiday Brews on Tap at California's Best Beer Bar

On Friday and Saturday, December 16 & 17, The Trappist in Oakland will be hosting their version of the Kerstbier Fest. The event is billed as offering the best assortment of Christmas beers outside of Belgium.

Occupy Gingerbread: Vote in the Palace Hotel 2011 Gingerbread Competition

Holiday season is always a hectic time, but this year feels especially frantic, with San Franciscans seeming even more in need of a little reminder of what this time of year is really about: sweet dreams of miniature edible housing projects.

Help Lost Weekend Video Get A New Basement Cinema

Lost Weekend Video is part of a vanishing tribe of video stores in San Francisco. Started on Valencia Street in 1997 by three close friends, it's one of the few remaining places in the city you can forge friendships with a group of quirky employees (who all happen to be either music industry veterans or hard-working musicians themselves) and hang out and shoot the breeze just for the hell of it. And most importantly? Their ultra-curated (they are movie nerds, after all) movie selection is pretty much unparalleled.

Skiing Newbie? Time to Head to Tahoe

We all have to start somewhere, so if you’re looking to take those first tentative steps to become a snowboarder or skier, a half-dozen winter resorts in the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area are once again giving newbies the chance at a very reasonable rate.

Nextdoor's Private Social Networks for Neighborhoods

Many of us have grown so accustomed to using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect with each other, that we may have overlooked what research shows is a growing gap in our social lives, which is connecting with our neighbors.

Scenes of the City: The Cathedral in the Dogpatch

"The Cathedral" as it's known to some for its dramatic light quality (and perhaps for the presence of several pianos) or Building 6 as it's known by the City of SF sits on the shore of San Francisco Bay at the end of Pier 70 in the Dogpatch.

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