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YBCA's New Room for Big Ideas Gallery is SoMA's Newest Art Space

Oscillations

SoMA is home to several free, non-gallery spaces offering world-class public art–they just take a little finding. To discover the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Room for Big Ideas (RBI), though, one need only be aware of it. Its windowed corner façade opens right to a bustling, if unsuspecting, Mission Street. Now you know, and you have every reason to peek inside.

Photos: 7x7 and Pacific Gas & Electric Award San Francisco's Favorite Charities 2012

On December 11, 7x7 and Pacific Gas & Electric proudly honored the finalists of this year's search for San Francisco's Favorite Charities in the lovely Crown Room atop the Fairmont Hotel.

Five New Restaurants to Try This Month

Hakkasan

So you are probably getting most of your nourishment from holiday parties right now, right? But (wo)man can’t live on canapés and latkes alone. When it’s time to have a proper meal, here’s your monthly reminder of five new spots that recently opened around town.

Best Holiday Concerts For the Seasonally Inclined

SF Symphony

We’re entirely OK with the cheesiness and predictability of the holiday concert calendar. Routine begets tradition, which begets a feeling of holiday cheer, which begets warm and fuzzy feelings, which begets egg nog, which begets mistletoe. So on and so forth.

But whatever, there’s also a healthy number of concerts that are "traditional" only insofar as much as the word "holiday" pops up on the marquee. We dug ‘em up and vetted them for your holiday approval.

Two Sense: Should I "Train" My Man?

Man folding laundry

My friend recently invited me to a weekend course called "How to Train Your Man," put on by some local group that says I can get my boyfriend to basically do whatever I want him to if I learn their tricks. Here's the problem. I want to do it! If it worked, it would be well worth the cost of the workshop, even if I just got him to do dishes, pick up his clothes, and lend a little more romance. But I feel morally challenged just by the title of the workshop. Should I really be training my partner like a puppy?

The Chapel: The Mission's Most Ambitious Music Venue

The Chapel

There’s nothing much lacking at 777 Valencia St., least of all ambition. Packed inside this one address—home to The Chapel (otherwise known 
as Preservation Hall West) since opening this fall—congregants will find a creole-inspired restaurant, a bar and grille with an outdoor patio, a stage set for jazz bands and beyond, and a spirit and history brought over from the 51-year-old New Orleans original.

Win Tickets to The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot Party

Guardsmen Tree Lot

Welcome to Ticket Tuesdays, a new weekly chance for you to score entry to some of the hottest shows and events in the Bay Area.

How Wine Country's Getting Decked Out for the Holidays

Ehler Estates

Wine Country is known as a great place to celebrate, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that wineries know how to get into the holiday spirit. Already impressive estates and vineyards are even more striking when dripping in twinkling lights and garlands. But not all of the holiday displays are electric; many are powered by molasses and sugar.

Bay Bridge Eye Candy: Fog+Clouds

In honor of the Bay Bridge's 75th anniversary, we held a photo contest to show SF's second-favorite bridge some much-deserved love. Check out our favorite fog and cloud pictures from the Bay Bridge Photo Contest!

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