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California Home & Design Magazine's Designer Gift Guide Giveaway!

Now that Halloween is almost history, holiday shopping is creeping up on everyone's radar. You've got to snag things for everyone and their mother, but you've also got to find a few things for yourself. How else are you going to make it through the cold, rainy days on the horizon? Thankfully, our sister mag California Home & Design makes it easy by giving away designer items every week until December 1st from their holiday gift guide.

This Week's Hottest Events: Zola Jesus, Rip Curl Pro Search Kickoff, and Ski and Snowboard Fest

If you're going out trick or treating tonight and still don't have a costume, check out our blog on last-minute Halloween shopping here.

SF Street Style: Ink Accessories, Peacock Hair + Man Sandals in the Castro

The Castro Diesel store always has a well-dressed crowd. When we stopped by last week, the store manager, BJ Bundalian, was sporting a simple warm weather look, loaded with fun details. 

What We're Searching For This Halloween in the Bay Area

You don’t have to have lived in San Francisco very long to realize that Halloween is this city’s idea of a pretty good holiday.

And it’s not necessarily just for kids, either–although most of them make out like bandits (or whatever else they’re disguised as) by visiting the stores along our neighborhood commercial strips, as well as houses on the specific blocks in various neighborhoods that specialize in goblinery.

Get Ready To Rip: Ocean Beach's Rip Curl Pro Search Surf Contest Starts Tomorrow

On Tuesday, November 1, the Rip Curl Pro Search, set “somewhere in San Francisco,” officially opens. It’s an event that has been anticipated by the local surf community for months and many of the world’s best surfers have been spotted at Ocean Beach in recent days, adjusting to the cold water and unique waves. After all the hype, it’s time for the big show. Let the surfing begin.

Brent Weinbach Creeps Out Punchline in All the Right Ways

It’s hard to say exactly how Brent Weinbach — one of the Bay Area’s comic talents truly deserving of wider recognition — is funny. His shtick is inconceivably awkward, his delivery of punchlines uber-droll, his voice that of an unbearably uncharismatic statistics professor, with all the stage presence of a To Catch a Predator star.

Photos: Downtown Throwdown Snowboard Series

On Saturday, Civic Center was transformed into a snowboard park complete with ramps, rails and jumps. This was all part of the Downtown Throwdown series where $5,000 was up for grabs.

Horror Movie Roundup: 7 Movies to See for Halloween

It's baaack! For the second straight year, in the spirit of the season, the weekly compilation of first-run indie offerings has been replaced with seven movies guaranteed to titillate, nauseate and leave you maddeningly unsettled. Once again, rather than rounding up the usual suspects – cyberspace is already littered with zealous endorsements of The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby – I've made a conscientious effort to name less obvious shockers, all available at your local video store (if it still exists) or via the now-maligned Netflix.

1. Manhunter

Sister Act: Elizabeth Olsen Blazes Her Own Trail to Screen Stardom in 'Martha Marcy'

One might reasonably assume that Elizabeth Olsen hails from the same lifelong background in kid-friendly entertainment as older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, who were born in 1986 and became regulars on TV’s Full House just a year later.
 
But while Elizabeth, 22, bears a striking resemblance to her better-known siblings, her career path has hardly followed theirs to overnight success. Lizzie, as she was then billed, made brief appearances in The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, her sisters’ musical mystery videos from the mid-’90s. Yet it took her more than two decades to grab the spotlight for herself.
 

Together Again: Almodóvar, Banderas Reveal New Bag of Tricks for 'Skin I Live In'

It’s common for critics to describe one movie by comparing it to another, as if, unable to accept something new on its own terms, they must fall back on whatever pre-existing standard is most convenient. It is a practice that seems to rankle filmmakers, who usually prefer to treat their ideas as immaculate conceptions rather than share the credit with peers.
 
It is startling, then, that Pedro Almodóvar, the celebrated Spanish auteur whose grotesque drama The Skin I Live In is now playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, is so quick to liken his latest to recent offerings by Terrence Malick and Danish provocateur Lars von Trier.
 

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