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Photos: The 6th Annual San Francisco Social Benefiting KIPP Bay Area Schools

The 2011 San Francisco Social—which benefitted the KIPP Bay Area Schools, a network of free college-preparatory schools for underprivileged children—raised more than $55,000, exceeding goals and delighting a sold-out crowd. Approximately 450 young adults from San Francisco and surrounding areas came together to show their support and commitment to education for local students in-need.

Saving the Best for Later: Alexander Payne on George Clooney and 'The Descendants'

Where has Alexander Payne been? The Stanford graduate and critically adored director of Election, About Schmidt and Sideways used to churn out a movie every “two, two-and-a-half” years, a pace he plans to resume after Friday’s release of The Descendants, his poignantly funny adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ 2007 novel.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Martin Scorsese's Public Speaking, a revealing portrait of Fran Lebowitz in which the outspoken author and social critic shares her thoughts on gender, celebrity culture, gay rights, smoking bans and strollers, continues its run through Thanksgiving at the Roxie Theater. Elsewhere:

1. The Harry Potter Marathon

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Nov. 19-20

SF SPCA Kittens & Puppies Are Unveiled at Macy's

This evening, we went behind the scenes, thanks to the SF SPCA, of the unveiling of the Macy's holiday windows featuring adorable, adoptable kittens and puppies. Last year, over 300 dogs and cats were adopted during the holiday season thanks to this collaboration, and over $70,000 was raised to support the efforts of San Francisco's SPCA. Let's rally together to make it even more successful this year!


This Week in Local Music News

Stephan Jenkins, singer for Third Eye Blind and longtime SF resident, releases a song in support of Occupy Wall Street called "If There Ever Was A Time." [via SF Weekly]

Consumed: The Best Things I've Eaten This Week

The beauties you see above here, dotted with apples and rolled in sugar, are the kugelhopf (is this one of those singular/plural words, like deer?) made by pastry chef Belinda Leong. I'm a tad late to the Leong worship. Everyone's been going nuts for her pastries since she started selling them at Four Barrel. I took a bite of this lovely pastry and it tasted suspiciously similar to a morning bun. It turns out that this is no coincidence.

YACHT's Light and Dark Sides Meet on the Dance Floor at the Independent

Who says music can’t be both intellectually stimulating and shamelessly fun? 

Market Watch: Planning a Thanksgiving Menu at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

With Thanksgiving only a week away, there’s no time like the present to start planning a menu based on what’s available at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Supporting local farmers and artisan food producers by serving the fruits of their labor (literally!) is one of the best ways you can embrace the spirit of the holiday and offer thanks.

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