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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Need a hot shower to rinse off the filth of this weekend's Peaches Christ-produced Showgirls extravaganza at the Castro? Not a problem. Return to the theater Wednesday for a weeklong tribute to the great Cary Grant, with nightly double-features highlighting classics including The Philadelphia Story, North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday. But first things first:

1. Showgirls

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Aug. 27

This Week in Local Music News

Girls premiere a second track from their upcoming album Father, Son, Holy Ghost called "Honey Bunny", containing reflections about Christopher Owens' mom. [via NPR]

What's New: Bushi-Tei Debuts Chef Michael Hung

The first time I walked off the street into Japantown's Bushi-tei, it was just to take a closer look at the majestic, live-edge communal table that almost fills up the entire street-level dining room. A glance upstairs revealed irregular, Hobbit-like slabs of wood lining the walls. Another look down popped with pairs of whittled wood spindles, serving as the most delicate of chopsticks on each table. I had to come back.

Scenes Of the City: San Francisco's Old-School Neon Signs

We love the way our city glitters at night. What are your favorite neon signs?

Ask A Vet: How To Relieve Anxiety in Pets During the Work Day

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: What is a good way to relieve anxiety in pets during the work day, and good products that will help with this?

Alanis Morissette, Jay Leno to Perform at The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Admit it, you've pumped up the volume and belted out Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" behind rolled-up car windows at least once. On September 1st, you can see the seven-time Grammy Award winner live at Davies Hall — for a good cause. She'll join Jay Leno on stage to raise funds for a new home for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, one of the nation's best children's medical facilities. When it's completed in 2014, the new 183-bed medical complex will set a new world-class standard for patient and family centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine. 

No-Fuss Napa Valley: Down-to-Earth Wineries

When visiting Napa, sometimes you want to get dolled up and be treated like royalty and other times you just want to keep it casual.  Here are some of my favorite tasting experiences for the times when you want to sip excellent wines in your t-shirt and jeans.

Are San Francisco's Parking Restrictions Pro-Dating?

Last week I was driving and parking in the streets of Boston. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't stop myself from analyzing the parking situation, asking locals questions about parking, and comparing the driving experience with SF.

First of all, I was searching for all of those horrible roads that have earned Boston the nickname Land of 10,000 Potholes. Guess what...I didn't find one. Truly, not one. I was in the North End, in the South End, on Boylston Street, on Mass Ave...not one pothole. The best that I could find was a 230-year-old cobblestone street near Paul Revere's House that was actually a smoother ride than some of the bone-jarring and tooth chipping streets in our fair city.

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