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This Week's Gallery Rundown: Three Don't-Miss Shows

This Week's Gallery Rundown: Three Don't-Miss Shows

This week, three SF galleries take up three of art’s most timeless, fundamental pursuits: the rendering of landscape, the investigation of color, and the tropicalismo of 1960s Rio. —Okay, so the last one has yet to be officially inducted into the art historical canon.

Two Sense: Will My Girlfriend Turn Out Just Like Her Parents?

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I’m a 35-year-old woman and I love my girlfriend, but I don't relish her family. In almost every way you can name—culturally, politically, religiously—they're pretty much the opposite of my social circle. I'm not saying I can't spend time with them: I can. We see them occasionally and I try to enjoy them for who they are. My family is nowhere near perfect, and no wealthier or healthier than hers, so I'm not judging hers. It's just that, deep down, I'm afraid perhaps I shouldn't commit to a person whose roots seem so different than mine. My girlfriend and I seem to be mostly on the same page with our values and lifestyle, but still I worry that as time goes by, she may become more like her kin.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Today, we give you some of the artists we can't wait to see at this year's Noise Pop. Next week, we'll tackle the local artists playing NP 2012.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Remembering Our Film Writer Rossiter Drake

Remembering Our Film Writer Rossiter Drake

We are sad and disheartened to learn that one of our long-time writers, Rossiter Drake, died over the weekend. 

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Sketchfest, Wu-Tang Clan, and Rayko's Plastic Camera Show

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Rayko's Plastic Camera Show
Check out the best pictures from the world's worst camera. Now in its fifth year, Rayko's plastic camera show features images by 100 different photographers chosen from thousands of entries.  And if this scrappy photo approach inspires you, Rayko is offering a three-week course in March. Who knows? Your work could be on the gallery's walls next year.  
When: Opening reception on 1/18, 6-8 p.m.; Exhibit on view through 3/6
Where: RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St.

Buy Lift Tickets Online for Less with Liftopia

Buy Lift Tickets Online for Less with Liftopia

Snow is coming! Snow is coming! Winter is finally returning this week to blanket the mountains with the fluffy white. Still, with less than ideal conditions, it seems absurd to pay full price for a lift ticket. The solution? Liftopia

Warm Yourself with Beer at Concord's Winter Brews Fest

On Saturday January 28, The Brewing Network will host its third annual Winter Brews Fest. The festival promotes local breweries, local businesses, and fresh craft beer with a particular emphasis on winter warmers.

Market Watch: Meet Elianna Friedman, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market New Resident Chef

Elianna Friedman is no stranger when it comes to the Bay Area food scene. As a program coordinator for the San Francisco Food Bank, she created cooking and nutrition classes for the organization’s low- income participants. At Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, she led classes on food justice and, hunger education and acted as chef and kitchen manager for their family dinner program, “Home for Dinner.” In 2010, she took on the role of Market Director for the New Taste Marketplace, which showcases small local food producers monthly at St. Gregory’s Church in Potrero Hill and is a community fundraising event for the SF Food Pantry.

UrbanSitter Connects Parents With Babysitters Via Social Web

As we figure out how to meet more and more of our offline needs in online marketplaces, one key issue always arises -- trust. How do we know we can trust the people we meet online?

And if this is an issue with sharing or exchanging things, like our apartments (Airbnb), cars (Getaround), and services (Zaarly), it's even more the case with the decisions about which people will take care of our kids.

San Francisco-based UrbanSitter has emerged over the past six months to help parents and babysitters meet up. It starts with Facebook Connect.

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