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Ask the Parking Guru: I Got A Ticket While Fighting A Ticket. What Do I Do?

Dear Parking Guru,

I received a notice in the mail stating that I was delinquent in paying a parking ticket.  However during the time that the citation said that I was illegally parked, I happened to be in the courthouse fighting a speeding ticket.  There is no way that this ticket is valid because my car was parked in a valet parking lot near the courthouse at the time, so there is no way that it was parked illegally.  I was just going to give in and pay it, until I read your post last week.  Now I am motivated to contest it.  So, how do I fight this?

This Week in Fashion: Neiman+foursquare Find It and Win Event, Concerts at John Varvatos and Conifer + More

1. Neiman Marcus + foursquare Challenge at Neiman Marcus (150 Stockton St.), Saturday October 1, 12pm-4pm, Free. 

This Saturday, pop into Neiman and take part in a high-tech, high-reward scavenger hunt. It's simple really: check in on foursquare, get the clues, be the first to find the (above) Nancy Gonzalez clutch, and then take it home for free -- a $995 value! Easy as Apple pie.

...And You Will Know Them by the Trail of Dead: 'Tucker & Dale' Earns Killer Laughs

The premise is as thin as the razor first-time feature director Eli Craig uses to draw first blood in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, his grisly comedy of Three’s Company-style misunderstandings. Mistaken for backwoods murder junkies by college kids on a camping trip, good-natured rednecks Tucker (Serenity’s Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) set out to kill the newcomers with kindness.

Slippery When Wet: Chefs Love Their Basil Seeds

I first slurped up some basil seeds last year at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The school was hosting a World of Flavors conference on Japanese cooking and a ridiculously hip chef from Tokyo presented me with a little cup of basil seeds on top of soy milk custard and sea urchin—a textural delight for me, but one that could have easily caused another person to run screaming for their mother.

Market Watch: An Easy Fall Recipe From The Ferry Plaza's Free Weekly Cooking Classes

Chef Joshua Clever was in the CUESA kitchen this week to show us a simple bread salad recipe featuring ingredients that embody the market in early fall. Joshua had stopped by to join us at Tuesday’s Food Wise Booth-- one of two free cooking programs offered at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market each week.

Saint Helena AVA Spotlight: Charles Krug and Spottswoode

St. Helena, known for its charm as much as its wine, is home to the very first winery in Napa Valley. It was established in 1995 as an independent American Viticulture Area (AVA), a designated grape growing region that has specific and identifiable characteristics defined by geography, history, and climate.

Welcome Our Indian Summer With An Epic Pool Party at the Phoenix Hotel

Now that our Indian Summer is in full swing, it's time to head to the Tenderloin–yes, the Tenderloin!–to the iconic Phoenix Hotel and its awesome restaurant Chambers for Pink Mammoth's bangin' pool party this October 2nd. They'll be taking over the entire courtyard with DJs, a free whole pig roast, BBQ and food and drink specials galore.

Look of the Week: 5 Cool Unisex Finds for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass This Weekend

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating 11 years this weekend at Golden Gate Park. Over 50 bands will play on six stages, providing three days of folksy fodder. While the line-up is stronger than ever, we're thinking a scaled-back, bluesy-cool look would be best for shooting the breeze and enjoying the music. 

A Gallery on Wheels: Papergirl Delivers Art on Bikes

Art and bikes have a storied and passionate marriage. From the 1920s photographs of the Tour de France to the custom painted frames of today, artists have long been attracted to the two-wheeled canvas. Local artists Heather Tompkins and Nazir Agah are taking this love even further with their participatory art project, Papergirl SF.

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