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Berkeley's Potash Tracks an Abuse Victim's Road to Freedom in 'Crime After Crime'

In 1983, Compton resident Deborah Peagler was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of Oliver Wilson, the man who abused her, forced her into prostitution and molested her daughters. Nearly 20 years later, after California legislators passed a law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence victims to reopen their cases, her case became a cause, quickly adopted by two land-use attorneys (Berkeley’s Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa) determined to see her freed.

High Times: Now 39, John Cho Still Happy to Celebrate a 'Harold & Kumar Christmas'

John Cho is tired of getting high – literally, at least. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire Harold Lee, the normally cautious investment banker whose buttoned-down approach goes up in smoke whenever he’s around best buddy Kumar Patel. But Cho, who stars opposite Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, could certainly use a break from flying.
 
After tour stops in Chicago, Washington and Toronto, the 39-year-old Seoul, South Korea, native has arrived at San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel to promote the doped-up duo’s latest misadventure, and make no mistake, his spirit is willing. But his body? Not so much.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay honors the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking, the intelligence and probing spirit of local directors, and the incredible depth and breadth of America’s film and media frontier.

This Week in Local Music News

The SHE'S, a massively accomplished band of teenage girls who've opened for Girls and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, releases the sun-soaked "Jimmy," the first single off their debut album Then It Starts To Feel Like Summer, which drops November 29. [via The Bay Bridged]

Estate Sale Report: A Hoarder's Paradise in Berkeley?

To be honest, I don't know if the owners of this Berkeley apartment building were technically hoarders. But I do know this: When Rick Hudson of Hudson's Antiques & Estate Liquidation says you have to see an estate sale to believe it, you better take notice. This man doesn't exaggerate.

Photos & Review: Architecture in Helsinki at The Fillmore

To put it in terms Architecture in Helsinki fans can appreciate, music consumers can generally be divided into two camps: those frustratingly picky prudes, and the weak-kneed whores. Prudes prefer their music to put in some work, and themselves to be wooed in novel ways; in other words, they like to play hard to get, and that’s why they listen to all that obscure ‘60s Brazilian Tropicalia b-sides that are literally hard to get. Then, god, the whores — they give up their affection at the first hint of pop melodicism and major chord synth sounds, preferring their lyrics of the bubblegum variety and their song structures predictable, swooning over anything that moves.

Consumed: The Best Things I've Eaten This Week

The weather is cooling off and the restaurant world is heating up. The city is about to barraged by new establishments serving everything from barbecue to boba drinks—the majority opening in the insatiable Mission District.

Always knee-deep in restaurant news, I often forget that there are plenty of people who live a good life, oblivious to the fact that Wo Hing General Store has opened its doors. Or even that Wo Hing is located in the original Slanted Door. Charles who?

From Ancient Chants to Modern Keys: Best Classical Music This Month

New Century Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Its Tour 

Most twenty-year olds pick up a bottle of tequila on their birthday. New Century Chamber Orchestra picks up bows and suitcases before hopping on a plane to the East Coast to play Rossini and Mendelssohn.

Parking Quiz Answer: The Steepest Street in SF Is....

During lunch, we decided to keep it short and sweet on this gorgeous (but freezing!) Friday by asking you: What is the steepest street that most defies gravity in SF?

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