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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

What better way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas than with two blood-curdling chillers – The Birds and The Shining – playing this weekend at the Castro? Elsewhere, Paul McCartney: The Love We Make, which follows the onetime Beatle around New York in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, arrives Friday at the Roxie Theater.

1. The Birds

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Dec. 16

Secret Recipe: Calamars a la Planxa with Arròs Negre from Contigo

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email lauren@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Nob Hill's Parallel 37 Perfects Its "Kitchen to Cocktail" Technique

Nob Hill's newest eatery, Parallel 37 tucked away in The Ritz-Carlton, is now open and poised to become the area's best place to steal away for sophisticated drinks and bites to eat, thanks to both bartender Camber Lay and renowned chef Ron Siegel. It's a collaboration that yields an amazing "kitchen to cocktail" technique, where Chef Siegel makes syrups, reductions and infusions in the kitchen that double as exquisite mixology components that blend with Lay's handpicked drink ingredients.

New Year's Eve 2012: Swanky Dinners + More Places to Dance

Whether you're on a budget or ready to make it rain this New Year's Eve, we've got a slew of amazing events to hit up on the big night. Now, it's up to you to get yourself a New Year's kiss and some resolutions to keep.

Blackbird Bar's New Year's Eve Free For All, 2124 Market Street at Church, 415-503-0630

Join forces with fellow revelers for a night of expertly handcrafted drinks and merriment at this Church Street corridor staple. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight, free party hats, noisemakers, confetti blasters and "other deliciously crude devices" to help welcome 2012 into existence. All that and no cover charge!

Photos: 7x7 and Pacific Gas & Electric's Awards Ceremony for San Francisco's Favorite Charities 2011

The holiday season got significantly warmer on December 12th, when 7x7 and PG&E culminated the second annual search for San Francisco's most beloved nonprofit organizations with a lovely reception at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Four Great City Bikes for Around $500

If you’re like me, it’s probably been a long time since you bought a new bike. Maybe the last time you had a shiny steed under a Christmas tree was when your parents bought you that cherry red Schwinn in 1977. No worries, buying a new bike isn’t that hard. And in many cases, it isn’t that expensive—especially during these end-of-the-year sales.

Look of the Week: 10 Ties We Love

To celebrate 10 days 'til Christmas, we decided to put together a collection of 10 ties we love. Ranging from eclectic to minimal, and boasting exquisit details, these ties are the perfect gift solutions for the dapper and dandy men in your life.

Triple Threat: Holiday Headache Relief in the Mission

If you want to have a successful night out in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between pre-dinner drink, food and a show, we bring you the Triple Threat series — a block-by-block guide to nights out that only require one parking space. Today a little holiday helper the Mission.

BlueSprig Launches Security App AirCover for Mobile Phones

Jason Johnson's BlueSprig is emerging from six months in stealth mode with the first of a series of a new lightweight apps for Android and iOS phones called AirCover.

The idea behind AirCover is to bundle in one app a lot of key security, privacy and efficiency functions “that we think should ideally have come with the phone,” says Johnson, a partner at the Founders Den.

The 2012 Eat + Drink Reader’s Choice Awards

The 2012 Eat+Drink Reader’s Choice Awards are here! It's time to vote.

Voting has now been closed! Please check back to see the results!

We know that voting for the best restaurants in this town is akin to choosing your favorite child. But choose, you must.

We’ve added a category—Best Food Truck—and refined some others. Check out last year’s winners if you need some inspiration. Best Newcomer must be a restaurant that opened in 2011.

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