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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week at the Jewish Film Festival

The 31st Jewish Film Festival remains in San Francisco through the weekend at the Jewish Community Center on California Street, before moving on to exclusive stints at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. (Additional screenings at the Christopher B. Smith Film Center begin next Friday.) Among the week's highlights:

1. Eichmann's End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Where: Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949
When: Aug. 1

Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' a Slight but Passably Diverting Genre Mash-Up

As high-concept adventures go, Cowboys & Aliens is a slick, efficient piece of filmmaking that delivers exactly what its title promises, and never aspires to anything more. It coasts on the rogue appeal of two leading men, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, whose chaps are as leathery as their furrowed brows.
 
If the goal of every screenwriter – for Cowboys, producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard assembled a small army of them – is to grab our attention in the very first frame, well, mission accomplished. Here, we find a bloodied stranger, unarmed and alone in the Arizona badlands. An elaborate device, possibly alien in nature, clings to his forearm like a parasite.
 

Secret Recipe: Anticuchos from La Mar

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.

At La Mar Cebichería Peruana chef Gastón Aucrio makes these traditional barbecued skewers, popular at Peruvian street carts, with two sauces and fried potatoes. At home, they're great grilled (try mahi mahi, chicken, or skirt steak) and simply served with just one of Aucrio's sauces: a spicy panchita salsa.  

Raising Arizona: A Backpacking Itinerary Through the Grand Canyon

Growing up, my family took a lot of road trips through Arizona, often stopping at the Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Center to stare into the mile-deep natural wonder. Get too close to the edge and the canyon could swallow you up, my mother would warn. So we stayed a comfortable distance from where the earth dropped off into the unknown and watched as backpackers headed down the trail to the Colorado River. Jealous, I’d drift into the line of hikers before my parents would notice and call out for me to climb back into their Jeep so we could get to our destination, usually Las Vegas.

Total Trash Fest 3 Takes Over the Rest Of Your Summer

With nights dipping into the mid-50s and creeping fog making it hard to see whether or not the corner store is still open, I need something to keep me from going crazy, stat. After all, it's "summer" (I can barely remember what that means), we should all be out doing stuff. Enter Total Trash Fest 3, the sweatiest, dirtiest, messiest rock fest that's sure to keep me out of the house until the end of August, guaranteeing nights of complete insanity (the good kind) at the hands of the country's best garage, punk, psych and rock n' roll bands.

Drinks Before Noon: Cocktail Recipes from Some of the City's Best Brunch Menus

The joys of a spirited brunch come in four shapes and glasses.

Nopa's Ramos Gin Fizz Nopa's Ramos Gin Fizz
Serves 1
Ingredients:
    2 ounces Haymans Old Tom gin
    Juice of half a lemon
    Juice of half a lime
    1 ounce simple syrup
    1 ounce half-and-half
    ¾ ounce egg white
    Club soda
    Orange flower water

Add the first six ingredients to a shaker. Shake well. Add ice. Shake again. Strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with a splash of soda and orange flower water.

Look of the Week: Workout NightLife + SF Marathon

Head out to the Academy of Sciences tonight for the sporty themed, Workout NightLife -- a special event in preparation of the annual San Francisco Marathon.

At NightLife, enjoy a performance by CHEER SF, a "quirky workout attire" costume contest (Add a tutu and some sparkles from your Burning Man bin for this bit!), partake in a yoga session with Lululemon, and zumba your way through tunes by DJ Kap10. Then, indulge in some guilt-free carbo-loading before the SF Marathon this Sunday. 

Fellini Meets Lewis Carroll at E6 Gallery

Conjure up memories of lonely Alice finding her way through an unfamiliar magical world in Alice in Wonderland, or relive James Henry Trotter's surreal, peachy adventure with strange insects in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. Now, hold tightly onto that vision, and take a gander at the images here by LA-based artistic duo Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French. The similarities are striking, so much so that Photograph magazine referred to their work as "Fellini's take on Lewis Carroll."

The Best of Golden Gate Park for Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

One of the largest urban parks in the country is right here in the Bay Area, and there’s lots to do in its 1,000-plus acres. It’s impossible to see everything that Golden Gate Park has to offer in one day, with the Koret Children’s Playground, California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and Stow Lake among the attractions pulling the family in different directions. With some planning, you and the kids can hit up your favorite spots without a hitch and maybe even discover something new.

Napa Wineries With the Best Views

In the mountains of Napa Valley, many of the best vistas come with vino. Here's a roundup of some of the best views in the Valley and the wineries where you can enjoy them.

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