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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Seeking an antidote to the holiday season's traditional tidings of great joy? Director Takeshi Kitano (1997's Fireworks) returns this week at the Lumiere Theatre with Outrage, a bloody, deliriously eccentric gangland drama about rival yakuza clans competing for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. Elsewhere:

Noir City Xmas
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Dec. 14

Weekend Comedy Roundup: Bobby Slayton and Ben Bailey

Comedian Ben Bailey

If you’ve ever watched the Discovery Channel trivia game show “Cash Cab,” and found yourself thinking “hey, this host is kind of funny,” well, that’s because he is. Ben Bailey, he of the mighty testosteroned voice, shaved head and 6’6” frame, got his start in showbiz by standing up on a stage telling jokes to strangers — before he made a living driving a casino-lit NYC cab around asking strangers questions.

This Week in Local Music News

Metallica celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Fillmore, blowing minds right and left with almost a week's worth five-hour shows full of their best songs and guests ranging from Lou Reed to Kid Rock to Mercyful Fate to Anthrax's Scott Ian to their former bassist Jason Newsted. Every major music news outlet writes reviews.

In Photos: Seven Days of San Francisco

Click through to see the slideshow gallery of San Francisco events from last week, December 2 - 8, including the Hendrick's Enchanted Forest, SF Bicycle Coalition's Winterfest, a slew of live music, and more...

Consumed: The Best Things I've Eaten This Week

Enough of the fried chicken, the pizza, the burgers, the deli sandwiches bursting with a half pound of meat, that crazy-delicious kouign amann (finally figured out that this is pronounced queen a'mann) Belinda Leong is making for Four Barrel. Enough with the death-by-straight-booze cocktails. The holidays haven't even hit yet and the food trends in this city are going to kill me.

Where are the salad trucks? I might have to move to LA to recuperate from this year of recession comfort food.

Make Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Your Home for the Holidays

Skier at Lake Tahoe

The snow's piling up in the mountains and passes of Tahoe, just begging to be carved up by skiers and snowboarders. And just like clockwork, Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe is rolling out the red carpet for skiers and snowboarders with their amazing packages that lay at the heart of every authentic Tahoe experience this winter.

SF Sound Architect Tycho Building Buzz, Plays Independent Saturday

 Odds are, you don’t know Tycho, which is fine. But perhaps you know Scott Hansen, the San Francisco-based sound/visual artist behind the crypticism. He resides happily below the radar, where his sonic permutations can grow and change however his muse dictates.

Work When, Where, and How You Want with LiquidSpace

Covering the tech sector in San Francisco these days is a lot like what it was like being a reporter for Rolling Stone here in the 70s – you get your mind blown, a lot.

First Bite: Dear Mom

Restaurant bars serving artisanal cocktails are the darling of all the new dining rooms popping up in the Mission (see Wo Hing General Store, Tacolicious, and Locanda). So I was curious to check out a new opening by Thieves Tavern bartenders who are turning the trend on its head. Formerly El Rincon Latin Club, Dear Mom is a large (by Mission standards anyway) old-timey saloon that at first glance is purely for drinking bourbons and brews.

Ask the Parking Guru: How Can I Get My Money Back From An Erroneous Ticket?

Dear Parking Guru,
I got a ticket yesterday on my birthday for not curbing my wheels on Clement Street and 6th. You wrote that the law states that you only have to curb your wheels if the grade of the street is 3% or more. I couldn't find any information regarding the grade at this location. SFMTA couldn't tell me the grade of the street, nor how to ascertain that information. Please Help!

Gratefully Yours,

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