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Be More Efficient in 2012 Thanks To 8 Local Startups

It may not seem all that sexy, but much of the most significant innovation in digital technology is devoted to helping us get things done more efficiently.

Here are eight local startups that are leading the way in that regard as we enter the new year:

This Week's Hottest Events: Rice Paper Scissors, Remedios Varo, and Mythbusters

Bill Cunningham New York
See the NYT street style photographer extraordinaire in action on the big screen.
When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mon. 1/2
Where: SF Film Society, 1746 Post St.

Food + Art
Rice Paper Scissors Pop-Up Lunch
Have a special Rice Paper Scissors banh mi for lunch on Friday. Designed specifically to complement Sharon Lockhart's "Lunch Break" exhibit, now in its final weeks at SFMOMA, the Vietnamese pop-up cafe joined Blue Bottle and Caffé Museo in making special menus to celebrate the show.     
When: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Fri. 1/6
Where: The Schwab Room at SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

Hipline Fitness & Belly Dance: Fight Club For Women

There is a place in Berkeley where women congregate and dance their asses off. What began as a belly dancing studio three years ago, is now a thumping, sweating, smiling mecca for women who want to let loose and get down. Hipline takes the fear out of exercise and puts the fun back in. Weekend classes book a week in advance, evening classes are illuminated by a disco ball and glow jewelry and Shimmy Pop Ninjas teach their hearts out.

SF Street Style: Provocative-Meets-Classy + Local Wears, in NoPa

Sun out and shorts on, we spotted David Choi, waiting for a haircut at Population salon on Divisadero. I really like how David's fedora and shawl collar cardigan elevate his otherwise basic t-shirt and shorts outfit. Those classy finishing touches also soften the provocativeness of his locally designed t-shirt by CALAB

SF Start-Up Wantful Makes an Old Space New in Upper Haight

It may be unusual, but for this Bay Area start-up, an Edwardian home in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco turned out to be the perfect space for their big ideas.  

A Green-Hued Wedding in the Woods

Kris Branco had long been Erin Thacker’s secret crush, and she had been his. But she lived in San Francisco, and he lived in Providence, Rhode Island. They saw each other infrequently when visiting friends, so it didn’t seem to be in the cards. But while dancing at their friends' wedding, they couldn’t deny their feelings for each other. “I knew that I loved him the moment my hand touched his,” says Erin. “He kept whispering ‘you have no idea,’ so I knew he felt it too.” Two days later, she delayed her flight to SF for four hours just so they could be together at the airport.

At Last, Parkway Speakeasy Theater Finds New Home in Oakland's Uptown District

Oakland’s Parkway Speakeasy Theater, defunct since March 2009, has finally found a new lease on life. The second-run cinema – popular among East Bay cinephiles for its overstuffed coaches, eclectic food menu and, best of all, its beer-and-wine bar – will make its new home in the city’s Uptown Art Murmur district, in a 7,800-square-foot space once occupied by a sheet-glass factory.

Although the grand reopening isn’t expected until late summer at the earliest, patrons heartbroken by the Parkway’s abrupt disappearance almost two years ago can finally rejoice, without worrying about the new facility’s sustainability. Spearheading the effort to revive the theater and pub, Oakland’s J. Moses Caesar reportedly plans to sign a 21-year lease on the 24th Street property this afternoon.

New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners

Q: What are some new years' resolutions I can tackle with my pet? Are there any resolutions I should make for my dog/cat this year?

Consumed: 20 of the Best Things I've Eaten in 2011

























Leopold's sausage and kraut (photo by Ed Anderson)

It's been 12 months of good eating. After reviewing all my past blogs, I've pulled out some—though clearly not all—of the most delicious dishes from 2011 and listed them in no particular order. A couple are new discoveries to me (see L'Ardoise), some are rediscoveries (see Kiss), but most are new as of this year.

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