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Photos: Third Annual White Caps and Night Caps 2011

On September 23, the Associates of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital hosted the third annual White Caps and Night Caps charity event to benefit the hospital’s Intensive Care and Critical Care Units.

The popular event was a resounding success, raising $20,000 to support the hospital’s purchase of an essential piece of new equipment, an MRI Infusion Pump, which safely delivers medications and sedatives during MRI scans. It will benefit over 1,200 patients annually who receive treatment at Saint Francis. More than 325 supporters enjoyed a sensational evening of dancing, cocktails, a gourmet buffet dinner and a stellar silent auction while overlooking the starlit water of the San Francisco Bay.

The 'Thing' That Should Not Be: Prequel to Carpenter Classic Handsome but Hollow

We open with a helicopter soaring across the Antarctic plain, chasing down a terrified husky. A sharpshooter rains bullets on the snowy terrain, every one missing its target. The scene is almost comical, these hapless predators devoting such effort to a frivolous hunt. But the question remains: How did the dog set them off?
Alas, we’ll never know. Before long, the hunters are dead and the husky is settled in the arms of a new master. But that initial hint of unrest throws all that follows into uncertainty. Something is amiss, and we know it’s just a matter of time before the movie’s darkness comes to light.

Foster the People, Cults and Reptar @ the Fillmore

Foster the People’s buoyant pop sound is addictive, to tweens, teens, and Millennials alike. Apparently, even senior citizens love them.

The band’s sound is one that shines best in a small, intimate venue. Considering they have an album that is manageable from start to finish without getting annoying, their Outside Lands show a couple of months back was disappointing. 

Not so at the Fillmore last night. 

Foster the People evinces emo undertones without the cheese factor that plagues so many other indie rock bands, an advantage that makes them appealing rather than irritating. 

This Week in Local Music News

Kreayshawn goes off the deep end about Zachary's Pizza in Oakland in an interview with Narduwar, spewing expletives about Piedmont and "fancy" pizza. [via Refinery29]

SF Weekly argues why musicians are important to the Occupy Wall Street movement. [via SF Weekly]

Indian Summer Drinking: Bring on Beer Cocktails

Two words: beer cocktail. It might sound counter-intuitive, but you've probably had your fair share. Take, for example, the classic "shandy," equal parts beer and ginger beer, or the Mexican michelada made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, and sometimes tequila. Bartenders love to take classic combinations like these and add their own epicurean spins. At Rye, co-owners Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren came up with Michelada rendition called the Tijuana Brass made with a can of Tecate, a splash of mezcal, fresh-squeezed lime and jalapeño syrup. "This is a great warm weather drink," says Lindgren. "So it goes up on our chalkboard as a special when we get some reliably warmer days like right now." 

Undiscovered Wine Region in Italy Boasts Superb Whites

There are few undiscovered wine regions left, especially in a country as well-traveled and famous for wine as Italy. But Collio, a stunning, low production wine region near Trieste and on the Italian-Slovenian border, remains hidden, despite making some of the best white wines in the world.

Ask A Vet: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Why dogs eat poop

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: Why do dogs eat poop? Is it true dogs eat poop because they have a vitamin deficiency?

Three Rum Drinks For Treasure Island Music Festival After Parties

After the spending two days being barraged non-stop by the some of the best electronic and indie rock acts around, you're going to need an afterparty to keep things going after this weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival shuts down each night. Mix up these rum drinks (we're really getting Treasure Island themed here), courtesy of

Ballet + Ancient Beats from Alonzo King’s Lines

Packed with vivid and tangled history that spans continents and centuries, Alonzo King's latest ballet is set to music of the Sephardic tradition. Arab-Andalusian beats thrum under Hebrew lyrics and Middle-Eastern a capella meets its medieval roots. Expert dancers ply their trade while Turkey, Morocco, Spain, and Yemen represent in the world premiere of Resin

Also on the dance menu is King’s 1998 work, Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?, noted by The New York Times for its virtuosity and imaginative duets. Featuring bright, compelling choreography executed by speedy yet graceful dancers, Alonzo King’s Lines is one of those companies where the performances are always worth a ticket. 

Ask the Parking Guru: What's the Quickest Way To Decode Parking Signs?

Dear David,
I really like your book and your posts!  I have a problem that you may not have addressed before. I sometimes find myself in parking denial.  If I find a parking space, any space, that is available, I will park there.  I feed the meter, but I don't look at the signs, ever.  I have about $700 in tickets this year so far. To tell you the truth, I'm anxious just talking about it.  I think that I just find all of the information and rules to follow so overwhelming.  Do you have any tips for how to quickly and easily read all of the signs and figure out if a parking spot is okay to park in?

Queen of Denial


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