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Tapganza 2011: Bay Area Rhythm Exchange

Say “tap dancing” and most people will flash uncomfortably on their grandma’s inexplicable Fred Astaire fetish. (Not so inexplicable, really - tap shoes and tuxedos are always hot.) But tap clatters exuberantly on, now fused with hip hop and history - and accomplished tap dancing is always impressive. If you want to hear that sharp volley of sound from quick-moving feet, the world’s great tappers are descending on Herbst Theater this weekend.

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show: Jackson Square Preview

On June 15, the oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast welcomed guests into six San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) Jackson Square galleries to explore the unique pieces on display. The gallery art dealers treated attendees to mini-lectures followed by a lovely wine reception hosted by Daniel Stein Antiques.

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show will be held October 27 - October 30, 2011, at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion.

Fog & Laser at Rickshaw Stop

Photo Credit: Matthew Davis/Ling Busche

 

On July 23, DJ duo Fog & Laser went all out at the Rickshaw Stop, filling the venue with indie, electric beats and creating a laser and fog-infused dance party. Indie distillers, Root & Snap, provided one-of-a-kind drink specials to compliment the anomalous atmosphere. Snazzy portrait photobooth-style shots complimented with hilarious props such as a blowup dolphin and sailor hats was the hit of the night, drawing guests to get their chance to express their individuality. To get a taste of the party check out Fog & Laser's party playlist!

West Memphis Three Freed, with new 'Paradise Lost' Sequel to Debut in January

Paradise Lost filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were in court today to witness the stunning conclusion to a trial they’ve been following for nearly two decades, as Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley – the so-called West Memphis Three, wrongfully accused of mutilating and murdering three prepubescent boys – were set free after 18 years in prison.
 
The award-winning documentary series Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000) spawned a worldwide movement to liberate the three, who were maligned by a conservative Arkansas community largely on the strength of rumors about their ties to “black magic” and paganism.  



Ask the Parking Guru: Can You Protest A Ticket Because the Sign Was Too Far Away?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Hi David,

I found your site online and it's amazing! Today, I was parked in Pacific Heights for only 45 minutes while I went to a couple of stores.  When I got back to my car, I had a ticket on my windshield and the description of the violation said "permit parking."  I looked around and sure enough, way (WAY!) up the block there was a sign that said residential permit parking only but I hadn't seen it from my car's location and I had walked in the opposite direction of the sign after I parked. I’ve never gotten a ticket before in San Francisco, but this ticket is about as big as a grocery store receipt, and it doesn’t even look real.  Do you think I can protest this ticket because the sign was so far away?
 
I swear to god, my mood for the day often centers around parking.  I think I spend probably 20% of my life worrying about parking in SF.  Sometimes I don't go to parties or movies or anything at night because I don't want to deal with the parking issue. I haven't been to North Beach in a few years for simply this reason. 
 
Sincerely,
Confused H.G.

 

Napa Weekend Getaway: Where to Stay

There may not be as many places to stay in Napa Valley as there are in San Francisco, but I’d wager my weight in wine that they are just as diverse. From exclusive resorts to motels out of horror movies, we’ve got it all and plenty to choose from. Some of the most elegant and exclusive resorts in Napa Valley can be found on our list of the best spas and most romantic things to do and here are more favorites from North to South (upvalley-downvalley, as we say):

This Week in Fashion: Simply Chic Launches Online Designer Consignment Shop

Earlier this week, the Chanel-obsessed Marina consignment shop, Simply Chic, launched an online shop offering gently used designer bags and accessories. The select luxury goods are all in good-to-mint condition, and each piece is curated by the owner, May Warren. We took a browse through the constantly growing vintage-to-contemporary collection, and found everything from Lanvin pumps and Hermes watches, to Marni handbags. Take a peek our top picks (above).

Stars of 'Big Lebowski' Recall the Making of a Cult Classic, Consider Sequel Possibilities

When Joel and Ethan Coen first asked him to take a supporting role in The Big Lebowski as Theodore Donald Kerabatsos, the mild-mannered, oft-dismissed bowling enthusiast who succumbs to a heart attack while fighting a trio of nihilists, Steve Buscemi didn’t recognize their invitation as a ticket to immortality. If anything, his gut told him to decline.

“I remember thinking that I didn’t want to play this part,” he says now, reunited on the stage of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom with principal members of the Lebowski cast and crew – including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, John Turturro, Julianne Moore and musical director T Bone Burnett – to celebrate the movie’s Aug. 16 premiere on Blu-ray.

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