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Zynga Partners With Enrique Iglesias to Promote CityVille, the Top Game on Facebook

Potrero Hill-based Zynga is announcing today a partnership with international popstar Enrique Iglesias that will kick off next week in its most popular game, CityVille.

Under the deal, which starts next Tuesday and runs for seven days, players will be able to build “Euphoria Arenas" for their virtual cities, collect some free branded virtual items, preview a video of his single, “I Like How It Feels,” and interact with the singer’s avatar.

The partnership comes just as Iglesias has kicked off an international concert tour, which is branded “Euphoria.” This is the third celebrity event for the large social game company, following one with Lady Gaga in May and Dr. Dre last December.

Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in the Bay Area

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. Read the full article here.

Halloween in the Bay Area is so much fun, we all wish it lasted longer than a day. One way to extend the spirit of the season (and build up anticipation to the 31st) is to dress the kids up in costume and visit a Bay Area pumpkin patch. Pumpkin patches are magical because they combine all the smells, tastes, sounds, and sites of the season in one place the entire family can enjoy. Here’s a selection of pumpkin patches from across the Bay Area, where you’re sure to meet the future Jack-o-Lantern of your nightmares!

Clooney, DiCaprio to Grace the Screens of First-Ever Napa Valley Film Festival

The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival opens Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. A must for cinephiles, foodies and wine lovers alike, the five-day "extended weekend" features a premier selection of independent films and hotly anticipated Oscar contenders, as well as conversations with some of the most exciting actors, directors, producers and writers working in movies today.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011: Woods Amp Up for a Gig in Some Friendly Confines

Perhaps no one is better suited in the band name category for the campy wilderness of Golden Gate Park, venue for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this weekend, than Brooklyn’s Woods. Their sound — a psych-y lo-fi mix of charming melodies and fuzzy, seizuring guitar lines — should also match up well with the hallowed outdoor space. The band has caught the attention of various taste-makers with its last three albums: the experimental and folky Songs of Shame, the backyard tripper minimalist jamming of At Echo Lake and their slightly more polished and accessible Sun and Shade.

Pop Culture Know-It-All & Litquake Performer Chuck Klosterman Talks Beards, Crystals and Writer's Block

Time magazine has called Chuck Klosterman one of America’s foremost authorities on pop culture—and for good reason. The best-selling author, who grew up in rural North Dakota, has an insatiable appetite for music and sports and brings a keen analytical eye to mainstream culture. The Believer, ESPN, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, and more have tapped him for his extensive knowledge on all things A&E. He’s penned seven books, including a collection of essays in 2003’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (Scribner), in which he waxes on about reality TV, Billy Joel, and the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.

Killing My Lobster's "Twilight Zone: SF" Video Wonders Why No One In The City Works

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SF's own sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster debuted a new video a few days ago asking the same question we've asked ourselves for ages: "Doesn't anyone in this city work?" Whenever we're stuck in the office on a gorgeous day, our phones blow up with texts from friends drinking beer at Dolores Park. At least now we know we're not alone.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Play Hooky at Chambers: Not really feeling another few hours in the cubicle this afternoon, especially with a legitimate summer day right outside? Fake an upset stomach and head to Chambers, where they'll be dishing up $4 beers, bloody marys, and margaritas around their signature pool all day long. If you're really feeling flush, or can convince the boss to call it an "offsite," $97 buys a cabana room with four pool passes, where you can change, shower, and head to dinner. (Wednesday, September 28, 1 pm-sunset, at Chambers Eat + Drink in the Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., Tenderloin.)

Shauns Shades Look Good, Feel Good, and Do Good

Sunglasses designed in California and made in Italy. Nice. And for a second dose of niceness, for every pair purchased, Shauns Shades gives a pair of glasses to someone suffering from visual challenges. Shauns Shades' mission is simple: to support, empower, and help solve the problem of visual impairment and eliminate blindness, one cool frame at a time.

Week in Food: Rosh Hashanah Pop-Up, Macy's at SF Proxy, Oktoberfest, Food Trivia Night, and More

Today, September 28

Chef Kenny Hockert, owner of Old World Food Truck, is throwing a non-kosher Rosh Hashanah feast at La Victoria Bakery in the Mission. To celebrate the Jewish New Year starting at 7:30 p.m., Hockert is making gefilte fish, beef kreplach, roasted chicken, latkes, sautéed greens with squash and leeks, and spiced honey cake. Tickets are $35, and drinks are BYOB. 2937 24th St. (at Alabama)

Friday, September 30

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