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Puerto Vallarta: A Dose Of Paradise Only Three Hours Away

We were lucky enough to be invited on the Virgin America's maiden air voyage to Puerto Vallarta this past weekend, and we can safely say that PV is poised to become one of the friendliest, most welcoming destinations for Bay Areans who need a quick tropical getaway to cleanse themselves of winter blues or real life jitters.

Eat Like a Native: A Mexico Expat on Where to Go, What to Buy

Welcome to a column wherein we track down a cook good with an accent and milk them for all their best kept eating secrets.

This Week's Hottest Events: Live 105 FM's Not So Silent Night and More

Live 105 FM's Not So Silent Night will feature Mumford & Sons

Art
The SECA Awards at SFMOMA
SFMOMA presents two exhibits in tandem—a show of the four 2010 SECA Art Award winners including Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey (a 2011 Hot 20 winner), and Kamau Amu Patton and a look back at 50 years of emerging, Bay Area artists. Just in case SECA wasn't already on your radar, it's the museum's Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, which seeks to honor and highlight the achievements of the most promising, up-and-coming local talent.   
When: Fri. 12/9 – Tues. 4/3
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

My Morning Jacket at Bill Graham Civic

Not many rock bands seem wholly comfortable in their mid-career britches, when the street cred can begin to fade and the artistic edge becomes susceptible to dulling. But count My Morning Jacket — which played a sprawling 23-song set Friday night at the Bill Graham Civic Center — among the impervious rock bands aging gracefully and suitably (see also: Wilco, Radiohead, and, incidentally, another band who played Bill Graham over the weekend, The National).

Our Ultimate Holiday Wish List, Part I

Get in the spirit with these 28 gift ideas. Next, we'll reveal our favorite home, design and fashion gift picks.

SF Street Style: A NY Jewelry Designer Wears Patricia Field, in the Mission

Meet NY-based jewelry designer Katie Finn, the mastermind behind Elizabeth Street Jewelry. Katie has been designing her own jewelry line since 2008, and each piece of her collection is hand made in her studio in Brooklyn. We caught up with her (looking oh-so fabulous in this black pantsuit) at her SF trunk show, last Saturday at Love & Luxe.

Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from SF's Most Festive Companies

This year, scrap the cheap-o holiday cards and send your friends and family
one of these cool picks from San Francisco stationery makers. Our friends at
7x7's sister magazine California Home + Design share their favorite finds (From left to right).

Extra Party Added: Hendrick's Enchanted Forest on Wednesday, December 7th in SoMa

Heavens to Betsy! We posted an invitation to a very very special event with our friends at Hendrick's Gin happening this Thursday, and the response was so... shall we say, healthy... that we simply HAD to offer another night of fun to our dear, dedicated, debauched de-lovelies (yes, we mean you!)

San Francisco's Matthew Leutwyler Searches for 'Answers,' Finds Dane Cook

Growing up in San Francisco, armed with a Super 8 camera to document his youthful forays into pyrotechnic mayhem, director Matthew Leutwyler’s journey to Hollywood is more than vaguely reminiscent of the trail blazed by so many innovators – guys with names like Scorsese, Lucas and Spielberg.

“I was always making little movies with my friends and stuff, even when I was at the Town School,” says Leutwyler, 42, whose new drama, Answers to Nothing, opened Friday at the AMC Metreon. “I was 8 or 9, and my brother and a couple friends, Robert and Alexander, we did stupid thing like put a tripod with a camera on it in the middle of our backyard.

Two More Weeks to Catch the Genius, the Fun, and the Righteousness of Fela!

There’s an inherent danger in marrying blockbuster musical theater with weighty subjects like political and social oppression. On one hand, the people must be entertained and stimulated...shiny lights everywhere, please! On the other, such stories demand a faithful and meaningful reading, with all respect paid to the maligned. And somehow, neither can be compromised.

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