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A Hand in Desire: Tennessee Williams Remixed

You can practically smell the streets of New Orleans - not to mention the bourbon - in the cozy bar room setting of EmSpace’s inventive Tennessee Williams’ remix. Injecting a supercharged dose of modern dance into the high drama of A Streetcar Named Desire, A Hand in Desire artfully blends dialogue, movement, and live music.

W San Francisco Hosts New Year's Eve 2011


The chic and sophisticated flocked to W San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve soiree for a chance to disappear from the everyday and ring in 2011 with some WOW. Revelers swayed to beats by DJ Scotty Boy and others nestled into private booths with bottle service to play voyeur to the stylish set. Whatever your pleasure, W San Francisco offered it in spades for a spectacular NYE.


Photo credit: Moanalani Jeffrey


Free Friday Nights Return to the de Young

Free Friday Nights at the de Young are back. The museum's launching the sixth season of their weekly event tonight with a French-inspired evening of jazz, absinthe lectures and live painting. 

Unfortunately, you're not allowed to venture to the Post-Impressionism Exhibit (which leaves its rotation on Tuesday), but Friday Night-goers are free to head to the museum's observation towers to enjoy the view (along with beer and wine).

Tonight's opening performers are Le Chat Lunatique, who are headed to SXSW this March and play "filthy, mangy jazz," the type that inspires excessive imbibing. At 7:00 pm, the Koret Auditorium will house a history of absinthe lecture, a nod, no doubt, to the habits of a certain Post-Impressionist painter. And in the Piazzoni Murals room, you can hang out with artists (and sip absinthe) as they paint.

Parking Quiz Answer: Skewering the SFMTA's New Parking Rules

Just before lunch, our parking guru David LaBua challenged your knowledge of how the SFMTA can punish you and how they can't, so you can be vigilant in light of their new plan to make $100 million off city drivers this fiscal year.

Which of these is not a real parking law for which you can be ticketed?

A) The 72-hour law

B) The 3% law

C) The 18 inch law

D) The 100 foot law

E) The 4 hubcap law

F) The 1.72 degree law

Will Forte on SF Sketchfest, Leaving 'SNL' and Growing Up in The Bay

SF Sketchfest kicked off last night at the Marines' Memorial Theatre with a performance by the always-funny Upright Citizens Brigade. For the next few weeks, the city will be graced with some serious comedic talent, including SNL and MacGruber's Will Forte, who's in town this weekend for a smattering of Sketchfest performances. He's a part of the "Celebrity Autobiography" show tonight (and Saturday) and also the 'Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Hour,' along with Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), on Saturday. We caught up with Forte via phone to talk growing up in the Bay Area, favorite SNL hosts and what he's excited for at Sketchfest.

Parking Quiz: How The SFMTA Can & Can't Punish You

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.

By now you've heard of the SFMTA's new quest to squeeze over $100 million out of city drivers, and probably cursed them under your breath because of it. They're going to try to get you where it hurts, so take this quiz to know exactly what they can and can't punish you for. Check back after lunch for the answers and David LaBua's scathing review of this brutal new world of parking fines.

Local Performance Groups Combine Forces with Gush

Last year I discovered choreographer Joe Goode for the first time. His company's performance of Traveling Light rocked my world. Heavy, humorous, and deep with meaning, his works offer food for thought as his dancers play perfectly off one another onstage. This month, he's back with a new project featuring two local performance groups: Ledoh and AXIS Dance Company.

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