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Photos: Raphael Saadiq @ The Clift

Amazing preview of Raphael Saadiq's Stone Rolling album coming out March 22, 2011

Three San Francisco Parking Scams

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.

"There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum (1810–1891). And I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you may have been part of a parking ticket scam without even knowing it.  Perhaps more than once.

According to my sources at the DPT and the SFMTA, there are three different scams going on in SF using parking as their base of operation.

Club Music Maestro Juan MacLean DJing Public Works Saturday

Purveyors of groundbreaking, intelligent dance music like LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair and YACHT, DFA Records knows how to get the party started, and house DJ Juan MacLean is no exception. If you're looking to get your sweat on this weekend, look no further than the club maestro's set at Public Works this Saturday, the 22nd.

SFMOMA's Voyeurism and Surveillance Exhibit: Examining the Camera's Most Unsettling Uses

Currently on exhibit until April 17 at the SFMOMA, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 explores the watching me, watching you phenomenon as it has evolved since the early days of the camera. In an era when cameras and recording devices are ubiquitous, impacting norms around privacy and exclusivity, this exhibit is more relevant than ever.

Insanity Grips the Castro as Noir City Returns for 10 Crazy Nights of Movies

Perhaps Norman Bates said it best: “We all go a little mad sometimes.” And though Bates, the dangerously eccentric inheritor of his family’s motel in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho, will neither be featured nor, we hope, attending the ninth San Francisco Film Noir Festival, which opens at the Castro tomorrow, his cryptic wisdom will echo in every one of Noir City’s 24 selections.

This year’s theme? Who’s Crazy Now, celebrating two-dozen tales of stark, raving madness, all with gloriously restored 35-milimeter prints, presented over 10 nights of double features priced at an insanely reasonable $10.

More Local Bands + Ben Gibbard Slated for Noise Pop

Noise Pop's people have filled in the blanks in their previously-tepid lineup, and added a Lower Haight pop-up shop debuting in February to keep the party going all month long.

Neil Patrick Harris in Town For Sketchfest This Weekend

Sketchfest's comedic storm will get some gale winds this weekend with the arrival of talent powerhouse Neil Patrick Harris for Saturday and Sunday performances. He's part of the Thrilling Adventure Hour (along with Alison Brie from Mad Men) on Saturday, a staged comedy production in the style of an old-time radio show. And on Sunday, he takes the stage with Brian Henson (the Chairman of the Jim Henson Company) for a conversation and a puppet demonstration. We caught up with NPH via phone to talk puppets, magic and Twitter.

Community Meeting to Save KUSF Tonight

"We were tricked," declared KUSF's Music Director Irwin Swirnoff in a phone conversation. The news about the University of San Francisco's plans to sell beloved community radio station 90.3 FM to the Classical Public Radio Network and convert it to an online-only format is spreading, and the public outcry has been swift.

Tonight at 7 pm, there will be a community meeting (which the University's president, Rev. Stephen J. Privett will attend) staged by station volunteers at Presentation Theater at 2350 Turk St. at Masonic. It's a chance to rally behind the station, discuss fundraising opportunities to match the bid to buy back the broadcast signal, and move to file an appeal to the FCC to block the sale. The community is welcome to attend.

Two Sense: Couples Who Fight In Front of Other People

Q: For the most part, things seem pretty good between my girlfriend and me. But give her a few drinks at a dinner party, and the zingers start to fly—always in front of our friends. Last month she “joked” about my taste in movies and just the other night she made a very nasty remark about me not doing my share of housework. The next day, I usually confront her about it, but the discussion turns into a “You were nasty/No I wasn’t” one instead of a “Let’s deal with the underlying issue” one. What do I do?

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