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Notes from a Darkened Theater: Happy Returns for Zoolander and Rambo?

Ben Stiller is no stranger to sequels.

Fresh off the dual successes of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Tropic Thunder, his decade-in-the-making passion project about a group of coddled actors lost in the jungles of Laos, he was already set to reprise his starring role in Night at the Museum, with a sequel due in May 2009. And though Stiller has confirmed plans for a third installment of his Meet the Parents saga – no surprise there, given its sustained success at the box office – he recently admitted that he’d like to bring back a character whose appeal proved more elusive the first time around: Derek Zoolander, the titular hero of his 2001 satire about the witless world of male models.

Best Glasses for Film Buffs: You'll Find Them in Hayes Valley

Look closely: The sides of those eyeglass frames from Hungarian company Cinematique are crafted of 35mm film from real movies (but only those made after 1989, when communism fell). Through the Hayes Optometry. 529 Hayes St, 415-553-6166, vinylize.com

Jay's Cheesesteaks and Liberty Ale—Sweet Perfection



Drinking food: I'm not talking about liquid food, but about the kind of food that insists on being accompanied by a good drink. In this case, Exhibit A is the cheesesteak, a wonderful sandwich with sautéed steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese served on a toasted roll with, usually, a little mayo and maybe some mustard. I'm a big fan of the cheesesteaks at Jay's (553 Divisadero). I get mine to go, however, because Jay's doesn't serve beer and I think the proper cheesesteak experience is not complete without a good brew. You can go with a lighter style lager--a Budweiser, for instance--but I like something a little richer and more flavorful, as the cheesesteaks at Jay's are pretty rich themselves and also quite savory.

Renovated California Coastal Trail: Best Urban Walk

Not-in-the-know hikers might think they’ve got to leave the city for a challenging nature trek with views. Not so. Our recently renovated stretch of the California Coastal Trail, which actually runs throughout the entire state, offers rugged coastline climbs, picnic spots and several sets of steps. Around each corner is another killer view. We like to start at Baker Beach and follow the trail up to the Golden Gate Bridge, then down into Marina Green for a well-deserved lunch at either the Warming Hut (Presidio Bldg.

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

Boucheron honors Vanessa Getty and baubles benefit the SF-Bay Area Humane Friends

Tie One On

The Red Tie Gala raises funds for Little Sisters of the Poor

The Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas

Thanks to PG&E, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has a home for its holiday musical, The Black Nativity—it’ll run in the utility’s downtown auditorium Dec. 11 to 28.

Going to See the Elephant, A New Novel Set in SF

The first novel by journalist (and Grottoite) Rodes Fishburne, Going to See the Elephant ($22, Delacorte Press), is populated by mayors, muses and an inventor named Milo Magnet. Need you ask where it’s set? Our fair city, of course.

Sweet Aloha

Big Island wedding of Tony Arata and Paige Barry-Arata

Local Indie-Rock Poster Artist Displaying Work at the Curiosity Shoppe

Chances are you've seen one of Oakland designer Jason Munn's music posters, especially if you went to the Treasure Island Music Festival (the whole ship/island concept was his idea). Or , perhaps, you've spun a CD with his art on it. Munn's SF-based design studio, The Small Stakes, has created posters, magazine graphics, CD art and book covers for bands like, Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and locals Rogue Wave.

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