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Parking Quiz Answer! The Day Parking in SF Changed Forever

A couple of hours ago, David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you fine readers when the first parking meter was installed in our fair city. Here, we unveil a little history lesson that answers just when parking on the streets of San Francisco changed forever.

When was the first parking meter installed in San Francisco?

A) 1849

B) 1930

C) 1947

D) 1962

E) 1979

Parking Quiz: When Was The First Parking Meter Installed in SF?

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.

Happy Friday! We've got a little history lesson for you this afternoon from our parking know-it-all, David LaBua, about when the first parking meters landed on the streets of San Francisco and changed the lives of drivers forever. Take a guess and learn the answer in a few hours!

When was the first parking meter installed in San Francisco?

Hitchcock's Unsung Gems Take Center Stage at the Castro Theatre

Cinematic pioneer, detached voyeur, master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock's singular vision -- which earned him much respect and accolades, yet never an Oscar for best director -- was in full effect in such classics like Psycho, The Birds, and North by Northwest. But other films that displayed a knack for experiment and playfulness often get overlooked by the casual moviegoer. To remedy that, The Castro Theatre is presenting six days of the master's undersung gems, starting tomorrow, which will include the "one-take" wonder Rope, the often-mimicked The Lady Vanishes (we're looking at you, Flightplan), and the witty Lifeboat, which was set entirely on... um, a lifeboat...

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The new year has arrived, and with it the promise of long-awaited sequels to The Hangover, Kung Fu Panda and Pixar's Cars, the distressing inevitability of Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the mind-numbing realization that Little Fockers sits lazily atop the box-office charts. The good news: Bay Area moviegoers have plenty of worthwhile alternatives, including:

1. Blue Valentine

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650

Say Goodbye to Starry Night: Post-Impressionism Exhibit Closing at the de Young

Get thee to the de Young. You have just over a week to see the Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond exhibit before these post-impressionist masterpieces are shipped back to the Musee d'Orsay for good. In case you didn't hear, the de Young has had the privilege of being the only museum in the world to play host to two exhibitions of work on loan from the esteemed Musee d'Orsay while it undergoes extensive renovations. The first exhibit focused on the birth of Impressionism and drew more than 432,000 visitors. Bets are, that by the time it's over, the current exhibit will have drawn even more.

Classical Roundup: Strings and Cinderella Stories

You can check 7x7's concert roll on the right-hand side of the homepage for concerts of the rock, pop and dance varieties, but for the more classical-music inclined, here's our roundup what we're anticipating to be the best performances of the month.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Masters at classical guitar genre-bending (their repertoire jumps from Bach to bluegrass to samba to African drum circle), the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays Herbst Theatre next weekend. Known on Youtube for its deconstructed version of Pachelbel’s Canon (check it out here), the group has been together for thirty years, playing inventive, critically acclaimed music around the world.

Chill Out At The Exploratorium's After Dark on Meditation

You know those MRIs they've taken of monk's brains that are literally glowy from all that happy, relaxed meditation? Chances are (given your post-vacation to-do list) yours is not looking like that right now.

The Exploratorium After Dark, which goes down the first Thursday of every month, turns to meditation tomorrow, exploring the cutting-edge research being done in the area.

The Great Waxing Debate

I’m dating a guy who has recently been making some not-too-subtle hints that I wax. He says we will both enjoy sex better. I'm naturally a bit furrier than average, and fulfilling this request would present a near constant and painful challenge. I’ve told him I’ll wax when he does. That seems fair to me, but he's not taking my response seriously.

Winter Residency @ Slim's: Shows in January for $5

If your post-holiday wallet's feeling a bit depleted and you're hankering for a music fix, let (((folkYEAH!)))'s Winter Residency at Slim's come to your rescue. The program features a series of cheap (as in $5 cheap) concerts, showcasing mostly-local bands on Tuesdays in January.

Get a Clue at Boxcar Theatre

If you ever yell “THE BUTLER DID IT!” (with or without brandished candlestick) when your roommate asks about the suspicious red (wine) stain on her new yellow carpet, this is the show for you. Wadsworth, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock are pressed into service at Hill House once again to solve the murder of poor (and oft-done away with) Mr. Boddy. Complete with blackmail, thickly spread lies, and weapons being passed around like canapes, this delightfully meta theatrical version of Clue is adapted from the movie, which was adapted from the game.

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