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Bid on Signed-by-Artist Fillmore Posters: Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, Pixies, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth and Gnarls Barkley!

We’ve selected seven of our favorite Fillmore posters from the past five years for your bidding pleasure. They're all signed by the bands themselves. Proceeds will benefit the Bill Graham Foundation and the San Francsico Conservatory of Music. Bidding starts at $50.  To read the background of Fillmore posters and how they get produced, click here.


Parking Quiz Answer! Finding & Avoiding Red Light Cameras in SF

A bit ago, parking guru David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you guys to guess how many red light cameras there are in the city, plus a bonus question of how long red lights actually last. Did you guess correctly?

How many red light camera intersections are there in SF?

A) 2
B) 4
C) 24
D) 42
E) 142

Bonus Question (Essay): How long does the typical red light last?

Photos: Maus Haus @ Popscene, 330 Ritch

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Parking Quiz: How Many Red Light Cameras Exist 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 La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Running red lights. We all do it because we're impatient, even though it's kind of a death wish. Getting stuck with a ticket from a red light camera's no picnic either, so take this quiz (plus a bonus question!) to avoid one of the nasty slips of paper. Check back later, because we'll post the answers in a few hours!

How many red light camera intersections are there in SF?

Art of Glass: Inside the Studio of Oakland Glass Artist Jonah Ward

When people ask Jonah Ward what type of artist he is, he’s often met with puzzled stares after he tells them that he “burns wood with glass.” But once Ward whips out his iPod and shows a short video of himself in the studio, the confusion quickly turns into bug-eyed fascination.

The End Begins Now: Wizards Go to War in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

Rather than draw out their long goodbyes in a single sitting, as Peter Jackson’s Hobbits did in his too-long Lord of the Rings finale, Team Harry’s swan song will unfold in two parts, a decision dismissed in some quarters as purely a marketing strategy.
Yet even at two-and-a-half hours, the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s conclusion to the saga of an orphaned wizard destined to battle a Hitler-like menace, sacrifices some particulars of the author’s story but emerges as the most faithful adaptation in the series. Readers expecting everything plus the kitchen sink – or, in this case, seven magical Horcruxes – should not be disappointed.

Mammoth Sugar Castle at the Westin St. Francis

The city is officially getting holiday-ified. Here's another example: The Westin St. Francis is rolling out one of the world's largest sugar castles next Wednesday, constructed by their Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Houdré.  At 12 feet, 30 "rooms" and 1,200 lbs, you can probably get diabetes from just looking at it. Go check it out November 24-January 3, but only if you feel really secure in your gingerbread house-making skills.

The official unveiling takes place on Wednesday at 10 am, accompanied by (free) hot chocolate.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The San Francisco Film Society's annual celebration of New Italian Cinema, which closes Sunday with Paolo Virzi's touching drama The First Beautiful Thing, takes center stage at the Embarcadero this weekend, while Harry Potter and his magical minions take the fight to the murderous Lord Voldemort in the first installment of David Yates' Deathly Hallows. Elsewhere:

1. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Encounters: New Moon Silk Road

Inspired by the fabled Silk Road (the western world’s first connection with east, now symbolizing cross-fertilization of everything from music to spice racks), Ballet Afsaneh spent the past year orchestrating a collaboration with acclaimed local artists from the Central and South Asian diaspora. This impressive year-long exercise culminates in a performance blending dance, music, and text from the historic trade routes of Eurasia.

Local Artist Bill Fontana Unveils Latest Sound Sculpture at SFMOMA

Conceptual? Yes. Intelligent? Yes. Over my head? Yes. Local artist Bill Fontana is an international phenomenon and has been a pioneer of sound art for the past 40 years. Turning what we're accustomed to with visual art on its head, it is not what we see but rather what we hear that is Fontana's body of work. He calls it sculpture, but what you're looking at in his work is only an instrument that generates the desired effect. And this time around, the SFMOMA building itself is the medium for Fontana's latest site-specific sound sculpture.

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