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Cause Célébrité: Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere'

It’s hard to imagine a story much slighter than Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a running diary in the life of a Hollywood star – a life rife with malaise, superficial encounters and the occasional, frustratingly inconvenient reminder that he is something more than the sum of his celebrity.
 
Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is also a dad, just not a very attentive one. Yet when he invites his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) over for lunch and a little Guitar Hero, he cares enough about her feelings to kick one of his many anonymous conquests to the curb, at least for the afternoon. Cleo is the first to sign the cast on his arm.
 

Exquisite Corpse Game, Round Three Entries

Round 3 of our Exquisite Corpse game is over, and we're excited to show you the awesome entries we received this week in response to Lisa Congdon's hypnotizing bison with rainbow laser eyes.

Who Is Hailee Steinfeld? Only the Biggest Star of Joel and Ethan Coen's 'True Grit'

Fifteen minutes after Josh Brolin met 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld for the first time, he was pinning her down with a blade to her throat.
 
No, this was not another shocking case of When Celebrities Attack. Brolin and Steinfeld were on the set of Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit remake, opening today, and their introduction preceded the rehearsal of one of the movie’s tensest scenes.
 

Two Sense: New Motherhood and Sex Drives

Six months ago I had a gorgeous baby girl with my live-in boyfriend of five years and right now I have absolutely zero interest in sex. I'm sure my libido will rebound someday, but right now I'm both enjoying motherhood and exhausted by it. Unfortunately, boyfriend's libido, if anything, has increased since our daughter was born. I'm seriously thinking of telling him to go get laid just to get him off my back, but that seems crazy. Or is it?
 

7 Local Musicians & Bands to Watch In 2011

A lot went on musically in the Bay Area this past year--just take a gander at our favorite fresh albums to drop in 2010. That said, it's time to move onto 2011. Here are 7 bands we think are going to make waves in the very near future:

Moon Duo

SF Is 4th "Most Rockin' City of 2010" In the Nation

We all know this is a bona fide music lovers' town, so it's really no surprise that San Francisco annihilated the competition in Stubhub.com's "Most Rockin' City of 2010" rankings, in which we placed 4th, based on how much money the population spent on ticket sales through StubHub.

Apparently, despite the recession and hard times all around, the city shelled out hundreds to see gigantic shows, like Lady Gaga's Monster Ball, to smaller artists' performances, like Vampire Weekend. The top-ranked city? Hartford, Connecticut (say what?), which grabbed the title of "Most Rockin' City of 2010" from the now 3rd-ranked New York City. Boston, MA ranked 2nd. We're just appalled that neither LA nor Austin, TX are on the list.

Ring in the New Year with 'Rocky Horror' at the Clay Theatre

New Year's Eve is not an evening most people spend at the movies, but considering the commotion in the streets, the difficulty of getting last-minute dinner reservations and the overcrowding at the bars – thanks in part to novice drinkers ready to paint the town red with vomit – perhaps the last night of 2010 would be the perfect time to catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Clay Theatre.

This Week's Hottest Events: Four Seasons Hot Chocolate, David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries, and Christmas Day Openings

Drink Break: Adult Hot Chocolate at Seasons Bar & Lounge
So you waited until the last minute to do all your Christmas shopping. You're stressed and you need a break after racing around Union Square stores. Your answer? Adult hot chocolate. Throughout the holidays, you can duck into the posh Seasons Bar & Lounge for a hot chocolate fix, with a twist. Spiked with vanilla, peppermint, or raspberry liquers and paired similarly flavored, housemade marshmallows, it's the perfect way to soothe those aching heels.  Seasons Bar & Lounge, 757 Market St., fourseasons.com

No Country for Old Cowboys: The Coens Reimagine the Classic Western 'True Grit'

You might need subtitles to understand what Jeff Bridges is growling at you in True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen’s adaptation of the 1968 Charles Portis novel.
 
Here, reprising John Wayne’s 1969 role as irascible U.S. marshal “Rooster” Cogburn, Bridges doesn’t try to fill The Duke’s boots so much as he gives them a new shine, his ornery, whiskey-voiced grumblings a far cry from Wayne’s unmistakable drawl. A character actor rather than a Hollywood monument, Bridges so thoroughly cloaks himself in Cogburn’s darkness that he threatens to disappear altogether.
 

Candid Circus by Sweet Can

Master purveyors of super-intimate circus (think low-budget, homegrown Cirque du Soleil), Sweet Can’s latest offering takes ordinary objects and turns them into the randomly delightful. Garbage cans grow feet and tap dance, plates start spinning in the air, and benches become sailing ships.
 
Featuring a Gumby-like contortionist, an aerialist who cheekily defies the laws of physics, and a flying broom homage to Fred Astaire (to be clear, the flying broom is less Quidditch and more swirled over shoulders), Candid mixes traditional circus with physical theater, dance, and live music.

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