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Free Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees & Bare Wire Show @ Public Works December 11

Well, here's a pre-holiday treat: Rum company Sailor Jerry is gifting us with a FREE  Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees and Bare Wires concert on December 11. Score.

What do you have to do to get in? Just cross those fingers and click here. 161 Eerie Street is where our favorite new Mission chill spot Public Works hides, so there will be plenty of space for you to punch the air and shuffle those feet.

Need a primer? Download local guitar wizards Thee Oh Sees' The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (Castleface/Tomlab), Bare Wires' jittery, loved-up punk style on Seeking Love (Castleface) and the Black Lips' (who are known to let their freak flags fly live) Good Bad Not Evil (Vice).

Photos: Biz Markie @ TuneUp Media

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Sex, Lies and Political Miscalculations Take Center Stage in Alex Gibney's 'Client 9'

Was Eliot Spitzer, the so-called "Sheriff of Wall Street" whose attention-grabbing crusade against big-business corruption catapulted him to New York's governorship, sabotaged by his own hubris or the victim of a calculated political hit?

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.

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