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This Week's Hottest Events: Jenny Lewis, Divisadero Art Walk and Daft Punk's Film Debut

Music: Jenny and Johnny
Child actress turned alt country music sensation Jenny Lewis has toured with singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice for every solo show of her career, so it was only natural that they start collaborating together on an album. The result? Fun, poppy melodies and a stage chemistry that will no doubt make you smile. $20; Thursday and Friday, 9/2-3; GAMH, 859 O'Farrell St., 415-885-0750,

The Show Goes on at the Clay Theatre

Landmark Theatres announced today that they have come to an agreement with Balgobind Jaiswal, the Clay Theatre landlord, to keep the century-old cinema open for the short term.  

"We hope continuing operation at the Clay will give all interested parties the opportunity to pursue mutually beneficial remedies," said Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff.

"I want to thank Mr. Jaiswal, our landlord, for the amicable arrangement that we completed just two days prior to our otherwise expected last day of operation. He went above and beyond and we are so pleased we could reach this resolution."

Jonathan Safran Foer talks Meat-Eating, Public Misconceptions, and Why He’s Just Another Stroller Dad

If Jonathan Safran Foer was a stock, and you had purchased him back in 2002, you’d be rich now. That was the year the Princeton grad, at the ripe old age of 25, published his first novel, Everything Is Illuminated (Houghton Mifflin), to great acclaim. In 2005 he followed it with a second, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Houghton Mifflin), narrated by a 9-year-old boy whose father died on September 11. His most recent book, a work of non-fiction titled Eating Animals (Little, Brown and Co.), will be released in paperback this month. In it, Safran Foer turns his gimlet eye to commercial fishing and factory farming, which the vegetarian author takes to task through a mixture of reporting and personal memoir.

Apple to Announce New Products on Sept. 1st @ Yerba Buena Center

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, turtleneck fan Steve Jobs and the Apple gang are getting ready for a big reveal on Wednesday, September 1st at Yerba Buena Center, and speculations are flying.

Parking Pop Quiz Answers Revealed!

A few hours ago our parking guru David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, provided you with a little parking pop quiz. Here, he explains the answers and all the loopholes to avoid getting a nasty parking ticket.

Teens and Non-Teens Pair Up for Clark Gallery Exhibition

Curated by Catherine Clark (Catherine Clark Gallery) and UC Berkeley professor, roboticist, and artist Ken Goldberg, each piece included in Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand was created by a pair or group of artists, including at least one teenager and one "so-called adult." Teenagers push the cultural boundaries, bringing a fresh perspective to traditional media and this exhibition seeks to harness that, combining it with the polish and perspective of older, more experienced artists. Some of the pairs are even related, like the brother-and-sister team who created the video installation shown with this post.

San Francisco Parking: A Pop Quiz

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. 

For our inaugural post, we're starting out with a little pop quiz on SF parking. Add your answers as comments below and then check back at 2:30 today to see how you did!

Question: Can I park at a metered spot in San Francisco if the parking meter is broken?

Judith Belzer's "Orders of Magnitude" Show Coming to George Lawson Gallery

Judith Belzer, venerable Bay Area-based painter and wife of Michael Pollan, will debut new works at the George Lawson Gallery early next month.

Roman Holiday: The Empire's Ninth Legion Meets a Bloody End in 'Centurion'

Inspired by the demise of the Roman Empire’s Ninth Legion, a legendary unit founded by Julius Caesar and thought to have met a bitter end nearly two centuries later in what is now Scotland, Centurion is less grandiose than Zack Snyder’s 300 but every bit as brutal. If the sight of severed limbs leaves you squeamish, you’ve been warned.
Those seeking a history lesson would be foolish to consult the latest, bloodiest offering from director Neil Marshall, whose past credits include the crudely effective Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Descent (2005), his claustrophobic venture into a subterranean abyss populated by flesh-hungry humanoids.

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