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Zion I and The Grouch "One" Video

If you haven't already heard, local hip hop sensation Zion I and Living Legends member The Grouch are teaming up again to put out a second album—due out March of next year—after the sucess of their first collaboration on 2006's Heroes in the City of Dope. Until then, check out their video for "One," which was used in the first American dance film shot in 3D, appropriately titled, Step UP 3D (yes, it's part of the Step Up trilogy).

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Catch Patricia Clarkson in two movies now playing at the city's Landmark theaters: Cairo Time (see below) and Legendary, opening Friday at the Lumiere, in which the 50-year-old Oscar nominee plays the frustrated mother of WWE star John Cena's boozy, bulked-up former high-school wrestler. Elsewhere:

Fecal Face Celebrates 10 Years

It's been ten years since John Trippe founded art and culture website Fecal Face Dot Com, and to celebrate, they've put together an anniversary show featuring 25 artists who have been instrumental to Fecal Face's success—and vice versa. The opening takes place this Friday, September 10 at The Luggage Store Gallery, from 6-8pm. Artists in the show include San Francisco's Ferris Plock, Jeremey Fish, and Mars-1, as well as LA-based Jeff Soto, David Choe, and Sylvia Ji.

Eyeing This Week’s Art Openings

Consider the fall arts season fully underway -- courtesy of a trove of intriguing shows focusing on new works by Bay Area artists.

Lisa Congdon's Collection A Day is Book Bound

Yeah, I collect a few things—vintage cast-iron enamelware, notebooks, moccassins, "L" signage, old Western blankets, puffy vests. And, my stable of treasures ain't too shabby for a pauperess such as myself (believe me, if I could afford to collect, say, vintage Pucci dresses or old LV steamer trunks, I would). But it's still small potatoes compared to what local artist Lisa Congdon has stashed away—neatly, mind you—in various drawers and shelves in her Mission District home and nearby art studio.

'Aida,' One of Opera's Most Morally Complex Love Triangles, Opens This Week

Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest work—the story of a kidnapped Ethiopian princess who is brought to Egypt and thrust into one of opera’s most emotionally and morally complex love triangles—lends itself to extravagance. However, seasoned operagoers know it takes a rare cast and production team to maintain emotional intimacy and charge amid the pageantry. Fortunately, SF Opera has a reputation for delivering an Aida that’s been heralded as one of the best.

Do I See Mr. Right Now While Looking for Mr. Right?


I’m a 33-year-old, confident single gal who often dishes out dating advice to my friends. Over the past six months I’ve developed a friendship with "Mr. M,” 12 years my senior, and it became evident that we share amazing chemistry. I’m extremely attracted to him. Trouble is, I want to be in a committed relationship. Mr. M’s divorce ended badly, and he clearly harbors bitterness towards marriage; he also admits to having issues with even non-marital commitments. But he’s extremely fun to be around and we always have a wonderful time. On two separate occasions, after a long evening of dinner, wine and flowing conversation, we hooked up. I realize he can’t offer the relationship I want, so am I playing with fire by sleeping with him? By crossing that line have I pigeoned-holed us as "friends with benefits"? I thought I was long over my attraction to unavailable men. I am open to meeting and dating someone else. but I have such a weakness for Mr. M. Am I doomed?

Opening Night at the SF Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony welcomes its 99th season at tonight’s Opening Night Gala. Glammed-out guests will promenade through the lush glow of Davies Hall’s opulent lobbies and then treat their ears to the sounds of incomparable soprano Jessye Norman. After the concert, there is the difficult choice of which afterparty to attend. But both have cocktails, dancing, snacks, and entertainment, so you really can't go wrong either way.  Tickets range from $140 - $265, but the requisite sparkling wine is complimentary. What makes the gala event more impressive is knowing that all proceeds go to SF Symphony educatio

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