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This Week's Hottest Events: Outside Lands, Literary Death Match and Dolores Park Documentary

Food+Wine: TasteTV Taste-Off
You be the judge. Be amongst the 100-plus people at Press Club this Wednesday for TasteTV's first annual Wine and Food Pairing Taste-Off. You'll sample six combinations of seasonal plates with four reds and two whites. Let your opinion be known so that Press Club can determine the best pairing to add to their lounge menu and smile pretty. You might just be on camera. $45; Wednesday, 8/11; Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane, 415-744-5000, tastetv.com

At the Giants Game Tonight: Kazoos En Masse and a Jerry Garcia Tribute

Records may be broken tonight at the Giants game, and they don't have to do with baseball. SF Appeal has alerted us to a tribute to the 15th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia's death, in which over 7,000 kazoo-ists will congregate tonight at AT&T Park to blow "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch in an attempt to score a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Free Movie Night @ the Independent: Hot Tub Time Machine

Other than the Roxie Theater's $5 Monday movies, the Independent's free Cinema Drafthouse nights are the best regular film bargain in town. Plus, they require you to drink during the film, which is like asking a 7-year-old to eat pizza and ice cream for dinner.

Bert Cooper to Talk Some Truth at USF

Although it's Roger Sterling's one-line zingers on Mad Men that have a special place in my heart, the new-agey antics of Bert Cooper, the show's other hard-ball exec, are also pretty top-notch.  Robert Morse, who's been nominated for an Emmy twice for his role as Cooper in the series, is speaking at USF on August 15 as part of the Comedy Talks: Conversations With the Legends of Comedy.

Billed as an "Inside the Actors Studio meets The Tonight Show," the conversation will also feature Shelley Berman (who plays Larry David's father in Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Will Durst, the prolific local political satirist who used to co-host a radio show with Willie Brown.

Outside Lands Lineup: Forget the Bands, What About the Food?

This weekend's Outside Lands lineup has suffered mixed reviews, many bemoaning the lack of standout headliners. Um, obviously they didn't take a look at the list of food vendors. Serious SF food star power! Let's Be Frank, Namu, Yats, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen! But since the festival is all about the, uh, the music, we decided to pair food and bands for the ultimate GG Park experience. Here's what we really think would bring out the flavors this weekend's musical acts.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Oakland: Have You Seen Them?

Have you seen Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or any of their small army of children? The Jolie-Pitt clan is hanging around Oakland these days while Brad films Moneyball, his new flick about the Oakland A's and the story Billy Beane, the team's manager.

Ludacris at Slim's This Sunday

Normally, Sunday nights are for hanging in, but when word hits the streets that three-time Grammy winner Ludacris is rolling into town for an intimate show at Slim's, exceptions must be made. The rapper-come-actor-come-philanthropist is in town for one night only and will surely play out this year's controversial album Battle of the Sexes along with old favorites like "Stand Up," "Get Back" and "Money Maker." If you're lucky, you may even get a preview of his already-in-the-works next album Ludaversal. Tickets are on the steep side ($45), but when an act like this hits the area, you just do it.

Tonight: de Young Museum's Mission Muralismo Film Series & Performances by Amaldecor

Add this to the mountainous pile of awesome art events kicking off this weekend: the de Young Museum's got a lot going on tonight, starting at 5:30 pm with their excellent Mission Muralismo film series, showing Piece by Piece and one of the Berlin International Film Festival's favorites, Qualit

Sunday's San Francisco Theater Festival Is Free, Features Beach Blanket Babylon & More

Comedians, people in very large hats, one-man shows, and the world’s only pencil musician join the dozens of theater companies converging on Yerba Buena Center this weekend.

In a cunning plot to rope in new audiences, the San Francisco Theater Festival puts on a whole cluster of shows at Yerba Buena Center once a year - all for free.

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