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DIYbca Big Idea Night Party

If you've never been to YBCA's Big Idea Night, now's about time. If the last shindig is any indication (it drew 2,500 people!), this is one hot night you don't want to miss. So, clear your schedule for this Saturday's FREE party, where you'll have hands-on interaction with the oh-so-popular DIY culture of homemade, homespun goodness.

Tough Love: A Street-Fighting Romeo Rises in 'Scott Pilgrim'

At 40, Simon Pegg is too old to play Scott Pilgrim, the painfully ordinary 22-year-old bassist of the fledgling garage-rock trio Sex Bob-omb. Still rebounding from a painful breakup – he’s the dumpee – Scott finds an effusive “Scottaholic” in high-schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), who soothes his tattered ego but otherwise fails to engage him. For all his affectations, he’s an aimless schlub.
 

Avoiding a Facebook Stalker

I recently met a guy I'm interested in. We flirted, exchanged numbers, and the next day he friended me on Facebook and I accepted. Then, a week later, I got a friend request from his estranged wife (they are long separated) and from someone who I think is an ex-girlfriend of his. He doesn’t think it’s any big deal, but I’m spooked. Do you think these women are FB stalkers?

El Tecolote's "Imagining the Mission" Opens Tomorrow Night @ Mission Cultural Center

El Tecolote (which means "The Owl") has chronicled every bit of change in the Mission since it was first published 40 years ago. In those 40 years, the newspaper has amassed a staggering photo collection of the political, cultural and social changes that have swept the neighborhood, which they are putting on glorious display in "Imagining the Mission: Pasado, Presente, Futuro" at the Mission Cultural Center this month.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Outdoes Itself For Its 10th Anniversary

How does the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival manage to outdo itself every year? The FREE, three-day festival announced the lineup last week for its October 1st, 2nd and 3rd shows and dare we say, it's worlds more exciting than a certain big festival coming up this weekend.

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.

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