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S.F. State’s Lisa Cholodenko Explores Same-Sex Parenthood in ‘The Kids Are All Right’

The first thing Lisa Cholodenko learned in film school was simple: “Write what you know.” The lesson has served her well. After winning the Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Award for outstanding screenwriting with her feature-length debut, the 1998 romantic drama High Art, she earned near-unanimous accolades at this year’s festival with the poignant family comedy The Kids Are All Right.

The Vampire Strikes Back: ‘Eclipse’ Brings Out the Best in the ‘Twilight’ Saga

By now, you’re either invested in the Twilight movies or you’re not.

If you’re a reader of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, eager to see her ever-expanding world of ageless vampires, hotheaded werewolves and hormonal teenagers evolve on the big screen, or merely seduced by Robert Pattinson’s smoldering glower and Taylor Lautner’s sculpted physique

Muni Artist: Wendy MacNaughton

Potrero Hill artist Wendy MacNaughton spends four hours a week on Muni. She uses that time, and her occasional rides on BART, to draw her fellow riders, and to imagine what they’re thinking.

East Bay Weekend Date Itinerary: Art, Food, Ice Cream, Booze

I would be happy to go on a date like this.  Its simple and unfussy.

The 2010 Big To-Do SF: 100 Things To Do Before You Die

Whether you're a tourist or a native, we promise you'll never be bored in San Francisco with this list. We tackle 10 neighborhoods below. (For an updated list, check out our latest 2012 Big To Do!)


1. Listen to your friends’ first gig at Hotel Utah. (SoMa)

2. Walk under the waterfall at Yerba Buena Gardens. (SoMa)

3. Shop for urban menswear at Rolo. (SoMa)

John C. Reilly Finds His Holy Grail in ‘Cyrus’

Taking risks has never intimidated Mark and Jay Duplass.

Since debuting at Sundance in 2003 with This Is John, an eight-minute short shot on a three-dollar budget, the New Orleans-born brothers have gained fame (but not always fortune) as the founders of mumblecore, a verité-style approach to filmmaking that favors improvisation over scripted drama. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that they took an equally fearless approach in casting Cyrus, their first studio film, which opens Friday.

Birds & Batteries Fireworks Extravaganza

If you missed your local fireworks display this past Fourth, experimental synth pop band Birds & Batteries have your back. And the good thing, you’ll get the explosions without the brain battering sonic booms.

Muni: The Good, The Bad, The Blogs and the T-Shirts

Muni, the great equalizer: It connects our neighborhoods, forces us to interact with strangers, and often makes us crazy. For better or worse, it’s the glue that holds this town together.


1. In June, the Clipper card replaced the TransLink. This all-inclusive transit card—good on Muni, BART, AC Transit, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry—lets you load up to $300 worth of fare and skip the hassle of purchasing monthly passes.

The Exploratorium's Geometry Playground

Tom Rockwell sees an intimate connection – a oneness, even – between two things that “left brain, right brain” folk-science taught us were hopelessly separated: aesthetics and math. If you have ever declared yourself “not a math person,” a trip to Rockwell’s Geometry Playground at the Exploratorium may deliver a mind blowing much overdue. The exhibition aims to show the geometry in everything from hopscotch to high art. It goes up today and stays in SF until September 6. Come with your whole brain and, more importantly, your whole body.

Summer Reads by Local Authors

On the plane, at the beach, before bed: five summer reads from local authors.

Red Hook Road (Doubleday) by Ayelet Waldman

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