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This Week's Hottest Events: Beach House, Chinese New Year, and Olmec

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Beach House
The dream pop duo that's been blowing up iPods just gets better with age.
When: Fri. 2/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

Save KUSF Rally and Board of Supes Meeting Today

The KUSF saga continues. Supporters of the university's beloved community radio station will gather today for a peaceful rally outside City Hall before the Board of Supes meeting. The Board is being called on to review the legality of the sale of 90.3 FM on a local level. Get up to speed on the scandal here.

Weekend Getaway: Mendocino Crab and Wine Days

Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.

Rock the Vote: SF vs NYC

The war is on. Last week, Lonely Planet fueled the fire with a little friendly competition between SF and NYC. The two cities have always had a friendly rivalry, but this time you get to be the judge. So stop whatever it is you're doing—that report can wait a few minutes—and cast your votes ASAP.

Right now, it's neck and neck, and I have to admit, that as a former New Yorker, I had to choose the Big Apple on some of these (there is just something about The Strand that Green Apple can't match). But come on people—we can't let Central Park beat out the Golden Gate Bridge!

This Week's Hottest Events: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey, SF Bike Party, and Willie Nelson

Comedy: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey
You may not know him by name, but surely you know Ben Bailey's NYC cash cab. The trivia game that takes place on camera behind closed taxi doors turned many on to the Discovery channel and the show's now famous host will be cracking jokes and recounting tales from his storied yellow bus this week at Cobb's. Trivia nerd or not, this is quiz show stand-up you don't want to miss. $18-$21; Thursday, 1/6 - Sunday, 1/9; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., cobbscomedyclub.com

This Week's Hottest Events: Four Seasons Hot Chocolate, David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries, and Christmas Day Openings

Drink Break: Adult Hot Chocolate at Seasons Bar & Lounge
So you waited until the last minute to do all your Christmas shopping. You're stressed and you need a break after racing around Union Square stores. Your answer? Adult hot chocolate. Throughout the holidays, you can duck into the posh Seasons Bar & Lounge for a hot chocolate fix, with a twist. Spiked with vanilla, peppermint, or raspberry liquers and paired similarly flavored, housemade marshmallows, it's the perfect way to soothe those aching heels.  Seasons Bar & Lounge, 757 Market St., fourseasons.com

Say Goodbye at "The Last Kodachrome"

Some of us are stuck in the non-digital age. And by some, I mean me. I still have a cell phone that simply makes calls and sends texts and only last year did I convert from a paper calendar to an iTouch. So, you can imagine my dismay when digital photography took the place of film. It was a sad, sad day last year when Kodak discontinued its Kodachrome film, best known for producing the most vibrant photographic colors. Soon, the only business still processing it will stop. And thus ends an era during which photographers had an entirely different understanding and appreciation of their art form.

Get Tickets for Tina Fey

In case you hadn't already heard, Tina Fey is coming to the Bay Area on April 20 for a City Arts & Lectures discussion. Unfortunately, tickets to the night of film clips and conversation are already sold out and people are already reselling the $33 golden tickets for a whopping $165!

So, you could either pay way too much to guarantee your seat, or sit tight until April and brave the crowds at the Orpheum for returned tickets. Stay tuned.

John Waters' Live Christmas Show at the Roxie

This holiday, John Waters is "putting the philander back into philanthropy." The famous filmmaker, actor, writer, and artist best known for cult classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented is bringing his Sleigh Full of Smut to the Roxie this Saturday.

Sweet, Guilt-Free Holiday Spa Treatments

Regardless of whether you're looking to pamper your loved ones or seek shelter from the holiday storm, these seasonal treatments are sure to leave you glowing far longer than a sugar cookie high:

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