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Jennifer Pollock

Jessica 6 (Hercules & Love Affair) Play 330 Ritch Tonight

Hercules & Love Affair was last year's soundtrack to runway shows, stores like Zara and anything that needed good disco pop infusing. The group has now distilled themselves into Jessica 6, fronted by the ever-captivating (and yes, tranny) H&LA singer/songerwriter Nomi Ruiz with Andrew Raposo on bass and Morgan Wiley on keyboards. Their sound's a bit darker and soulful (Check their Fun Girls EP here) than H&LA. They're playing tonight at 330 Ritch, so get out there and moodily dance away the rain.

Check out Nomi Ruiz in action at last year's YBCA's Artists Ball.



Winning Nutcracker Videos: Very Funny

The San Francisco Ballet announced the winners of their first-ever Nutcracker video contest yesterday. And they are hilarious. A well-deserved first place goes to the video "The Year of The Rat," in which the Rat King talks some smack against the Nutcracker Prince. "Newsflash, Clara, Kings are better than Princes." Check out the video below as well as the 2nd and 3rd place entries here. And then go see the SF Nutcracker. It's the nation's oldest production and really cute kids go.

'Tis the Season of Sold-Out Shows: Edward Sharpe & Gaga

'Tis the weekend of hyped-up, sold out shows. Lady Gaga's Monster Ball is blowing through town (check out our Look of the Week to get prepped for that extravaganza) and Saturday's Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes GAMH show has been inspiring some pretty creative Craigslist pleas for tickets. We're a big fan of Edward Sharpe in the 7x7 offices (we play "Home" in an attempt to alleviate the chill situation) and are excited to see this band grace many of the year's best of lists.

Let Your Holiday Freak Flag Fly: SantaCon is Coming to Town

St. Nick's getting rowdy this weekend: en masse.  SantaCon, the annual debaucherous (read: drunken) gathering of revelers dressed in Santa gear kicks of this Saturday at 12:12 p.m. sharp (12/12 at 12:12, tricky tricky!) at the Civic Center Plaza Christmas Tree.  The parade/stagger will then inject its dose of jolly at various gathering points/dance parties throughout the city. Check out the schedule here or follow the grand puba of SF Santas on Twitter at @sfsanta (hashtag #sfsanta).

The New Ritz Carlton at Lake Tahoe Is Mighty Fine

True, it's frigid and semi-miserable in the Bay but guess what that also means: snow in Tahoe.  And while we're joyfully toasting to this pre-holiday snow-treat, we're also raising our glasses something else lake-side: The new Ritz-Cartlton Highlands (North Star) which opens tomorrow! We're sort of drooling over it. It's fancy. 

How Snowboarders Got Their Zen Back: 'Signatures'

Ski and snowboard season is just a stones throw away. And while many a SF resident has visions of Tahoe slope domination dancing in their heads, let us not forget the more zen-like aspects of the sport. Enter the film Signatures, the winner of Best Cinematography at IF3 and currently on its North American tour after a sold out Japanese premiere in Tokyo. The film screens next Tuesday at Sports Basement.

Bring It: Downtown Ice Skating Rinks Open This Week

Exciting news for people (like us) who may or may not have dreams of ice-rink domination: the downtown holiday rinks are starting to take shape!

Photos From the Facebook Movie Set

Valleyway has procured some photos from the set of the Facebook movie (The Social Network), which is being shot at Johns Hopkins University (which kinda looks like Harvard). Check out shots of actor Jesse Eisenberg (playing Mark Zuckerberg) planning social media domination.

Nutcracker Video Contest: Get Your Clara On

Level with us: we know you've put on some slick socks and recreated The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies on a hardwood floor at one point in your life. It may or may not even be on VHS in your parents' attic.  But now it's time to spread the Nutcracker love to YouTube. The SF Ballet is running a pretty inspired marketing campaign to drum up excitement for every girl's favorite ballet. It's a video contest for the best 65-second creative representation of The Nutcracker. So gather some snowflakes, a flexible/high-jumping boy or two and maybe a large stuffed bear and take out your Clara-envy on video.

Great White Sharks in the Bay: Not an Urban Legend

So, many a wide-eyed surfer could have told you this around a bonfire at Ocean Beach, but now it's been confirmed by some legit research: great white sharks troll the Bay. In what's believed to be the first scientific confirmation of great whites in the area, researchers from Stanford and UC Davis tagged 179 white sharks from 2000 to 2008 and found that five of those bad boys swam beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in 2007 and 2008. Freak. Out.

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