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Neil Patrick Harris in Town For Sketchfest This Weekend

Sketchfest's comedic storm will get some gale winds this weekend with the arrival of talent powerhouse Neil Patrick Harris for Saturday and Sunday performances. He's part of the Thrilling Adventure Hour (along with Alison Brie from Mad Men) on Saturday, a staged comedy production in the style of an old-time radio show. And on Sunday, he takes the stage with Brian Henson (the Chairman of the Jim Henson Company) for a conversation and a puppet demonstration. We caught up with NPH via phone to talk puppets, magic and Twitter.

Look Of The Week: Dine About Town + SF Sketchfest

Book those reservations, ladies, Dine About Town starts this Saturday. Whether you're heading out for a hot date or good times with the girls, top off your fabulous dinner with live comedy at the 10th Annual SF Sketchfest. Sketchfest 2011 kicks off today, with the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris,Candice Bergen and Dan Aykroyd heading-up this year's talent. 

Surely saving a buck on dinner while supporting the arts validates a new outfit, right? We've put together the perfect mix of quirky-cute for this fun evening with a red boatneck dress, an elegant vintage-chic coat and playful cheetah print wedges.

Tonight at Sketchfest: Monty Python Discussion

Monty Python fans have a great reason to go to Sketchfest: Tonight, the the Castro Theater will host an onstage discussion with Monty Python's Terry Jones, followed by a 35th Anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If it's not enough to be quoting Grail all day Friday, stick around afterward for Monty Python's Life of Brian—introduced by director Terry Jones—and let the guys remind you to always look on the bright side of life. The discussion starts at 7 ($20), followed by Grail. Life of Brian starts at 10 ($10).

Sexual Democracy: The Heather Gold Show

Sex always makes a good conversational staple - especially when you're in a room with a lesbian, a bisexual, a drag queen, and a straight man. The possibilities from squirming to shocking are pretty much endless. And will likely send the audience through a gamut of emotion - from adoring San Francisco sexually inclusive streets to really wishing they'd taken their visiting mother to Wicked instead. But the endless possibilities include the very good chance that host Heather Gold will pull the most risqué comment of the night from the visiting Minnesotan matron.

What to See at Sketchfest

It's been a great first week at SF Sketchfest, marred only by the cancellation of the Conan O'Brien tribute that was scheduled for Sunday. (O'Brien asked to cancel his appearance due to the Tonight Show brouhaha that will have him leaving NBC, but promised to reschedule for a later date; if you had tickets, hold on to 'em.) The second and third weeks of the festival (Thursday, January 21 through Tuesday, February 2) are going to feature some heavy hitters, the best of which we're previewing below. Tickets for a lot of the Sketchfest shows are going fast, and sold-out status forced us to leave out some great events.

What to See at SF Sketchfest: Week 1

The hour is almost upon us: SF Sketchfest, the nearly three-week-long smorgasbord of top comedians that brightens up each January, begins this week. Since the festival is long, with lots of events each day, we're going to break our recommendations into two posts: the first will cover this week's events, from opening day, Thursday, January 14, through Thursday, January 21, and the second, next week, will offer recommendations for the bottom half of the proceedings. Tickets for all the events listed below are available from Sketchfest's website, or the individual venues.

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