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Friday Jams: The Official Noise Pop 2013 Playlist

The good folks behind Noise Pop 2013 were kind enough to curate a playlist for your listening pleasure. Here, 20 songs that will give you a flavor for next week's festival. Put on your earbuds, sit back, and let these jams get you through the afternoon.

Valentine's Day Private Pilates

My pilates teacher, Karii Rürup-Coleman, once said, "Couples who work out together, stay together." And for that she's offering a private duet pilates session for you and your sweetie in lieu of the usual Valentine's Day cheese.

Meet Kirk Lombard, Sea Forager

Kirk Lombard

Follow your gut, and who knows where you’ll end up. If you’re anything like Kirk Lombard, your happy place might be between the tides in an underwater raw bar of sorts—host to bounties of moon snails, mussels, monkeyface eels, and horse neck, jackknife, and piddock clams, all ripe for the plucking.

This Week's Hottest Events: Maya Rudolph, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Foodie INFORUM

Thao Nguyen

Music
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Our local indie fave Thao Nguyen and her band drop their new album in stores on Tuesday and will be promoting it with a show at Amoeba on Wednesday. The title track of the album We The Common was inspired by our leading lady's volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and she has a duet with the quirky, beloved Joanna Newsom in "Kindness Be Concieved." Skip out of work early to catch this free show.
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 2/6
Where: Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight St.

Comedy

Applied Science: "By-product Becomes Product" at Intersection for the Arts

Stop for a second, and think about the number of toxins you touch, breathe, even taste in one day. Then think about what that means for those whose jobs bring them in constant, enduring contact of those materials for a living. Intersection of the Art's latest cross-disciplinary project "By-product Becomes Product" examines the role and effect of hazardous materials specifically in the artist's studio.

Body Art Meets Science

Tonight's event couldn't get any more San Francisco. Where else could you bring a decidedly hipster vibe to a five-day biosciences festival? Part of the larger Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health festivities, Friday's California Academy of Sciences program "Body Art: An Evening Science Mingle" looks at the body as creative canvas. See complex muscle systems displayed as body paint on roaming models, and see up-close scientific images of neurons and viruses.

In partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, a leading bio-med research organization, the festival brings together some of the Bay Area’s most brilliant scientists to talk about pioneering research in human health—from cutting-edge stem cell research to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

A First Look at the New SFJAZZ Center

After all the anticipation and more than a year of construction, the brand-spanking new SFJAZZ Center will open its doors in Hayes Valley on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21). Here's a little of what to expect at this first-ever standalone structure in the country designed and dedicated to jazz.

This Week's Hottest Events: Femi Kuti, Holy Motors, and Headlands Open House

Theater
A Celebration of Harold Pinter
My exposure to the late, great playwright Harold Pinter is limited, but after seeing SHN's bold presentation of The Caretaker last year, I vowed to make the man more a part of my regular cultural explorations. Tonight, City Arts & Lectures honors Pinter's lifetime of achievements in a performance by Julian Sands, directed by none other than John Malkovich. If you consider yourself of the cultured variety, add this one to your calendar tonight.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 1/14
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
 
Hang Out

Potrero Hill Gets A New Art Addition

Fifteen years ago, CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opened its doors to the public as an active center for showcasing modern, cutting-edge work meant to spark discussion and interaction. This month, the gallery space makes its big move from the city's Design District to a more prime location in Potrero Hill. Designed by architect Mark Jensen, the large, gymnasium-sized space features galleries and event space.

Do Good Baubles: Robindira Unsworth's Madres Collaboration

Revered Petaluma designer Robindira Unsworth is taking her jewelry to a new, socially responsible level that speaks to her background in social services. Launching now is the collab with the Madres Collective, an org that teams U.S. designers with artisans in the Dominican and Haitian communities to make jewelry that is then sold stateside.

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