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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Home

Basket Case
These one-of-a-kind Serena & Lily Senagalese storage baskets are handcrafted by artisans in Africa and add an earthy yet simple touch. Perfect for holding anything from toys and craft supplies to linens and laundry, they’re great for new parents, hobbyists or your design-savvy mom.
$68–$290 at serenaandlily.com

 

 

 

2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Eat + Drink

Locavore
Bestow upon your friends a certificate to Local Mission Eatery’s cooking labs, and you may just get a little something in return. Volunteer to be their test subject after they’ve collected trade secrets from local culinary pros like Shauna Des Voignes of Knead Patisserie or Susan and Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolatier.
$40–$50 at Local Mission Eatery, 3111 24th St., 415-655-3422, localmissioneatery.com 

This Weeks' Hottest Events: Mortified 5-Year Anniversary, Margaret Cho, and Noise Pop Holiday Shop

Comedy: Mortified 5-Year Anniversary
Okay, nothing new here, but if you haven't seen Mortified yet or if it's been awhile, get your tickets to the 5-year anniversary show now. No excuses. Expect the craziest and best pieces from 2010, plus giveaways, contests, and the hard rock of house band Live Evil. It will be a night of the most embarrassing and cringe-worthy readings from teen journals, unanswered love letters and angst-written artifacts.

Big Hanukkah Happenings

Christmas everything is about to hit big time. But for a good majority of us, Santa Claus is NOT coming to town. This year, thankfully, the Hub at SF's Jewish Community Center is throwing it down for the Jews. The Super 8 Hanukkah Festival: Eight Ways to Burn Bright is a weeklong celebration of the other holiday with food, film, music, comedy, survival kits, and more.

Beyond Black Friday: Local Deals App

If the thought of Black Friday shopping scares the bejesus out of you, there's good news. Signpost, the local community-powered deal site, just announced the launch of its free iPhone app. An extension of its member-driven site (which launched earlier this year), this new app will clue you in while you're out—whether it’s a steep clothing discount from your favorite boutique or a dinner special from a trendy local restaurant that would make for the perfect post-shopping date.

This Week's Hottest Events: Nora Ephron, Pretty Lights, and Jackie Greene

Romantic Comedy: Nora Ephron
Admit it—you know every line of When Harry Met Sally by heart. You're embarrassed to say that you own Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and Julie and Julia is on your holiday wish list. Well, tonight you can writer and director Nora Ephron in person. You know you want to. $20; Monday 11/22; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net

Music: Pretty Lights

2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion

They say the best gifts are the ones you covet yourself.

Local Artist Bill Fontana Unveils Latest Sound Sculpture at SFMOMA

Conceptual? Yes. Intelligent? Yes. Over my head? Yes. Local artist Bill Fontana is an international phenomenon and has been a pioneer of sound art for the past 40 years. Turning what we're accustomed to with visual art on its head, it is not what we see but rather what we hear that is Fontana's body of work. He calls it sculpture, but what you're looking at in his work is only an instrument that generates the desired effect. And this time around, the SFMOMA building itself is the medium for Fontana's latest site-specific sound sculpture.

Calling All Men: Bring Your Guns to the SF Opera and You Could End Up Onstage

The words "seeking adult males with strength and athletic ability," read more like a porn audition, male model call, or kinky personal ad than they do of a press release from the SF Opera, but hey, it caught our attention. And now it's got yours. It's so good we just had to repeat it for you, word by word:

This Week's Hottest Events: Wine + Art at SFMOMA, Amy Sedaris, and Zion I

Art: How Wine Became Modern
If it sounds groundbreaking, that's because it is. The first exhibition of its kind, How Wine Became Modern explores wine's visual culture and the history of that transformation over the last 30 years through the lens of architecture, design, and media. You'll see multimedia installations, architectural models, and even a smell wall. But if pontificating and sniffing isn't enough to satisfy your senses, head to the SF Vintners Market at Fort Mason for a showcase of top-notch wineries. Billed as a liquid farmers market, you can sample wines from more than 200 wineries and buy on the spot. $18 and $40+ respectively

Image: Etienne Meneau, Carafe No. 5, 2008, fabricated 2009

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