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General Store's New Online Shop

In these modern times, we've all come to expect the world at the click of a button. So when a new gorgeous store opens outside of your city with no online shopping function, well, you might feel a tad put out.

If our frequent coverage of the Outer Sunset's General Store left readers outside of the Bay Area rather peckish to check out the goods, great news: The Outer Sunset shop has extended a taste of their lovely inventory to the virtual masses. Read more...

Eat It: Open Water, Fun with Ferments, Cotogna Opens

Cotogna Opens in Jackson Square
After a long wait, chef Michael Tusk has at long last opened Cotogna, his rustic trattoria concept next door to Quince. Expect plenty of pasta, along with grilled dishes prepared on a wood-burning rotisserie and grill (the only one of its kind in the States) and a prix fixe wine list curated by David Lynch, with every bottle ringing in at $40. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.

Food for Thought Dine About
If you're looking for an excuse to go out to dinner tonight, we've got a great one. Dine at any one of the 35 Mission restaurants participating in Food for Thought, and 25 percent of your bill will be donated to Mission Graduates, a nonprofit that helps Mission high school students prepare for college.

Indie Filmmaker Gareth Edwards Explains Why CGI Is the Great Equalizer

Gareth Edwards won't reveal the budget for Monsters, his thriftily constructed feature debut about two young Americans trying to buy their way back from Mexico following an alien occupation. Yet he’s quick to acknowledge that his acclaimed sci-fi fantasy might never have been possible without advances in filmmaking technology usually associated with big-budget blockbusters like last year’s Avatar.

Michael Mina's Tableware: Locally Sourced, Very Covetable

Now that Michael Mina has moved into the old Aqua space, I got a chance to dine there the other night. For Mina fans, it's a true second coming. You should have overheard the reverent foursome at the next table over from me who practically passed out when Mina, the man/the legend, walked over on water to greet them.

And though there was a whirlwind of activity going on around me (the servers might be wearing jeans and a bottle of self-serve water might be set on your table, but that doesn't mean the old tableside service is over), I became particularly fixated on the beautiful plates. 

Bicycle Film Festival Kicks Off This Thursday, Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Bicycle Film Festival is throwing one heck of a party all over town. Bike fanatics certainly have a lot to celebrate this year, so bring on the movies, music and merrymaking.

Starting Wednesday night at 9 pm, destroy your hump day blues by heading to the Knockout for the free kick-off party featuring DJs from Debaser and more (we didn't tell you this, but you can get Four Loko there).

Photos: Windows Phone 7 launch with Maroon 5 @ The Fillmore

Follow our music photographer, Misha Vladimirskiy, for free music downloads and chances to win show tickets

Photos: The Heavy @ The Independent

Follow our music photographer, Misha Vladimirskiy, for free music downloads and chances to win show tickets

Transported: Clipper Card Privacy Issues?

Welcome to "Transported", our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

Just as the SFMTA, BART and five other Bay Area transit agencies are forcing the Clipper Card switch upon all riders, the San Francisco Examiner brings to light some interesting privacy issues surrounding the new card.  All your daily transit movements could be easily tracked through the Clipper's embedded chip, exposing a what state Senator Joe Simitian worries is an accessible "roadmap to your life."

20 Wineries Pouring Wine to Help Stop Pneumonia

This Friday, November 12th, is World Pneumonia Day. Against all odds, pneumonia--not AIDS or malaria--is the world's biggest child killer. Yet it can be prevented with a simple $10 vaccination. Join the worldwide effort to purchase billions of doses of proper vaccinations to give to children in developing countries at tonight's event, Pneumonia's Last Syrah in Dogpatch Studios.

Kurt Vile & the Soft Pack Co-Headline @ Rickshaw Stop Tonight

Worlds colliding isn't always a bad thing. Case in point: tonight's co-headlining show at Rickshaw Stop between the psychedelic Crazy Horse stylings of Kurt Vile & the Violators and the airtight SoCal surf pop of the Soft Pack. Who knows? Maybe they'll even join forces on stage to play some psychedelic surf pop. Everbody wins!

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